Boudoir Pose Breakdown — The Décolletage Detail Shot


In this episode of Boudoir Pose Breakdown we’re going to take a look at the Detail Shot, specifically of the décolletage.

But first…

Why exactly is the décolletage?

“Décolletage” is a French word meaning the exposed upper portion of a woman’s chest and neck when she’s wearing a low-cut dress or top. It can also include her bare shoulders and cleavage as well, but it’s mainly that exposed upper chest area.

When featuring the décolletage it’s best the woman have on some type of garment that defines it by outlining it. 

Any low-cut top, slip, or bra will do this automatically.

This will draw the eye’s attention to that region by not only exposing it but also by covering up the non-decolletage areas as well.

This is more powerful than a shot of that area where the subject isn’t wearing anything at all up top. Since she’s bared-skinned throughout, there’s nothing to differentiate that area as being special.

A garment that features the décolletage gives your image a point of focus, and you’re saying to the viewer, “Look here, this is important”.

What Is The Shot Saying?

As I just mentioned, this type of image is saying, “Hey, I want you to look right here, very specifically.” 

You’re drawing focus to that part of the woman’s body with a close-up of it. 

Detail shots by definition are usually about one specific thing and everything else is less important.

You emphasis this by having everything else out of focus.

To do this you’ll need a lens with a relatively low f-stop, 2.8 or lower. Ideally 1.8 or even 1.4 but the lower you go the more expensive the lens.

Structure of the Shot

When shooting detail shots of the décolletage I like to have the woman’s fingers (or one finger) slowly trace across the area, then I’ll snap several shots as she does this slow action.

This will define the area even more because it’s as if she’s pointing to it in a subtle way… but it’s also just a nice touch and adds a bit more interest to the image.

You can grab detail shots of the décolletage with your subject lying on her back, standing, kneeling, sitting in a chair… just about anywhere but I find on the back and standing to be the most practical. 

When doing your bed flow posing sequence, it’s super quick and easy to just step in (or zoom in) and grab a few shots when she’s on her back from another pose.

The same is true for a standing sequence against a wall.

Keys To The Décolletage Detail Shot

I think the biggest key is to define the area of the décolletage with either clothing and/or the framing of your camera, along with the surrounding area being out of focus (if your shot allows it).

When the woman is lying down I like to shoot at 45 degrees off one shoulder, this way I can get the lower part of her mouth and lips out of focus in the shot as well.

Benefits of the Décolletage Detail Shot

One huge benefit this shot gives you is variety of mood and composition within your session.

With a wider variety of images to choose from, your client may not be able to part with any of them and hopefully upgrade to a bigger (and more expensive) package.

Wrap Up

Don’t forget your detail shots, especially of the décolletage! These shots add a unique flavor to your session… one women can’t resist.

I’ll be spotlighting other types of detail shots in the coming weeks, along with more traditional boudoir pose breakdowns so stayed tuned!

Thanks for your time!

Charles Mitri

Founder / Lounge Boudoir

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