I've heard a lot of people say that Boudoir is intimidating, but it doesn't have to be.

This collection of images showcases a basic boudoir pose - "The bedside lean" - with subtle variations as well as subtle angle changes to demonstrate how even a simple pose can be stunning, and how the slight changes can change the overall feel of a photo. It's a pose easily assessible for all body types and is an easy one to get into even with any mobility issues you or your client may have. Looking at the camera with a hint of a smile can give a touch of "playfulness". Looking away from your body provides a more "sultry-vibe" and elongates your neck and shoulders (it's a quite eye-catching way to capture those strong jawlines, or help those with soft jawlines have be more pronounced), while looking towards your body can almost feel more "shy" (think more closed off, almost hiding). When posing your client, or posing as a client, you need to figure out what you want the photos to say. Am I sultry? Am I a playful tease? Am I just absolutely feeling myself?

Following the gaze,

In the above photos, the subtle change is the direction Kirsten is looking, and a slight modification of her hands. In the left photo, the first thing I see is her eyes, followed by her sharp jawline, following through to her shoulder, and then the slight curve to her hip. She looks very relaxed, and in the moment. In the right photo, the first thing I notice is once again her eyes - but for a different reason - I notice the brightness and the upward playful curve of them, that ties into the little smile she's giving. My eyes then gravitate towards her long neck created by the outward tilt of her forehead, her toned arms that are reaching more forward, and the larger curve to her hip created by her leaning more heavily into the bed. This photo gives that more playful - "Hey, I've been waiting for you" vibe. Both photos are stunning in their own way - but easily creates a shift in the overall mood.

The bedside lean

is a great pose to use in a smaller space that has a bed, a bench, or even a couch as it doesn't require extreme angles to be beautifully captured. You can modify this pose by having someone kneel in front of the furniture they are posing with, as long as they are able to lean onto that piece of furniture. This pose can be easily captured by those new to boudoir posing, and is easy for clients new to being posed as well.