Three Action Poses for Candid Family Pictures

The best way to get natural expressions and capture candid moments during a family photo session is with action poses. Motion creates emotion. Making a family smile is much harder than giving them a reason to smile. When a family can relax, have fun and be themselves, their true emotions come through. I have three go-to action poses that bring out the family’s natural smiles every single time.
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1. The tickle

When a family is looking stiff in their pose, I bring out the tickle fight. “Alright guys now, TICKLE FIGHT.” I continue to let them tickle until everyone has completely gotten into the action and forgot about the camera.
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2. The run

I love when kids and families can run during their session. Sometimes it takes a few tries before they really loosen up, but once they do…magic happens.
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3. The snuggle

This action pose brings new emotions to the session. Instead of laughter, it shows love. It brings out that sweet connection between the subjects.
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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.


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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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