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Best Family Portrait Poses

Best Family Portrait Poses

Best Family Portrait Poses
Best Family Portrait Poses

A family portrait session captures moments of your family’s lives for generations to come.  Everything from wardrobe, lighting, backdrops, and finding the right poses, brings the entire photo together, making it portrait-ready.

We want to ensure that our clients are happy with the final results. The following are four poses we have put together for your consideration. Ideas included bring the photograph together, make it a memorable experience, and capture flattering poses, expressions, and your family’s unique character.

Four family portraits poses

  1. Classic
  2. Editorial
  3. Candid/Natural 
  4. Headshot


Best Family Portrait Poses

Let’s begin with the more traditional pose that is most common with family sessions. The classic pose where everyone in the photo is engaged and fresh-faced. Families tend to gravitate towards this one, it’s easy to capture and can also be a pose that we can have some fun with by mixing things up a bit. 

Commonly, connections are created in any pose and photograph that is captured. Whether it’s creating symmetry, triangles, touchpoints, we aim to create balance and stability to the portrait. These connections can be made by having family members look towards each other, hold hands, or place their hands on shoulders.


Best Family Portrait Poses

These poses tend to have a more stoic and dramatic feel to them. Lighting is key and posing here is carefully constructed to ensure that family members aren’t mirroring one another’s poses. 

Expressions are important for this pose and we encourage a range of poses delivered from family members. When executed correctly, an editorial pose will feel dramatic and eye-catching. 


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Candid photos offer a different dynamic that shows off your family’s vibrant energy. Adding some motion like casually walking and smiling, children playing while the parents are posed, or having a parent lift their child up in the air, all these actions capture your family in their natural element. It’s okay to let kids be kids and let them feel in their element. At times, these candid shots bring out the most natural and bright smiles from your family. 



A headshot can be posed in many ways and typically they are taken from the shoulders and up, but there are many variants to that pose that can bring out your personality. And keep in mind, while headshots are often associated with branding and business (we’ll get to that in another blog), a headshot of a family member like dad, mom, or children helps to create a beautiful portrait. 

We encourage our clients to be relaxed. Creativity takes a headshot a long way ease any anxiety of having your headshot taken.

That’s a wrap

Keep in mind that no matter how a family session unfolds, keep a positive attitude and remember that we are creating memories and portraits that will last a lifetime. These images are crafted with thought and consideration from the moment we meet with you at our McAllen studio, to the moment we show you the finished products. We want your experience to be a memorable one and we want to capture it for you!