How to pose family portraits?

Give basic guidelines rather than specific postures. Move to create new postures. Plan groupings rather than poses. Involve children in the poses.

When we pose family members standing up, everyone tends to turn towards the target with arms at their sides. Similarly, notice all the diagonal lines formed by the different positions in this photo below. It's much more interesting than if they were sitting side by side on the grass. And it also goes a long way in conveying connection and love.

Sometimes you can't avoid placing your subjects side by side, for example, in this photo below, where they were sitting on a fence. But you can easily elevate your portrait session by bringing them closer together and having them hug each other. Avoid awkward, lifeless family photos and instead capture natural connections by provoking interactions. Ask your subjects to turn towards each other and suggest kisses, tickles and games.

Singing and playing games can make children have fun. Avoid poses where adults are standing and young children appear much lower in the frame. This difference in height makes it much more difficult for families to connect. As a result, there will be no emotion to capture.

It also forces you to shoot much further away to get everyone in the frame. Instead, ask the adults to get down to their children's height. You'll be surprised what a difference it makes to their interactions. Earlier I talked about form and lines in relation to seated subjects.

But it goes beyond that. When taking family portraits on the beach, open shade is rare. So either you want an overcast day where the sun is filtering through the clouds, or you'll need to shoot during the golden hours of the day. That is, between one and two hours before sunset or after sunrise.

Get close for detail shots and more intimate portraits. Focus on faces, hands and even that sweet curl on the baby's forehead. This kind of cropping tends to get a lot of likes on social media, if you're into that sort of thing. For family portrait sessions, we want to emphasise the connection and keep the photos as authentic as possible.

Use multiple points of contact and expect natural reactions. Beware of distractions, such as natural pointers and negative or tight framing. A super easy and classic pose for families is to have them line up. This can be done with any number of people and creates a photo that ensures no one is hiding behind anyone else.

By posing in this way, it will also allow you to open up the aperture a little more, creating a blurred background. Make sure that, when you line them up, they are not all standing straight and with their hands at their sides. Ask them to bend or cross something. Bend a knee, cross their arms or ankles, put their hand in their pocket, and so on.

This will create a more relaxed look. Thank you, I have just booked a family of 16, 8 adults and 8 children aged 17 to 2 weeks. This couldn't have come at a better time, ReplyCancel. Although I always say it's better to give your clients some guidelines rather than a very precise demand for a certain pose, you should absolutely explain some specific poses and photograph the family in them.

The kids look adorable warm in their snow clothes, and the family will naturally pose closer together to keep warm in the cold weather. Or this gorgeous family portrait photo, which cleverly conveys the love and protectiveness of this little girl. Search the internet for "family portrait posing" and you'll find sunny photos of smiling families in immaculate outfits. Be sure to compose photos of grandparents and their children, as well as adding grandchildren to the picture.

Capture precious moments between them and their parents by getting a variety of posed and candid shots of them playing together. I schedule back-to-back minis at 20 minute intervals to give some transition time between the families. A great way to add some variety to your family portrait gallery is to take a break from posing and photograph children and parents playing. That said, here are some specific, tried and tested poses that work well with large groups and families.

To avoid this, bring your biggest smile to the session and try to have a carefree and happy attitude as you communicate how you want them to pose or each photo. Yes, family portrait poses are still intentional, but a mini session is more about documenting growth from one year to the next. Take lots of natural photos of the family interacting, but during the holiday season it should be a rule that you need to take at least one overly posed and awkward Christmas photo for the family to send to all their relatives. When taking family portraits outdoors, look for parked cars, poles, rubbish cans or people in the distance behind the subject.

However, in the snow, on the beach or in nature, family portrait poses may depend on the environment. In the shot, try many positions that vary between candid and posed, such as the cute photographic idea of the "family sandwich". When shooting family portrait poses, you will convey connection much better when subjects are encouraged to turn their bodies towards each other rather than towards your lens.

Roger Deonarian
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