(Closed) Good family poses?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I would love to be able to take non-traditional family photos, but it’s pretty rare to get a family that is on-board with it, or a timeline that has the extra time to do it.  Does your family want non-traditional photos?  Getting their cooperation would seem like the biggest hurdle.

Post # 5
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@continuumphotography:  I agree. I think it’s a great idea in theory, but when the time came to do all the family portraits, I was just screaming out names and telling people to “get the eff in/out of the picture” as needed! The best we could manage was to all look in the same direction and smile Tongue Out

That being said, I have seen some cute bridal party pictures that might be more like what you’re looking for! There was a whole thread about them somewhere, which I would find if I wasn’t so lazy.

Post # 6
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i don’t know if there any unique poses for large groups, but i have seen many candid group photos where the photographer asked people to hold tight while he “fixed” the settings on his camera. Instead, he was snapping away as they talked and laughed, and they all turn out great because it is very natural.

Post # 7
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My friend is a wedding photographer and took a great one of the bride and groom kissing, and the father of the bride coming up behind them wagging his finger.  Really funny and cute (and semi-candid!  He was just doing couple shots, saw the father walk by, and asked him to do the pose).

He also likes to have the bridesmaids hold up magazine ads (like a Cover Girl ad) to their faces while getting their hair done – just a fun shot but it looks really cool.  Kind of like this: http://www.em34.com/dima/Elizabeth%20and%20Max/019.jpg  (link is not to my friend – just a random photog who does something similar).

For family pics, though, I wouldn’t try and get too fancy.  Just getting everyone to line up and smile is more challenging than it should be.

Post # 8
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We used chairs for the family photos and had up to 18 people involved. Here is one example. Is this what you mean by ‘untraditional’ or are you interested in humerous poses?

Post # 9
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our photographer had us all lean in to the camera.  It wasn’t super non-traditional but it definitely feels less stiff than the other posed family photos:

Post # 12
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here are some I’ve found on pinterest that I told my photographer I want to recreate. The last one is a MUST and my absolute favorite!!! Some are bridal party… but you can just insert family instead 😉


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