Carolina asked: “I’m having a hard time with posing. I’m portrait photographer for family and children. I feel like I’m lacking of posing skill. I tried to read some posing guides, checking out my fave photographers blogs and try to remember all those poses and print screened them on my cell. BUT when I’m at the session, everything in my head before seems disappeared. I couldn’t remember any of the poses and when I wanted to look up the poses in my phone, I don’t want to look in front of my clients that I’m not experience enough with keep checking my cheat sheet. And I always feel like every time I’m done with each session, I always regret myself for not doing it slowly and taking my time to create a perfect shot.. I feel like I always in a rush and don’t want to make my clients bored. So, do you have any advise on how to beter pose ?”
How would you like to avoid awkward family portrait poses during a photo shoot? I have some wonderful ideas to help you create unique family poses.
Every photographer has their own style of how to best pose their families during a family portrait session. It has a lot to do with how comfortable you are in guiding everyone into a pose that you feel will look it’s best. You ask me “But how do I know if it looks great”? To me, if people look uncomfortable while they are posing, most likely it will show in my photos. Before I start any of my family sessions in Myrtle Beach, I always spend about five to ten minutes getting to know my families. I bring lots of candy for the kids and joke around with the family about anything and everything, just to make them feel a little more comfortable and confident in working with me. So by the time we are ready to take our family portraits they are a lot more at ease and wiling to listen to me and be more relaxed in their poses.
I love photographing kids. If you just ask them to hug one another it will give you one of the best poses ever for your family session.
And if you make a funny noise at them, you might be able to get a cute and very adorable smile.
While working with a family just ask them to walk towards you, and you will quickly see that a walking family in the park makes it for an awesome family portrait, and a cool pose.
I always say that natural poses are the best for family photos. Try not to over think it while posing everyone, and always remember it has to look natural. What kind of family portraits would you want to have in your own home? I always start with a large group and after that I will separate them into different poses. Mother and daughter would be one, brothers and sister would be another and maybe mom and all the kids together or mom and the boys together.
Large family portraits at Huntington State Park by Family Photographer Pasha Belman in Myrtle Beach, SC
Grandkids posing with grandparents during their family portrait session
When I pose larger family groups together, I always try to bring everyone very close together so there is no large spaces between family members. Tall family members can go in the back of the photo and shorter can stay in the front. I try to put everyone at a slight angle to bring them all near to each other and tell everyone to cozy up to one another, after all you are a family I say. I ask the family to join their hands together and that normaly should complete my posing process. If there are grandparents in the family photos, I always get one photo of them with all the grand kids, everyone seems to like that pose. So before you start working with your families, get to know them a little and always ask yourself: “What kind of family photos would you like to have in your own home”? To see more awesome family portraits in Myrtle Beach by Pasha Belman Photography, please visit our Myrtle Beach Family Portrait Gallery.