Like most portraits, family poses are usually divided into three main series. Standing, sitting, and reclining poses are common in family lifestyle photography. Again, your pose choices will be determined to some extent by your location.
Standing poses are a good starting point, as they allow the family to move and process some nervous energy, which is especially helpful if they have children. Invite them to walk hand in hand and look for spontaneous photos in which they enjoy each other’s company or scenery. Parents can bring young children to face-to-face. You can also have young children lead their parents by the hand. Try to take these pictures from below, at the child’s eye level.
Standing poses also include leaning on objects, such as walls, trees, or railings. This adds an informality to the composition. It can make the rebellious child in the family lean on while others stand or sit. There are no hard and fast rules for posing with families, as each shot will be different.
Seated poses are also good options and are commonly mixed with other poses. For example, having parents sit while children stand or lean, puts everyone on the same level and makes it easier to frame the composition. Sometimes it can be challenging to frame it well with people of different heights. You can also play with the angle at which you position your subjects, since they don’t need to be side-to-side and shoulder-to-shoulder. Try to put them together in an organized line from the shortest individual to the tallest individual. Just make sure no one is blocking anyone else.
Lying down or lying postures are rarer, but there are some situations where they might work. For example, you could have a photoshoot outdoors or on the beach with a picnic theme. With everyone lying on their picnic blanket, ask them to rest their heads on their hands and look at the camera. You can align the themes as needed for the composition. Many photographers now use drones when shooting. You could have the family lying down in a triangle or rectangle shape and shoot straight from the top.
15 tips for family portrait photography
Make it a fun experience
As with all portrait sessions, it is the photographer who decides the tone of the shot. The photographer’s number one goal should be to make it fun. The discomfort will immediately appear in the images, which will then appear clumsy and posed. Be friendly and personable and take the time to get to know each member of the family a little. Learn everyone’s names and work hard to make them feel comfortable. Make recording a fun experience for everyone, not a chore or work that needs to be done.
Give yourself the right amount of time
Just as you want to be calm and optimistic, you don’t want to be rushed either. Do not schedule multiple shots close to each other. And don’t shorten the session more than necessary. Actually, it takes time to build the trusting relationship with your clients that you need to make them feel comfortable. Plan at least a few hours and then take a reasonable time to deliver the photos.
Choosing the perfect filming location is the first step. The environment must match the people. Are they bathers? City people? Farm dwellers in the countryside? Find out the answers in your first consultation. Many times the customer will come up and tell you where they would like to do it, but other times you may have to make suggestions.
Choosing the correct point makes images more meaningful by turning the stage into a prop. It helps tell your story and adds to the overall composition of your photos.
Know your favorite places
Whatever you do, avoid getting into a new blind position. Ideally, you want to have a few locations close to your business that you know like the back of your hand. You should know how the light falls in the afternoon, where the best funds are and when there are fewer people. You need to know which camera lenses and settings work and which ones don’t.
But get ready for a new place
Occasionally, you will need to work in a client’s home or in a new location. If so, schedule a consultation before the day of shooting so that you can go on a journey of exploration. Get an idea of what kind of additional lighting you might need or other accessories or accessories. Review all of your gear options beforehand so that on the day of filming you can focus on the family.