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

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

The 3 winners are:

Entry 504 – Karen Halbert

Entry 302 – Jeanette Soffe

Entry 54 – Craig Burlingame

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

Three keys for successful family sessions:

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

To Enter:

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

 

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

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and teaches Photoshop to photographers across the globe.

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  1. 701
    Jill says:

    Pinned photos and joined FB page.

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

  2. 702
    Michelle B says:

    I need help with getting the dad to cooperate :)

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    Lilliana says:

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

  4. 704
    amy hartman says:

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

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    Suzanne V says:

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

  6. 706
    Suzanne V says:

    I just joined the group :)

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    Wendie Sanders says:

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

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    Wendie Sanders says:

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

  10. 710
    Jordan says:

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

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    Jordan says:

    Joined the Facebook Group – thanks!

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    Jenn says:

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

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    Jenn says:

    requested an invite! Excited about the group!

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    Jane says:

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

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    Jane says:

    Pinned this to my pinterest!

  17. 717
    Jane says:

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

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    Missy says:

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

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    Missy says:

    I pinned a picture from this post.

  20. 720
    Missy says:

    I joined the new facebook group!

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    Erika says:

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

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    Traci says:

    I need help with families that are stiff and uncomfortable.

  23. 723
    Traci says:

    I just pinned a picture from this post.

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    Traci says:

    Just joined the group…so excited!

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    Marci says:

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

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    Nancy says:

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

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    Valerie Bolitho says:

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

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    Valerie Bolitho says:

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

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    Sarah says:

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

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    Sarah says:

    I joined the FB group – fun!

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    Rachel Fellig says:

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

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    Alicia says:

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

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    Alicia says:

    Asked to join the Facebook page!

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    Mary says:

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

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    Mary says:

    I pinned the contest!

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    Mary says:

    I have joined the FB Page!

  37. 737
    Jennifer Boon says:

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

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    Jennifer Boon says:

    I just sent a request for the MCP Facebook Group.

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

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    Just sent my request for the MCP Facebook Page.

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    Jill says:

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

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    Jennifer Madigan says:

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

  43. 743
    Jennifer Madigan says:

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

  44. 744

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

  45. 745

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

  46. 746

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

  47. 747
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    Traci says:

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


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