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We all want that perfect pose. That “everyone-looking-at-the-camera-with perfect-smiles” family portrait. My home has about half posed/half candid on my walls. They both have value. But I think there is a better, more relaxed way to make posed look good.
There are certain things one needs to think about when posing an individual. Here are a few good rules to remember:
Mostly, you just gotta tell them what to do because most feel awkward.
Ah, the family pose. Keep in mind a lot of the same things you’d think about for the individual. Think Triangles. When you’re posing a group for a family portrait, try to arrange the heads of your subjects so that they form triangles. I don’t always do this so well, but I start with that basic goal. Get the family on different levels–not all on the same plane. Some sit, some kneel, some may stand.
One of my favorite things to do with groups (as these cousins here) are to get them in a cute posed position and take a snap:
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