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Posing for family photos

Easy tips for Instagram-worthy shots of you and your loved ones

By Jennifer Tsay, Cofounder & CEO
Wednesday Apr 22
Photo Credit: Shoott
Location: North County Oceanfront

So (naturally) you want your family to look good in your photos...

...but you’re unsure of how to make that happen.

The good news: our photographers are pros at working with families and kids; but if you’d like arrive with some options to play with, here are some of our go-to posing tips for posing for family photos.

Traditional posed photos

For the more “posed” approach, play with: 


Grab the traditional shots with everyone standing or sitting, but level up your photo by mixing standing members with others who are sitting or kneeling. Work with elements like large rocks, benches, trees and grass.


For a more artistic approach, you can have the photographer work from the side or from behind or above you. A family favorite is having kids or parents lying on the grass and having the photographer work from above.  

Mix-and-match combos 

Think of all the combinations of family members - just kids, just parents, all the female or male-identifying members, and so on! Pro-tip: sessions are a great opportunity for parents to snag solo LinkedIn shots.


For pups and young kids in particular, bring their favorite toy or squeaker so the photographer can use it to grab their attention and direct their gaze towards camera.

Candid shots

For the more “organic” approach to really capture personalities, work with:


Movement helps minimize stiffness or awkwardness. Walk towards or away from camera, run, twirl, jump, or play with clothing - are all great options.


Tell the kids a joke; have them tell you a joke. Talking and laughing together creates beautiful family moments which create family photo gold.


Play with the kids by chasing them, swinging them, lifting them up in the air. Their energy and joy inspire truly Insta-worthy moments. 

So give some of these posing for family photos a try! Our goal is to capture a gallery of your family filled with variety so you have lots of golden moments to choose from. 

Final note

Some folks have worried that 30 minutes would be too short for their family. We want to assure you our 30 min sessions are sufficient to generate a quality gallery for the vast majority of families (we’ve had sessions with 20+ family members!).  We’ve also found that it’s the perfect amount of time to prevent meltdowns for kiddos (and sometimes spouses).

For more resources  and posing inspo for family photos:

15 Best Poses for Photographing Families

Tips for Posing Large Families and Groups

8 tips for photographing a large group with success

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For clients, Shoott offers free 30-minute photo sessions at beautiful and convenient locations. After your session, you'll receive a digital gallery of 40+ high-res, lightly edited photos in just 3-5 business days. You only pay for the ones you love, $15 each or less.

For photographers, Shoott aggregates demand and handles all aspects of marketing, customer service and sales, so they can do more of what they love, on their terms. We're proud to offer a high hourly rate and generous commission.

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