Planning Poses for a Family Portrait Shoot

family potrait photographyShooting a family portrait as an amateur photographer is surely a challenging work. It involves not only getting the right shots but handling people with different personalities. A family portrait shoot usually involves kids and managing small kids is sometimes difficult. You need to appease them or convince them to get involved. But then, if you spend time in studying family portrait and prepared ahead for each shoot, then the job will be easy.

In a family portrait session, the poses that each member will carry out are usually directed by the photographer. So, a portrait photographer like you must be able to think of poses that are ideal for each family member and can make the family portraits look incredible.Even london wedding photographers plan poses for wedding portrait shots.

You can find basic poses online which you can modify to suit your needs or style. To help you get started, here are some posing tips that might help you plan the poses for a family photography session.

Head Alignment

When composing your shot, you need to consider the alignment of the heads of your subjects. Consider each family member’s height. Guide the couple and their kids to find their height and position them in the most ideal spot if you want a formal shot. You can let the couple stand behind their little children. But if the little kids cannot remain still and get bored, you can have them seated with the parents. All members must look equally stunning.

Photograph early and quickly

Kids easily get bored because they generally have a short attention span. A good solution is to start as soon as all members are ready.  Kids are more cooperative during the first hour of the session. You can do formal portrait shots in the first hour then some candid in the remaining hours.

Babies must be fed before the photo session and the parents can keep them in deep sleep by playing with them before the session so they are tired and will most likely sleep during the shoot.

Everybody can be seen

As a portrait photographer, you need to ensure that everyone in the family is visible. No one should be covered by another member. It doesn’t mean though that the full body should be seen, at least the upper body and face are visible and the image doesn’t look awkward and unbalanced. Check if everyone can be seen on camera before you click.

Light plays a big part in photography so ensure that no unwanted shadows are caste on a subject especially when shooting outdoors. Change your angles or switch positions of members or change the settings of your camera so everything is clear and sharp.

Most families consider their family portrait sessions as a bonding time for them. Make sure they are having fun doing the shoot. Avoid being too strict with the poses. Let your creativity work so the family portraits will look real, awesome and overall memorable for the family.

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