How to Pose a Family of 5


Creating a pose for photography can be a challenge, depending on the style of the family and the theme of the setting. Another variable that can make a photo sitting difficult is the ages of the children. Young children can get restless quickly, requiring quick work and imaginative effort to keep them happy. Pose a family of five in an attractive way, paying attention to balance and proportion, to achieve a pleasing family photo.

Things You'll Need

  • Backdrop (solid or themed)
  • Stools or chairs
  • Step stools
  • Rattles or toys
  • Use a backdrop that fits the family. For example, choose a backdrop with a scene on it if the family has specific interests. A backdrop with a field of flowers or a snowy landscape can make a meaningful family photo. Similarly, a backdrop in a solid color like black, white or brown can create a powerful effect when contrasted against the family's clothing.

  • Use stools or chairs for the parents to sit on beside each other in the center of the photo. Adjust the height of a stool or chair, if necessary, to raise the man higher than the woman.

  • Place an older child or family member standing behind and between the parents. Have this child stand on a step stool, if necessary, so the child will be tall enough to place one hand one each parent's shoulder.

  • Position the two remaining family members -- smaller or younger children, perhaps -- in front of the parents. Toddlers or babies can sit on the parents' laps while older children can kneel or sit on step stools near the parents' legs.

  • Have the parents tilt their heads slightly toward each other and have the two family members sitting on the parents' laps or in front of the parents tilt their heads toward each other. Tilting heads makes family members seem closer.

  • Ask the family members sitting in front to place their hands in their laps. If the parents' hands are visible, ask them to place their hands in their laps. The appearance of hands in photos can seem clumsy, so hiding hands in laps will minimize them.

  • Encourage pleasant smiles from the family members. If you have very young children in the photo, try to get the older family members to stay posed and smiling while you work with the youngsters. This will enable you to snap the photo quickly when you get a good smile from the little ones. Shake rattles or toys to get the children to look at the camera and smile.

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