Learn How To Create Perfect Family Portrait Poses Everytime
Creating perfect family portrait poses
can be tricky if you are not
well organised and have a good plan in place.
Times have changed since the day when a photographer would stand behind
a massive piece of photography equipment and say ‘cheese', catching
whatever still life pose that happened to be presented.
Mobility is key for the photographer with
lightweight cameras that
allow them to find different angles and unexpected expressions from
family members at just the right time.
Photo by Simona
Being able to create a relaxed scenario
while not losing control of the
proportionate stance of the family group is sometimes difficult but
possible with a skilled photographer.
Try these easy family portrait poses to get you started. Place the
family in a pyramid or triangular pose so that there is a symmetrical
look. You do not want all tall members on the right side and all
shorter individuals on the left.
If you have trouble with structuring the body sizes, use props. A stool
with a tall member leaning in with one foot atop the stool can present
a casual look while redefining the height.
Proper planning on what type of portrait
would fit your family pose is
more important than the actual photograph.
Gather information concerning the family and use it to bring about
certain expressions from the group. Never give commands that will give
you a stiff and somber image of your subjects staring straight at the
Instead, search for that unexpected question that puts a twinkle in
every subject's eye.
For example, a picnic that ended in disaster when all four family
members rose from one side of a picnic table and the table suddenly
tipped and dumped relatives on the other side backwards, food halfway
to their mouths.
Get past the horror and turn it into a comedy to generate laughter that
won't stop. The point being is to put your subjects as ease so they
entirely forget about the camera and are involved as a group in a
Family portrait poses of profiles can bring out a best side of family
members. Learn to look for your subject's great physical qualities and
place them in a position to where this is enhanced. Remember that the
group needs to appear as one but to also shine individually.
The backdrop is secondary and should be
toned down in respect to the
family members. You don't want the group to blend into the scene but to
stand out and take the spotlight.
Play with your camera to get just the desired focus and light that will
fall on your subjects while letting the background flow indirectly and
Most importantly, sit down with your family members and get to know
them. Anyone can stand a group together and tell them to smile and this
is exactly what the portrait will look like.
Photo by Simona
A great photographer will focus on bringing out the artistic nature of
their subjects by focusing on physical characteristics, interaction
with other family members and using the right language to bring on a
host of emotions.
Listen to stories and watch the gestures of each member to get the
right feel for capturing unforgettable family portrait
this is what everyone hopes to receive from a family