Contest For A Family Posing Guide + 3 Keys for Successful Family Portrait Sessions

The contest has ended – but make sure to read the article below to learn 3 keys for successful portrait sessions.

The 3 winners are:

Entry 504 – Karen Halbert

Entry 302 – Jeanette Soffe

Entry 54 – Craig Burlingame

For everyone else, Angie was kind enough to give all MCP readers a $50 off code toward the family posing guide, good through September 26th. Use the code MCP at checkout to get 50 dollars off the posing guide

Three keys for successful family sessions:

1. Get on the same page as to what you clients expect and want out of session. Of course I would like to believe that every client of mine wants exactly my style of photography, but this isn’t always the case.
Communicate with your clients and ask them what they want from their session. I try to gauge if they want more posed (traditional) images or if they want more candid images. I usually do some of both, but
it’s always good to know what to focus on more. I will ask them, “do you want most everyone looking at the camera and smiling for most of your family images”? BE SPECIFIC. It’s the worst feeling after they have seen
their images and feeling like you didn’t capture what they have imagined. If they say to me that they just want me to do my thing… then I basically do what I have posted on my blog (a good mixture of posed and candid images).
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2. Be prepared. Bring an assistant if needed. There is so much going on at a family session and it’s completely overwhelming at times. Having an extra set of hands really does make all the difference.  I have my assistant get the children’s attention so I can focus on posing families, light and my camera settings. She also hands out smarties for every little good thing the kids do! Works like a charm.
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3. Have the families interact a lot to create natural expressions. Making up fun games for the whole family to enjoy makes a huge difference. Just telling them to interact or act natural simple doesn’t work. You have
to have them interact! I shoot away while they are playing away and then right after they are done playing I have them look my way while they are still laughing and enjoying each other.
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Now it is your turn to enter to win the new family posing guide by Simplicity Photography. We have three guides to give away – so three people will win!

To Enter:

  • Leave a comment in this post on the MCP Blog letting us know either 1) the thing you need the most help with when it comes to photographing families or 2) your favorite family photography tip.
  • For extra entries, pin something from this post to Pinterest and/or share this post on your Facebook page, Twitter, etc. Then leave a comment letting us know you did.
  • For one more bonus entry, join our ALL NEW Facebook Group – where you can interact, learn and help photographers from all over the world. This is more interactive than our Facebook Page, so check it out. If you request an invite to join, we will approve you within 24 hour. Add a comment to this blog post letting us know for your extra credit.
  • Check back on Sunday night, September 23rd, at the top of this post, to see if you are one of the lucky three winners.


Posing Families Guide

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

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  1. 1
    Lieke says:

    I need the most help with posing. I can’t seem to succeed in getting natural looking pictures of the kids looking in my direction. Thanks!

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    Lynn Stoops says:

    Just starting to do family sessions and need all the helps, tips and hints I can find!

    Posting this to my Facebook and joined your new Facebook group.


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    Allyson says:

    All great points! I am also not afraid to break out the treats for the kiddos. I like to use a longer lens for families with little ones. Sometimes getting a little more space from the camera helps everyone feel more comfortable and at ease with just being themselves.

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    Dotti says:

    I need tips for posing…I run out of ideas…everyone around here wants traditonal poses…and I find that hard to do…I love the interactive photos!

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    Lydia says:

    I would LOVE to have this guide. I think anytime you can expand on what you are already doing and provide more options for your clients, it’s a good thing. I’d love to feel more comfortable in making suggestions and thinking outside the box with my posing directions for my clients. I’ve earned extra points by pinning and joining the new Facebook group! Thanks for this opportunity!!!

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    Kerry Gibson says:

    All tips welcome but would love to learn more for the shy teens – how to help them feel more comfortable in the family photos session.

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    juan L says:

    1) the thing you need the most is a positive and friendly attitude, it will help in the all cases.
    2) Always pay attention with kids and be super safe.

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    Dotti says:

    I pinned a picture and asked for a group invite!

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    Jackie S. says:

    I need to remember Smartees – I used fruit snacks last week and got a bunch of pictures of my grandkids chewing! :-)

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    1) I have really been struggling with the “neatness” of my family photos. A lot of the time, I will line everyone up, and think it looks great, only to get home, and realize that someone is slouching, or maybe I should have had someone scoot over a few more inches. I also do a lot of young families, with two children under the age of 4. I can’t afford to pay an assistant, so it’s very hard for me to focus on the technical aspects, while trying to get such small children to look AND smile. I would love to learn some tricks for this!!

    2) Great blog post, and photos! I pinned this article to my “Photography Inspiration” board! :)

    3) I also joined the MCP Facebook group, and I am really looking forward to interacting with other photographers!! This will actually be the first photography group/forum, for me…. I wish I would have done this sooner!

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    Joy Beers says:

    I am fairly new to photography but it is my passion. I love getting their memories in photos to have for a lifetime. I love…love your webpage, I have learned so much for ya’ll. I just alot of help with interacting & posing the families to get that great photo for them. Winning this would be such a big help for me and put me on my way to where I would like to be in photography, but I still have along way to go. With your help I have been doing good. Thank you for all of your help!! JB

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    Suzanne says:

    I need help posing older kids and teens…

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    Jackie S. says:

    requested an invite!

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    Suzanne says:

    I am a member of the new FB group. :)

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    Aimee Stiggins says:

    I need help with trying to make the family relax and be natural. I feel like I help to pose them but they are so stiff. *sigh*

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    AmiP says:

    I really, really need help with posing and gaining confidence with lifestyle-esque shots.
    GL everyone!!

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    Alison says:

    I need help making everyone happy. In every family session, I have at least 1-2 family members that do not want their pictures taken at all. How can I get everyone to enjoy it?

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    Aimee Stiggins says:

    I pinned one of the pictures!

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    Anne says:

    My favourite tip for family photography – talking to people while I photograph them helps them to relax, especially if you show interest in who they are and what they do…clowning around to get the childrens’ attention also works well…

    Pinned this to my Pinterest page and joined the FB group – hope I’m one of the lucky ones!!

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    Aimee Stiggins says:

    Joined the group. Can’t wait to learn more tips!

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    i like photos that are less posed as well i had a group of 5 smaller kids, the oldest was 9 so i took balloons and bubbles. would love to win the guide!

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    AmiP says:

    I’m a member of the FB group!

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    Jennifer says:

    Interacting with the man of the family and making him absolutely comfortable!!

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    Jessica says:

    It helps me TONS to make sure I explain to parents ahead of time that it is OK if we have a child who is slow to warm up or who isn’t doing what we need immediately. I let them know it is my job to get the kiddos to do what I need and I will ask for their help if I need it. The children seem to respond better to my requests and the parents seem way less stressed out knowing that I have told them behavior like I listed above is normal and their children aren’t abnormal in that sense. Also, I make sure that I state that we aren’t to make this session feel rushed because kids sense that and react to it.

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    Jessica says:

    I pinned a photograph to pinterest.

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    Jessica says:

    Just requested to join the new group!

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    Jennifer says:

    Ahhh, wow…didn’t think my picture would post up there like that…ohhhh well I know it will be okay and forgiven especially by like minded folks at the Shoot Me facebook page!!! Gonna really love that page!

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    Sevan says:

    I have trouble making keeping everyone in good lightt without losing someone in the shadows.

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    Deana smith says:

    I would love to get tips on doing a big family group session!! Where your doing 4-5 different families then having all of them in one big group shot :-)

    Also I pinned a picture, and I’ve requested to join the all new fb group for extra entries :-)

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    Joanne says:

    I need help with the older kids that can’t sit on mom and dad’s laps. I have been working with a lot of younger kiddos and I have a 6 yr old daughter. Never had a teenager and am a little stressed over working with them.

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    Konya says:

    I would love to learn more about natural posing.

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    Pamela says:

    I’m just starting out and have a family ready to go with their session. I’d love as many tips as I can to send me in the right direction!
    Thank you for the opportunity & good luck to everyone xx

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    Amanda H says:

    Would love help with what to do with kiddos at a family session!

    Pinned, retweeted and a happy member for the FB Group! :) Thanks!

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    Ann Kearns says:

    I would love more concrete tips on how to get them laughing…what kind of games they can play…how to help the kids have fun and open up.

    And, I’ve requested to join the FB group.


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    Mette says:

    I would like to know more about light settings, I always have trouble with light when shooting families! And some new posing tips would be great too!

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    Jennifer says:

    Woohooo Facebook share, now I have done all I can do!!
    Good luck everyone!

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    Jennie says:

    I’m doing a family shoot for a friend this weekend, and it’ll be my first time doing one, so I need help with everything!

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    Mette says:

    Oh, and I pinned one of the pics, and I am already a member of your gourp :)

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    Lieke says:

    I have now also joined your Facebook group :)
    Thanks again!

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    I would love to win :)
    I feel difficulty in photographing family, to involve everyone, because children destraem is very easy, and not always the father wants to participate, it is usually the mother who hires the service.

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    Jennie says:

    joined the facebook group, and shared on facebook :)

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    Lori Walker says:

    I really just need help with posing families! I like more of the candid pics and have trouble knowing where & how to position people, especially when there is a large group.

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    Marci says:

    I always get down to eye-level with the kids first and get to know them a bit..then I focus on the adults. And I have a bag full of mini beanie babies and I let the kids know that if they are good during the session, they get to pick a beanie baby to keep at the end! (no shame in bribery!) But I DO need help with posing and this guide would be awesome!

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    Yay, I’m part of the group ja ja and shared on facebook

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    i need help getting people to relax and not give forced smiles!!! It’s like they’ve had that forced smile on their faces for their whole life. :(

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    Kattrina says:

    I love the interaction tip, that is probably my biggest problem. Getting them to relax and act natural ;)

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    Paul says:

    I need help with posing ideas, especially with “uneven” families.

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    pinned that gorgeous family from tip #2!

