One of my favorite things to do during family sessions is to make sure that mama feels like a queen.
Let’s face it, even if the mother isn’t a professional photographer she is probably the main photographer in the family. Every time I photograph a family I take extra care to calm the mother’s nerves, reassure her that she looks amazing, and purposefully pose and direct her in ways that will make her look and feel her best.
I am excited to share five posing and guiding tips that will be sure to leave your mothers looking and feeling amazing!
1. Photograph her from above.
After I arrange the family in a pose, I guide them to lean into each other. Then, I either stand on something like a stool or I hold the camera above my head and shoot from a slightly elevated angle. Or if they are sitting on the ground, I stand up and shoot from above. This flatters mother’s features and also provides an intimate and unique perspective.
2. Remind her not to look at you but instead to look at her children or spouse.
I know this may seem obvious, but most people are hardwired to look right at the camera. A mother is going to look and feel her best when she is looking at her loved ones rather than right in the camera.
I encourage her to interact and snuggle with her children. She is always pleasantly surprised with how much she loves her photos and it is because they aren’t traditional photos of her staring right at the camera, but rather looking at and interacting with her loved ones.
3. Ask her to look down and slightly to the side.
I love to make sure to grab at least one photo of the mother alone. Remember, she may likely be the main photographer in the family and chances are there aren’t many photos of her alone. Her children need photos of her. Having her look down and slightly to the side allows her to relax and I am able to capture her gorgeous face.
4. Incorporate movement.
I love to ask mom to hold one of her children and spin them around. Movement relaxes her body and usually makes her hair move in a beautiful way. Moms love seeing themselves playing and moving with their kiddos.
5. Pick an angle.
When photographing the family as a group, make sure mom’s shoulders aren’t square to the camera. A slight angle really flatters the female frame.
There you go! Using these five simple tips, you can make the mothers you photograph look and feel their absolute best. Have fun!