Boudoir Pose Breakdown – Standing S Curve

Standing Boudoir Pose silhouette

In this installment of Boudoir Pose Breakdown I’m going to talk about a pose I call Standing S Curve.

I mentioned this pose briefly in another article, “Why Some Boudoir Poses Work and Others Don’t” but want to go into more depth with it here.

It’s such an important standing pose that I thought it deserved a breakdown all its own.

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at Standing S Curve.

An Iconic Standing Boudoir Pose

If there was one pose in boudoir that is at the top of the mountain of standing poses, it would be Standing S Curve. 

You wouldn’t think a simple standing pose could deliver such impact, but Standing S Curve does.

It’s a study of everything right with a boudoir pose with regard to forming triangles and S curves, and interestingly enough, the S curve is not formed by the natural undulating line of the female form, but instead, in the way the body is positioned. 

Standing boudoir pose

The Structure of the Pose

Instruct your model to place her weight on one leg. This will automatically cause the hip on that same side to pop out (hard to see through the wrap). 

Have her point her chin in the opposite direction.

Next, have her cross her other leg (the one without the weight) a bit in front of the other with a bent knee. It will help if she places it on the balls of her feet. 

She should then bend the arm that’s on the same side as her bent leg, placing her hand on her stomach/waistline area pointing downward. (This is important as it continues the line down her leg).

Standing boudoir pose

If she’s wearing a wrap, like in the example, she can grab the edge of it with her hand, but either way.

Her other arm is up (bent) running her hand through her hair. This will add more asymmetry to the pose. If she has short hair, she can place her hand on her neck or on the side of her head.

You want to form two triangles (as best you can) with the two arms and the bent leg. 

This positioning will form that large S-shaped curve that runs the length of her body from head to toe.

Benefits of Standing S Curve

This is a slenderizing pose, so if you want to make your client look slimmer, Standing S Curve will do that.

Add a wrap or robe if you want to conceal even more, or in this case, it just looks cool because its sheer and it’s lit from behind.

This partial silhouette gives the image an ethereal fantasy-type feel to it. 

Adjust the shadows in post to give the image more or less of that silhouette look if you try this yourself.

It’s also a very feminine looking pose.

What Is The Pose Saying?

To me, this pose is saying, “I am a sensual sexy woman and I feel good in my skin.” 

It’s open to interpretation, of course, but that’s what I get from it.

Keys To Capturing Standing S Curve

Create space between the arm that’s bent by her side and her body, and with the other arm between her arm and the side of her neck/face. 

If she has longer fuller hair this may be harder to achieve, but do your best. Perhaps move all her hair so it hangs over her shoulder on the opposite side. 

Wrap Up For Standing S Curve

Standing S Curve is not only one of my favorite standing poses, but one of my favorite poses overall — and if shot in front of a window as a partial silhouette, can have even more impact. 

Thanks for your time!

Charles Mitri

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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