This guide will provide you with all of the details needed to pose a woman for boudoir. This is a detailed list of everything that we are looking at from head to toe. Below each section are examples of images that demonstrate the key points discussed.

Attention to Detail

Posing is one of the most important aspects of boudoir. In this app we will be presenting the key details that we look at when posing. While shooting we are looking at our client from head to toe at all times and tweaking every possible aspect that will make her look her best. Even if we can not see the certain body part in the frame, we are still instructing the client what to do with it. For example, the effects of a pointed toe, even when not seen, can have an effect on the rest of the body seen in the image. Our clients are not models. For a lot of them, this is the first time that they have ever been in a studio or in front of a camera. Posing is where you can make a woman feel beautiful about herself while still showing her what she looks like.


Boudoir is about empowerment, so using liquify to change a woman from a size 12 to a size 4 does not give her a realistic view of what she looks like. We believe that a woman should walk away from the shoot saying, “Wow, I can’t believe that’s me!” Not because it looks nothing like her, but because it is her and not an overly photoshopped version of someone she does not recognize. This is where posing comes into play. You need to stretch out a woman to make sure you are not seeing any rolls in the skin. As well, get her butt lifted, her chest out, and her calves raised, to be able to see the curves and make her look as sexy as possible.

Confidence Starts With You.

As the photographer, you need to be confident and assertive in your posing. You do not want your client to feel like you are not certain about what you want or are doing. They are able to see your portfolio and the amazing work you have created. If you struggle while posing a client during a shoot, she may think that the is problem is with her personally. This can make her lose confidence in what she is doing. Instead, giving specific direction in a calm manner provides the client with the confidence she needs. Also providing confidence in you, which will allow you to push clients, providing them with exactly what they need from a boudoir shoot.

Inspiration in Your Pocket.

It is our vision that you take your time and read this App like a book, but that it can also be a quick reference guide you take with you on your mobile devices, and can easily come back to for a quick refresher, & inspiration the day of a shoot. Therefore, this App is viewable across all devices with a web browser. On your laptop, and all Apple and Android mobile devices.

This section is arguably the most important aspect of posing in boudoir. This is where you can push a photo from being a nice, pretty photograph to being a sexy one.


Pop the butt

Popping the butt is not just about pushing the butt back. The client will just end up bending over and it will not provide the look you are going for. It is the opposite of the thrust forward, it is a thrust back, creating an arch in her lower back. So in the end, she should have an arch from the top of the butt crack to the bottom of her neck.


One problem is that a lot of runners or women who work out without stretching will have very tight muscles in their upper legs. This will not allow them to pop their butts. To get around this and create the curve you are looking for when your client can not pop her butt, have her bend over at the waist while holding on to the edge of a counter or couch. You can also have her get on her hands and knees and drop down to her elbows. This will allow for the butt to naturally lift, giving you the curve you are looking for. Another option while your client is standing is to have her lift one knee, pointing her foot behind her. Although you don’t get the curve where you want it (in the lower back), it does provide the illusion of a curve. When standing, ask your client to bend one leg. Ask her to put her feet together, bending the leg further away from you and put all of her weight on the other leg. The result is that the butt is lifted towards the camera, giving it a nice round shape.


Instruct your clients to think tight and up. On a practical level it shortens the leg muscles and brings the butt back in. This way she still has a natural look to her stomach and it doesn’t effect their butt pop. When it comes to the stomach, never tell your client to suck in. This can be very damaging for their self esteem.

Posing Matters.

We are excited to share with you some of the most important lessons we have learned over the last 10 years, and condensed it into this convenient mobile app that you can take with you everywhere. 

In the full version we break down these basic lessons in to seven important sections: 

+ Hair 
+ Eyes 
+ Mouth 
+ Upper Body 
+ Hips, Butt & Stomach 
+ Legs & Feet 
+ Hands

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What Others Are Saying:

The Last Forty Percent has outdone themselves and put together the strongest boudoir guide we’ve ever seen. First we love what this guide isn’t. Skipping a generic list of poses next to some camera exif data, Last Forty Percent has gone though a woman’s entire body, section by section, giving us the knowledge and tools to sculpt our own interpretations of our clients and their individuality. On top of all that it’s in our pocket at all times ready to go when we need it!
— Dark Roux
{Your app} is f#%king awesome!
— Denise Birdsong
After taking the Last Forty Percent workshop I thought I took down all the notes I needed. But I got the app and having each detail we went over outlined so perfectly matched with images to show examples of what we discussed it’s been amazing to take a peek at it before every shoot. It has helped me get the most out of each session and both my clients and I are thankful!
— Michael Sasser

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