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.

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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]