(Closed) Family Portraits without being too posed?!

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

Check out various photography blogs for ideas. I’ve seen several that have family portrait shoots that aren’t posed in the least.

Post # 5
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Try one of those Vanity Fair shots where everyone is sitting down or standing up etc. Do you get what I mean?

Post # 7
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Argh. I know what you’re talking about and I know I’ve seen a family photo like that recently where everyone was having a really good laugh at something and stupid me didn’t bookmark it. 

I think a lot of it will depend on your photographer though. And your family. I’m sure if you crack a few jokes between formal shots and have gotten a more journalistic photographer you’ll get some of those less posed shots you’re going for. Depending on your family you can always say silly things like “growl at the camera” and see what happens!

Post # 13
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I’ve seen family portraits along those lines (and, of course, have no idea where). While they certainly don’t look quite as hot/sexy, they’re effective. What works is breaking the family down into smaller subgroups…

For example, bride and groom in the middle, bride’s parents and sister on one side, grooms parents and siblings on the other. Typically, each subgroup faces into itself, if that makes sense (i.e., they don’t all angle in toward the bride/groom).

Filters and/or more dramatic post-processing helps this type of image along, too (it would look kind of funny straight out of a point-and-shoot). Like extra sharp, a little high key, up the blacks, deep jewel tones…

Not sure if this is in any way useful. I’m dying to see/find some good examples now, though!

Post # 15
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Really, it depends on your family πŸ™‚ I’ve tried so many times to get less posed images but there’s something about our parents generation and older that makes them not comprehend that’s it’s OK to NOT look at the camera πŸ™‚

I have done the VF style pic with wedding parties πŸ™‚


Gotta run, but I’ll search deeper later for examples πŸ™‚

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