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    Paul says:

    Requested access to the new group on Facebook!

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    just joined the fb group! :)

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    I still struggle with posing families. Finding the best way to show the relationship of the family is important. Thanks for being there for us.

  55. 55
    Marci says:

    Pinned it on my “photo inspiration” board! :)

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    Stacy Melton says:

    I love all of your actions!! Would love to have a posing guide from you.

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    Marci says:

    Just joined your new facebook group!

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    Gail says:

    I have the worst time posing families — winning this guide would be the “bees knees”. Thanks so much.


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    Paul says:

    Tweeted this page

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    Katrina says:

    I love the handing out smarties idea! I just did 4 back to back family sessions this past weekend and man oh man – and idea like this would have been AMAZING! So simple – yet – not something you immediately think of with everything else going on!

    I pinned one of the pictures from this to my pinterest account –

    I’ve also shared this page on my facebook – and I’ve already joined your brand new group on FB. Thanks so much! ^_^

  62. 62

    Ok. Pinned, requested to join group, and shared on my page. Have a great day!

  63. 63
    Paul says:

    Shared on Facebook!

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    Ashleigh says:

    I am just starting out with families and would love some tips on posing as well as some better ideas for work flow!!

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    Kattrina says:

    I joined the new Facebook group :)

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    Jen says:

    I would love some new posing ideas!

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    Lauren J. says:

    I’m pretty knew to photography and I’ve just completed my first family session, so any and all help is needed! I also pinned this post and joined the Facebook group.

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    Vicki says:

    Tips on posing groups would be most helpful to me.

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    Jen says:

    I’m in the new group!

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    Jessica Cassady says:

    I am just starting my business and need help, hints, and tips to get a natural feeling pose from the family.

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    Vicki says:

    Pinnned to Pintrest!

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    Patty says:

    The thing I need the most help with when it comes to posing families is not going blank. After a few shots I sometimes feel a bit of panic trying to come up with the next pose. Would love to win the posing guide!

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    Jessica Cassady says:

    Posted on my facebook page and now joining all your facebook groups! crossing my fingers for a win =)

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    Patty says:

    Pinned on Pinterest!

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    Bridget says:

    I need the most help with posing large families.

    Thank you!!!!!!!

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    Bridget says:

    I pinned one of your pictures. :)

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    Yon says:

    I love Angie~!! I’d love to get more creative ideas on how to have my families interact with eachother… I’d love her posing guide~

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    I need the most help with posing adults! Kids are generally natural, adults tend to focus too much on how they look and plastering the fake smile onto their face. So getting adults more comfortable and natural is a skill I need to improve upon.

    I also joined the group on FB.

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    Bridget says:

    I joined your new FB page.

    I hope I win!!!!

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    Tina says:

    So helpful, I have my first family session coming up in a week and am really nervous especially about the posing in a way that looks natural!

    Pinned two of the images from this post and checking out the group now!

    Thanks for this post!

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    Kathleen says:

    I would love to have the guide to help me pose older children (think between just past toddler, but not yet teen!) or tips and tricks on getting tweens more comfortable in a studio setting.

    I have also joined the group on FB.

    Thanks so much for all your work!

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    Janelle Belk says:

    I need the most help with 3 things: Getting clear images for group shots; keeping kids ages 18 months-3 years happy and engaged in the photo shoot; exactly what the guide is supposed to offer-ideas for natural ‘poses’ because I see it and love it from others and have a hard time duplicating it and this sounds perfect!

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    I need the most help with posing big families. i live in an area where 5 or 6 children is the norm.

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    Janelle Belk says:

    I shared on my Facebook Page!

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    Oh my gosh, I love shooting families, but sometimes it makes my head hurt! I need help with posing “in the moment” using the setting in front of you. Whether it’s 5 different ways to use a rock or a fence or simply just a big open space, thinking quickly and using what’s right in front of you to make for natural poses with easy transitions would be soooo helpful. My best tip is for the Dads. I usually explain to them up front that I may ask them to do things that make them feel a little silly, but that’s okay. The session is a little acting, a little silly, but a lot of fun. Just giving them permission to feel dopey at first is really helpful. That way they know you know what they’re thinking and it helps them loosen up (and then it’s not acting)!

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    Ana Ruiz says:

    I would love love this, because one of my favorite sessions to do is the Family Session! I find that, I’m running out of ooses!! :))
    I Luv MCP!

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    Reggie says:

    I really need help with posing my subjects, particularly men. My tip is always have your subjects/family be in their natural surroundings.

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    Oh, and I joined the FB page yesterday and just posted to my FB page. Thanks!

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    Vicki says:

    Posted to facebook!

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    Janelle Belk says:

    I joined and was added to the new Facebook group!

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    I requested to join the facebook group!

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    Vicki says:

    Joined the all new facebook group.

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    Samantha D. says:

    I need help with posing families with older children. I also seem to run out of ideas at times, or have a creative block during a shoot. I hate that!!

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    Brenda says:

    1. I always try to talk with the clients during the session. It helps them relax and act more natural. This is also great for sessions with kids. finding out what they like to do, play, etc.
    2. Great page on fb! Just joined.
    Love your site.

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    Samantha D. says:

    Pinned an image to Pinterest!!

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    Bren Dendy says:

    My favorite tip was #3: Have the families interact a lot to create natural expressions.

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    Bren Dendy says:

    I pinned before I even realized there was a contest!

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    I would love more tips on how to get families to interact naturally and relax in front of the camera.

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    Already joined your facebook group. Can’t wait to learn more there!

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    Bren Dendy says:

    I requested to join the group on FB – thank you!

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    jordan says:

    I’d love to win! Looking for new ideas to get those natural poses, not the standard Christmas Card pose:)

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    I need the most help posing more than 4 people- it gives me a headache! I would LOVE to win so I can improve my posing skills and create even happier clients!

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    Cindy Palmer says:

    Pinned and shared on FB. =)
    My tip would be to stick a Pez dispenser in your hotshoe to help get the attention of little ones. =)

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    Jessica S. says:

    I really need help posing families. I’m starting to get busy again and want to up my game for those family sessions!

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    Also pinned this image to my pinterest board!

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    Trisha says:

    Would love some tips on getting families to interact with each other in order to get the most authentic, natural looking poses.

    Joined the FB group!

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    Alesa says:

    I need to remember to slow down at family shoots. I get so busy worrying about rushing to get them done that I don’t catch the little things. I need to remember to take a deep breath and slow down.

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    Alesa says:

    I join the FB group. I am excited for this.

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    BROOK HOLLIS says:

    My number one tip for photographing families is FOCUS on fun for MOM. I used to focus on the kiddos as my main challenge…getting them to naturally smile, or be still, or look right at me. WRONG. I now focus on mom having FUN and being relaxed. When that clicks into place, the entire session mood changes in an instant. The kids relax, dad chills, everyone plays together…mom is the key and glue to the family.

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    McKell S. says:

    I would benefit from learning ways to have families interact with one another. I love a good combo of both candid and posed!

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    Jennifer says:

    It would be great to see Angie’s insight into posing. With the holiday season coming up, it would be nice to get some fresh ideas. I’ve been shooting more weddings lately, so I could use some inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    BROOK HOLLIS says:

    Also joined the FB Group.

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    McKell S. says:

    I requested to join the MCP group on FB!

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    Janie H says:

    I am starting a portrait business and need help with getting more natural expressions from my clients.

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    I could really use help posing! Plus, how to get them looking natural. I just love it when I ask them to interact and they look at me like I’m crazy… you would think they’ve just met! ;)

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    Jennifer says:

    I joined the FB Group. =)

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    carolyn says:

    I’m always trying to capture my kids’ real smiles. The older ones “over pose” as soon as a camera comes out!

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    Erika K says:

    I love families and young kiddos but I have trouble trying to get them all close enough together to interact naturally and still in focus. I would really love to win the guide and can’t wait to learn more!

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    carolyn says:

    Also, I pinned all the tips – for extra entries, but also because I like them!

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    Joined the group! Super duper pumped about that :)

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    Rebecca Saniga says:

    I think I need some help with knowing how to relax and slow down during a family shoot and to help the clients relax also.

    Also, joined new facebook group!

    Pinned to Pinterest –


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    Janie H says:

    Pinned an image on Pinterest!

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    Janie H says:

    Shared on my Facebook page.

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    caitlin ventiere says:

    I would say the thing I need the most help with is getting more comfortable posing families. I always have so many ideas but am not good at voicing them.

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    Heather Bybee says:

    I need help with. Getting more natural expressions at my photo shoots. I love the tip about creating a game for the family to play and then shoot away. Great advice!

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    Susan Dodd says:

    I need huge help with little ones – oh say about 3 years old! Some are easy, some are not so easy. Going with the flow, I’m sure, is a great thing, but more than that…I’d love tips and things.

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    Janie H says:

    Sent request to join FB group. Looking forward to utilizing such a great group.

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    I need to work on having every family member in focus and in good light. I’m also working on finding my flow with family sessions in the home.

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    Susan Dodd says:

    You know I definitely joined the FB group!! :-)

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    Heather Bybee says:

    I pinned a picture to pinterest! Can i just say, I love pinterest!

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    Kristie says:

    It seems like the family photos posted with helpful articiles like this always have a mom, dad, and 2.5 young children …. cute, little, and fun. Since many of the families I shoot are families from my kids’ school, and my own kids are teenagers, that means the families I’m typically shooting have older kids …. or even young adult children, home from college or whatever. No one is sitting in any laps, or hanging out on Dad’s shoulders …. unless Dad wants a hernia, ha!! Would love to see some fun, casual posing suggestions for groups with older and/or young adult children. Thanks!

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    Heather Bybee says:

    Sent a request to join the Facebook group. I’m excited about this group!

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    Tracy Guinn says:

    My biggest pain point so to speak is natural expressions that don’t look forced or posed. I love non traditional pics but they seem to be the hardest to master… I did join the facebook group and pinned to pintrest….


