Boudoir photography pose coaching before and after
You’ve probably browsed boudoir galleries online and thought to yourself, “Wow, look at how gorgeous this person looks, so comfortable and relaxed and sexy! I could never!” And let me tell you…that’s exactly what was going through their head before the picture was taken too.
We all come in different shapes and sizes and temperaments, so no two boudoir photo shoots are the same. And yet, in some ways, the human experience translates similarly across so often. I’ve been a boudoir photographer for about 10 years now, and one thing that’s a constant is that most people don’t like having their picture taken! You can’t see yourself like you would in a selfie and adjust, you get that awkward forced smile, you don’t know what to do with your body… “And oh gosh, am I supposed to look at the camera or not?”.
I have heard this so many times over the years, and it can be really daunting when planning a boudoir shoot. It’s hard to really take this in, but the best way to go about it is to trust the process. Most people have never done a photo shoot like this, and it’s wildly out of their comfort zone – that’s true easily 9 out of 10 times. All my shoots are designed with this fact in mind from the get go – you don’t have to ask for anything extra, I got you! Pose, and even facial expression coaching is always there. I will hop on the bed/floor/chair/bench/random-object-that-looks-odd-but-totally-photographs-amazing and show you first, so you have that visual guide (and can feel bad for me when my bones remind me I’m getting old). I’ll explain what leg you’re putting your weight on, where the hands go, how you arch, and even when to look at the camera and when to smile, and how to really push into that model-tier territory. I’ll add all the tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years of working with various body types and will tailor the poses to your personal level of physical ability. It’s a lot more similar to a yoga class that anything else really! (and at the end you might feel the burn from holding all those poses a bit too).
Here are some before and after examples of boudoir pose coaching in action – how we will push each shot from just laying around to “Oh, my God, Becky, look at her butt”. By the end of your photo shoot, you won’t even remember you were worried about posing.