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.ย  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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753 Comments

  1. Lieke
    September 19, 2012 at 8:07 am — Reply

    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!

  2. Lynn Stoops
    September 19, 2012 at 8:10 am — Reply

    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.

    Thanks!

  3. September 19, 2012 at 8:10 am — Reply

    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.

  4. Dotti
    September 19, 2012 at 8:10 am — Reply

    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!

  5. September 19, 2012 at 8:10 am — Reply

    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!!!

  6. Kerry Gibson
    September 19, 2012 at 8:11 am — Reply

    Beautiful.
    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.

  7. September 19, 2012 at 8:11 am — Reply

    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.

  8. Dotti
    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 am — Reply

    I pinned a picture and asked for a group invite!

  9. September 19, 2012 at 8:12 am — Reply

    I need to remember Smartees – I used fruit snacks last week and got a bunch of pictures of my grandkids chewing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. September 19, 2012 at 8:13 am — Reply

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!

  11. Joy Beers
    September 19, 2012 at 8:13 am — Reply

    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

  12. September 19, 2012 at 8:14 am — Reply

    pinned

  13. Suzanne
    September 19, 2012 at 8:14 am — Reply

    I need help posing older kids and teens…

  14. September 19, 2012 at 8:14 am — Reply

    requested an invite!

  15. Suzanne
    September 19, 2012 at 8:14 am — Reply

    I am a member of the new FB group. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Aimee Stiggins
    September 19, 2012 at 8:16 am — Reply

    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*

  17. September 19, 2012 at 8:17 am — Reply

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

  18. Alison
    September 19, 2012 at 8:17 am — Reply

    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?

  19. Aimee Stiggins
    September 19, 2012 at 8:18 am — Reply

    I pinned one of the pictures!

  20. September 19, 2012 at 8:18 am — Reply

    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!!

  21. Aimee Stiggins
    September 19, 2012 at 8:18 am — Reply

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

  22. September 19, 2012 at 8:19 am — Reply

    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!

  23. September 19, 2012 at 8:19 am — Reply

    I’m a member of the FB group!

  24. September 19, 2012 at 8:20 am — Reply

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

  25. Jessica
    September 19, 2012 at 8:21 am — Reply

    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.

  26. Jessica
    September 19, 2012 at 8:22 am — Reply

    I pinned a photograph to pinterest.

  27. Jessica
    September 19, 2012 at 8:22 am — Reply

    Just requested to join the new group!

  28. September 19, 2012 at 8:22 am — Reply

    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!

  29. Sevan
    September 19, 2012 at 8:23 am — Reply

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

  30. Deana smith
    September 19, 2012 at 8:23 am — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also I pinned a picture, and I’ve requested to join the all new fb group for extra entries ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. September 19, 2012 at 8:24 am — Reply

    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.

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:34 am — Reply

      Thanks for the quick reply on the Facebook group! I am really looking forward to learning a lot!

  32. Konya
    September 19, 2012 at 8:25 am — Reply

    I would love to learn more about natural posing.

  33. Pamela
    September 19, 2012 at 8:25 am — Reply

    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

  34. September 19, 2012 at 8:27 am — Reply

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

    Pinned, retweeted and a happy member for the FB Group! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  35. September 19, 2012 at 8:27 am — Reply

    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.

    Thanks!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. September 19, 2012 at 8:30 am — Reply

    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!

  37. September 19, 2012 at 8:31 am — Reply

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

  38. September 19, 2012 at 8:32 am — Reply

    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!

  39. September 19, 2012 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Oh, and I pinned one of the pics, and I am already a member of your gourp ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Lieke
    September 19, 2012 at 8:33 am — Reply

    I have now also joined your Facebook group ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks again!

  41. September 19, 2012 at 8:33 am — Reply

    I would love to win ๐Ÿ™‚
    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.

  42. September 19, 2012 at 8:33 am — Reply

    pinned!

  43. September 19, 2012 at 8:34 am — Reply

    joined the facebook group, and shared on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Lori Walker
    September 19, 2012 at 8:36 am — Reply

    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.

  45. September 19, 2012 at 8:37 am — Reply

    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!

  46. September 19, 2012 at 8:38 am — Reply

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

  47. September 19, 2012 at 8:39 am — Reply

    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. ๐Ÿ™

  48. September 19, 2012 at 8:39 am — Reply

    I love the interaction tip, that is probably my biggest problem. Getting them to relax and act natural ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. Paul
    September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am — Reply

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

  50. September 19, 2012 at 8:40 am — Reply

    pinned that gorgeous family from tip #2!

  51. September 19, 2012 at 8:41 am — Reply

    I pinned it ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Paul
    September 19, 2012 at 8:41 am — Reply

    Requested access to the new group on Facebook!

  53. September 19, 2012 at 8:41 am — Reply

    just joined the fb group! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. September 19, 2012 at 8:41 am — Reply

    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. September 19, 2012 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Pinned it on my “photo inspiration” board! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. September 19, 2012 at 8:42 am — Reply

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

  57. September 19, 2012 at 8:44 am — Reply

    Just joined your new facebook group!

  58. September 19, 2012 at 8:44 am — Reply

    pinned:))

  59. September 19, 2012 at 8:45 am — Reply

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

    Gail

  60. Paul
    September 19, 2012 at 8:46 am — Reply

    Tweeted this page

  61. Katrina
    September 19, 2012 at 8:46 am — Reply

    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 – http://pinterest.com/elegantdream/

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

  62. September 19, 2012 at 8:46 am — Reply

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

  63. Paul
    September 19, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

    Shared on Facebook!

  64. Ashleigh
    September 19, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

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

  65. September 19, 2012 at 8:48 am — Reply

    I joined the new Facebook group ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Jen
    September 19, 2012 at 8:48 am — Reply

    I would love some new posing ideas!

  67. Lauren J.
    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am — Reply

    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.

    • Lauren J.
      September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am — Reply

      *new

  68. Vicki
    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am — Reply

    Tips on posing groups would be most helpful to me.