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    Jessica S. says:

    Joined the Facebook group!

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    Amanda Sword says:

    I would say I need help with making it the family pose more natural instead staged. Also like things to say to get the expressions on there face. I Have been working more on making it more fun.

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    Susan Dodd says:

    Just pinned one of the awesome images! Thanks for this great contest, Jodi! :-)

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    Amanda Sword says:

    pinned it

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    Paula J says:

    I need help with ideas for large families. I live in an area where 4+ kids is normal and it gets hard fitting them all in sometimes. Worst when they are insistent on traditional poses and their kids are all older.
    Pining and Joining also!

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    Natalia aka Maygirl says:

    Thank you for giveaway!
    The most thing I need during family session – posing and how interact Dad when he is not very willing to make photos

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    Heather Clark says:

    I need to win this posing guide! I have trouble thinking outside the box with families, and I need some fresh inspiration!

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    Melanie Morton says:

    I am a very green photographer who, like a starving wolf with fresh kill, is devouring every tidbit of information I can get my hands on. What do I need help with the most in relation to family photography? Posing would be awesome!

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    Natalia aka Maygirl says:

    I sent inquiry for NEW FB group, thank you!

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    kashuma says:

    I need help getting more natural smiles out of my clients.

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    Melanie Morton says:

    I pinned this article. Thanks for the helpful tips!

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    kashuma says:

    I joined the new facebook group (how exciting!).

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    kashuma says:

    I pinned it! :-)

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    Heather Clark says:

    I pinned the amazing family picture. Could that mama twirling her kids get any cuter???

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    Melanie Morton says:

    I just joined your new Facebook group. Looking forward to interacting and learning even more. :)

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    Erika K says:

    I joined the new FB group!! So excited!

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    Heather Clark says:

    I requested an invite to the fb group! Can’t wait to learn more from other photographers!

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    Krista says:

    The thing I need most for my family photography is new ideas! A better way to plan out poses would be fantastic. I think I have gotten in the rut of staying with a few safe poses and forget to go outside that comfort zone.

    I pinned the 2nd photo to Pinterest, and I also joined the new Facebook group! I’m loving all the information available there! Great page!

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    Carrie says:

    I love the “natural unposed” types of family poses, but I struggle–especially with dads to get the family to act as if I’m not there. I love the idea mentioned above of giving them a game to play or something to do specifically–I’d like more ideas in this area!

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    Carrie says:

    I joined the Facebook Group!

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    Brenda L says:

    I’m just starting out and any advice is helpful — also joined the FB group! Thanks!!

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    I have such difficulty knowing how to direct families. I know what I’m hoping to achieve in my head, and I know where I want people to sit, but I never know how to get them to be truly themself. Thanks to your tips, I now realize I need to get them to INTERACT. Get them to play together and tell eachother jokes perhaps? Thank-you so much for that insight with just these three tips! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the guide is like! :)

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    I’ve requested to join the facebook group! :)

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    Lili says:

    I need most help with posing families in an interactive fun way (along the lines of what Angie does) – love her work and very happy to have found this blog!

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    Lili says:

    Just joined your FB group as well. Looking forward to meeting other photographers :)

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    Christine says:

    I need help with posing! Anything beyond a basic triangle, and I’m lost!

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    Randi says:

    The things I need help with most is posing groups, like families. Especially large multi-generation groups. But help with getting the kids to cooperate and the mom’s to relax into less traditional and stiff poses would also help!

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    Adalia S. says:

    The thing I most need help with is how to plan out & structure the session for the best results.

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    Lili says:

    wow – so, totally aside from having discovered your blog from Angie’s FB post, I have to say that i am SO excited to have discovered your blog and company! I love your PS Actions!!

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    Tina says:

    I could definitely use help for creative poses. I’m more comfortable with the candid shots than with setting up poses.

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    Breanne says:

    I would love new posing ideas for family photo sessions!

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    Tina says:

    also pinned to Pinterest.

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    Kathy says:

    I’m just starting out and need ideas on how to get the family to relax so I can capture natural family interaction.

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    I would love help with family groupings when there are teenagers and little kids in the family. I think little kids are easy to group with parents, it’s those older kids!

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    The hardest part I am having with families is posing, and what to say to them to get them to “act” natural.

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    Pinned the guide on Pinterest

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    Kathy says:

    Joined the group!

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    Elizabeth Newton says:

    I really need help with posing! Every session I always seem to get stuck as to what to do next.

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    I just pinned the last picture of my friends family to my “family posing” pinterest board :)

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    Tina says:

    and joined the fb group! Hope I win! :)

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    I also joined the facebook group:) I am just learning that presets are so much easier than photoshop, thanks you guys!

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    Sarah says:

    favorite tip for keeping families relaxed is to keep a constant conversation going related to something else other than what you’re doing at all times:). Going to pin and join the group now.

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    Sarah Card says:

    Family photo tip: be funny. they’ll laugh. you’ll get great shots!

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    Rebbecca says:

    I would love posing tips for larger families. I seem to do well with small family groups but when larger than 5 seems more difficult.

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    Casey says:

    I think my biggest problem when photographing families is posing. I like the more candid shots, but my clients usually want both. I have a hard time coming up with unique poses for families with different ages. What works for a family of little ones doesn’t work for a family with teens.

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    Casey says:

    I pinned one of the photos on Pinterest on my “Photo Inspiration” board.

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    Casey says:

    I’m already a member of the new Facebook group. :)

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    Christine Faris says:

    I need help with making my posed family photographs more natural, less forced.

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    Christine Faris says:

    I pinned the photograph from the first tip!

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    Christine Faris says:

    I requested to join the Facebook group. :)

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    Kali says:

    i always bring an assistant when smaller kids are involved. If someone can be helping me with smiles and attention while I focus on everything else it works wonders. My husband is the best at this! Also, have each family bring a prop that symbolizes something about their family. People get really creative and it’s amazing how a prop can help break the ice.

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    dee perrin says:

    I have the most difficulty keeping everyone in a flattering pose when shooting families. It seems like by the time I get kids looking in the right direction, mom or dad has moved or some body part is sticking out in a weird way.

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    dee perrin says:

    Already joined the facebook group!

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    Sarah Taylor says:

    My tip would be to get the hard stuff over with first (larger posed group, or photo involving young bored children).

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    jeanine says:

    I need help with natural posing. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    jeanine says:

    I joined the group!

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    colleen says:

    great tips…..just started adding an assistant and it really does make a big differnce! thanks!

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    Kali says:

    I pinned this article!!wahoo!

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    Lynn says:

    I love families & can always use more tips on getting them to interact!

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    colleen says:

    p.s. already joined the mcp group and pinning this link to my pinterest site under children :-)

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    Kali says:

    Joined the new Facebook group!

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    LeeAnn says:

    I need help at my family sessions! I know I should hire an assistant but I just can’t bring myself to spend the money. :(

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    Kali says:

    Shared this link on facebook with my peeps!

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    Rachel says:

    I can definitely use some help with more relaxed and fun poses! I joined the Facebook group!

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    LeeAnn says:

    I joined the new FB group!

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    Lynn says:

    Joined the group :)

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    LeeAnn says:

    Pinned it!

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    Laura Dilley says:

    The thing I need the most help on is keeping things on track when there are really little ones in the family. Toddlers who want nothing but to,runaround and explore. Those make for nice portraits stand alone, but not as family.

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    Laura Dilley says:

    I joined the fb group!

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    tracy says:

    I could use some help with finding fun, natural poses when little kids are involved.

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    Kristena says:

    The thing I need the most help with is making the families look more natural. The ideas above were great.

    I honestly am not sure if I have any tricks to help anyone because I feel like family pictures I could really use the most help with.

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    Kerry says:

    Just joined the FB group today & I’m not getting any work done now! I love it!!!!

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    Yvette says:

    With little ones I start off with the most important shot that mom wants (generally all looking at the camera smiling)…then we head to the fun games and get the wonderful candids

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    Kerry says:

    Linking to my FB Photography Page. :)

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    Yvette says:

    I joined the group!

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    Kerry says:

    Biggest challenge when photographing a family is that usually one of the kiddos will need a nap. That’s tough.

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    Nicki Henne says:

    I LOVE the part about where you say to have them interact – My mind started reeling with ideas on how to get them to do this! I CAN’T Wait to have them play “if your happy and your know it…” and I SUPER love the last image of the girls dancing and the daddy kissing his baby – ADORE!
    I also pinned the last photo on Pintrest and shared it on FB and will join your group in a moment! Thanks for this contest! I can’t wait!!

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    shaleena says:

    I definitely need most help with posing multiple people. My style of shooting is very candid and natural,but I would like to learn how to pose people and it still have a sense of relationship, fun, and “naturalness”… lol

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    Melanie says:

    Hmmm…some tips I’d appreciate are how to engage dads and some ideas for getting families to interact together. I love Angie’s work and would love to win the guide.

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    Melanie says:

    I joined the group!

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    Lori says:

    When there is kids – I try to start with something cool with them – and then I show it to them (if they are old enough) then I find they try to stay involved…well at least for the next five minutes!

    I too struggle with groups larger than 5.

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    Mandy Davis says:

    I need the most help with getting parents to lighten up! They take themselves so seriously!

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    Laura Baker says:

    I need help getting families to interact naturally. What exactly do you ask them to do? Thanks!!

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    Laura Baker says:

    Just joined the facebook group. Thanks!!

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    Kristi Dial says:

    PLEASE help me with posing! I pinned the 2nd image and joined the Facebook page.

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    Jackie says:

    I pinned your first photo.

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    Christine says:

    I requested to join the FB group! Looking forward to learning there!

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    Christine says:

    And I pinned one of those fabulous shots!

