If you don’t have professional experience in modeling or performing, it might be difficult at first to pose in front of a photographer. Posing for boudoir may sound even more terrifying. While it is true that intimate photography requires some extra attention, overall it is very much achievable even if you have never communicated with a camera.
Here are very useful tips that will help you with posing:
- Study your body. I’ve talked about this before in my article "5 Ways to Prepare to for Your Boudoir Photoshoot." You absolutely have to know your shapes to understand which postures are the best for you.
- Treat yourself well. Since you are already aware of how your physical body looks, you should not only respect it, but fall in love completely. Photo sessions should be a time of enjoying yourself and feeling great, so even if you are certain that you have some imperfections and you are worried that they’ll become visible in photographs, it is not the time to find cons in your reflection. No one is perfect, so be aware of things you like and work with them.
- Communicate. Ask your photographer to help direct you. He or she can give you advice on how and when your shapes are represented in their best way.
- Feel alive. Even though photography is the art of the still image, the days when people had to stay still until camera process completed are done. DSLR photography allows us to capture objects when they move and very often these photos can express your personality in a more genuine way. Find your flow and move slightly, these little changes will bring more life to photographs and allow you to relax and enjoy the process.
- Extend. Remember, a camera is not a human eye, so don’t be afraid to extend your movements. When you think that you overarched your back, it’s just a slight wave on a camera. So build your shapes and bring more volume to your poses. Bring hips and shoulders to different levels, arch your back, make sure you don’t slouch, point your toes. The more you feel asymmetrical the better, unless otherwise required.
And don’t be too shy, as my psychology teacher said once: “being shy is good until 16 years old, but after that it’s concerning.” ;)
Hopefully these tips will give you some foundation for your next photo session. If you are looking for more inspiration or tutorials, you can visit me on Pinterest or YouTube where I’ve collected some useful resources on this topic.