How to pose groups for portrait photography ...


"For many years the gold standard for posing groups looked just like my first grade school photo. Everybody would be lined up and asked to stand as awkwardly as possible, feet together and for the lucky ones in the front, hands clasped together in their laps.

"The photographer would shoot two frames (one for safety) and count everyone in with a '1 .. 2 .. 3 .. say cheese' my grade one teacher Mrs. Witchell was way too cool to do cheese. She busted out her own version of Blue Steel instead. Respect.

"Sadly this style of posing large groups is still pretty much the norm. But with some careful planning, and a little imagination, portraits of large groups can look far more dynamic than my grade one school photo."

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