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aileen cockburn
 

Family portraite


I have been asked to take photos of my aunt, uncle and 3 grown up sons, I have checked this site for other posts looking for ideas for poses but I can t seem to find anything does anyone know where I can find any ideas on how to position them. I have also been asked to take photos of 3 sisters aged 12,14 and 17 I would be greatful if smeone can point me in the right dirextion for poses for this shoot also.
thanks
Aileen


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4/23/2007 10:47:31 AM

 
W.   
What are they into? What is their interest, passion, or common activity?
Horseback riding? Then go out and buy a glossy Equestrian Monthly magazine, look for the way people are pictured and copy that with your own subjects.
They're running a pizza parlor? Then go out and buy a glossy Dining Out Monthly magazine, look for the way people are pictured and copy that with your own subjects.
They're country & western hicks? Then go out and buy a glossy Cowboy Heaven magazine, look for the way people are pictured and copy that with your own subjects.

The girls: get their favorite glossy Soaps & Sinners magazine, look for the way people are pictured and copy that with them.
Or find out what their fav singers are, observe their public 'image', and copy that (Shakira: latina/gypsy bimbo; Stefani: dolly bimbo; Madonna: wannabe bimbo/strong woman).

So on, so forth.


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4/23/2007 12:01:50 PM

 
Michael A. Bielat
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/23/2007
  Portrait work looks best when the subject/subjects are positioned in a triangle with each other.
If it is one person, then their hands should be positioned so lets say the head is at the top. The right hand may be placed on the chin (forming one side of the triangle) while the left hand may be perpendicular (aimed towards the other arm's elbow on a posing table). The left arm and shoulder are the third line and create a visually appealing image.

With people, you could do rows or make it so that the people are used to make a visually appealing scene in a geometric shape, triangle, square, bow tie, etc...

Other minor things like hands and finger placement can be found.

The children poses could be fun with them playing outside, walking through a park, hanging out at home sitting on the couch each holding something they like, etc...


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4/23/2007 12:04:55 PM

 
Michael A. Bielat
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/23/2007
  Portrait work looks best when the subject/subjects are positioned in a triangle with each other.
If it is one person, then their hands should be positioned so lets say the head is at the top. The right hand may be placed on the chin (forming one side of the triangle) while the left hand may be perpendicular (aimed towards the other arm's elbow on a posing table). The left arm and shoulder are the third line and create a visually appealing image.

With people, you could do rows or make it so that the people are used to make a visually appealing scene in a geometric shape, triangle, square, bow tie, etc...

Other minor things like hands and finger placement can be found on this site with a search.

The children poses could be fun with them playing outside, walking through a park, hanging out at home sitting on the couch each holding something they like, etc...


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4/23/2007 12:07:32 PM

 
aileen cockburn   Thank you W S I appreciate you writting back to me. The family group may be a challenge to me as the boys are very shy but I will talk to my aunt and ask her how best to get them to relax( she wants photos of them all before the boys al leave home.
the 3 sisters are very posie( is that a word) and are always looking in the mirror and dancing around the living room, so the idea of looking in magazines is great I was thinking of getting them to think about poses that they want and doing them first to help them relax before I do the (formal type ones) for their mum.
thanks again
Aileen


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4/23/2007 12:13:11 PM

 
aileen cockburn   thank you everyone for the great advice it is so nice of you all to take the time to answer my question.
i was looking through the questions that have been asked in the past and I found one that gave a web addy to go to for positioning of groups and I cant find it now9 I hit wrong button and closed computer) does anyone know what one it would have been or know of one I can look at
aileen


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4/23/2007 12:31:47 PM

 
Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  how about making it sexy, and then you say "do I make you randy baby ,yeaaahh".
Then after you're finished say "ohh, what a wonderful tea party".


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4/23/2007 1:53:37 PM

 
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