  69. Jen
    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am — Reply

    I pinned

  70. Jen
    September 19, 2012 at 8:50 am — Reply

    I’m in the new group!

  71. Jessica Cassady
    September 19, 2012 at 8:50 am — Reply

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

  72. Vicki
    September 19, 2012 at 8:50 am — Reply

    Pinnned to Pintrest!

  73. September 19, 2012 at 8:51 am — Reply

    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!

  74. Jessica Cassady
    September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am — Reply

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

  75. September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am — Reply

    Pinned on Pinterest!

  76. Bridget
    September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am — Reply

    I need the most help with posing large families.

    Thank you!!!!!!!

  77. Bridget
    September 19, 2012 at 8:54 am — Reply

    I pinned one of your pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. September 19, 2012 at 8:55 am — Reply

    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~

  79. September 19, 2012 at 8:55 am — Reply

    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.

  80. Bridget
    September 19, 2012 at 8:56 am — Reply

    I joined your new FB page.

    I hope I win!!!!

  81. September 19, 2012 at 8:58 am — Reply

    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!

  82. Kathleen
    September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am — Reply

    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!

  83. Janelle Belk
    September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am — Reply

    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!
    Thanks!!

  84. September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am — Reply

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

  85. September 19, 2012 at 9:01 am — Reply
  86. September 19, 2012 at 9:03 am — Reply

    I posted about this on facebook!
    http://www.facebook.com/loulabellephotography

  87. Janelle Belk
    September 19, 2012 at 9:03 am — Reply

    I shared on my Facebook Page!

  88. September 19, 2012 at 9:03 am — Reply

    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)!

  89. September 19, 2012 at 9:04 am — Reply

    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!

  90. Reggie
    September 19, 2012 at 9:05 am — Reply

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

  91. September 19, 2012 at 9:05 am — Reply

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

  92. September 19, 2012 at 9:05 am — Reply
  93. Vicki
    September 19, 2012 at 9:05 am — Reply

    Posted to facebook!

  94. Janelle Belk
    September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am — Reply

    I joined and was added to the new Facebook group!
    Thanks!

  95. September 19, 2012 at 9:06 am — Reply

    I requested to join the facebook group!

  96. Vicki
    September 19, 2012 at 9:07 am — Reply

    Joined the all new facebook group.

  97. September 19, 2012 at 9:15 am — Reply

    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!!

  98. September 19, 2012 at 9:16 am — Reply

    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.

  99. September 19, 2012 at 9:18 am — Reply

    Pinned an image to Pinterest!!

  100. September 19, 2012 at 9:23 am — Reply

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

  101. September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am — Reply

    I pinned before I even realized there was a contest! http://pinterest.com/pin/47921183506122671/

  102. September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am — Reply

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

  103. September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am — Reply

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

  104. September 19, 2012 at 9:24 am — Reply

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

  105. September 19, 2012 at 9:25 am — Reply

    Pinned it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. September 19, 2012 at 9:25 am — Reply

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

  107. September 19, 2012 at 9:28 am — Reply

    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!

  108. September 19, 2012 at 9:28 am — Reply

    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. =)

  109. September 19, 2012 at 9:28 am — Reply

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

  110. September 19, 2012 at 9:29 am — Reply

    Also pinned this image to my pinterest board!

    pinterest.com/estg

  111. Trisha
    September 19, 2012 at 9:29 am — Reply

    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!

  112. September 19, 2012 at 9:30 am — Reply

    Pinned!

  113. Alesa
    September 19, 2012 at 9:30 am — Reply

    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.

  114. Alesa
    September 19, 2012 at 9:30 am — Reply

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

  115. September 19, 2012 at 9:31 am — Reply

    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.

    • McKell S.
      September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am — Reply

      That’s a good tip!

  116. McKell S.
    September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am — Reply

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

  117. September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am — Reply

    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!

  118. September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am — Reply

    Also joined the FB Group.

  119. McKell S.
    September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am — Reply

    I requested to join the MCP group on FB!

  120. September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am — Reply

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

  121. September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am — Reply

    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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  122. September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am — Reply

    I joined the FB Group. =)

  123. September 19, 2012 at 9:34 am — Reply
  124. carolyn
    September 19, 2012 at 9:34 am — Reply

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

  125. Erika K
    September 19, 2012 at 9:34 am — Reply

    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!

  126. carolyn
    September 19, 2012 at 9:35 am — Reply

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

  127. September 19, 2012 at 9:35 am — Reply

    Joined the group! Super duper pumped about that ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. Rebecca Saniga
    September 19, 2012 at 9:38 am — Reply

    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 – http://pinterest.com/rad196/

    Thanks!

  129. September 19, 2012 at 9:38 am — Reply

    Pinned an image on Pinterest!

  130. September 19, 2012 at 9:40 am — Reply

    Shared on my Facebook page.

  131. caitlin ventiere
    September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am — Reply

    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.

  132. Heather Bybee
    September 19, 2012 at 9:43 am — Reply

    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!

  133. September 19, 2012 at 9:43 am — Reply

    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.

  134. September 19, 2012 at 9:43 am — Reply

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

  135. September 19, 2012 at 9:43 am — Reply

    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.

  136. September 19, 2012 at 9:44 am — Reply

    You know I definitely joined the FB group!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  137. Heather Bybee
    September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am — Reply

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

  138. September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am — Reply

    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!

  139. Heather Bybee
    September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am — Reply

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

  140. Tracy Guinn
    September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am — Reply

    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….

    http://pinterest.com/pin/148759593912942382/

    Thanks…Tracy

  141. September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am — Reply

    Joined the Facebook group!

  142. Amanda Sword
    September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am — Reply

    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.

  143. September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am — Reply

    Just pinned one of the awesome images! Thanks for this great contest, Jodi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  144. Amanda Sword
    September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am — Reply

    pinned it

  145. September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am — Reply

    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!