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    Jackie says:

    I did my 5th group shoot this weekend and while I think they came out ok I know I need HELP! I need ideas on posing and also importantly, is what do you say to the family to get the fun started. How do you engage them?

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    Jackie says:

    I requested to join you on facebook.

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    Ashlee says:

    I could use help with getting the more natural poses and expressions.

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    Ashlee says:

    I posed 2 of the photos to my pinterest and I also requested to be invited to the new group!

    Thanks so much!

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    wendy says:

    I need help with posing, especially for larger groups.

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    wendy says:

    I’ve just joined the group… looks like a fun place to hang out!!

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    AEMEE says:

    I love Angie Monson’s work, especially her family sessions. I would love to learn how to get more natural expressions from my clients!

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    AEMEE says:

    Pinned all the images :)

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    AEMEE says:

    Sent a request for the Facebook group! Thank you!!!!!

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    Ray says:

    favorite family photography tip – go with the flow

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    Jen Springer says:

    This guide looks great! I could use help on what to get families to do to interact, what fun games or what to say to make them laugh, etc. There is a lot going on, any assistance would be awesome!

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    erin says:

    I need to know how to get more interaction with families. Everyone is always so stiff. Waiting for me to tell them what to do.

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    Val says:

    I love to visit with the family briefly first before I start taking pictures. It always seems to help put them at ease. Especially the kids. I am looking forward to learning new ideas for family posing. I pinned both pictures to my photography family board and requested to join the fb group. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to communicate with other photographers!

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    Steph says:

    I would love more info/ideas on how to get the family to relax and interact naturally so that comes through in my photos.


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    Steph says:

    I requested an invite to the FB group!

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    Toni says:

    I would love help with family posing. I’m pretty good one on one, but families are hard for me in getting natural poses and reactions.

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    Steph says:

    I tweeted about the post and giveaway.

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    Laura Dodson says:

    I LOVE the new FB group!! I am looking for new and fun ideas for larger family group. I agree an asst. is a great help!!

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    Toni says:

    Joined the FB group. I tweeted, but my comment isn’t showing up (commented twice, so I apologize if it duplicates).

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    Toni says:

    Going to try this one more time – I tweeted:

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    Greg H says:

    My biggest problem is posing

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    p says:

    I requested an invite to your FB group. I’m new to Portrait photography so I’m really looking forward to being part of your group, and I would love to win a free copy of this guide, I need all the help I can get. Thanks!!

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    Jill Myers says:


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    Greg H says:

    Requested to join the new FB group

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    Chaya says:

    Sent a request to FB!
    I have a really hard time getting dads engaged. Any tips?
    Love your work!

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    Sharon says:

    I need the most help with super large groups and working with the difficult child. I have had two back to back. Very few smiles.

    My favorite tip is Smarties because they don’t color the tongue. But I always get permission from the parents first.

    I posted this to Pinrest AND joined the new group.

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    One “trick” I have found useful for a family that seems a bit tense or awkward in front of the camera is to tell them to all look at each other and laugh. When they start their “fake and awkward” laugh they realize how silly it is being awkward and then they genuinely start to laugh and relax.

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    Dianne says:

    I need help with posing, and interracting.

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    Dianne says:

    Pinned something to Pinterest.

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    Dianne says:

    Joined the new Facebook group. I’m excited about that!

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    Kelley says:

    WOW! I would LOVE to win this!

    The thing I need the most help with when photographing families is making the “posing” look more fun and natural and less… posed.


    And I already belong to the facebook group. I love that group!

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    Michelle says:

    I struggle with locations for families that give variety and are safe and good for children without too much moving around.

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    Kirsti Fleming says:

    I feel like I’m in a rut when it comes to family poses…especially this time of year. I also struggle when “dads” are just not flexible enough to pose in most positions. ;-)

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    Jennifer says:

    I probably struggle most with getting good facial expressions from everyone at once with large families.

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    Jennifer says:

    Pinned on Pinterest!

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    Jennifer says:

    I requested an invite to the group!

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    I would love to learn to pose large family without looking “posed”

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    Amy Susi says:

    I would love to learn to get real smiles out of the families.

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    Christy says:

    How do you interact or talk to pre-teen boys and teenage boys to get a genuine smile, etc with out embarassing them?

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    Amy Susi says:

    I joined the group yesterday!

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    Christy says:

    Posted article to my Facebook

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    Tesia beam says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! I need the most help with posing while keeping it natural!

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    Tesia beam says:

    I asked to join the group. Looks great!

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    Shanna Stockwell says:

    Anything for tips with posing is great! I joined the group.

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    Christy says:

    i joined the new facebook group! so excited :)

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    Jill says:

    I am always up for new ideas – it’s so easy to get in a rut with the same ‘safe’ poses with families and I’d like to see some new ideas.

    One tip I’ve found useful – make sure mom is not in front of everyone. Women tend to feel more natural and comfortable when they are not the one closest to the lens. Or if you are shooting a family with a larger individual, make sure they too, are not closest to the lens.

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    Jill says:

    I pinned the second image.

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    Jill says:

    I’ve requested to join the FB group.

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    I need the most help with getting families to interact with each other. I have a lot of families that really lean on me setting them up in a very exact way. I could use advice on things to say/tell them to do to help them get into a more interactive, natural pose such as the games that were mentioned in this post.

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    christine says:

    I need help getting the younger children to look toward me when I’m trying to get the posed shots.

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    christine says:

    I pinned the contest to my pinterest page and shared on Facebook

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    christine says:

    I have joined the Facebook Group.

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    Kathy says:

    Really interested in more ways to get clients to relax and have fun. Or maybe that’s me. :-) Either way, this guide sounds terrific. Also requested invite to the FB group, thanks!

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    liz says:

    Would love some ideas for fun and unique poses.

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    Kathleen Downing says:

    I need help with posing of large families and getting more candid shots!

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    Kathleen Downing says:

    I pinned!

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    Amber Wright says:

    I would say I need the most help with ideas of how to get kids to interact WITH their family instead of just wanting to RUN! :)

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    Kathleen Downing says:

    I joined the group!

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    Amber Wright says:

    and i just joined the group!!! OOOOOOOOHHHH, i hope i win!! :)

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    I am most in need of new poses. I feel like I use the same 3 poses with all my families I photograph these days. I would also like to know her secret to what ‘games’ she has the family play. I feel like you can only play ‘peek-a-boo’ with the littlier kiddos.

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    I joined and have been accepted to your new FB photo group. SO excited for this!!

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    Just pinned this blog post to my Pinteret account and shared it on my FB. Here’s to winning!

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    I need help with posing – especially the children. I need tips instead of just relying on luck :)

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    Liz R. says:

    What a great give away! I feel like I need help posing the adults so they look relaxed and natural with the kids. Thanks for this great opportunity!

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    Liz R. says:

    I have joined and been accepted to the new FB group! Can’t wait to see all the learning going on in there! Fingers crossed on winning the posing guide!

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    Lori Jones says:

    Joined the FB group. Need to go out of my comfort zone with families.

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    Lisa says:

    Would love to have more help on how to have families interact more naturally with one another

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    Lisa says:

    Requested to join fb group!

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    Karen says:

    Love learning at this blog!
    I like to capture the playfulness of a family; any help is appreciated.

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    Liz R. says:

    I have shared this on FB…. fingers crossed on winning the posing guide!

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    Gina says:

    Some families just don’t relax, they’re so stiff. How can I put everyone at ease?

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    Gina says:

    Requested to join FB page!

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    Heather Klemme says:

    I need help getting my families to interact naturally!

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    Mandy French says:

    My biggest tip would be don’t shoot too wide open. Bokeh is great, but not if members of the family are out of focus!

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    Mandy French says:

    I shared the link on my FB Page!

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    Mandy French says:

    I requested my group invite! Woot woot!

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    laura jacoby says:

    The thing I need most help with when I photograph families is how to handle the dads. The moms book the appointment and are happy to be there and the kids normally get into it after a few minutes, but a lot of time I get grumpy dads who think it is a waste of time to get out of bed so early. I have the hardest time getting dads to relax and have a good time. Tips? And I’m pinning this to pinterest. Love you Angie! Thanks!

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    laura jacoby says:

    and I sent a request to join the facebook page. I really need this guide!

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    I’d love tips on doing in-home family portraits. In other words, I go to their home, and possibly outside isn’t an option. Any tips for dealing with unexpected room sizes, lighting, messes, etc?

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    I shared on my facebook page.

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    Kristy says:

    I need help with natural posing. A child is easy, but when you get mom and dad, oh boy!
    My tip would be…don’t shoot a family in a grass…unless you like color cast.

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    I’ve also sent my request to join your FB group. (What a fantastic idea!)

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    Keri M. says:

    I’ve yet to do any family photography, so I need all the pointers I can get!

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    Keri M. says:

    I’ve joined the group on facebook

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    Cretia says:

    Getting outside my comfort zone & trying new poses is sometimes hard for me. Getting everyone to interact “naturally” is another.

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    Marc says:

    Favorite tip: Let the family be themselves. Images will be much better.

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    Sylvie says:

    My favorite tip or tips are in reference to how to capture genuine and natural, yet beautiful and timeless photographs of families.

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    Jenny Lowe says:

    i need help with those games you mentioned! and kids who are playing “hard to get!” :)

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    Sylvie says:

    I sent a Group request to your new page on FB! Thanks for all your posts!

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    Jenny Lowe says:

    Joined the new facebook group!

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    Jenny Lowe says:

    Pinned and tweeted! tweet tweet!

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    I always have trouble with posing and getting natural expressions.

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    Joined your new group too.

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    I need the most help with getting everyone to look good AT THE SAME TIME! Often I have one frame where Mom looks great, then the next one is great of the kids, and so on. It’s hard to get everyone coordinated, especially with littler kiddos.

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    I pinned one of the awesome photos from this post!

