photography poses for 5 people
How to pose a group of 5 people

Standing pose of 5 peopleAlternating Pose of 5 People

Need some help with photography poses for 5 people?

Here are some examples of poses of 5 people you can copy and improve your group posing technique. There are several standard pose arrangements that you can try to use, but each situation is different depending on the people that are in your photograph.

In this first portrait, I used the classic "W" pose. If you draw a line from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 5. You will see the letter "W". I had the 2 taller men sitting on chairs in front and three shorter women standing behind them. 

Photography pose of 5 adult siblings

I kept with the posing technique of having the tallest person in the composition placed at or near the middle of the portrait.

You could call the family pose below a slanted "M" pose, but think of it as a modified oval pose. Connect the heads in this order: 1-3-5-4-2 and back to 1. The pose below is really the classic "M" pose on a slant. Draw a line from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 5, You will get the letter "M" from the connected lines.

Photography pose of family of 5 people

I've learned a lot of group posing techniques from printed books and have a collection of books on family portraits. I find it very useful to have these on my bookshelf, ready for a quick look at to generate some ideas before a family shoot. One of my favorites is called Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images.

In this portrait below I placed Grandmom in the middle between the parents and placed the elementary school-aged children standing behind.

Usually I prefer to place the smaller people (the children) closer to the camera than the larger people (the parents), but in this situation I did the opposite. This gave me the right heights for another "M" pose.

Another pose of 5 people

teardrop pose for 5 people

You can use this pose for groups photos that have more than 5 people, but it works real well with groups of 5. It resembles an oval, where you position everyone's head fairly close to each other, but one side of the oval will have an extra person.

Pose of 5 people


The next example of a photography poses for 5 people I used the "X" pose. Draw a line from 1 to 4 and a line from 2 to 5 and you get the letter "X". You're probably wondering why this pose isn't just another "M" pose." You're right. It's asymmetric rather than symmetric. It really is a variation of my favorite photography pose for 5 people.


UPSIDE down check mark pose of 5 people

To pull this pose of 5 people off successful you need to be able to adjust the height of each person to get a nice straight stair step look. This is one of the poses that I should do more often, but it takes a bit more time to set up sometimes, particularly if your subjects are all of the same height.

In this case, I used an adjustable height stool for the boy on the right and had the dad sit on the arm of the couch.

creative pose of 5 peopleUpside Down Check Mark Pose

The upside down check mark pose is a version of the pyramid pose, Rather than keep the pose symmetric, you can make it asymmetric


In the outdoor family portrait below I used a folding posing stool and two small upside down barrels to get the desired height for each of my subjects. Subjects 2 and 4 were standing. Subject 3 was sitting on a stool and subjects 1 and 5 were sitting on the small upside down barrels

Photography of 5 people posed in an X formation

I cropped in tight enough to accomplish the often-requested task of not including the women's bottoms in the pose.

Here's a video showing several examples of posing you can try for groups of 5 people.



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Posing ideas for 3 people. This is part 1 of the series on posing groups of people.

Photography Poses for 4 People. This is part 2 of the series on posing group photos. How to do photography poses for groups of 4 people.

Photography Poses for 6 People. It is a little more complicated with more people in your photo. Here are posing tips for group shots with 6 people.

These photography poses involve using the letters M, W and X as guidelines to improve your portrait posing. The key thing for you to remember is to modify them or extend them to smaller and larger group poses. 

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