  146. Natalia aka Maygirl
    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am — Reply

    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

  147. Natalia aka Maygirl
    September 19, 2012 at 9:50 am — Reply
  148. Heather Clark
    September 19, 2012 at 9:52 am — Reply

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

  149. Melanie Morton
    September 19, 2012 at 9:52 am — Reply

    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!

  150. Natalia aka Maygirl
    September 19, 2012 at 9:53 am — Reply

    I sent inquiry for NEW FB group, thank you!

  151. kashuma
    September 19, 2012 at 9:53 am — Reply

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

  152. Melanie Morton
    September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I pinned this article. Thanks for the helpful tips!

  153. kashuma
    September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am — Reply

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

  154. kashuma
    September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I pinned it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. Heather Clark
    September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I pinned the amazing family picture. Could that mama twirling her kids get any cuter??? http://pinterest.com/pin/190699365442570746/

  156. Melanie Morton
    September 19, 2012 at 9:55 am — Reply

    I just joined your new Facebook group. Looking forward to interacting and learning even more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  157. Erika K
    September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am — Reply

    I joined the new FB group!! So excited!

  158. Heather Clark
    September 19, 2012 at 9:57 am — Reply

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

  159. September 19, 2012 at 9:59 am — Reply

    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!

  160. September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am — Reply

    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!

  161. September 19, 2012 at 10:01 am — Reply

    I joined the Facebook Group!

  162. Brenda L
    September 19, 2012 at 10:04 am — Reply

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

  163. September 19, 2012 at 10:04 am — Reply

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. September 19, 2012 at 10:05 am — Reply

    I’ve requested to join the facebook group! ๐Ÿ™‚

  165. September 19, 2012 at 10:05 am — Reply

    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!

  166. September 19, 2012 at 10:07 am — Reply

    Just joined your FB group as well. Looking forward to meeting other photographers ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. Christine
    September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am — Reply

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

  168. Randi
    September 19, 2012 at 10:10 am — Reply

    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!

  169. Adalia S.
    September 19, 2012 at 10:12 am — Reply

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

  170. September 19, 2012 at 10:14 am — Reply

    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!!

  171. Tina
    September 19, 2012 at 10:20 am — Reply

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

  172. Breanne
    September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am — Reply

    I would love new posing ideas for family photo sessions!

  173. Tina
    September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am — Reply

    also pinned to Pinterest.

  174. Kathy
    September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am — Reply

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

  175. September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am — Reply

    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!

  176. September 19, 2012 at 10:23 am — Reply

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

  177. September 19, 2012 at 10:23 am — Reply

    Pinned the guide on Pinterest

  178. Kathy
    September 19, 2012 at 10:23 am — Reply

    Pinned!

  179. Kathy
    September 19, 2012 at 10:25 am — Reply

    Joined the group!

  180. Elizabeth Newton
    September 19, 2012 at 10:25 am — Reply

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

  181. September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Joined the facebook group. ๐Ÿ™‚

  182. September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am — Reply

    I just pinned the last picture of my friends family to my “family posing” pinterest board ๐Ÿ™‚

  183. Tina
    September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am — Reply

    and joined the fb group! Hope I win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  184. September 19, 2012 at 10:28 am — Reply

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

  185. Sarah
    September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am — Reply

    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.

  186. September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am — Reply

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

  187. September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am — Reply

    joined the group!

  188. September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am — Reply

    pinned a pic!

  189. Rebbecca
    September 19, 2012 at 10:38 am — Reply

    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.

  190. Casey
    September 19, 2012 at 10:46 am — Reply

    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.

  191. Casey
    September 19, 2012 at 10:47 am — Reply

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

  192. Casey
    September 19, 2012 at 10:49 am — Reply

    I’m already a member of the new Facebook group. ๐Ÿ™‚

  193. Christine Faris
    September 19, 2012 at 10:55 am — Reply

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

  194. Christine Faris
    September 19, 2012 at 10:55 am — Reply

    I pinned the photograph from the first tip!

  195. Christine Faris
    September 19, 2012 at 10:56 am — Reply

    I requested to join the Facebook group. ๐Ÿ™‚

  196. Kali
    September 19, 2012 at 10:58 am — Reply

    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.

  197. September 19, 2012 at 10:59 am — Reply

    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.

  198. September 19, 2012 at 10:59 am — Reply

    Already joined the facebook group!

  199. September 19, 2012 at 10:59 am — Reply

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

  200. jeanine
    September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

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

  201. jeanine
    September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

    I joined the group!

  202. Lynn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

    Pinned!

  203. colleen
    September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

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

  204. Kali
    September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

    I pinned this article!!wahoo!

  205. Lynn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:01 am — Reply

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

  206. colleen
    September 19, 2012 at 11:02 am — Reply

    p.s. already joined the mcp group and pinning this link to my pinterest site under children ๐Ÿ™‚

  207. Kali
    September 19, 2012 at 11:05 am — Reply

    Joined the new Facebook group!

  208. LeeAnn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:08 am — Reply

    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. ๐Ÿ™

  209. Kali
    September 19, 2012 at 11:08 am — Reply

    Shared this link on facebook with my peeps!

  210. Rachel
    September 19, 2012 at 11:08 am — Reply

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

  211. LeeAnn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:09 am — Reply

    I joined the new FB group!

  212. Lynn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Joined the group ๐Ÿ™‚

  213. LeeAnn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Pinned it!

  214. Laura Dilley
    September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am — Reply

    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.

  215. Laura Dilley
    September 19, 2012 at 11:12 am — Reply

    I joined the fb group!

  216. tracy
    September 19, 2012 at 11:14 am — Reply

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

  217. Kristena
    September 19, 2012 at 11:15 am — Reply

    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.

  218. September 19, 2012 at 11:19 am — Reply

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

  219. September 19, 2012 at 11:19 am — Reply

    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

  220. September 19, 2012 at 11:19 am — Reply

    Linking to my FB Photography Page. ๐Ÿ™‚

  221. September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am — Reply

    I joined the group!

  222. September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am — Reply

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

  223. September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am — Reply

    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!!