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    Melissa says:

    Ohh, boy do I need help! I mostly seem to wind up with everyone grinning at the camera … the same grin in every frame. I love the more natural photos with real emotion, but never can seem to get everyone to loosen up enough. I’ve made the mistake of just saying “be natural, just be yourselves, do your thing” though. ‘__’

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    I always struggle with creative poses that look natural and fun! I feel like I do the same thing all the time!

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    tawnya says:

    I shared this on FB! I need help with posing all families, but especially larger families, ie bigger than four people!

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    Sarah G says:

    Shared and pinned! I need help with the difficult dads, the runaway toddlers, and sulky teenagers :-)

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    I am a member of the Facebook group.

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    Marie Massey says:

    Getting those natural smiles and interaction are sometimes difficult. I have shared and joined the group (can’t wait for the interaction there!)

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    Jackie says:

    I’ve been told that posing is my weakness with my photography so this is something I REALLY need!!!! :)

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    Melissa says:

    I have a hard time directing the family to be where I need them to be to produce the picture I have in my head

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    Tami says:

    My biggest struggle with families is getting a shooting list/itinerary and making the whole session flow without feeling like I’m fumbling my way to the end.

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    Caroline says:

    I need help on finding the lens that folks think works bat for families.

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    Larissa says:

    I need help getting people of different heights into a pose that is visually appealing

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    Larissa says:

    I pinned it!

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    Larissa says:

    I joined the facebook group

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    Tami says:

    I pinned a picture.

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    Thanks for the giveaway! I most need help with posing young children (1-3 years old) and making sure they enjoy the session–I’ve experienced several meltdowns simply from me just pulling out the camera… Thanks!

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    Tami says:

    I requested to join the new facebook group!

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    Caroline says:

    Pinned it!

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    kelly borgman says:

    I definitely need help posing familys. I have already shared on my page about this contest.

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    Amanda Gay says:

    My biggest frustration is communicating to the subjects what I see (pose wise) in my head!

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    Clare says:

    I need help with getting families to realx more and to get those natural expressions, without the posed feel !!!!

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    Melissa says:

    I’ve also pinned this page & joined the Facebook group :)

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    Pinned this to my Pinterest account!

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    Jackie says:

    I pinned this blog to my pinterest accoun and my facebook! Please pick me!!!!

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    kelly borgman says:

    I pinned an image and I clicked on join for your new website group.

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    Amanda Gay says:

    I pinned photos!

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    Amanda Gay says:

    I joined the new face book group, too!

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    Tammie says:

    This looks fab!! Just the help i need!! Pinned and joined the group!!

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    I TOTALLY need help with posing. I either get the poses and NOT the emotion, or nail the emotion and not the pose! How do I get both?

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    Jackie says:

    Just joined the all new facebook group! Totally awesome! I will be utilizing it! Thanks for that!

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    Stephanie says:

    Im so excited about this give away. The biggest piece of advice is to have fun. I think if you enjoy what you are doing and are having fun it will show through your clients enjoyment in the photos.

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    Heather Judd says:

    I hit mental blocks sometimes. and i hate it! lol, would love some tips on that

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    I joined the group. :) This is so exciting! I also shared on facebook – this giveway is fantastic!

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    Samantha K says:

    I need the most help with posing families of 5 or more, especially ones with an infant!

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    AJCoombs says:

    I would like to know how to get genuine emotion out of my clients.

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    Heather Judd says:

    pinned it!

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    AJCoombs says:

    I pinned this contest

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    I still have lots to learn but really struggle with the posing when it comes to kiddos!

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    Caroline says:

    Joined the group-great idea by the way!

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    Tammy Sullivan says:

    Being asked more and more to take pictures of families any and all this advise is more than welcome. Thanks for the help.

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    AJCoombs says:

    I have requested to be a part of the facebook group

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    Tammy Sullivan says:

    Liked the facebook page and looking forward to reading all post.

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    Crystal says:

    I shared and joined the group! Excited to learn more! I wish I would have read all the above tips about a 2 weeks ago. I took pictures of a family of 12. 6 of those 12 were kids under 6 years old! Hope to have the oppurtunity to do it again! I love photography! :)

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    Summer Kelso says:

    I just need a little guidance to carry with me at a session, sometimes my brain locks up and I am at a loss.

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    Virginia R. says:

    Awesome giveaway! Hope to win! I struggle with helping the families be more relaxed. I shared it on Facebook and pinned it on Pinterest

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    Gayle Shrader says:

    Great contest! Would love more help with posing families and having them interact naturally!

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    Gayle Shrader says:

    pinned on pinterest

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    Kristen says:

    I need some help with posing that looks natural. I like the idea of the games for the kids and family. Great contest and pinning this and joining group as well! thanks

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    Tammy Sullivan says:

    Posted to pintrest to my photo group. Thanks

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    Summer Kelso says:

    I also shared on FB and sent a request to join the group. Thank you!

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    Lea says:

    I need help getting relaxed shots!

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    kelly borgman says:

    I am a member of your new group already ! You rock ! And I left some helpful comments. At least I hope they were helpful.It is things I have done to get better images.

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    Kirsten says:

    I love the natural play of families and subjects that aren’t posed “hard”. So I would love to learn more about that. I have pinned to Pinterest, posted to my wall on Facebook, and joined your FB group, because you can never have too many resources. Good luck everyone!

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    Lea says:

    Pinned it and shared on facebook!

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    Dave Haas says:

    definitely getting the adults to realize that they need to be looking at the lens, not trying to get the kids or babies to look that way!

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    Amy Foltz says:

    I need help getting the parents (mostly the dads) to loosen up and have fun!

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    Alexandra says:

    LIke the advice on having family interact to get natural
    Expressions. No like how the entire family is looking at one person.

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    Gayle Shrader says:

    asked to join the facebook group! yeah!

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    Gayle Shrader says:

    asked to join the facebook group! yeah!

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    I’m always happy to improve my knowledge of traditional group/family posing.

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    Wendy S. says:

    I need help with different formations on where to put the kids.

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    KJ Leonard says:

    I need help posing larger families

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    Mandy says:

    I requested to join the new group on FB – Love the idea!
    I am always looking for creative anique posing ideas; especially with different aged kids.

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    Wendy S. says:

    Joined the FB group!

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    Brenda Clark says:

    I could definitely use help with posing families!

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    Peggy Maeshall says:

    Love you Blog… I would love help with how to have families interact more for more of a natural/fun loving way with posing

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    Brenda Clark says:

    joined fb group! how fun!

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    Marie Massey says:

    Capturing those natural smiles and interaction can be most difficult. I joined the group and shared. :)

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    Amanda Oswalt says:

    Pinned on Pinterest :)

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    Dovie Scott says:

    I need help with the games you mentioned about getting everyone to loosen up! I also would love any tips to help me improve my overall quality of posing and bringing out the best in everyone involved!
    I pinned it!
    I joined the All New Facebook Group!

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    Amanda Oswalt says:

    Pinned to pinterest

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    Hope says:

    Posing. Im not creative at all when it comes to poses.

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    Amanda Oswalt says:

    I need help with what kind of games to tell families to play that won’t sound “cheesey”

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    Peggy Maeshall says:

    I pinned & shared it on my facebook :)

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    Courtney says:

    I think what I struggle with the most is helping parents to relax and understand that it’s ok if their kids are acting up a little. We can take a time out and it’s ok. I see these things all the time. I even have two of my own kids, who hate photos. They always seem so embarassed and upset which affects the mood of the session. Also, the best ways to help these kids cheer up!

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    Peggy Maeshall says:

    already a member of your new facebook group & really reall y love it

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    Melissa says:

    I would love this! Would help so much, I’m just starting out! I shared, joined the group and Pinned!

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    Julia Rose says:

    I need more help with making it look natural and not stiff. Also with getting the parents to loosen up! The kids never have a problem with that lol

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    Kathy Speck says:

    Would love to win this!!

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    Amanda says:

    I need help with posing and getting families with older children to look natural and “happy”

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    Amanda says:

    I shared this on FB!!!

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    Mel Donald says:

    Needing help with candid photos of families where they look so relaxed and natural!

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    Amanda says:

    I joined the new group! Thanks so much! I would LOVE LOVE to win!!!

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    Mel Donald says:

    Have joined the new FB group. It’s awesome!

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    tayonna says:

    I need help with the posing!

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    tayonna says:

    pinned! :)

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    tayonna says:

    Fb shared

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    tayonna says:

    and lastly asked to join the new group! yay :)

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    Becka Brown says:

    Pinned it and shared it. Would love this book bc I could use any tips to help me be faster at posing families and children.

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    I would love to have this guide! What a great giveaway! Thank you!

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    I have already been accepted to the FB group! Thanks!

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    rachel says:

    I shared the FB post

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    I would love to know different ways to pose family groups.

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    rachel says:

    I would love to just have some ideas for more natural and creative poses. Especially for families with older children and/or larger groups.

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    Shauna Wear says:

    I’ve joined the new Facebook page and also shared this post on my wall and pinned it on Pinterest! :)

    I need help with all aspects of posing. I’m not super confident shooting families (especially ones I don’t know well) because I’m not sure how I should pose them, or how I should give suggestions on how to “act natural”. I would LOVE this guide!

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    rachel says:

    I joined the new FB group yesterday! :)

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    Pinned on Pinterest!! Love MCP!

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    Sharon Gordon says:

    I promise them a “goofy” picture if they let me take several shots for Mom.

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    Shared this page on Facebook!

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    Jessica Collins says:

    The thing I need the most help with when photographing family’s is posing and directing. My tip would be to not forget to get those canaid shots!

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    Thanks for approving me for the FB Group! I cant wait to start learning and sharing with other photog friends!

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    Jessica Collins says:

    I joined your FB group!!!

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    Natalie O'Neill says:

    I pinned this to my pinterest.

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    Angie says:

    I need help wrangling the kids, and getting them to smile. I’m great with kids, and I can usually make them laugh, but it’s much harder to do during a photoshoot.

