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Melissa A. Caudill

Posing Ideas?

I am doing a group of 10 in a couple weeks. There's 3 seperate families. They want them in the studio. Does anyone have any ideas, pictures or suggestions? This is only my second time practicing on a large group. I have thought of grouping the 3 families together and the 3 siblings in front and grouping their families around? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much!

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11/30/2006 7:00:28 AM


You start with "I am doing a group of 10". But then you speak of "3 families" with "3 siblings". That makes 9 in the average western family...

Unless of course one of the families is a ménage-á-trois....

As for the poses, you will of course try to get the images to express the relationships/bonds/friendships/connections, that those portrayed share. That's what group photos are all about, after all. For that you need to know what those relationships/bonds/friendships/connections are. That means research!

Failing that, for whatever reason, you can try the fast track: receive them, then do the whole relaxing bit, with nice stuff to eat and drink, and a choice of music (they could bring their own?). Effectively throwing a little party. You can ASK them, in an informal atmosphere, what their relationships/bonds/friendships/connections are. Or if THEY have preconceived ideas for the poses.

And when the mood mellows, you watch the eyes!

You'll quickly see interactions going on. Watch carefully, and you'll get still more 'information' and a broad feel for those relationships/bonds/friendships/connections. Use your intuition. That'll give you ideas for poses.

Or you can do the uninspiring, standard rows and groupings...

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11/30/2006 11:19:41 AM

Melissa A. Caudill   Sorry, W. There r 3 siblings that each have their own family. 2of the siblings have 1 kid and the other sibling has 3 kids then 2 of the siblings has a spouse. They r wanting to do a group portrait for their parents and gparents. Hope that is easier! Thanks for the speedy response!

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12/1/2006 2:20:42 PM

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