  224. shaleena
    September 19, 2012 at 11:30 am — Reply

    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

  225. September 19, 2012 at 11:30 am — Reply

    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.

  226. September 19, 2012 at 11:30 am — Reply

    I joined the group!

  227. Lori
    September 19, 2012 at 11:31 am — Reply

    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.

  228. September 19, 2012 at 11:32 am — Reply

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

  229. September 19, 2012 at 11:34 am — Reply
  230. Laura Baker
    September 19, 2012 at 11:37 am — Reply

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

  231. Laura Baker
    September 19, 2012 at 11:38 am — Reply

    Just joined the facebook group. Thanks!!

  232. Kristi Dial
    September 19, 2012 at 11:41 am — Reply

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

  233. September 19, 2012 at 11:47 am — Reply

    I pinned your first photo.

  234. Christine
    September 19, 2012 at 11:48 am — Reply

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

  235. Christine
    September 19, 2012 at 11:48 am — Reply

    And I pinned one of those fabulous shots!

  236. September 19, 2012 at 11:51 am — Reply

    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?

  237. September 19, 2012 at 11:55 am — Reply

    I requested to join you on facebook.

  238. Ashlee
    September 19, 2012 at 11:59 am — Reply

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

  239. Ashlee
    September 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm — Reply

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

    Thanks so much!

  240. wendy
    September 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    I need help with posing, especially for larger groups.

  241. wendy
    September 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm — Reply

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

  242. wendy
    September 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm — Reply
  243. September 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm — Reply

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

  244. September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Pinned all the images ๐Ÿ™‚

  245. September 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm — Reply

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

  246. September 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    favorite family photography tip – go with the flow

  247. September 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    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!

  248. erin
    September 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    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.

  249. September 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    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!

  250. Steph
    September 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm — Reply

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

    Thanks!

  251. Steph
    September 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I requested an invite to the FB group!

  252. September 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    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.

  253. September 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm — Reply
  254. Steph
    September 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I tweeted about the post and giveaway.

  255. September 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm — Reply
  256. Laura Dodson
    September 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    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!!

  257. September 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm — Reply

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

  258. September 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    Going to try this one more time – I tweeted: twitter.com/dailyvignette/status/248475214416052224

  259. Greg H
    September 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    My biggest problem is posing

  260. p
    September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    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!!

  261. Jill Myers
    September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    pinned!!!

  262. Greg H
    September 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Requested to join the new FB group

  263. Chaya
    September 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

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

  264. September 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    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.

  265. September 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    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.

  266. Dianne
    September 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    I need help with posing, and interracting.

  267. Dianne
    September 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Pinned something to Pinterest.

  268. Dianne
    September 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm — Reply

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

  269. September 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    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.

    Pinned!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/188517934373053971/

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

  270. Michelle
    September 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm — Reply

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

  271. Kirsti Fleming
    September 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  272. Jennifer
    September 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm — Reply

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

  273. Jennifer
    September 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    Pinned on Pinterest!

  274. Jennifer
    September 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    I requested an invite to the group!

  275. September 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm — Reply

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

  276. September 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm — Reply

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

  277. September 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm — Reply
  278. Christy
    September 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm — Reply

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

  279. September 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    I joined the group yesterday!

  280. Christy
    September 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    Posted article to my Facebook

  281. September 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm — Reply

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

  282. September 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    I asked to join the group. Looks great!

  283. Shanna Stockwell
    September 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm — Reply

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

  284. Christy
    September 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    i joined the new facebook group! so excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  285. Jill
    September 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    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.

  286. Jill
    September 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    I pinned the second image.

  287. Jill
    September 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    I’ve requested to join the FB group.

  288. September 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    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.

  289. christine
    September 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm — Reply

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

  290. christine
    September 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm — Reply

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

  291. christine
    September 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    I have joined the Facebook Group.

  292. Kathy
    September 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    Really interested in more ways to get clients to relax and have fun. Or maybe that’s me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Either way, this guide sounds terrific. Also requested invite to the FB group, thanks!

  293. September 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    Would love some ideas for fun and unique poses.

  294. Kathleen Downing
    September 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm — Reply

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

  295. Kathleen Downing
    September 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    I pinned!

  296. September 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  297. September 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    PINNED IT!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  298. Kathleen Downing
    September 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    I joined the group!

  299. September 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    and i just joined the group!!! OOOOOOOOHHHH, i hope i win!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  300. September 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    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.

  301. September 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm — Reply

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

  302. September 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm — Reply

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

  303. September 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    I need help with posing – especially the children. I need tips instead of just relying on luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  304. Liz R.
    September 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    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!

  305. Liz R.
    September 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    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!

  306. September 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm — Reply

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

  307. Lisa
    September 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm — Reply

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

  308. Lisa
    September 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    Requested to join fb group!

  309. September 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm — Reply

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

  310. Liz R.
    September 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm — Reply

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

  311. Gina
    September 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm — Reply

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

  312. Gina
    September 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Requested to join FB page!

  313. Gina
    September 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Pinned!

  314. Heather Klemme
    September 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    I need help getting my families to interact naturally!

  315. Mandy French
    September 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    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!

  316. Mandy French
    September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    I shared the link on my FB Page!

  317. Mandy French
    September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    I requested my group invite! Woot woot!

  318. laura jacoby
    September 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    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!

  319. laura jacoby
    September 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm — Reply

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

  320. September 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    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?

  321. September 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    I shared on my facebook page.

  322. September 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    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.

  323. September 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    Pinned it!

  324. September 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm — Reply

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

  325. Keri M.
    September 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm — Reply

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

  326. Keri M.
    September 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm — Reply

    I’ve joined the group on facebook

  327. Cretia
    September 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm — Reply

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

  328. Marc
    September 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm — Reply

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

  329. Sylvie
    September 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm — Reply

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

  330. Sylvie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm — Reply
  331. Jenny Lowe
    September 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    i need help with those games you mentioned! and kids who are playing “hard to get!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  332. Sylvie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm — Reply

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

  333. Jenny Lowe
    September 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm — Reply

    Joined the new facebook group!

