How should a family pose for a photoshoot?


Family photos are a great way to capture special moments and memories with your loved ones. They can also be a wonderful way to celebrate your family’s unique relationships and personalities.

There are many ways to take great family photos, including choosing a beautiful location, using natural light, and experimenting with different poses and groupings. By following some basic tips and techniques, you can create beautiful and lasting family photos that you will treasure for years to come. There are many different ways to pose for a family photoshoot, and the right pose will depend on the size and dynamic of your family, as well as the setting and the theme of the photoshoot.

Here are a few general tips to help you pose for a family photoshoot:

  • Start by having everyone stand or sit in a loose, relaxed position. This will help to create a natural, comfortable look in the photos.


  • Consider using props, such as a chair or a blanket, to add visual interest to the photo and provide a comfortable place for everyone to sit or lean on.



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    • Try to mix up the poses by having some family members standing and others sitting, or by having some people looking at the camera and others looking away. If you have younger children in the group you can lift them onto your shoulders or onto mum or dads hip to create different levels.
    • If you have young children in the family, you might also want to have them sit or stand in front of the group to help draw attention to their cute faces.

    • Encourage everyone to smile and have fun during the photoshoot. This will help to create genuine, happy expressions in the photos.
    • Have everyone stand or sit in a line, with the tallest person in the back and the shortest in the front


    • Ask everyone to sit or stand in a circle, with their heads turned toward the centre of the circle


    • Pose your parents where you would like to photograph them and then ask the children to run up to them and give them a huge hug! Keep shooting as they run towards them to capture those natural smiles


    • Having everyone stand or sit in a diagonal line, with the tallest person at one end and the shortest at the other

    Overall, the key to a successful family photoshoot is to experiment with different poses and find a pose that feels comfortable and natural for your family. You may need to try several different poses before you find the one that works best.


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      Here are some more tips for taking great family photos:

      • Choose a good location: A beautiful outdoor setting can make for some stunning family photos. Look for a park, garden, or other natural area with plenty of greenery and interesting backgrounds.
      • Use natural light: Whenever possible, try to take advantage of natural light rather than using flash. This will help to create a more flattering and natural-looking photo.
      • Get everyone to relax: Before taking the photo, take a few minutes to get everyone to relax and feel comfortable. This will help to make the photo look more natural and genuine.
      • Use props: Props can add interest and variety to your photos. Try using items like hats, scarves, or balloons to add some colour and fun to your photos.
      • Get close: Try to get as close as possible to your subjects when taking the photo. This will help to create a more intimate and personal photo.
      • Capture candid moments: In addition to posed shots, try to capture some candid moments as well. These can often be the most memorable and meaningful photos.

      I hope you have found this blog post useful and to give you some ideas on how you can scout for your own outdoor locations close to your home. Happy shooting! 



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      about nina

      Before becoming a children’s photographer, Nina spent 15 years working in Marketing & Brand Management.  It was during this time that she also found a love for leading working groups and training. Her style is fun and relaxed and focuses on a mixture of theory and hands-on practical exercises. Nina is passionate about photographer training and her photography workshops take place all throughout the UK from Bristol to Scotland.

      Nina has been a Professional Photographer for 9 years and was named the UK’s Children, Family & Lifestyle Photographer of the Year. Her work has been featured in magazines and on popular blog and websites including Vogue. Nina has also just been awarded top 3 professional photography training by the prestigious SWPP at the 2017 and 2019 Awards evening.

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