Family Photos: The basics on Posing

Marsha Baylor

Marsha is a Kansas City Newborn Photographer specializing in the creation of fine art pieces capturing the fleeting moments of babies' first year.

The key to taking genuine and authentic family photos is knowing how to pose in front of the camera. I am may be the most awkward person ever so if you’re like me, these tips may help you be a little less stiff and uncomfortable.

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.

Snuggle Up

The last thing you want is a family portrait that looks stiff and spread out like you don’t like each other. 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. Getting close also allows for those cute up close head shots of the whole family.

Have Fun

Your photos always look more authentic when your family is genuinely having fun and laughing. We will do things like tickling and chasing to capture real smiles. Yes, there will be posing, but I want you to have fun so that is my goal. 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.

Use Your Surroundings

Very often, standing upright in the middle of a room or garden will make your photos look and feel stiff. No matter if we are in my studio or outside at a park, we will use our surroundings to create intimate, beautiful photos. If we’re outside, we might park ourselves in between a couple trees to bring in focus on your family. My studio is an intimate space where we can really create beautiful, posed shots.

Make Use of Props

If you would like to change things up a bit or give a younger child something to do, we can also always incorporate a few basic props into your photos to get a few non-standard shots. I usually bring a few toys, but please feel free to bring something you love to incorporate. Even better if it’s your pup! Fur babies usually bring much job and relax a whole family. Please don’t be shy about bringing along your beloved pet!

No matter the setting, I will work to ensure our session together is comfortable and relaxed.

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