Family Pose Ideas | Seattle Family Photographer

How To Prep

Want to look natural in your family photos this year without trying too hard? If that’s truly your goal, first off, you need to send me an inquiry to schedule a family photo session. Helping people look and feel like themselves in family portraits is basically what I do best. When you book a session with me, I like to send over a quick prep guide so you’ll have a general idea of what to expect. You’ll have instant access to my online styling tool that helps you pick and coordinate outfits for your family session and take some stress off of deciding what to wear. There’s also lots of inspiration on my family portfolio page so take a look around my website. If you need some inspiration for family poses for your upcoming family photo session, here are some poses that always feel cozy for the kids, are comfortable and easy for the parents, and always look good in family pictures. These poses also allow everyone to interact and be playful with each other in your family photos and that creates that natural connection and look for your pictures.

Here are some helpful tips for posing for family portraits:

  1. Stand Close Together

When posing for family pictures, it’s essential to stand close together. This creates a sense of unity and warmth in the photo. Have your family members put their arms around each other, or have them stand shoulder to shoulder. Try clasping hands if it feels natural.

  1. Angle Your Bodies

To create a more dynamic look, angle your bodies slightly. This will prevent the photo from looking too static and will add a sense of movement – so essential for that natural look. Have each family member stand at a slight angle towards the camera, with their weight on their back foot.

  1. Avoid Stiff Poses

Stiff poses can make the photo look unnatural and uncomfortable. Instead, encourage your family members to relax and be themselves. I have my own secret prompts that you’ll get to witness when you hire me to take your family pictures. This will create a more authentic and relaxed look.

  1. Consider the Background

The background of the photo can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel. Choose a location that is visually appealing and complements the style of the photo. Avoid busy or cluttered backgrounds that can distract from the main subject. I’m always here to help you decide on a location that fits your family personality.

  1. Try to Relax

Family photos don’t have to be stressful. Go in with a positive attitude and make sure that attitude spreads to the rest of your family members too. Low expectations deliver high quality results – don’t believe me? Send me an inquiry!

  1. Think About Your Clothing

The clothing you wear can have a significant impact on the overall look of the photo. Choose outfits that complement each other and avoid overly busy patterns or colors that clash. Consider the style and theme of the photo, the time of year, and choose clothing that fits the overall aesthetic. When you book a session with me, you’ll have instant access to my online styling tool that allows you to build outfits for each family member – it’s the best!

If you’re looking for a Seattle family photographer in the PNW area (and yes I do travel for family photography) for your family or couple pictures this year, reach out sooner rather than later before my schedule begins to fill up! Inquire with me online through my website.

with love,
Maria Alcantara

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