Family Photography Poses
Once you have found the perfect setting and decided upon the best lighting for your family photography shoot, you should consider how and whether you want your subjects to pose. First, determine the mood or sentiment you want the pictures to emit. If you want a formal photo to hang on your office wall or over your fireplace mantel, you may want to choose a simple, traditional pose. Seating the parents angled towards one another and posing the children standing behind them with their hands draped over the backs of the chairs or their parents shoulders is an example of this. For a more fun, unusual photo, each family member might pose as if they are performing an action relative to the setting, such as burying Dad in the sand at the beach or unwrapping gifts for a Christmas family portrait.
Avoid lining everyone up side-by-side. Add interest by situating each family member in a different pose and at different heights and distances from the camera. The more levels and dimension the more appealing your family photography will be. There is no rule that says that the entire family must pose either standing or seated. You may have some family members sitting in chairs while others stand and others still are seated on the floor in front of or alongside of them. Photos of children lying on their backs and tummies or perched on tree limbs are delightful, and a family photo displaying the group reclining at a picnic or in various positions around a birthday cake will be treasured for years to come.
Shooting from different angles and heights will create a unique perspective, as well. For a family photo comprised of children, crouch or even lie down on your belly to shoot the pictures at their level. Likewise, standing on a stool and photographing a family with a downward angle could produce an interesting effect.
The key to spectacular family photography, as with any type of photography, is to be creative and try different approaches. Some poses, angles, settings and lighting will be just the ticket in certain situations yet all wrong for others. Often, you will not know until you try, and the more you try the more you learn and grow.