I like to think of my posing technique as directing rather than posing.
When working with families, it is important to be able to guide and direct them into pleasing poses that ultimately demonstrate the connection within their family.
There is so much connection to be captured within every family. I invite you to think outside the box and beyond traditional stiff family portraits. Here are five poses that always capture connection.
1. Tickle pose
This is probably my favorite family pose and it always yields a fun and natural interaction. Place the family in good light and ask them to sit nice and close to each other. Then, ask the parents to gently tickle the kids. Ask the parents to look at the kids while tickling them and also ask them to make sure that a child’s head isn’t covering their face.
2. Breathe each other in
I ask the family to embrace each other. Then, I ask them to get as close as they can and breathe each other in. As cheesy as that sounds, many parents can relate to this exercise. I make sure to direct the parents to face toward the child or children and make sure they aren’t looking at me. It doesn’t matter if the child is looking at the camera or facing into the embrace of his or her parents. This yields an intimate and connected sot.
3. Let them be wild
Nearly every session with young children has a moment when the kids have had enough! For me, this is when the fun really begins. At this point, I direct the family into an open space with good light and I give the children permission to move their wiggly bodies. I ask the parents to get close together and touch in some way, either by embracing or holding hands. Then I direct the kids to move. I ask them to chase each other, play ring around the rosey, or hold hands and run toward me. In this shot, I am directing the children with the third option, to hold hands and run toward me. Connection with movement creates an authentic and interesting portrait.