  334. Jenny Lowe
    September 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    Pinned and tweeted! tweet tweet!

  335. September 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    I always have trouble with posing and getting natural expressions.

  336. September 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Oh, I posted to FB.

  337. September 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    Joined your new group too.

  338. September 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    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.

  339. September 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm — Reply

    I pinned one of the awesome photos from this post! http://pinterest.com/pin/38280665553877748/

  340. September 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    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. ‘__’

  341. September 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm — Reply

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

  342. tawnya
    September 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm — Reply

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

  343. Sarah G
    September 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    Shared and pinned! I need help with the difficult dads, the runaway toddlers, and sulky teenagers ๐Ÿ™‚

  344. September 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    I am a member of the Facebook group.

  345. September 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm — Reply

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

  346. Jackie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    I’ve been told that posing is my weakness with my photography so this is something I REALLY need!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  347. Melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    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

  348. September 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    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.

  349. Caroline
    September 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm — Reply

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

  350. Larissa
    September 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm — Reply

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

  351. Larissa
    September 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    I pinned it!

  352. Larissa
    September 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    I joined the facebook group

  353. September 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    I pinned a picture.

  354. September 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    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!

  355. September 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm — Reply

    I requested to join the new facebook group!

  356. Caroline
    September 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm — Reply

    Pinned it!

  357. kelly borgman
    September 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm — Reply

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

  358. Amanda Gay
    September 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm — Reply

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

  359. Clare
    September 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm — Reply

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

  360. Melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    I’ve also pinned this page & joined the Facebook group ๐Ÿ™‚

  361. September 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    Pinned this to my Pinterest account!

  362. Jackie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm — Reply

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

  363. kelly borgman
    September 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm — Reply

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

  364. Amanda Gay
    September 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    I pinned photos!

  365. Amanda Gay
    September 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    I joined the new face book group, too!

  366. Tammie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm — Reply

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

  367. September 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    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?

  368. Jackie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

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

  369. September 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply
  370. Stephanie
    September 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    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.

  371. Heather Judd
    September 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

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

  372. September 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    I pinned it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  373. September 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    I joined the group. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is so exciting! I also shared on facebook – this giveway is fantastic!

  374. Samantha K
    September 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm — Reply

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

  375. AJCoombs
    September 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm — Reply

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

  376. Heather Judd
    September 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    pinned it!

  377. AJCoombs
    September 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    I pinned this contest

  378. September 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm — Reply

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

  379. Caroline
    September 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    Joined the group-great idea by the way!

  380. Tammy Sullivan
    September 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm — Reply

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

  381. AJCoombs
    September 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    I have requested to be a part of the facebook group

  382. Tammy Sullivan
    September 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm — Reply

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

  383. September 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  384. September 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm — Reply

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

  385. Virginia R.
    September 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm — Reply

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

  386. Gayle Shrader
    September 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm — Reply

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

  387. Gayle Shrader
    September 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    pinned on pinterest

  388. September 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    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

  389. Tammy Sullivan
    September 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Posted to pintrest to my photo group. Thanks

  390. September 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm — Reply

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

  391. Lea
    September 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    I need help getting relaxed shots!

  392. Gayle Shrader
    September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply
  393. kelly borgman
    September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    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.

  394. Kirsten
    September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    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!

  395. Lea
    September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    Pinned it and shared on facebook!

  396. Dave Haas
    September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    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!

  397. September 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm — Reply

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

  398. Alexandra
    September 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm — Reply

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

  399. Gayle Shrader
    September 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    asked to join the facebook group! yeah!

  400. Gayle Shrader
    September 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    asked to join the facebook group! yeah!

  401. September 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm — Reply

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

  402. September 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    pinned it!

  403. September 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    Pinned and joined!

  404. September 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm — Reply

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

  405. September 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm — Reply

    Shared on FB!

  406. Samantha K
    September 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm — Reply
  407. September 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    I need help posing larger families

  408. Mandy
    September 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    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.

  409. September 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    Joined the FB group!

  410. September 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    I could definitely use help with posing families!

  411. September 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    Shared on facebook

  412. Peggy Maeshall
    September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm — Reply

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

  413. September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  414. September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    joined fb group! how fun!

  415. September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    Capturing those natural smiles and interaction can be most difficult. I joined the group and shared. ๐Ÿ™‚

  416. Amanda Oswalt
    September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Pinned on Pinterest ๐Ÿ™‚

  417. September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    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!

  418. Amanda Oswalt
    September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Pinned to pinterest

  419. Hope
    September 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm — Reply

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

  420. Amanda Oswalt
    September 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm — Reply

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

  421. Peggy Maeshall
    September 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    I pinned & shared it on my facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  422. September 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    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!

  423. Peggy Maeshall
    September 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm — Reply

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

  424. Melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm — Reply

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

  425. September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm — Reply

    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

  426. September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm — Reply

    joined fb group

  427. Kathy Speck
    September 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm — Reply

    Would love to win this!!

  428. September 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm — Reply

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

  429. September 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    pinned it!

  430. September 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    I shared this on FB!!!

  431. Mel Donald
    September 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm — Reply

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

  432. September 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm — Reply

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

  433. Mel Donald
    September 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm — Reply

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

  434. tayonna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm — Reply

    I need help with the posing!

  435. tayonna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    pinned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  436. tayonna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    Fb shared

  437. tayonna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    and lastly asked to join the new group! yay ๐Ÿ™‚

  438. Becka Brown
    September 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    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.

  439. September 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm — Reply

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

  440. September 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm — Reply

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

  441. September 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    I shared the FB post

  442. September 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm — Reply

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

  443. September 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm — Reply

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

  444. Shauna Wear
    September 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm — Reply

    I’ve joined the new Facebook page and also shared this post on my wall and pinned it on Pinterest! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!

  445. September 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm — Reply

    I joined the new FB group yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  446. September 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    Pinned on Pinterest!! Love MCP!