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    Angie says:

    I shared this awesome post on Facebook!

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    Natalie O'Neill says:

    I need help posing families with more than 2 children.

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    Angie says:

    And, I joined the group, too. Lots of great questions/answers on it! Thanks so much!!

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    Courtney says:

    I definitely need help with posing and having the families interact in a natural way to capture meaningful moments. I have posted a link to this contest on my personal page, business page(blushing beauty photography) and I have also joined the new facebook group! I hope to win so that I can start to actually feel comfortable and less awkward while shooting families. And just in time for holiday sessions!! :D

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    I pinned the second picture!

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    Heather says:

    I really need help figuring out a way to get the parents to relax and have fun with a shoot instead of worrying so much about how the kids are acting! Getting that natural and relaxed and fun shoot is often more luck than skill and I want to change that…

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    Sarah says:

    The area I need the most help in is getting natural expressions & interaction

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    Stormy says:

    I’ve pinned an image I loved :D, have joined the group, and to answer one,
    the biggest issue I have with posing is a lot I think to do with being so new to this. I’m getting a feel for it as I go, but I do better with a single subject rather than a group. I really do want to grow as a photographer, and though I know I should not try looking for easy outs and short cuts, I would love some experienced tips from a pro I already admire in this field! Considering the work she has & how much I already love watching her page, I just know this book is a must have for me! If I’m not one of the lucky three to win I’ll admit to being disappointed, but I hope who ever does receive it will try and use it to its fullest boosting potential :D
    thank you so much for the chance!

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    Diane M says:

    Really need help with natural family poses.

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    Diane M says:

    Shares on FB.

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    Kathy Pilato says:

    Mu struggle is nailing focus with the different people but getting that great dog. My secret is to let the 10 and under kids get 3 shots of making the silliest faces they can. Then I get the rest. It gets them giggling and the family also…sets the mood

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    Diane M says:

    Pinned it!

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    Sarah says:

    Pinned on pinterest!!

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    Laura says:

    I really need the help with posing. I always feel like the family feels awkward. I want to make them feel comfortable in front of my camera and get more natural looking shots.

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    Heather says:

    Just joined the Facebook group and can’t wait to see what shows up there!

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    Laura says:

    I pinned an image!

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    Shawna says:

    I joined the Facebook Group!!

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    Alta says:

    I am always looking for fresh and natural poses for family. Pinned it on pinterest…..would love this guide!!!

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    Laura says:

    I’ve requested to join the group!

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    Tania says:

    Oooh, I LOVE Simplicity!! I desperately need help with getting natural images where the family aren’t worried about posing and can just relax!

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    Shawna says:

    I pinned this to Pinterest!

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    Megan Horner says:

    I have just recently been thinking about learning how to photograph families, so this would be excellent! I think the hardest thing would be making the family comfortable, relaxed, and natural in front of the camera, so this would be awesome help!

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    Tania says:

    Have shared on Facebook!

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    Megan Horner says:

    Pinned this on Pinterest! :)

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    Shawna says:

    I could use the most help with getting families to interact as if I’m not there! THey always seem too reserved…

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    Megan Horner says:

    Requested to join the Facebook group. Looks like a great learning community!

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    Diane M says:

    Joined the all new FB Group…REALLY hoping I win the shooting guide!

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    Amanda says:

    My favorite tip: be yourselves, don’t look at the camera just look at eachother!

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    Sarah says:

    Joined Facebook group

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    Suzanne D. says:

    I would love a posing guide! I never know what to tell people to do with their hands. I tell them to touch whoever is around them, or tell the guys to put their hands in their pockets. Not very helpful!

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    fara smith says:

    The thing I need the most help with when shooting a family…what do I say to them to get raw honest expressions for candids.

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    fara smith says:

    Pinned the sweet family sitting in the grass!

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    Randie says:

    I am just starting out so need all the tips I can get. I also joined the facebook group and am learning a lot on there already :)

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    staci michaud says:

    I feel like I need the most help posing families but having them look relaxed!!

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    fara smith says:

    Joined the all new FB group!!

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    Randie says:

    I mainly want to do family portraits, so this is right up my alley.

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    What do I need help with? juggling the changing light and not getting distracted by technicalities, whilst trying to keep clients engaged. Your tip about the assistant and smarties is pretty clever. The other sneaky thing I get kids to do is to whisper secrets to each other – it looks super cute and usually results in lots of smiles, giggles and spontaneous fun. Getting mum and dad to over-exaggerate the poses also is fun for the kids, and gets some great outtakes that are good for fb. But I do need help with posing groups! It’s so hard.

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    staci michaud says:

    I also pinned a photo on pinterest and requested to join the new fb group!!

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    kristal sinetos says:

    I would love some new ideas!!! I shared!!! Thank you for having a great give-a-way!!

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    oh, that was quick! I’ve joined the group and was approved. :)

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    Debra A. says:

    I would love more help with knowing how to get genuine smiles from children.

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    Kristie says:

    Hi, thank you for the opportunity to win such an awesome prize!! I requested to join the new FB group, and I also shared the original post to my personal FB page for extra entries :) thanks again!!

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    Brittany says:

    Love this give away!! Getting everyone to be real and have fun.

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    Debra A. says:

    Joined your new FB group and was approved! Thanks!

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    Natalie Bradford says:

    I always struggle with how to make everyone sit and look comfortable

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    Bobby Hicks says:

    I love the suggestions for family interactions for natual looks.

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    Natalie Bradford says:

    pin this post!

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    Natalie Bradford says:

    shared on FB

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    Natalie Bradford says:

    Joined FB group

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    Love the idea of this giveaway! When things get stale, I tell everyone to fake laugh really loudly. After the laughter dies down, there are some really sweet, comfortable smiles on their faces to capture.

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    Kristie says:

    I have difficulties trying to get the family to “act natural”. Especially when there are little ones involved. The parents can get annoyed quite quickly when the little ones aren’t cooperating.

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    Laura says:

    I need help being confident in posing so that when I’m actually photographing a session, I can apply my knowledge without hesitation. I always have great ideas before and after a session, but seem to lose it all when I actually need it.

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    Janice Combs says:

    I need help with lighting and getting natural, happy faces. No Fake smile. :) I shared on Facebook, I joined the face book group and I posted on Pinterest! Yay

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    Lauren says:

    I need help with making poses that look natural, not just like poses, if that makes sense. :)

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    Kristie says:

    I pinned it, shared it and joined the new group! : )

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    Lauren says:

    I pinned this!

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    Cynthi says:

    favorite tip: TICKLING! :)

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    Tanya says:

    I shared on Facebook.

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    Cynthi says:

    joined the FB group

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    I love all 3 tips . I like the family interaction outside the best .I pinned it and shared on facebook. I do struggle on posing between baby and 18 months because they can’t sit or stand and are wiggily. Also I would like to see more collages that you can just plug in your pictures..

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    Tanya says:

    I need help with how to pose families & how to help them relax :)

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    Lauren says:

    I joined the facebook group! and I love it!

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    Tanya says:

    Joined the FB group.

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    pinned several pics on here as well and joined the group :)

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    KellyN says:

    I’m always looking for ways to help Mom and Dad relax. I feel like I connect well with the kids but I end up with stressed looking parents…

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    KellyN says:

    Joined the FB group.

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    Anita says:

    I would love help knowing how to make families relax & enjoy the session

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    Sarah Dixon says:

    The thing I need the most help with is getting my families to look more natural and to interact more naturally with each other. To have every one loosen up a little.

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    Sarah Dixon says:

    I’ve pinned this :)

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    Sarah Dixon says:

    And joined the FB group! Thanks!

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    Stirling says:

    I dread working with families with more than 3 people, because it seems that either the kids are NEVER under control OR they’re too old and aren’t into it. It’s hard to make a teenage boy smile for a posed photo – forget about getting a cute candid. I’m young, so sometimes I try to connect with them, but it doesn’t always work.

    I really need this guide!

    I pinned and shared on facebook!
    And also included a photo on this post that I took of a mother and her 3-month-old. I LOVE one-one-one candids :)

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    Pam Godfrey says:

    I love to shoot families, but I love to have nice, natural expressions, & I would love to have a posing guide so I could concentrate more on getting the family into it

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    Donna says:

    I struggle with getting the dads to relax quickly and get involved.

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    Anita says:

    I love the second outdoor shot…so I pinned that one!

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    tia says:

    I need help just arranging the families.

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    tia says:

    shared on facebook!

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    Kerri says:

    I joined the new Facebook group.

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    Michelle says:

    Without an assistant it’s really hard to get everyone to look at the camera and smile. I think it’s kind of cute when some are smiling and some are looking elsewhere but its been my experience that mom’s generally want everyone looking directly into the camera and smiling. I try and keep the mood light and fun, which usually helps. Props for little ones, like a hula hoop, also helps loose everyone up and produces great, natural smiles.

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    Angela says:

    Oh man I want this! One of my struggles with family pictures is posing. Mostly the kind that doesn’t look posed.

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    Michelle says:

    Shared on Facebook.

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    Angela says:

    I pinned the second to last picture. I love the colors! Its peaceful!

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    Kerri says:

    I pinned the family in the grass.

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    AdrianaG says:

    the thing I need the most help with when it comes to photographing families is creative still natural “poses” to refer to.

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    AdrianaG says:

    Shared post on FB

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    AdrianaG says:

    Already a member of MCP FB group

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    Kerri says:

    I need help with unique poses.

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    Angela says:

    Joined the FB group!

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    Janice Abdalla says:

    I pinned : ) .

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    Eboni says:

    I love families! But I want to know how to capture them interacting naturally. Also want to learn how to keep kids busy, yet engaged and comfortable. This posing guide would take the guess work out of composition and allow me to focus on the family. I joined the MCP FB group, pinned it on Pinterest, shared and posted on Facebook and posted it on my Twitter page. I really hope I win!

