Simple Tips for Posing Families

1.     SHOW THEM

You have to show your clients how you want them to pose! If you want them to sit and cross their legs, sit and cross your legs first. If you want them to stand in a certain spot, stand their first. Not only will it prevent confusion, it will also make your client more comfortable. If they see exactly how you wanted them to pose then they won’t question how they are supposed to do it. They won’t feel silly and they won’t feel wrong.



Whether they are sitting on a rock, or leaning their shoulders against the wall, our client becomes 100 times more relaxed when they have something to do. If there are no rocks, benches, trees, cars or other object around, make sure at least the hands have a purpose. It can be anything from a hand on a hip or in a pocket, to grabbing their jacket or hair.

3-everyday moments


If the children aren’t cooperating, add everyday moments! Bring their favorite toys or books, start a tickle fight or hold hands and swing. It may not be the hang on the wall photo that you were hoping for, but keeping it real with everyday elements still keeps it special for the family and relaxed for the children. After they calm down, try another pose.

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If they feel awkward, they look awkward. It’s that simple. You have to get the client to think of something besides how they look for the camera. Get them talking, laughing and focusing on you instead of the camera.

From the moment you meet to the moment they leave, you need to keep talking. Get to know your clients. Ask about their jobs, schools, teachers, friends, children and what’s most important to them. If you stop talking, it gets awkward especially if a couple is kissing or cuddling. Always keep the conversation going to make them and you feel more comfortable. Step back and let the family or couple talk to each other as well. It allows them to relax as you get candid pictures.

4-distract them


As a photographer your job is to capture the love and relationships within a couple and family. Connect shoulders, hold hands, touch shoulders, or have them wrap their arms around each other. Keep them connected and keep them touching!

5-Make connections


Scroll through Pinterest, your favorite magazine or a photographer’s blog to see what kind of poses stand out to you. Cut them out or pin them and look through them often to feel inspired. Copying each pose detail for detail will kill your inspiration and creativity. Instead, decide why you like that pose and how it makes you feel.

For example, on my Pinterest account I like to pin Lifestyle family photos. Instead of remembering where the dad was in relation to the mom or where the daughter’s hands were, I remember what kind of things they did in a photo. Were they looking at each other, tickling each other, holding hands or reading a book?

6-collect poses

xo, Kylee Maughan

Hi, I’m Kylee. I’m a full-time family and wedding photographer based out of Northern Utah. I am also full-time wife and mother of two, part-time cleaner and really part-time cook. My approach to photography is capturing and documenting families, brides, children and all people in natural, real-life ways. The pictures I cherish the most are the candid laughs, kids chasing each other around the room, real snuggles and genuine fun. I also love to teach, write and inspire. Follow along on my Blog, Facebook page, or Instagram. You can sign up for my course “Fab Families” here.


Are you interested in learning more about this subject? Be sure to check out these courses:

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Fab Families with Kylee Ann | Mastering Manual with Brooke Snow | Oh So Composed with Sarah Allred | All the Cool Kids with Jenny Gibson

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Kylee Maughan

Kylee Maughan


I was born and raised in the land of Evergreens, mild temperatures & rain. I am a Washington girl through and through living in hot and cold Cache Valley, Utah. I got my Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, majored in Family Life and loved every second!

Family and my faith are everything to me. My favorite things include chocolate, Netflix, deep fried sushi and Costa Vida.

When my husband and I were dating, I shared my dreams of becoming a photographer with him. Two months later, he sold his Xbox and bought me my very first real DSLR camera for Valentine’s Day and thus begun Kylee Ann Photography. I was completely clueless and inexperienced, but I NEVER stopped dreaming. I specialize in a photojournalistic style of shooting. My goal in every session is to capture love in natural, real-life ways. The pictures I cherish the most are the candid laughs, kids chasing each other and other genuine fun. I also love to teach! Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to be an educator online and in-person – teaching several courses, setting up workshops, mentoring sessions, organizing local clubs and writing for national blogs.
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