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4 Ways to Create an Easier Boudoir Photography Posing Sequence

For the first few years in my photography business, I went into sessions so stressed out! I was a nervous wreck about not getting every photo a client wanted or if they could tell I didn’t know what I was doing. 

It wasn’t very fun and to be honest, it made me dread sessions. 

I still remember pulling up poses from Instagram and Pinterest while my client was changing outfits, just trying to have enough poses to get through the session. On top of everything else I had to focus on during the session, it wore me out. 

But now with some experience under my belt, I’ve realized that the way to avoid this is to create a session that’s repeatable. Because it ensures you keep things running smoothly. (Which…pssst…means less overwhelm for YOU!)

So how do you create a repeatable session? The first step is to build a boudoir photography posing sequence that is too. 

And in this episode, I’m going to show you four ways you can do just that!


But First — How Varying Your Boudoir Photography Posing Sequence Can Help You Sell

Before we jump in, I want to mention one thing…

No matter if you’re doing in-person sales (IPS) or shoot and burn, it’s important to over-deliver with photos. And honestly, this is even more important with IPS because it results in higher album sales. 

If you show your clients 100+ photos, they’ll be more likely to purchase all the ones they love, which means a bigger album sold. 

My goal is to never show under 60, but I prefer showing over 100. It’s almost always helped me have album sales over $3,000 because it’s so much harder to narrow them down. 

And getting that number of photos is as simple as adding slight variations to your poses. Like looking at the camera, looking away, smiling, laughing, etc. 

But to be able to do that, you have to have a good posing sequence. So let’s talk about how to create one. 

Posing Tip #1: Create a Sequence You Can Memorize

The first thing you want to do is create a repeatable sequence that you can memorize. 

Think about what poses your clients always pick for their album. What are people consistently asking for? What always flatters clients, no matter the backdrop or type of lighting?

If you’re not quite to the point that you know which ones clients want to buy, think about which poses make them drool on your Instagram. Which poses get the most likes and comments? 

Once you know this, sift through them to see which ones you can easily do one after the other. It may take some practice, but you should pick poses that you could do in your sleep!  

Posing Tip #2: Maximize Your Studio Setup

The second step is to pick the right props or furniture for your studio setup so you maximize your time and space as much as possible. 

But here’s the thing – it’s not so much the props as it is how easily your setup helps you pose your client.

For example, I always start with Icebreaker poses, then move to another set of poses on the same bed. I just have my clients change up the outfit they’re wearing a bit. Then we move to my chaise lounge set up. Then to the grey wall. 

And it goes like this every single time. I’ve been able to narrow down the flow that moves best. 

So start paying attention to where you get hiccups or notice a snag in how smooth your sessions are running. Is there a prop that always trips you up? Are a certain pair of sheets making it harder to photograph quickly? 

Paying attention to this can really help you see what works best for capturing the best photos more efficiently!

Posing Tip #3: Standing, Sitting, Laying 

The third thing you want to do is create a posing sequence that goes from standing to sitting, to laying, in that exact order. 

Why? Because you want to make sure you’re being efficient with how your clients are moving. It flows naturally and reduces the amount of times you have to adjust poses or change them altogether. 

You may not think the constant standing to sitting to laying down would add that much more time, but trust me, it really does!

So plan out your poses with minimal movement so you can get as many scroll-stopping photos as possible.

Posing Tip #4: Avoid Overshooting

And finally…do NOT overshoot! 

Yes, I said to overdeliver earlier, but they are not the same. You can still run an efficient session and show your clients tons of stunning photos if you do it right. 

But you don’t need 30 photos of every single pose. Realistically, you just need two photos of each pose and expression. If you’re photographing well, and know how to pose your clients well, then this is super easy to do.

And avoiding overshooting also means less time spent culling, so it really helps you save time in other areas of your business, too!

Remember: Keep it Smooth, Keep it Efficient

The important thing to remember here is efficiency. Because running an efficient session means you can run an efficient business. 

And all of that helps you create a great experience for your clients too, because you aren’t focusing all your attention on how to get from step to step. It helps open up more opportunities for you to really go above and beyond. 

But if you want to make your sessions even easier, and really wow your clients at each one, I highly recommend joining the Boudoir Studio Accelerator.

This is my signature course to help you create a client experience that will keep them coming back for more (and telling their friends about it, too!). Whether you’re a new photographer, or have been around for a while, this course will help you refine your process and take your sessions to the next level!

Sign up or learn more about the Boudoir Studio Accelerator here


Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photogapher for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.

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