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    Cheri says:

    I have trouble getting the families to be close and loving…its like I have to force them to look like a family

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    Rachael says:

    The area I need help in most is knowing what to do. I get so freaked out, I feel like I dont know ANYTHING! Getting started is hard, I feel like I cant “run the show”.

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    Jan K says:

    I need help with candid photos…non traditional…getting the family to be loose. Heck, I need it all!

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    Jan K says:

    Joined Shoot Me on FB!

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    Would love to be more relaxed and confident with families in front of me… confidence, and the comfortable ability to get the family relaxed is very important!

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    already a member of Shoot Me FB Page

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    Liz says:

    Sometimes I find it difficult to doing families or large groups because I tend to get into a zone and dont talk as much. When I work one on one there is a direct focus and I communicate well with the client but its harder when the group is larger since I feel like everyone wants you to be funny or comical. Its said often to make small jokes and what not but I find it intimidating since I have never been the best joke teller. I laugh at myself most constantly but when it comes to my art/work environment, I tend to settle in a focused state if that make sense.

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    Marie Young says:

    shared on Fb and pinned on Pinterest.Posing families is hard because not one thing works for everyone – reluctant husbands are the hardest!

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    I need to know how your families seem so relaxed and happy. Mine are so uptight and can’t let loose, even if I try to be relaxed and even silly. It’s frustrating!

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    And I’m already a member of the Shoot Me FB page.

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    melissa says:

    I sometimes feel awkward trying to figure out poses for families

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    melissa says:

    I clicked to join your FB group!

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    Marnie says:

    Always looking for new ideas to get everyone interacting and the parents to relax! But then I need to be able to remember it under pressure – that’s always the hard part ;)

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    Jeane says:

    I’m new to this and just had a family shoot last weekend. It was hard for me to get the little ones (who was exactly 1 year) happy. She wasn’t in the mood at all and didn’t want anything to do with the pictures. I’d also like to have an idea of what other poses than the usual all-in-a-row one.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Marnie says:

    Have applied to join the FB Group :)

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    Amy H says:

    I need help with posing!

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    Amy H says:

    shared on FB

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    Amy H says:

    joined FB group

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    Liza Timmers says:

    I need help with interaction. Would like my family photos to be less “posed”.

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    Liza Timmers says:

    Pinned and shared on fb. Thanks!

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    Rebecca Kuhn says:

    I need help with the right questions to ask to understand exactly what the client wants, then things to help them feel more comfortable. Thank you!

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    Rebecca Kuhn says:

    Pinned this!

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    Rebecca Kuhn says:

    Joined the fb group!

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    Vanessa says:

    What I think I could use the most help with is creative posing and ways to transition from one pose to the next easily.

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    Vanessa says:

    Requested to join the Facebook group also! =)

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    Heather Schmitt says:

    I need help with the flow of my sessions. They also seem frantic to me. I cannot imagine how my clients feel!

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    Christine Rinebarger says:

    What an awesome opportunity! Love this post. I joined the new group and I pinned the photo to my pintrest photography folder!

    What I need the most help with is figuring out how to make dad enthusiastic about the photoshoot. Most dads act like their wife dragged them along and after just a couple of poses or if the younger children start to get the least bit cranky it shows on their face. It seems that dads often set the tone for the shoot. I can act silly for the kids, but not sure how to get dad to cooperate. Any suggestions??

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    Maria Snider says:

    I feel like I need help finding the correct poses and them not looking so stiff. also ideas on how to interact with each other. I have also pinned all the tips and joined the new group (earlier today). :)

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    Cindi A says:

    I totally need help with posing and groups- thanks for this give away idea.

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    Lorna Petersen says:

    I have a daughter with 5 kids. I would LOVE to know how to make a family picture cute. I take a fam pic every year for their Christmas card. The kids are 2-10. I need a cute pose…

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    Rachael says:

    I pinned it, I pinned it!

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    Jen Taylor says:

    I like to “pose” a family and get the ‘everybody looking at the camera and smiling photo for Grandma’ out of the way. Once that’s in the bag, I give a nod to mum or dad and they start to tickle. The formal arrangement falls apart instantly, the giggles begin, and we get great images!

    Hardest person to get relaxed in front of the camera is usually Dad, though. Tips on working with men would be welcome!

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    Where do I begin… I need help with posing the families together, especially with toddlers. My style is more photo journalistic and I love telling a story through candid shots. I desperately need help with posed shots.

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    Annette Krause says:

    I need to be able to remember different types of poses. I think it probably looks a bit amateurish to look at a cheat sheet! Also a bit of self-confidence in posing people wouldn’t hurt either.

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    Annette Krause says:

    Shared on facebook

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    Annette Krause says:

    Joined the Facebook group

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    Barbara says:

    Would love to know more about the different settings you can use. Specialy if the mother is pregnant with a sibling!

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    Denise Contreras says:

    Yes, I def. need help when it comes to posing. I get really nervous I sometimes my mind shuts. So, if I win I’ll be very bless :)

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    Denise Contreras says:

    Request was sent to join our ALL NEW Facebook Group.

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    I really need some help with group pictures, everything ower two pepole is a croad ;)
    I have pined, shared on facebook and liked groups!

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    Susan Ulep says:

    my favorite photography trip: have the family dress in coordinating outfits in complementing colors! everything looks put together when the family looks cohesive

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    Susan Ulep says:

    Pinned this post on pinterest :)

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    Susan Ulep says:

    joined the new facebook group!! love it!!

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    Angie H says:

    Parents always tell little kids to “say cheese” and you get a cheesey grin, I tell them to say ‘peanut butter”, this always makes little kids laugh

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    Alex says:

    Favourite tip- get them to whisper the funniest thing they can think of to each other

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    I would love to win this. I enjoy photographing weddings & children but have never really done family groups. It’s always important to keep learning

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    Phil Frink says:

    I need help posing has always been a struggle for me. To win this would be a great help for me and my clients.


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    I would love to win this guide, I´m always looking for ideas for posing families… ;) And I love the SP photos.. ;)

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    BJ Troiano says:

    I always struggle with posing families! I need help!

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    Kelly Innes says:

    I’m just starting out with families so this would be so helpful!

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    Kelly Innes says:

    Joined new fb group!

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    Kelly Innes says:

    Pinned this!!

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    Tammy says:

    I would like to learn how to get that very relax look in family photos. Pinterest, done! Facebook, done! Joined the FB group!!! Keeping my fingers crossed ;) Thank you!!!

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    Tara Kieninger says:

    Shared on FB, Pinned to Pinterest, and I requested to join the FB group. Would so love to win this as posing is my weakness. Thanks!

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    Jenny says:

    I need to work on making the family comfortable enough to look relaxed and engaged with each other!

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    Jessica says:

    joined group

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    Jessica says:

    need help with editing the most

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    Tanvi Skiba says:

    I always have a hard time with getting the Dad to look relaxed-or how to pose them!

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    bobbie says:

    hardest thing is just directing without directing

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    bobbie says:

    pinned it to my pinterest

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    bobbie says:

    just joined the new group…great idea to have that fb group..thanks

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    Kristen says:

    I need help posing families & groups.

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    JessS. says:

    I need most help with coming up with new poses! I feel so stuck lately.

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    JessS. says:

    I shared it on Facebook!

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    Carol Ann says:

    I need help posing larger families with older children, particularly teenaged boys!

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    Nikki says:

    I need help with fun, different, non traditional ideas for families – I got the posed ones down but would love to have ideas for different shots.

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  621. 621
    Nikki says:

    Requested to join the new group! excited about that one for sure!!

  622. 622
    Megan says:

    I just started my photog business and love families! But I freeze when we get started and feel like I have no clue what to do with all those people!

  623. 623
    Megan says:

    I pinned, shared and joined the group. I luv you guys!

  624. 624
    RACHEL says:

    Ugh, getting the (older) guys not to be party poopers. I need a magic fix! :)

  625. 625
    Maartje says:

    I have some difficulties getting subjects to loosen up (usually the dads). Oftentimes I get a lot of deer in the headlights expressions from the dads.

  626. 626
    Maartje says:

    Pinned an image.

  627. 627
    Maartje says:

    Joined your facebook group.

  628. 628
    Sue says:

    Joined FB group

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  630. 630

    My biggest issue is that kid (or sometimes dad) that will not get over themselves and just enjoy it a little bit.

  631. 631

    Already a member of your FB group. :)

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  633. 633
    Cortney says:

    giving direction for posing

  634. 634
    Kelly says:

    I need help with getting families to really interact with each other … how to get them laughing, playing and being themselves.

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  638. 638
    Adria says:

    I recommend clients to relax and not over-think their poses or it makes them look stiff.

    Pinned and joined the FB group!

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    Tanni says:

    I would love some tips on incorporating the older boys that, just really don’t want to do the session….

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    Katie says:

    I need help getting families, especially those with older (school-aged) kids to relax and interact. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Katie says:


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    I always have difficulties having the whole family on the “same page” during the shoot. And getting poses that look natural but that everyone is interacting through.

  643. 643
    Tanni says:

    Joined the group as well. :-)

  644. 644
    Kailee Bickford says:

    Pinned to my pinterest =)

  645. 645
    Kailee Bickford says:

    Also, I am just starting out with photography for a fun thing and photos for family and stuff. I could use a lot of help! haha. But posing maybe is probably the biggest thing I need help with. And just more practice!

  646. 646

    The thing I need most help with when posing families is the settings…what is the magic aperture and shutter spped setting so that everyone’s in focus while little ones are still wiggling around?

  647. 647
    kristin t says:

    My biggest issue is when the parents (moms, usually) try to get the kids to do things (cheese!). How do I diplomatically stop that trainwreck? :-) Thanks!

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  649. 649
    kristin t says:

    Extra credit! I just requested a group invite! :-) Used the FB account I share with my husband ( Yay!

