It is important to stress again that boudoir photography is very different from pornography/porn. Pornography is a stark and rarely inspired recording of nudity or sexual acts created purely to invoke sexual feelings. With true boudoir photography nudity is rarely involved, nor are the poses necessarily immodest. That being said, there are some easy ideas to help you take tasteful boudoir photographs.
- Keep it modest
With boudoir photography, more is often less. Keep poses modest, not sprawled out with legs open. A slight turn of the head and shoulder can create a very intimate look without being blatant. The goal is to create a sensual portrait without becoming garish and crude. Models do not have to be lying down nor does a bed necessarily have to be the prop. A relaxed pose on a chaise lounge is very appropriate for boudoir photography. Experiment with angles similar to those you would see if standing close to the subject and speaking to her.
For boudoir photography lighting should be soft. Clear colors are desirable but lighting should never create harsh shadows for boudoir photography. Soft lighting will help to add to the sense of intimacy in the photographs rather than a feeling of intrusion that overly strong lighting can invoke. Soft boxes and diffusers (whether home made or store bought) are a must for boudoir photography.
The human mind loves puzzles. For boudoir photography covering the body can be much more effective than revealing it. "Modest" negligees partially covered with sheer robes can catch the attention of the mind for much longer than nudity. If nudity is used then you must be very careful to show the nudity only in part least the image become less intimate and more intrusive.