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BOUDOIR POSING GUIDE: 5 Essential Poses and How To Master Them with lindsay carlisle boudoir studio

Want to know exactly how we nail these most-requested poses in the studio? I’m letting you in on my some of my lil secrets and sharing the most crucial tricks to capturing these boudoir poses with ease. Now I’m not going to lie, some of these require some extra effort and I will push you to stretch further at times than what you might think is normal. Just remember that you are coming in for your boudoir session for a reason- likely that reason is to push yourself to do something amazing and outside of your comfort zone. Remember to stretch before your session, follow my lead (I personally demo most of the poses for you), listen intently and you’ll be rocking these like a pro. So, how exactly do we create these images from a posing standpoint? Let this guide serve as a great head start on your boudoir experience. I hope you’ll practice these at home and get in the zone for your session. Here we go…
It may not look it, but this is one of the more difficult poses that we try in studio. What I’ll ask you to do here is support yourself on your elbows on the edge of the bed while hovering your booty over the floor and balancing on your toes. We really want your butt to just be hovering over the floor which helps elongate your torso. Bring your elbows as close to your torso as possible- this gives you more height to raise your chest to the ceiling. arch your back and let your head fall all the way back with zero strain in the neck. Close your eyes and breathe through your mouth. This pose usually takes 2 or more tries before we nail it so don’t feel bad if you struggle here.
This pose resembles the “fish pose” in yoga in the sense that we are resting on the crown of our head and supported by our elbows. no weight is on the head here! It’s all in the elbows. Arms are slightly extended and bent so that we can reach our body. We always want our hands engaged somewhere on or around our body. One thing I love about this pose is how it brings out the definition in our upper arms so beautifully- this is a result of both engaging our arms here and the direction of light we choose to work with in this pose. We also arch the back here, bring our feet in as close to the butt as possible, toes pointed and heels up.
We looove our booty poses in the studio. Here we have you start on your knees and elbows. Then we stretch your left arm forward and have you rest your head on the inside of that arm. This creates a gorgeous curve in the back. The butt is over the knees here. Most people find this one to be a nice stretch and are comfortable holding here as I work around them from different angles.
All I ask you to do here is lie on your stomach, legs straight and feet together. then I ask you to press your knees into the bed. The more you press the higher the booty goes- even better if you can inch your knees toward your belly button (not recommended if you have lower back issues).
This pose is super flattering and looks great on all body types. It is a statement pose for sure and It does take some extra effort, so let’s walk through how we get you into this so you can try it out on your own pre-session! First we start you flat on your back with your knees bent. Next we have you come up to your elbows, keeping them as close to the torso as possible. This gives you more height to raise your chest to the ceiling. A good back arch is key in this pose so I will push you to go beyond what you might think is enough here. We want as much space as possible between the surface you are on and your lower back. Bring your feet in as close to your butt as possible, up on your toes, and staggered feet. Bring your hands to your rib cage, Keep your chest raised and back arched. Drop your head back, close your eyes, and breathe.
So that is it my dears- some of the tricks we use in the studio to help ease you into these poses. I promise you that you ARE capable of getting yourself into these and I’m always there to guide you through it. Now get into your playful, sexy zone and test these out. You’ll be feeling ready for your boudoir session in no time.

BONUS: Boudoir Session Wardrobe DO's & DONT's

DO:

* Bring at least 3 outfits that you feel comfortable and confident in.

* Try on your chosen outfits several days prior to your session so you KNOW that they will work for you! You want to feel good in your wardrobe- more importantly you want to feel like you.

* Make sure to choose outfits that fit your unique personal style. We want your images to reflect who you actually are and what makes you YOU, not someone that you think you should be.

* Bring a variety of items- such as 2 piece, 1 piece bodysuit, a kimono, fishnets, etc. We want versatility in your wardrobe. In addition, some poses work better in certain types of outfits, so bringing 3 of the same type won't serve you well nor will it give you the variety that your gallery deserves.

* Consider really going for it and shedding that inhibition for an implied nude or nude look. This is YOUR chance to seize the moment and nothing is worse than going home after your session with regrets that you didn't get out of it what you had envisioned.

DON'T:

* Bring lingerie with busy patterns. They tend to distract from what we are really trying to capture in your images- YOU!

* Bring your partner's button down shirt (unless they are the same size as you). Over-sized shirts are unflattering and do your body no justice. We want to accentuate your curves, not cover them up.

* Have too many options- we really want to narrow down outfit choices to the absolute best of. Less is more.

* Think that you need to bring high heeled shoes. While they are fabulous with certain poses, they are by no means a necessity.

* Skip on getting your pedi and mani done! A little pop of color on your nails goes a long way and brings a fun element to your gallery.

A boudoir session is an incredible opportunity to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, increase your confidence, and deepen your self-love. See you in the studio soon!

Credits:

Lindsay Carlisle Boudoir Studio

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