  447. Sharon Gordon
    September 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm — Reply

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

  448. September 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm — Reply

    Shared this page on Facebook!

  449. Jessica Collins
    September 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    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!

  450. September 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm — Reply

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

  451. Jessica Collins
    September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    I joined your FB group!!!

  452. Natalie O'Neill
    September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    I pinned this to my pinterest.

  453. September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    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.

  454. September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    I shared this awesome post on Facebook!

  455. Natalie O'Neill
    September 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    I need help posing families with more than 2 children.

  456. September 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm — Reply

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

  457. September 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    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!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  458. September 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm — Reply

    I pinned the second picture!

  459. September 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    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…

  460. Sarah
    September 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm — Reply

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

  461. Stormy
    September 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€
    thank you so much for the chance!

  462. Diane M
    September 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Really need help with natural family poses.

  463. Diane M
    September 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Shares on FB.

  464. Kathy Pilato
    September 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm — Reply

    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

  465. Diane M
    September 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    Pinned it!

  466. Sarah
    September 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    Pinned on pinterest!!

  467. September 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    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.

  468. September 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm — Reply

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

  469. September 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    I pinned an image!

  470. Shawna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    I joined the Facebook Group!!

  471. Alta
    September 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm — Reply

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

  472. September 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    I’ve requested to join the group!

  473. Tania
    September 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm — Reply

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

  474. Shawna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    I pinned this to Pinterest!

  475. Megan Horner
    September 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    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!

  476. Tania
    September 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    Have shared on Facebook!

  477. Megan Horner
    September 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    Pinned this on Pinterest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  478. Shawna
    September 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm — Reply

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

  479. Megan Horner
    September 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm — Reply

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

  480. Diane M
    September 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm — Reply

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

  481. September 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm — Reply

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

  482. Sarah
    September 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm — Reply

    Joined Facebook group

  483. Suzanne D.
    September 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm — Reply

    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!

  484. September 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    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.

  485. September 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    Pinned the sweet family sitting in the grass!

  486. Randie
    September 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  487. staci michaud
    September 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm — Reply

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

  488. September 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    Joined the all new FB group!!

  489. Randie
    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm — Reply

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

  490. September 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    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.

  491. staci michaud
    September 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm — Reply

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

  492. kristal sinetos
    September 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm — Reply

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

  493. September 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm — Reply

    oh, that was quick! I’ve joined the group and was approved. ๐Ÿ™‚

  494. Debra A.
    September 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm — Reply

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

  495. Kristie
    September 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks again!!

  496. Debra A.
    September 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm — Reply
  497. Brittany
    September 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm — Reply

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

  498. Debra A.
    September 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    Joined your new FB group and was approved! Thanks!

  499. Natalie Bradford
    September 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm — Reply

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

  500. September 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    I love the suggestions for family interactions for natual looks.

  501. Natalie Bradford
    September 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm — Reply

    pin this post!

  502. Natalie Bradford
    September 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    shared on FB

  503. Natalie Bradford
    September 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Joined FB group

  504. September 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    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.

  505. Kristie
    September 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    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.

  506. Laura
    September 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm — Reply

    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.

  507. September 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    I need help with lighting and getting natural, happy faces. No Fake smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ I shared on Facebook, I joined the face book group and I posted on Pinterest! Yay

  508. Lauren
    September 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    I need help with making poses that look natural, not just like poses, if that makes sense. ๐Ÿ™‚

  509. September 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    Pinned!

  510. Kristie
    September 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm — Reply

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

  511. Lauren
    September 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm — Reply

    I pinned this!

  512. September 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    favorite tip: TICKLING! ๐Ÿ™‚

  513. September 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm — Reply

    I shared on Facebook.

  514. September 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    just pinned it!

  515. September 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    joined the FB group

  516. September 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    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..

  517. September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    I need help with how to pose families & how to help them relax ๐Ÿ™‚

  518. Lauren
    September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    I joined the facebook group! and I love it!

  519. September 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    Joined the FB group.

  520. September 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    pinned several pics on here as well and joined the group ๐Ÿ™‚

  521. KellyN
    September 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm — Reply

    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…

  522. KellyN
    September 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    Joined the FB group.

  523. Anita
    September 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm — Reply

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

  524. Sarah Dixon
    September 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm — Reply

    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.

  525. Sarah Dixon
    September 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm — Reply

    I’ve pinned this ๐Ÿ™‚

  526. Sarah Dixon
    September 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    And joined the FB group! Thanks!

  527. September 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  528. September 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm — Reply

    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

  529. Donna
    September 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm — Reply

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

  530. Donna
    September 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm — Reply
  531. Anita
    September 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm — Reply

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

  532. tia
    September 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    I need help just arranging the families.

  533. tia
    September 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    shared on facebook!

  534. Kerri
    September 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    I joined the new Facebook group.

  535. Michelle
    September 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    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.

  536. Angela
    September 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm — Reply

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

  537. Michelle
    September 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    Shared on Facebook.

  538. Angela
    September 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm — Reply

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

  539. Kerri
    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    I pinned the family in the grass.

  540. AdrianaG
    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm — Reply

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

  541. AdrianaG
    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    Shared post on FB

  542. AdrianaG
    September 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    Already a member of MCP FB group

  543. Kerri
    September 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    I need help with unique poses.

  544. Angela
    September 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm — Reply

    Joined the FB group!

  545. Janice Abdalla
    September 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm — Reply

    I pinned : ) .

  546. Eboni
    September 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    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!

  547. Cheri
    September 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm — Reply

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

  548. Rachael
    September 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm — Reply

    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”.

  549. Jan K
    September 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm — Reply

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

  550. Jan K
    September 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    Pinned!

  551. Jan K
    September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm — Reply

    Joined Shoot Me on FB!

  552. September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm — Reply

    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!

  553. September 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm — Reply

    pinned!!

  554. September 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    already a member of Shoot Me FB Page

  555. Liz
    September 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    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.

  556. September 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm — Reply

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

  557. September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    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!

