7 Rockin Beach Posing Tips

7 Rockin Beach Posing Tips

One question I get asked a lot about shooting at the beach is how to pose people. I think a huge part of my style is casual posing where I direct people/kids into a position, but don’t do any formal posing. My goal is to get natural, emotive, fun images. Soooooooooooo. . .here are some of my tips for posing kids and families during beach sessions.

  • Put a child or group of children on their tummies! It’s a casual pose that I love because I can get on my stomach right at their level and get some great expressions.


  • Have everyone in a family stand together and connect with each other in some way. . .holding hands, touching a shoulder, arms wrapped around each other, etc. Think triangle when you’re arranging a family. This creates a warm feeling of connection in a family portrait by bringing everyone in close together.


  • Have family members bring their heads close together. . .I always have to remind people to get in close or bring their heads close together. This also helps create a feeling of connection.


  • Angle your subjects. Try not to have people stand straight on to the camera. . .turning their bodies at a slight angle creates a slimmer profile and creates a more interesting portrait.


  • Another unique way of making it fun is capturing what is special to your clients. One of my favorite and recent portraits is of a father and son doing something they LOVE to do together at the beach. I feel the image evokes a ton of happy emotions in it while also capturing something really special they share together.


  • Think outside the box. I had a large family session and wanted to get some different than the norm pictures of them together so I had them all sit on different rocks that were at the beach I was shooting at. It made for a fun, unique family portrait.
  • Make it fun! Have them race, dance, or jump. This always creates a lot of giggles and makes for a fun family portrait.

I hope you find these tips helpful when photographing families and children at the beach!!!! Happy shooting!



Thank you to MCP Guest Blogger Kristin of Kristin Rachelle Photography for these amazing beach photography tips. Kristin Rachelle is a photographer in the San Diego, California area. And is a guide and mentor to many photographers at ClickinMoms (a photography forum).

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    I love the idea of having them DO something :) The beach is a huge request for most of my clients… and it can get old after session after session after session. I enjoyed reading your tips to help change things up a bit! I live in VA where, in the middle of the summer, the humidity gets absolutely overwhelming. Aside from letting your gear acclimate to the humidity (which can take upwards of 20 minutes) do you have any tips for dealing with humidity? Thanks!!!


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