Tips To Maximize Your Posing
Egg Chair Edition
Featuring the stunning Miss S
When I first began my boudoir journey, I was taking photos of ladies in their bedrooms. That meant my options for furniture variety was limited and I used to let that get in my way. However, I have since learned you can achieve a full, beautiful session with just one piece of furniture. The key is to maximize the posing and movement of the lady who is in front of your lens! I wanted to showcase this early morning session with Miss S but I figured I could also help out a new or struggling boudoir photographer by passing on some of the things I have learned over the years!
Putting a client on their knees is a great way to start a session. You can showcase the arch of the back, hair, curve of the booty, and get some lovely detail shots. In this instance I had them kneel on the ground and face the chair. Something to always remember as well is to move around your client. Don't shoot from just one angle. Key things to remember - remind client to push the booty back and push the chest up. Also sometimes clients like to squeeze their shoulders just give them a gentle reminder to relax and roll those shoulders back. Play around with this pose to get details and full body shots you love!
Here is another kneeling pose but this time I have put Miss S in the Egg Chair. While I no longer can photograph the back and booty, I can get some very powerful "I am Woman!" shots from this angle. You can leave the client sitting on her heels and do some leaning forward or have her up on her knees in a "power pose". Again play around with hands, hair, and the clothing your client might be wearing to give variation to your photos. Key thing to remember - in the power pose, always ask the client to push her hip to one side (I usually ask her to choose whatever side she is most comfortable with). This will add an exaggerated curve and give more spice and "power" to the photo!
When I first have clients sit, I like to encourage them to "manspread". Most clients love this pose and the power they feel. This pose is great for full body shots and getting some great detail shots. The helpful thing to remember is make sure clients have their feet under the knees and then their toes pointed. Play around and see what type of variety you can come up with.
I have 2 ways I can have a client lay in the egg chair. Laying first side to side is great for showcasing more curves and it gives the illusion of longer legs. Make sure the clients legs are bent at different angles. I also like to have the client lay with the head almost falling off the chair and feet towards the back. This creates some different angles that are gorgeous, plus gives opportunity for a closer up look. Things to remember is always have client lift the chin up slightly and angle the head to one side just a little.
One way you can also use the chair is to have your client lay their head on the chair. Something to remember is to make sure that none of the shoulder is on the chair and only the clients neck and head. This helps prevent the "Frankenstein" pushed up shoulders. Again make sure client's knees are bent at different angles and her back is arched. This is a great pose for profile shots and close up.
A good transition would be to move your client to the floor. Laying on the back to give an arch is a great floor pose. I also like to roll them to their side so I can showcase the curves of their body. And then from the side roll them to their stomach to showcase another angle of the booty. Things to remember is always help exaggerate curves. Use the arms, the knees, and the hips to push angles to the limit.
Now I have Miss S standing next to the Egg Chair, all though we are no longer truly utilizing it, it still adds a little something to the photos. The thing to remember about standing posing is always have client push the hip facing you towards the camera and make sure one knee is bent. Remind her to push those hips backwards so the booty gets a nice pop.
BONUS TIP: Take advantage of a single pose. Showcase all of the client, some of the client, and then a small detail. Each of these photos feel totally different but the client didn't really move.
I hope this was helpful in utilizing a single piece of furniture. If you have more questions I do offer mentorships and we can go in depth on posing, maximizing a session, and how to create a client experience. Or if you are ready to book your own session contact me today!