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Different Takes on Posing Family Groups - PPA Today

Different Takes on Posing Family Groups

When it comes to posing family portraits, there's the ever-present challenge of getting everyone to look good in an appealing composition without setting up a scene that is stiff and static. Grandma and the grandbaby just don't look or act the same (at least not usually!). But, as a pro photographer, you are paid to get it right. Clients come to you for the best! That's why we asked two family portrait studios to share their very different approaches in accomplishing this feat.

Is your big group approach similar? Do you have a different technique that works for you? PPA members can read the full article here, so let us know what you think below!


We are finding that customers say they don't want "posed" photographs anymore, but what they are really saying is they don't want "traditional" posed photographs. While photojournalism is great, and tells the story well, it rarely ends up with everyone being in just the right place at just the right time for a group shot, that's where being a pro comes in. Adjust the subjects to get the shot, traditional, posed, whatever. At the end of the day, they will remember that you GOT that photograph, not so much HOW you got it. That's what's important.

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