  558. September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    I pinned it.

  559. September 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm — Reply

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

  560. melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm — Reply

    I sometimes feel awkward trying to figure out poses for families

  561. melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm — Reply
  562. melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    I clicked to join your FB group!

  563. Marnie
    September 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  564. Jeane
    September 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm — Reply

    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!

  565. Marnie
    September 19, 2012 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    Have applied to join the FB Group ๐Ÿ™‚

  566. Amy H
    September 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    I need help with posing!

  567. Amy H
    September 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    shared on FB

  568. Amy H
    September 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm — Reply

    joined FB group

  569. September 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm — Reply

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

  570. September 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    Pinned and shared on fb. Thanks!

  571. Rebecca Kuhn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm — Reply

    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!

  572. Rebecca Kuhn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    Pinned this!

  573. Rebecca Kuhn
    September 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm — Reply

    Joined the fb group!

  574. Vanessa
    September 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm — Reply

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

  575. Vanessa
    September 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    Requested to join the Facebook group also! =)

  576. Heather Schmitt
    September 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm — Reply

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

  577. Christine Rinebarger
    September 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm — Reply

    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??

  578. Maria Snider
    September 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    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). ๐Ÿ™‚

  579. Cindi A
    September 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm — Reply

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

  580. Lorna Petersen
    September 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    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…

  581. Rachael
    September 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm — Reply

    I pinned it, I pinned it!

  582. September 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    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!

  583. September 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm — Reply

    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.

  584. Annette Krause
    September 20, 2012 at 12:25 am — Reply

    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.

  585. Annette Krause
    September 20, 2012 at 12:26 am — Reply

    Shared on facebook

  586. Annette Krause
    September 20, 2012 at 12:26 am — Reply

    Joined the Facebook group

  587. Barbara
    September 20, 2012 at 12:43 am — Reply

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

  588. Denise Contreras
    September 20, 2012 at 1:07 am — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  589. Denise Contreras
    September 20, 2012 at 1:09 am — Reply
  590. Denise Contreras
    September 20, 2012 at 1:13 am — Reply

    Request was sent to join our ALL NEW Facebook Group.

  591. September 20, 2012 at 1:37 am — Reply

    I really need some help with group pictures, everything ower two pepole is a croad ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I have pined, shared on facebook and liked groups!

  592. Susan Ulep
    September 20, 2012 at 1:51 am — Reply

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

  593. Susan Ulep
    September 20, 2012 at 1:52 am — Reply

    Pinned this post on pinterest ๐Ÿ™‚

  594. Susan Ulep
    September 20, 2012 at 1:53 am — Reply

    joined the new facebook group!! love it!!

  595. Angie H
    September 20, 2012 at 2:25 am — Reply

    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

  596. Alex
    September 20, 2012 at 2:30 am — Reply

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

  597. September 20, 2012 at 2:42 am — Reply

    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

  598. September 20, 2012 at 4:55 am — Reply

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

    .

  599. September 20, 2012 at 5:07 am — Reply

    I would love to win this guide, Iยดm always looking for ideas for posing families… ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I love the SP photos.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  600. September 20, 2012 at 5:28 am — Reply

    I always struggle with posing families! I need help!

  601. Kelly Innes
    September 20, 2012 at 5:44 am — Reply

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

  602. Kelly Innes
    September 20, 2012 at 5:45 am — Reply

    Joined new fb group!

  603. Kelly Innes
    September 20, 2012 at 5:46 am — Reply

    Pinned this!!

  604. September 20, 2012 at 6:41 am — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you!!!

  605. Tara Kieninger
    September 20, 2012 at 6:50 am — Reply

    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!

  606. September 20, 2012 at 7:03 am — Reply

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

  607. Jessica
    September 20, 2012 at 7:13 am — Reply

    joined group

  608. Jessica
    September 20, 2012 at 7:13 am — Reply

    need help with editing the most

  609. September 20, 2012 at 7:42 am — Reply

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

  610. bobbie
    September 20, 2012 at 8:16 am — Reply

    hardest thing is just directing without directing

  611. bobbie
    September 20, 2012 at 8:17 am — Reply

    pinned it to my pinterest

  612. bobbie
    September 20, 2012 at 8:18 am — Reply

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

  613. Kristen
    September 20, 2012 at 8:20 am — Reply

    I need help posing families & groups.

  614. September 20, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

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

  615. September 20, 2012 at 8:57 am — Reply

    I shared it on Facebook!

  616. Carol Ann
    September 20, 2012 at 8:57 am — Reply

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

  617. September 20, 2012 at 9:07 am — Reply

    I pinned it!

  618. September 20, 2012 at 9:08 am — Reply

    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.

  619. September 20, 2012 at 9:09 am — Reply

    pinned!

  620. September 20, 2012 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Shared on FB!

  621. September 20, 2012 at 9:10 am — Reply

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

  622. Megan
    September 20, 2012 at 9:13 am — Reply

    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. Megan
    September 20, 2012 at 9:15 am — Reply

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

  624. September 20, 2012 at 9:18 am — Reply

    Ugh, getting the (older) guys not to be party poopers. I need a magic fix! ๐Ÿ™‚

  625. Maartje
    September 20, 2012 at 9:22 am — Reply

    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. Maartje
    September 20, 2012 at 9:24 am — Reply

    Pinned an image.

  627. Maartje
    September 20, 2012 at 9:25 am — Reply

    Joined your facebook group.

  628. Sue
    September 20, 2012 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Joined FB group

  629. September 20, 2012 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Pinned away!

  630. September 20, 2012 at 9:50 am — Reply

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

  631. September 20, 2012 at 9:51 am — Reply

    Already a member of your FB group. ๐Ÿ™‚

  632. September 20, 2012 at 9:52 am — Reply

    Pinned it too.

  633. September 20, 2012 at 10:57 am — Reply

    giving direction for posing

  634. September 20, 2012 at 10:59 am — Reply

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

  635. September 20, 2012 at 10:59 am — Reply

    pinned this

  636. September 20, 2012 at 11:01 am — Reply

    pinned it!

