My TOP 11 Favorite Boudoir Poses

I want all women I photograph to feel beautiful, amazing, and sexy in their bodies during our boudoir style photos. Therefore, I am the boudoir photographer that constantly goes to boudoir poses that can be incorporated for every body type. Whether it is petite size boudoir, plus size boudoir, maternity boudoir or even couple's boudoir - I have you covered. No matter what, I want my clients' boudoir shoot to showcase them and their stunning uniqueness within their boudoir portraits.

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1. Lying down playing peek-a-boo: This is a beautiful boudoir pose that adds an element of mystery to the image. What you’ll do is lie on your back with one arm held up so as to directly cover one side of her face. I then go to your side and capture a side profile shot or I go above you.

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2. Lying on back with legs up and crossed: The bed or a wall is the ideal location for this boudoir pose, especially if the bed has an ornate headboard. But you can also do it on any bed or can be performed on the floor with the legs against a wall. Lying back on the bed shows a willing vulnerability in an erotic boudoir sense. Plus having your legs stand vertically accentuates and elongates your shape.

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3. In Front of A Window: A silhouette has a great effect in boudoir photography. There’s no explicit detail, but the shape gives clues and suggestions. The key to this shot is to have strong backlighting, so I will have you stand between my camera and the window. To accentuate the curves of the your body you will arch your back and push your bum out so we create a solid hourglass figure. Or we can do a sitting one as show below with your back arched and legs spread out a bit and your head leaning back.

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4. Shooting down towards you: Photographing from the top point helps hide your belly, visually enlarges the breasts and demonstrates your beautiful eyelashes and long flowing hair.

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5. Leg shot: This is a simple boudoir pose to try if you want to get some detail shots of the legs. If you have some beautiful hosiery lingerie pieces in the styling of your boudoir photography shoot, even better. I will position my camera over the shoulder of you and shoot down along the body to keep the framing close and intimate.

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6. Adjusting panties: A lot of times my clients are concerned with what to do with their hands, so this is the perfect pose to give your hands something to do. Plus it creates a sexy photo shoot!

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7. Hands on top of head/fixing hair: This pose works well from either the front or the back. I will have you lift up both arms, as if you’re fixing your hair. Or even better, I will actually have you do a hairstyle – you can be in front of a mirror if that helps. By doing this activity, you’ll be engaged in something natural. As a boudoir shot, this pose works great when paired with a loose top or sweater. When the model lifts their arms, you’ll get a cheeky reveal of your stomach or backside and hips.

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8. Touching lips: There is nothing more sensual than using your hands to bring attention to the beautiful places of your body.   

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9. Back shot: This is a great addition to your boudoir photoshoot. For this one, you will be positioned in the middle of a bed or on the floor with your arms extended slightly out to the sides, straight by your sides, or reaching for the ceiling. Another variation is getting you to look slightly to the side so part of your face is revealed.

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10. Looking over shoulder: This is one of those great boudoir poses for accentuating your back or bottom (or both – depending on the outfit). You will kneel, sitting back on your heels, or standing - then you’ll look back at the camera from over your shoulder.


Using a prop can also work too; such as, a lollipop so your hands are busy. Or we can have you mess with your hair or gently touch your face. This is a playful boudoir pose. It’s not about confronting the camera directly with sexuality. It’s coy and hints at a game of cat and mouse. It creates a boudoir photo that’s shy yet inviting.


The kneeling position gives the bum a good shape, whether in shorts, lingerie, or nothing at all. You can arch your back inward slightly, accentuating the posterior further and it will create a gentle curve in the back.


This is especially perfect for my shy clients, it’s a great pose to build your confidence. I will use your shyness as an advantage and when you see the results, your confidence will grow during the boudoir photo session.

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11. Crawling on all fours: This pose is an extremely erotic boudoir pose and will have your love drooling. It showcases your breasts and is quite tempting.

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Shooting down and adjusting panty photos by Thiago Rebouças,  Leg photos by Artem Labunsky,  Hands on top of head/fixing hair photo by Josh Pereira,  Touching lips photo by Samanta Sokolova

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