New Workshop! Lighting 3 | Advanced Off Camera Flash

Tips & Tricks

Posing Tips For Family Portraits and Large Groups | Michele Celentano

By Hanssie on October 4th 2014

Family portrait season is upon us! Even though it is 96 degrees outside here in California, now is the time that your clients are looking ahead to grab their annual family photo for their Christmas cards. So, grab that pumpkin spice latte, scarf and boots and let’s pretend it’s fall weather…

Posing can be a difficult task for any photographer and whether it is posing one person, a couple, a small family or a family of 27, you need to know exactly what to do and how to do it. There are many posing resources out there, but my favorite place to get posing inspiration is from fashion magazines. I also pay very close attention to photographers like Annie Leibovitz, who have mastered the art of posing large groups.


Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 5.15.11 PM

The following video is a very valuable resource for those of you who want to learn or get new ideas for posing groups of people. I was digging through the archives of YouTube to get some new posing ideas for an upcoming family portrait session and found this gem from CreativeLive. In the 30 minute video, family photographer, Michele Celetano discusses posing specific groups for portraits. From large groups, special needs, posing men, scouting locations and adding pets, this video will give you some great ideas on how to not only pose them, but to wrangle them as well.

**One of my favorite tips was how Michele poses the children around and in front of mom to hide the parts she may want hidden. Totally going to use that tip this weekend!**

If you need more posing tips and inspiration, be sure to check out our very own Foundation Posing for couples in the following articles, taken from our Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop DVD.

[Via CreativeLive YouTube]

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, however, this does not impact accuracy or integrity of our content.

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

Please or register to post a comment.

  1. Desirae Dawson

    Loved this video! Thanks Michele!!

    | |
  2. Nick Viton

    I’m doing a family shoot in a few hours. Search SLR Lounge for tips and found this helpful. Thanks!

    | |
  3. Christopher Fuller

    I saw this on Youtube and thought it was helpful for my first family portrait shoot. I really liked that the photographer was inclusive of special needs.

    | |
  4. Michele Celentano

    Wow – thanks so much for the positive words. I really appreciate it!

    | |
  5. Leo Wong

    Great Tips! Very helpful and Thank.

    | |
  6. Brandon Dewey

    I saw this live on creative live, it was/is a great class to watch.

    | |
  7. Una Hannigan

    Thank you..I will try out your techniques.

    | |
  8. Clare Havill

    I’m doing a family shoot in a few weeks, will try out a few of these techniques.

    | |
  9. Ipek Amdahl

    Great tips! Cool breakdown of what goes on while taking portraits of large groups.

    | |