Boudoir Pose Breakdown – Sun Goddess, Defying Gravity

Boudoir Pose Breakdown

In this installment of Boudoir Pose Breakdown we’re gonna’ take a look at a pose I’ve christened Sun Goddess which features the legs, chest, face, and neck.

Sun Goddess actually evolved out of the Icon pose I wrote about previously. I even considered calling it a variation of that, but the more I explored the pose the more it began to take on its own identity so I decided to give it its own name and make it its own thing.

Unlike Icon which works best shot on the floor or a long sturdy coffee table, Sun Goddess is most effective on a settee or sofa, reason being so you can have the subject elevate her feet up onto the armrest.

What Is The Pose Saying?

While Icon is more laid back and languid, emphasizing a long flowing sensual line from head to toe, Sun Goddess has more energy to it. It’s an active pose.

The name came to me because it reminds me of a woman on a beach soaking up all the energy of the sun

There’s a metaphysical quality to it, like it’s part of a sun worshipping ceremony with an emphasis on directing one’s energy up towards the heavens.

What it’s saying exactly I can’t be sure, but that’s the impression I get from it.

It’s a good way to look at it though because it will remind you that the pose’s energy is upward and conveying that to your subject will give her something to focus on when holding it. 

Boudoir pose on loveseat

It’s an even more buoyant pose than Icon because the subject can raise their legs, resting their feet on the armrest.

This creates more of a “V” shape with the body, lifting more of their form up off the furniture. 

A Subtle Taboo

Another thing this pose is saying is more beneath the surface. 

Since it takes place on what is traditionally living room furniture, where people gather together in a socially acceptable manner, it’s now the stage for a more scandalous type of picture — a woman in lingerie stretched out in all her feminine glory. 

It’s a subtle juxtaposition that adds an extra tiny dose of interest.

Structure Of The Pose

Have your subject sit on a settee or sofa so her body is parallel to the backrest, upper body propped up supported by the elbows, feet resting on the armrest with face in profile.

Having the face in profile is important to complete the symmetry of the pose. It will also create a nice line to the neck.

There will be a lot of triangles created with the bent arms and bent legs that will contrast with the convex curve of the back and the concave curve of her neck line.

Key Points To Capturing Sun Goddess

Arch the back and have them push their chest towards the ceiling.

Face in profile with eyes shut.

Point the toes.

Arching the wrists is a nice touch.

Stagger the legs and create a little space in between.

Try to capture the profile against a clean backdrop so its definition does not get lost in the background.

To really get the full effect of this pose you’ll want the skin tone of your subject to contrast with the color of the settee or sofa. This will allow her body to stand out and be showcased more prominently.


This can be shot in a onesie or two-piece bra and bottom set.

If they’re self-conscious about their mid-section then a onesie works best. You want something form-fitting though to allow for the back arch to be seen which is a key feature of this pose.

Wrap Up

Sun Goddess is another one of those poses (like Icon) that shows off the whole body from head to toe that features nearly every facet of a woman’s figure.

There’s more energy to it, for sure, and the impact is just as powerful. 

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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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