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

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

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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).
posing families
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.
how to pose families

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.


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  1. Jennifer Madigan
    September 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm —

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

  2. Jennifer Madigan
    September 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm —

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

  3. September 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm —

    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.

  4. September 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm —

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

  5. September 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm —

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

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  7. September 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm —

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