• Letha Imboden

Family Photos: Making them fun and authentic.

Updated: Mar 10

Simply by being you!

A Guide to Posing for Your Family Photos

The key to taking genuine and authentic family photos is knowing how to "not" pose in front of the camera.

Wait - "NOT" pose? That's right! I don't want you to think about your posing; I want you to think about each other.

If you’ve never taken professional family photos before or if you simply want to improve on your last session, here is some advice on how to "not" pose that will leave you with exceptional images.

Get Close

The last thing you want is a family portrait that looks stiff and awkward... that's not the real you. Unless you're an introvert, then I get it ;)

The secret to creating beautiful and intimate family photos is to get close. Snuggle up with the people you love!

Have Fun

Your photos always look more authentic when your family is genuinely having fun and laughing. Spend time talking about your favorite vacation or a memory that makes you all laugh out loud. These candid moments always make for the best photos.

PLAY with your kids! This shouldn't be a time of stress for them - or you... if they have fun during our session then they're less likely to give you a hard time by not cooperating and they'll be ready for an adventure next time!

Keep it Natural

When you overthink posing, it takes away from the genuineness of your photos, which is why it helps to shoot your family photos in a setting where you’re all comfortable.

Try to not think too much about your hair and clothes let your hair blow in the wind - in my experience, these are some of the most beautiful and authentic images when you just let go!

Use Your Surroundings

Very often, standing upright in the middle of a room or garden will make your photos look and feel stiff. Use your surroundings to make yourselves more comfortable. For example, if there’s a wall in the vicinity, lean up against it. If we're at the beach, dip your toes in the water - if we're downtown, sit on the steps.

Make Use of Props

If you would like to change things up a bit or give a younger child something to do, you can also always incorporate a few basic props into your photos to get a few non-standard shots.

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and kids love them! They make our time together a breeze! Most likely if we are shooting at the beach; I've taken you to a spot with an abundance of shells and what kid doesn't like a little treasure hunt?

It's Alright To Be Alone

Parents; let's take a few shots of you alone. I'm a mom, I know how difficult it is to get alone time but it's SO important! Important for you as a couple and important to the kids to see you enjoying each other.


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