Learn to Own Boudoir’s top-selling boudoir poses and create an amazing boudoir photography portfolio of your own. Your clients willLook and feel amazing!
BoudoirPhotography tips for looking professional
It doesn’t matter if you’re a portrait photographer, a wedding photographer, a commercial photographer, or even a school photographer. “If you haven’t been asked for boudoir pictures, then it’s only a matter of time,” says Sarah Witherington, founder, and lead photographer at OWN Boudoir.
In this post, we’ll explore OWN’s most popular boudoir poses—the poses thatShe has made her brand a global success!
These are tried and tested tips for professional boudoir photography
“I’ve learned each of these boudoir photo tips through years of experience,” explains Sarah, “from providing custom service, to enduring long nights editing in Photoshop, to paying attention to which images and boudoir poses my clients spend money on.”
Prep Tip #1 – Get to know each client prior to her boudoir session
Sarah and her team spend time with each client to get to know them through a series of questionnaires thatThey will email each other in the weeks preceding the boudoir session.
“We have questionnaires that cover their hair and makeup ideas, the music they want to listen to, where the like to shop, the reason they are having a boudoir session, etc.” Sarah reveals.
An alternative to email communication? Invite your client into your studio to have a casual face-to–face conversation before they shoot.
These five questions will help you to better understand your client.
- Which images are your favorite?
- Are there any insecurities or “trouble spots” that you’d like to avoid in your boudoir photos?
- Do you have any limitations thatThis could prevent you from achieving certain boudoir poses.
- What do you love about yourself and your appearances?
- Describe your ideal image thatWhat could we create with photographs?
Prep Tip 2: Practice explaining each pose
Describe each pose clearly—and don’t be afraid to demonstrate it yourself!
Sarah says, “Talking to your client throughout the posing process willHelp them feel at ease. MakeYou should also cheer your client on. that they know they are doing a great job!”
Sarah Says: How do you get a well-defined jawline?
“Some of my best-understood boudoir posing instructions will incite a little laughter from my clients,” says Sarah. “One of my favorite examples is when I’m wanting a client to make their jaw more defined (eliminating a double chin) I’ll say something like: “Stick your chin out like a turtle!” That willHave a good laugh.
Prep Tip 3: Change your outlook
When a pose isn’t quite coming together the way you imagined it, Sarah recommends that you change your perspective. “I’ll adjust my angle or the height from which I’m shooting,” Sarah explains. “Changing your perspective in the middle of a boudoir pose willYou can be sure that you don’t skip over the best angle for your client!”
Prep Tip 4: Pay attention to the details
“Before your shutter clicks, take one last glance through your viewfinder for any minor adjustments that you could make in order to perfect the pose and please your client,” advises Sarah. “If you were able to talk with your client pre-shoot about any hesitations or insecurities they may have, then you’ll know exactly what to look for!”
Sarah’s top-selling boudoir photography poses
OWN Boudoir’s top-selling boudoir poses are the poses they know their clients willAlways select from their album or digital collection.
“It’s helpful to have a set of three to five boudoir poses thatYou know will work well with most clients,” Sarah suggests. “Having a set of go-to boudoir photo poses will help you to never get stuck without ideas during a session.”
#1 selling pose: From behind
“When I ask a client for inspiration images for their boudoir shoot,” Sarah tells us, “my clients always send a boudoir photo from behind along with the comment: Just make my butt look like this!”
“Angle your camera from behind the client in order to get the best shot,” Sarah recommends. “If you position yourself too far forward, your client will mostly be photographed from the side, and you won’t be able to see the rear enough for a flattering image.”
Number 2: Lying on her back is the top-selling pose
In OWN’s experience, poses on the back are the most flattering to the full body.
“When executing this pose, I like to position myself at the client’s head and shoot down the body,” describes Sarah. “In this pose, the chin must be raised toward the camera. This defines the client’s face a bit more and also prevents the chin from disappearing into the neck.”
Top-selling pose #3: Chest portrait
“I love a great ‘portrait’ that features the face AND the chest,” raves Sarah. “Try putting your client in an off-the-shoulder sweater for a more casual vibe. If your client is on the edgier side then add a choker style necklace to this look—or even a harness.”
Sarah also recommends this pose if you’re shooting implied nudity. Have your client cover their chest with a sheet or a blanket for a great ‘nude’ photo that doesn’t reveal too much!
ShootProof for boudoir galleries: Here are some ways to use it
Did you know? thatShootProof provides many ways for your boudoir clients to feel empowered and at ease.
#1: Privacy settings
MakeYou can ensure that your galleries remain private by asking your clients to enter a password to view or download their images.
BoudoirPhotographers often capture intimate, prettty poses. thatYou are more open than your client is comfortable sharing.
Your client can choose how much information they wish to share with their friends by using the Hide button.
#2: Hide photos
The “Hide” feature allows your client to control which photos are for their eyes only.
#3: Self-Fulfilling Products
Additionally, you can also self-fulfill products on behalf of your clients. This is a way to make your clients happy. thatYour client willInstead of ordering from a printer, order directly from you. As the photographer, you can choose the best way to print your clients’ images and keep their privacy a top priority.
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Written by ANNE SIMONE. Featuring SARAH WITHERINGTON, OWN| Featuring SARAH WITHERINGTON from OWN Boudoir