What do I do with my hands? Boudoir Posing/Props

There's a lot that's going to be flying through your mind during your session, and figuring out how to pose or what to bring or what to do is definitely not one of your jobs that day.

To prepare you just a bit more, I've compiled a few posing tips and prop ideas that are going to make your boudoir session literally the easiest thing EVER.


So here's the thing: you don't need to know how to pose at all. I'll be walking you through every step so you don't have to think about it.


It doesn't hurt to know how you look doing certain things. So throw on some lingerie, find a full length mirror, and practice. What does it look like when you pop your booty out? What changes in your hips when you bend your left knee vs your right? Turn your shoulder towards the mirror, and then away. Stand with your arms at your side, then turn your wrist all the way to the right and all the way to the left: how does that change your upper arm? What side of your face/profile do you prefer? These are all things that I know the answer to, but you may just feel more comfortable knowing yourself too.

Posing and moving is definitely a work out too, so I recommend stretching the morning of your session. Even though all of the poses and movements we do are about looking natural and feeling comfortable, there's a lot of flexing and balancing often involved. Drink some water, stretch it out, and take a hot bath when you get home.


The best thing to bring for props are things that are simple and things that are personal (and things that are both!). These characteristics make it ultra comfortable and easy to go through your session naturally.


I'll definitely have a lot of mugs to choose from, but do you have a favorite that comforts you on Sunday mornings? Is there a mug that is far superior to all of the other mugs in your house and you want to show it how much you love it? Okay, maybe not that last part, but I'll have plenty of cider and tea and beverages to fill that mug, so bring it along and we'll add to the memories you have of it.


Have a favorite long necklace? Earrings? Bracelets? These are all small details that make a huge impact when it comes to boudoir. They are another item to focus on, so you feel just a little less self conscious. Plus jangling them around can help relieve nerves.


There is nothing better for boudoir than sweaters. Cardigans paired with a bralette or a pullover paired with cute undies is a bunch of HECK YES and they can help you feel covered but still look ultra flirty. Plus they're soft, so it's a win-win situation. PLUS they can be used to cover parts of you that make you feel less than perfect, so they help with posing a lot. Basically, bring a sweater and a big cardigan, non negotiable ;)


Boudoir doesn't have to be just lingerie or half-nakedness - do you have a favorite pair or cut offs or a favorite tank top that just makes you feel bombshell? Bring that extra piece of clothing and we'll fit it into your regimen and make sure that everything is perfect for you.

A jersey or t-shirt of a loved one

I think boudoir is best practiced as a gift to yourself, but it doesn't hurt to send a few images the way of a loved one. If your partner has a favorite jersey or piece of clothing that they love to see you in, bring it along! We'll do a few with it, and your session becomes both self-empowering and a quick holiday gift.

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