Photography pose of 3 young children


When you have 3 young children to photograph, a chair can be used to support the baby.

I had the oldest and tallest child kneel down on the right. The middle child stood behind the chair and the baby was safely secure in the wicker chair.

When portrait poses include young babies, it is important to pose everyone in the photograph so their heads are fairly close to each other.

This allows you to compose in close so that the baby is not too small in the portrait.

Photography poses of children are very dependent on the size of the children and each situation may be different.

Baby Portrait Books at Amazon. A good permanent source of ideas for poses can be had by buying a portrait photography book that concentrates on the posing of children.

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picture of three people on sandy beach

by Beach Photographer
(NJ)


Posing a young child in front of and between two adults makes the three of them occupy a similar space in the portrait but emphasizes the young child a bit more than the adults.

It's often a good idea to put smaller individuals in front of large individuals for composition balance. It's also a good idea because proud moms and dads like to show off their children.


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Outdoor Photography Pose for 3 children

by Bruce
(USA)


Here was a photography situation where I wanted to use some triangle poses for family portraits of 3 children.

I used a small barrel for the youngest child (head #2) to sit on. This raised her to be the peak of the triangle in this composition.

Whenever you are planning what poses you are going to try, remember to consider the height of your subjects' heads and how you may be able to vary them.

I instructed my two females (heads #1 and #2) to put their knees together and my male model (head #3) to pose with one leg up, bent at the knee. These are classic examples of male and female posing.

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Pose of 3 Sisters

Group pose of 3 adult  female cousins

Group pose of 3 adult female cousins

First Example of 3 People

With respect to this first pose of three people, I photographed this family about 10 years ago when the girls were young, so it was fun for me to return and do a variety of group poses for them.

We usually do several different combinations and this pose was of the 3 girl cousins. It is a subtle version of a "U" pose. If you connect their heads with an imaginary line the line would be in the shape of a shallow letter U.

Women often are not comfortable with having their entire bodies show and this is a good way to focus your photo on their head and shoulders. The colors were planned ahead of time-dark solids minimize our attention toward the clothing. We focus our attention on the faces in a portrait.

I found a spot in the house that had a fairly neutral color and few busy distractions. I carry adjustable posing stools in my photo van and they are great for tweaking poses to get them just right.

Example 2 - Outdoor pose for family of 3 pose

In the outdoor photo above, the U shaped composition is more pronounced. The 2 sons are quite a bit taller than their mother in the middle, but it still works fine as a composition. Generally, for groups of 3 people posed in this manner, a horizontal (landscape) orientation of your camera works better than a vertical (portrait) orientation.

Use a tripod to hold your camera in place so that you can watch your subjects as shoot. You'll be able to see if your subjects are in a good position and have good expressions as you click the shutter.

Example 3 - pose of 3 brothers

Sometimes called the pyramid pose, or some label it as a standard triangle pose, this pose is done by directing the tallest person to be placed in the middle. The pose resembles the same overall shape as a pyramid. If you connect their heads with 3 straight line you get the shape of a triangle.

I hope this short post gives you a few ideas!

Thank you,
Bruce


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