Boudoir Pose Breakdown – Reclined Floor Pose With A Twist

Boudoir floor pose

This is another favorite pose of mine, mainly because it creates such a unique sensual shape overall. It’s also understated, elegant, and casual like Booty A La Carte

In this episode of Boudoir Pose Breakdown we’re going to take a look at a pose I call Reclined Floor Pose With A Twist.

As mentioned before, I collect interesting poses of all kinds and organize them in Pinterest boards. It’s a great way to have all these poses instantly assessable on my phone or iPad as a visual example when directing clients into them. 

It’s also great to have something your client can look at as well.

I can’t remember where I first saw this pose but it was love at first sight. The instant I came across it, it grabbed my attention and held my interest.

What Does It Say?

Like Booty A La Carte, Reclined Floor Pose With A Twist is a casually sensual pose. It’s not trying too hard to be sexy and it’s not too aware of itself. 

It’s almost as if you caught your subject in the middle of re-positioning herself or rolling over.

To me, this is probably the most dreamy pose I know of, and has a unique vibe all its own… which is cool because it adds some variety of mood to your shots… which clients like.

Who It Works Best With

Reclined Floor Pose With A Twist works best with women who are tall with long legs and you want to feature those legs. 

Not to say it won’t work with average height women, it will, however the effect will be somewhat less dramatic than with a taller woman.

In the main post image, my subject is six feet tall with very long legs.

In the one below, she’s probably around 5’2″.

Fuller-figured women will have a hard time getting into this pose, so I don’t even attempt it with them.

I consider this pose to be more of a specialty pose to be used when conditions are ripe for its impact.

The Structure of the Pose

Have your subject lie on her side facing camera, then slowly twist her upper body away from camera. Unless she’s super flexible, her back will not lie flush with the floor. It will be slightly raised off the ground. 

She’ll probably have only one shoulder blade touching the floor instead of both.

Have her rest her arms above her head.

I like shooting this on a hard floor to avoid any sagging in the middle that a bed or sofa might give you, but I think you could do this on a bed although shot at more of an elevated angle looking down. 

By doing this, you’d see the twist more at a 45 degree angle from above, than horizontally at ground level.

When shooting this on the floor, I’m lying on my stomach with the camera held just an inch or two above the ground. 

I also use a zoom lens (Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8) so I don’t have to constantly shift forward or backwards to get tighter or wider. I let my zoom do the work. 

I also shoot enough of these floor poses like that where I needed a zoom to make shooting more efficient and comfortable for me. For more on that concept check out my video, “Why I Shoot Boudoir With A Zoom Lens”.

Key Points To Reclined Floor Pose With A Twist

Head Angle

I find you don’t want her face falling into strict profile. I think slightly angled towards camera works best.

This is also the position her head will fall into naturally once she settles into the twist.

If done right, her body will form one big obtuse triangle with her hip being the high point, then sloping down on either side towards the feet and arms in opposite directions. 

Boudoir floor pose

The Hidden Arm

With both arms resting above her head, the arm furthest from camera will be hidden behind her head, but if you instruct your model to slide that arm further away from her head, you should be able to catch a glimpse of her hand. 

I always try to catch some hint of a blocked arm or leg to avoid the “amputee” look, and seeing just a glimpse of that back hand will prevent that. 

You might also have to raise your camera a bit as well, to get a better angle. It’s a balance between seeing that back hand/arm and not losing the aesthetic of the pose by shooting from too high an angle.

Tokina 24-70mm 2.8
Tokina 24-70mm 2.8

Lens Choice

You need a fair amount of space to pull this pose off, especially if you’re shooting with a 35mm prime, which is why I bought a mid-range zoom. The lens gives me more “space” by allowing me to zoom out, creating a wider field of view (below 35mm).

That holds true for any of my other floor poses as well, where my subject is stretched out from head to toe and I need to capture space at either end of her.


So far, I’ve only shot this with the woman wearing a onesie, and I prefer this so her bare legs won’t compete with her bare midriff, which enables you to showcase her legs even more. T

Also, because of the twist, a onesie will hide any folds of skin that might occur at the waist, and women always appreciate that. 

Wrap Up

This is a good pose to start with at the beginning of your floor posing sequence (if you’ve got one), but it’s also just a good stand-alone floor shot for something sensually understated.

Reclined Floor Pose With A Twist is sexy in a subtle way, and that’s one of the main reasons I love it!

Thanks for your time!

Charles Mitri

Founder / Lounge Boudoir

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Charles Mitri

Charles Mitri is an award-winning boudoir photographer and also founder and writer of, an educational blog and resource website for boudoir photographers worldwide. He lives in Yorktown, Virginia.

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