This article on Photography Poses is part of a series. The sample poses are groups of 3 people.
The links to group poses of 4, 5, and 6 people and other related articles on portrait photography are at the bottom of this page.
In the first three portraits we have a group of three young children; a group of one infant and her two adult parents, and the group of the three adult ladies.
The beach at sunset is one of my favorite locations to practice my photography poses. Can you guess why I chose this pose for the three young girls and the sailboat?
I placed the girl dressed in navy blue in the middle of her two sisters that were dressed in white to create a balance. Often when you are composing a group photograph, it is important to pay attention to the distribution of color when everyone is not dressed exactly the same.
I dug a hole in the sand for their feet to allow them to sit comfortably and provide a stable base to help support the youngest sister.
I used a basic triangle composition in the other two portraits of three people. This technique involves placing the subjects so that the position of their heads form a triangle.
This is a technique that professional photographers use in large groups of people as well, forming triangles within the entire photograph of people.
In this family portrait with the young infant, I had mom and dad lean in and cropped closed to create this tight composition. If I had spaced them apart and included more beach scenery, the baby would be quite small in the photograph.
The triangle is more spaced out in the group photograph of these three attractive ladies.
Notice in this group composition and in the young family above that the subjects on the ends are facing inward.
I often use the different levels of rocks and sand to compose so that the subjects are not on the same exact level.
You have more posing options if you have a family of three to photograph when the child is no longer a baby like the photo above this one.
A different posing technique is needed when you are photographing three adults.
When you have a mom, dad and a school-aged child, you can use poses that have the child standing and the adults sitting.
The photography was done on a hill behind my clients home, partially shaded from the afternoon sun. You can see from the lack of foliage that this family portrait was taken in the late Fall, after the leaves have fallen from the branches.
Photography poses like this that use diagonals or triangles are visually more interesting for our eye to view than poses that have everyone's head at the same height.
Here is an indoor family portrait using a diagonal in the opposite direction.
I posed this father and his two children so that the father would be the tallest person in the portrait. The two kids, placed in front of him, hide most of his adult-sized body so that there is a good balance in the composition.
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