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    RACHEL says:

    Joined the group- thanks!

  651. 651
    Tatum says:

    I struggle with parents being so uptight and constantly telling their kids to say CHEESE! NO DON’T SAY CHEESE is what I want to scream!

  652. 652
    Meissa says:

    My biggest problem is how to get them from sitting vertically – when I point it out and demonstrate the “relaxed” look they bend over awkwardly. We need to get up, shake it out and start again!

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  654. 654
    Meissa says:

    shared on my FB page

  655. 655
    Diane Burnett says:

    I need help convincing the families that the poses won’t look

  656. 656
    Diane Burnett says:

    Pinned photo

  657. 657
    Diane Burnett says:

    Joined new fb group!

  658. 658
    Rey says:

    My biggest problem is posing for sure. So winning this guide would be great!
    Thanks to Angie for sharing it!

  659. 659

    I need help getting more creative with my family poses.

  660. 660
    Michelle R. says:

    I guess the think I need the most help is coming up with fresh and original family poses. Also, I joined the FB group a couple days ago (love it BTW!)and pinned pic #2! Good luck to all!

  661. 661
    Mark says:

    Need some help in organizing a number of people into an eye pleasing composition.

  662. 662
    Mark says:

    joined the FB Group a couple of days ago….great info

  663. 663
    Emily says:

    I am just starting out(with a group of 19-yikes on Sunday) I’ll be faking it until I make it. I need all the help I can get.

  664. 664
    Sonja says:

    Coming up with ideas on the fly is my biggest struggle and then I revert back to more traditional poses that aren’t always my favorite :)

  665. 665
    Emily says:

    I am a member ( thanks) of the Facebook Group and I just pinned and then tweeted about the giveaway.

  666. 666
    Nicole says:

    I need help in getting out of “pose” mode and capturing people as they really are.

  667. 667
    Nicole says:

    Pinned this!

  668. 668
    Jesse says:

    I want natural looks from people. Less posed.

  669. 669

    The thing I need the most help with is directing families into natural and fun poses. I want them to look real and relaxed, but most people need direction. I’d love to learn some techniques for getting casual, complimentary poses. And I’d love to be able to be a little more assertive. Not bossy, but definitely more assertive! :)

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  671. 671
    Jana says:

    I need to know how to not generate a forced smile, and also not a hyena laugh face.. :)

  672. 672

    Joined the FB group, too. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  673. 673
    Jana says:

    Pinned photo!

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    A big need of mine would be the posing guide, a difficult task for most of us.

  675. 675
    Tamara says:

    The biggest thing I need help with for the family session is how to get young children to cooperate, now and again I come accross some that don’t want to do anything… And posing guide would be fantastic! I would learn so much from it!

  676. 676
    Tamara says:

    Joined the FB group

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    Tamara says:

    Shared this post of FB

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    I love doing family photography but I struggle with new ideas and how to help families interact naturally for a less posed look. I would love to win the guide.

  679. 679

    Pinned it and also joined the FB group!!

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    Julie Kubal says:

    I would love help styling my sessions. Love the look of Angie’s clients in all her images.

  682. 682
    Michelle says:

    joined the FB group

  683. 683
    Michelle says:

    Posing is the area I need the most work when it comes to families.

  684. 684
    Michelle says:

    pinned photo

  685. 685
    Kerri says:

    Getting families to relax and be more natural!

  686. 686
    Robin N. says:

    I just need to get more confidence in posing families. I always second guess myself.

  687. 687
    Savanna Tate says:

    I need to work on my post processing a little more. I feel like composition wise and lighting wise, I do ok, but that last extra punch of editing is where I lack!

  688. 688
    Savanna Tate says:

    I joined the FB group also!

  689. 689
    Savanna Tate says:

    I pinned a photo as well!

  690. 690
    Michelle says:

    I need help with posing families so that the image looks interesting and not boring.

  691. 691

    Shared on Facebook, and joined your awesome group!!
    My favorite family posing tip= to let some things happen naturally, like the moments between son and father. Just a simple moment when a mom looks at her child can be an awesome shot.

  692. 692
    Melissa says:

    I could use help with larger families! (5+)

  693. 693
    Colleen Pardun says:

    Kids who won’t laugh…even with tickles!

  694. 694
    Colleen Pardun says:

    Pinned it

  695. 695
    Colleen Pardun says:

    Pinned it!

    • 695.1
      Colleen Pardun says:

      Arg! That did the pinning one twice. So can this one count as my Facebook group entry? I joined the Facebook group.

  696. 696
    Mickisha says:

    I need help/practice in synchronizing everything when taking family portraits. Nailing lighting, posing, attention of kids . . . all at the same time.

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    Mickisha says:

    Joined the FB Group!

  699. 699
    Christie Darago says:

    I think it is most difficult when there are children of varying ages. Seems like I can get one focused and ready but not all at one time!

  700. 700
    Christie Darago says:

    Pinned the second photo. I always love photos taken in tall grass, so beautiful!

  701. 701
    Jill says:

    Pinned photos and joined FB page.

    My bit of advice – always remember to capture the “crazy”.

  702. 702
    Michelle B says:

    I need help with getting the dad to cooperate :)

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    Lilliana says:

    I get that to get good candids the family needs to interact but how to get them on a positive track when mom is stressed about how everyone looks and not getting dirty and dad is just waiting to be TOLD what to do still eludes me. I’d love some help with how to get them on a happy right track without it taking so long.

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    amy hartman says:

    Finding a good balance between sticking with poses/locations that work and trying something new and creative. I also have trouble giving outfit advice (I get asked EVERY TIME) and coming up with something I like that is also the client’s taste. Especially difficult when you don’t know the client!

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    Suzanne V says:

    I need help on posing and getting families to act natural.

  706. 706
    Suzanne V says:

    I just joined the group :)

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    Wendie Sanders says:

    Love Angie and her tips! I need the most help with putting the family at ease.

  709. 709
    Wendie Sanders says:

    I joined the new Facebook group. Excited about it! I like to see what others are asking and learning.

  710. 710
    Jordan says:

    Don’t be afraid to get silly – if the kids are having fun, mom and dad will relax and begin to play along.

  711. 711
    Jordan says:

    Joined the Facebook Group – thanks!

  712. 712
    Jenn says:

    I think one of the best tips I have heard is bring fun things for the kids to do…. bubbles, chalk, paper airplanes.

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  714. 714
    Jenn says:

    requested an invite! Excited about the group!

  715. 715
    Jane says:

    Ditto on needing help with Dad’s. They can make or break by their attitude; a dad is what made me concentrate on just kids.

  716. 716
    Jane says:

    Pinned this to my pinterest!

  717. 717
    Jane says:

    Requested to be invited to facebook group!
    Thanks so much!

  718. 718
    Missy says:

    I need help with the posing for sure. Sometimes my poses just seem a little off. And to help them act natural too!

  719. 719
    Missy says:

    I pinned a picture from this post.

  720. 720
    Missy says:

    I joined the new facebook group!

  721. 721
    Erika says:

    My biggest challenge is posing the men! They take longer to look relaxed in front of the camera :)

  722. 722
    Traci says:

    I need help with families that are stiff and uncomfortable.

  723. 723
    Traci says:

    I just pinned a picture from this post.

  724. 724
    Traci says:

    Just joined the group…so excited!

  725. 725
    Marci says:

    I don’t have very much experience with families, but I need most help with directing and posing:)

  726. 726
    Nancy says:

    Need help with what kinds of things you might have a family do. Of course, play, swing, etc… but different ideas would help me.

  727. 727
    Valerie Bolitho says:

    I love that you state to ask the family the type of photos they do want. I think we get so focused on getting the perfect shot we love and forget the photos the clients will love.

  728. 728
    Valerie Bolitho says:

    I pinned the family laughing and playing. There is something to be said for natural poses.

  729. 729
    Sarah says:

    I need help with getting dad to play and get in the mood :)

  730. 730
    Sarah says:

    I joined the FB group – fun!

  731. 731
    Rachel Fellig says:

    I could use some serious help on posing families…Angie’s work always showcases such visually appealing shapes using the bodies of families….

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    Alicia says:

    I think having another set of eyes helps. But I would like to be able to make poses look natural as well!

  733. 733
    Alicia says:

    Asked to join the Facebook page!

  734. 734
    Mary says:

    I need help figuring out how to help a family feel comfortable with being themselves around me when we have just recently met.

  735. 735
    Mary says:

    I pinned the contest!

  736. 736
    Mary says:

    I have joined the FB Page!

  737. 737
    Jennifer Boon says:

    I need help with ideas for them to interact! It’s hard when you have small children that need to be contained, and then be able to get the parents to multitask – contain AND have fun! This is a constant challenge, and I tend to forget the fun, and just get the shots when everyone is finally together in the frame. Help needed!

  738. 738
    Jennifer Boon says:

    I just sent a request for the MCP Facebook Group.

  739. 739

    I would love to learn some tips on how to get families to interact and get dad on board.

  740. 740

    Just sent my request for the MCP Facebook Page.

  741. 741
    Jill says:

    Usually everyone arrives so stressed out trying to get the whole family camera ready, so getting everyone relaxed is soo tricky.

  742. 742
    Jennifer Madigan says:

    I am brand new to photography. I would LOVE to learn more about photographing families.

  743. 743
    Jennifer Madigan says:

    I am a member of the group. Jennifer Rosencrantz Madigan.

  744. 744

    Nice posts! I am a rookie with family photography and those tips especially on number 1 is really important about knowing your clients wants in their photo session.

  745. 745

    I would love to teach the parents how to interract in an interesting way

  746. 746

    I would love to teach the parents how to interract in an interesting way

  747. 747
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  748. 748
    Traci says:

    Bummer I missed this post. Is there anyway you would extend the $50 off for the posing guide. Will totally buy it….I have lots of families coming up next weekend through December and would love the help. Hope to hear back ;).


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