Most Popular Boudoir Chair Poses

Boudoir chair pose with young female straddling chair

Having your boudoir client pose sexy in a chair can be challenging, after all there are many different types of chairs and each one comes with poses that work best for that particular design.

To make things simple (I like simple) we’re going to focus on just three types of chairs that might be found in most boudoir photo shoot situations and all together we’ll have the best boudoir chair poses to store in our memory banks for boudoir chair posing!

Sound fun?

You bet!

Let’s Go!

The Basic Kitchen Chair


The kitchen chair is probably the chair that comes to mind when someone mentions the word “chair”. It’s your typical kitchen table chair, usually made of wood, with a simple straight back and no armrests. 

The Straddle

The boudoir chair pose that makes the boldest statement is the straddle.

This provocative and suggestive pose holds nothing back and makes an impression that most other boudoir poses can’t.

This pose can work with either a solid or see-through back. The solid back leaves more to the imagination but is still powerful.

Have your subject sit backwards in the chair with her legs straddling either side and have her grab the backrest or sides of her seat with both hands. 

With this one pose you can get three completely different looks. 

From The Front

Boudoir chair pose with woman straddling chair

Shot from the front you get probably one of the most unapologetically sexual images one can capture because of the taboo nature of the woman’s open legs. It’s a pose that pulls no punches and reflexively demands our attention.

There’s a lot you can do here so experiment with having her shift her body around until you see something that looks interesting.  

You can go for complete symmetry of alignment, or capture something more asymmetrical. Personally, I like the asymmetrical look better because the perfectly symmetrical shot can come off looking clinical and emotionally distant. 

A Variation on the Straddle

A variation of this straddle pose is when you have your subject sit in the chair proper but with both arms stiff-armed in front, gripping the edge of the seat.

Boudoir chair pose

Not as wide open as the blatant Straddle pose, this variation offers slightly more discretion while still delivering a suggestive and bold image.

From The Side

Chair boudoir pose

Shot in profile or at forty-five degrees off axis from behind, this pose emphasizes the sensual line of the woman’s shoulders, down the back, to the curve of her bottom. It’s important she arch her back and engage her hands by gripping the backrest. Shot from the side, this can be quite a sexy image. 

From The Back

From the back, this angle emphasizes the back and booty. Beware, however, that having your subject sit in the chair may cause her butt to appear larger than it really is. So, decide if that’s something you want.

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The Arm Chair

This is your typical cushioned arm chair with armrests that exists in just about every living room in the world. There are lots of variations on this style, but when it comes down to it, they all stem from the same basic design.

Unlike the armless kitchen chair, this time we’re going to use the arms to our advantage.

The Carry Pose 

I like to call this the Carry Pose since the arms of the chair mimic human arms carrying someone.

Have the woman lie across the chair with her butt resting on the seat. Her legs will be draped over one arm while her back rests against the other. Instruct her to stagger her bended legs with either the one closest to camera lower than the one behind it or vice versa.

This creates some nice triangles that always complement a woman’s form.

With her hand closest to camera, I usually like her to grip the front edge of the chair as it engages the hand and energizes it.

The other hand can be placed delicately on her upper chest area or resting above her in some fashion. 

This pose creates more interesting angles and layers than any other pose I can think of, so have fun with it and try out variations. 

The Elegant Lady

Another pose you can do in this chair is something I call The Elegant Lady… because it’s elegant and sexy at the same time.

Have your subject sit sideways near the front edge of the seat, both feet on the floor, legs staggered. It’s as if she’s sitting in profile to camera, but not quite. 

Have her look over her shoulder back towards camera where the hand closest to camera is sliding down her bra strap. Her other hand can rest on her knee. She can either look straight into camera or down the length of her body.

Shoot it both ways and see which one you like better.

Resting Chair Pose

With Resting Chair Pose have your model sit sideways towards the side edge of the chair. She can then place her arm on the backrest and rest her head on it. Her legs can be bent touching the ground or curled up on the seat cushion underneath her.

The size and shape of the chair will dictate the most comfortable and natural looking pose.

With eyes closed, she’s sleeping.

WIth eyes open staring out a window, she’s daydreaming or waiting for someone.

The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan is a pose I saw as a kid on the cover of a book my mom had called Body Language by Julius First. It must have made an impression on me because I’ve never forgotten it.

Have your subject sit square to camera with her arms and legs crossed. She can look directly into the lens or angle her head towards the light.

It can be used as an implied nudity shot because everything is covered up by her crossed arms and legs.

This pose is all about attitude and facial expression… and concealing a naked body if posing in the buff.

The Stool

White stool

Posing with a stool is limited since you’re dealing with such a small area to work with — just a small seat.

If it has a foot rest, you can get some nice staggered angles with the legs with one foot up on the footrest while the other is positioned on the floor. 

Simple Stool Pose

Have your subject sit at a 45 degree angle to camera with one foot touching the floor, the other resting on the foot rest. Arms can be behind her with hands gripping the edge of the seat, or in front, gripping the stool between her legs.

Here’s a variation with both legs bent, feet resting on the foot rest.

Straddle With A Stool

There are many variations you can do with the straddle pose. Both feet resting on the foot rest or just one as in the example above. She can grip the edge of the seat between her legs, behind her, or on either side.

That’s A Wrap

So, there you have it. The most popular boudoir chair poses utilizing three different chairs… and one stool.

Now you have the power to pose any woman in any chair! But remember… “with great power comes great responsibility”.

So, use this power wisely.

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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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