A Guide to Posing Your Family Photos
These are some tips that I use when I do photo sessions. Whether it’s a mom and baby, siblings, a couple, or a whole family, the key to taking genuine and authentic family photos is knowing how to pose in front of the camera. I like to make your family photo session fun and upbeat, but I will often be giving you directions and suggestions to ensure that your best features are enhanced and the connection between you and your loved ones is highlighted.
If you’ve never taken professional family photos before, or if you simply want to improve on your last session, here is some advice on how to pose that will leave you with exceptional images. You can use these tricks at home when photographing your family, too!
The last thing you want is a family portrait that looks stiff and awkward. The secret to creating a beautiful, intimate family photo is to get close. Snuggle up with the people you love if you want the best photos. I will often position people much closer than “normal” to ensure that there isn’t a lot of blank space between family members. If there are people of varying heights in the photo, take a few photos on the same level so that you can get your heads close together too.
Your photos always look more authentic when your family is genuinely having fun and laughing. Spend time talking about your favorite vacation or a memory that makes you all laugh out loud. These candid moments always make for the best photos.
Keep it Natural
When you overthink posing, it takes away from the genuineness of your photos, which is why it helps to shoot your family photos in a setting where you’re all comfortable and where you can go about your lives as naturally as possible. For example, if you’re in an outdoor setting, take your little one for a walk. If you’re shooting at home, bake something together or snuggle up for a story.
Use Your Surroundings
Very often, standing upright in the middle of a room or garden will make your photos look and feel stiff. Use your surroundings to make yourselves more comfortable. For example, if there’s a wall in the vicinity, lean up against it. If there’s a couch available, pose on that for a few shots.
Make Use of Props
If you would like to change things up a bit or give a younger child something to do, you can also always incorporate a few basic props into your photos to get a few non-standard shots.
If you still have questions about your shoot and how to make the most of it, let us know and we will be happy to assist you with additional tips.