  637. […] CHECK IT OUT!! […]

  638. September 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm — Reply

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

    Pinned and joined the FB group!

  639. September 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm — Reply

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

  640. Katie
    September 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm — Reply

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

  641. Katie
    September 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    Pinned!

  642. September 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Joined the group as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  644. Kailee Bickford
    September 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    Pinned to my pinterest =)

  645. Kailee Bickford
    September 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    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? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  648. September 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm — Reply
  649. September 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    Extra credit! I just requested a group invite! ๐Ÿ™‚ Used the FB account I share with my husband (https://www.facebook.com/pastorbob.thompson). Yay!

  650. September 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    Joined the group- thanks!

  651. September 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    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. Meissa
    September 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    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!

  653. September 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm — Reply
  654. Meissa
    September 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    shared on my FB page

  655. Diane Burnett
    September 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm — Reply

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

  656. Diane Burnett
    September 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    Pinned photo

  657. Diane Burnett
    September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    Joined new fb group!

  658. September 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm — Reply

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

  659. September 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    I need help getting more creative with my family poses.

  660. Michelle R.
    September 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    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. Mark
    September 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm — Reply

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

  662. Mark
    September 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm — Reply

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

  663. September 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  665. September 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I am a member ( thanks) of the Facebook Group and I just pinned and then tweeted about the giveaway. https://twitter.com/entirelyem/status/248889900559118336

  666. Nicole
    September 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm — Reply

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

  667. Nicole
    September 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    Pinned this!

  668. Jesse
    September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    I want natural looks from people. Less posed.

  669. September 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  670. September 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    Pinned!

  671. Jana
    September 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    I need to know how to not generate a forced smile, and also not a hyena laugh face.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  672. September 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm — Reply

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

  673. Jana
    September 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    Pinned photo!

  674. September 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm — Reply

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

  675. September 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm — Reply

    Joined the FB group

  677. September 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    Shared this post of FB

  678. September 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm — Reply

    Pinned it and also joined the FB group!!

  680. September 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    Posted on my blog.

  681. September 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm — Reply

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

  682. Michelle
    September 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    joined the FB group

  683. Michelle
    September 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm — Reply

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

  684. Michelle
    September 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm — Reply

    pinned photo

  685. Kerri
    September 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    Getting families to relax and be more natural!

  686. Robin N.
    September 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm — Reply

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

  687. Savanna Tate
    September 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    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. Savanna Tate
    September 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    I joined the FB group also!

  689. Savanna Tate
    September 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    I pinned a photo as well!

  690. Michelle
    September 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm — Reply

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

  691. September 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    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. September 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm — Reply

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

  693. Colleen Pardun
    September 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    Kids who won’t laugh…even with tickles!

  694. Colleen Pardun
    September 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm — Reply

    Pinned it

  695. Colleen Pardun
    September 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm — Reply

    Pinned it!

    • Colleen Pardun
      September 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm — Reply

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

  696. September 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm — Reply

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

  697. September 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm — Reply

    Pinned this!

  698. September 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Joined the FB Group!

  699. Christie Darago
    September 21, 2012 at 12:26 am — Reply

    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. Christie Darago
    September 21, 2012 at 12:27 am — Reply

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

  701. Jill
    September 21, 2012 at 3:50 am — Reply

    Pinned photos and joined FB page.

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

  702. Michelle B
    September 21, 2012 at 7:41 am — Reply

    I need help with getting the dad to cooperate ๐Ÿ™‚

  703. September 21, 2012 at 9:11 am — Reply

    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.

  704. September 21, 2012 at 10:03 am — Reply

    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!

  705. September 21, 2012 at 10:39 am — Reply

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

  706. September 21, 2012 at 10:39 am — Reply

    I just joined the group ๐Ÿ™‚

  707. September 21, 2012 at 10:40 am — Reply
  708. Wendie Sanders
    September 21, 2012 at 11:51 am — Reply

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

  709. Wendie Sanders
    September 21, 2012 at 11:54 am — Reply

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

  710. September 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm — Reply

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

  711. September 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    Joined the Facebook Group – thanks!

  712. Jenn
    September 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm — Reply

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

  713. Jenn
    September 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm — Reply
  714. Jenn
    September 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    requested an invite! Excited about the group!

  715. September 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    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. September 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    Pinned this to my pinterest!

  717. September 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm — Reply

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

  718. September 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm — Reply

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

  719. September 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    I pinned a picture from this post.

  720. September 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    I joined the new facebook group!

  721. September 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    My biggest challenge is posing the men! They take longer to look relaxed in front of the camera ๐Ÿ™‚

  722. September 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    I need help with families that are stiff and uncomfortable.

  723. September 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    I just pinned a picture from this post.

  724. September 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    Just joined the group…so excited!

  725. Marci
    September 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm — Reply

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

  726. Nancy
    September 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm — Reply

    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. Valerie Bolitho
    September 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm — Reply

    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. Valerie Bolitho
    September 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm — Reply

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

  729. September 22, 2012 at 1:08 am — Reply

    I need help with getting dad to play and get in the mood ๐Ÿ™‚

  730. September 22, 2012 at 1:08 am — Reply

    I joined the FB group – fun!

  731. Rachel Fellig
    September 22, 2012 at 11:18 am — Reply

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

  732. September 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm — Reply

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

  733. September 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Asked to join the Facebook page!

  734. Mary
    September 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm — Reply

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

  735. Mary
    September 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    I pinned the contest!

  736. Mary
    September 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    I have joined the FB Page!

  737. Jennifer Boon
    September 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    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. Jennifer Boon
    September 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    I just sent a request for the MCP Facebook Group.

  739. September 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm — Reply

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

  740. September 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    Just sent my request for the MCP Facebook Page.

  741. Jill
    September 23, 2012 at 1:20 am — Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  744. September 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    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. September 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm — Reply

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

  746. September 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm — Reply

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

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  748. September 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    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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