Posing 101 for Children Photography



(Previously Titled: The Beginner's Guide To: Posing Children {Studio Edition}; Posing Workflow for Children Photography)

Have you booked your first children's session and scared that you won't know what to do, what poses to get, how to set it up, what the client is expecting and on the verge of a major panic attack? Then this guide is just for you! *Click thumbnails to view additional poses, not all poses shown.*

Here's what is AMAZING about this guide, these poses are for the photographer that shoots indoors, but these poses can also be used outdoors. We include the set up for the indoor portion and some corresponding photos for shooting it outdoors! #WINNING

This is the ultimate guide for posing children in-studio. Ever wondered how many photos, what type of photos are in the final gallery for the clients? Five Eleven Photography goes over all of that and so much more! Packed full of great information for the photographer taking the plunge in children photography. 

Photography level: Beginner

For more information and a few tips on posing children, click here

Please note: This guide does not go over studio lighting set ups. For information on studio lighting, check out our Ultimate Studio Guide.

**Please note, all BP4U guides are ebooks and will be delivered electronically! 

  • A 111-page guide on posing children in both indoor and outdoor settings. This product also includes 117 posing cards so you can take these tips on the go!

    Topics Covered:

    • How to pose children - Includes Posing for Boys and Girls from 6 months to 6 years.
    • How to make them relax
    • How to pose with siblings
    • How to get a lot of poses out of one location & not a lot of time
    • How to talk to the parents even when it's awkward
    • How to use different props with boys and girls to get the most versatility out of your props
    • Posing on the floor
    • Standing Poses
    • Chair Poses
    • Setting up the session
    • Editing Techniques and Workflow

    Also includes answers to these questions:

    • How far out do you typically book?
    • What do you require as the deposit amount?
    • How much do you charge for your sessions and when do you require the payments?
    • What did you charge when you first started and what was included in those packages?
    • Do you charge extra for additional children?
    • When do you have the clients sign a contract?
    • When do you require the remainder of the payment?
    • How long does the session last?
    • How many images will you shoot?
    • How many images do you tell the client that they will receive?
    • Do you let your clients pick which images are edited?
    • How long is it before the client will see the preview?
    • How do you show clients their images?
    • Do you post previews on Facebook? If so, how many?
    • How do you use Facebook in the marketing of your studio?
    • How many outfit changes do you allow for a session?
    • Do you help clients with their outfit choices? Do you give them any tips?
    • What are things you look for when buying back drops and floor drops?
    • What was the best investment you made for your studio?
    • What lab do you use?
    • How do you find your clients?
    • Do the clients select the backdrops and props that they want to use or do you?
    • What information do you find out before the session that you definitely need to know prior to shooting and setting up?
    • How many people can you shoot inside?
    • What types of discount/specials do you run?
    • How long does it take you to set up for the session?
    • How far in advance do you set up for the session?
    • What is the hardest challenge of having a studio in your home?
    • What is the hardest session you have had to face and why?
    • What do you tell the parents to prepare their children for the sessions?
    • How do you get the kids warmed up for shooting?
    • Do you switch out lenses, if so which ones do you use most often?
    • Do you jump right into shooting or how long do you wait before snapping photos?
    • What do you do if you can not get a child to cooperate after you've tried absolutely everything?
    • Do you ever worry about having strangers in your house?
    • Can you think of a time you were discouraged in your business? How did you overcome it?
    • What did you learn that has improved your photos the most?
    • What type of back/floor drops do you use?
    • What kind of props do you use?
    • How do you clean your props?
    • What safety precautions do you have in your studio?
    • What are your go to settings?

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    "If you loved the Traci Ryant guides, this is the absolute must-have guide to get next! It has so much information, it will blow your mind!" - Brooke Bustillos

    "I am super excited about this Beginners Guide. I have been shooting for several years now but there are times I feel the need to refresh myself with what works and step out and do some new things . Just purchased and became a member!!" - Michelle Flowers Photography

    "I have to say what a TREASURE this is going to be for so many beginners. I consider myself to be still in the beginning stages and this will be a resource that I pull from regularly!" - Lucy

    "I just want to say that this guide is AMAZING! I like all of your guides, but I have young children and can clearly see techniques in this guide that I can try with all of my children, and techniques that will help with sessions I already have set up with other children." - Jessi J.

    "I pre ordered this guide and the day I got it I put everything down and read it! It's amazing! I learned so much, even things I never would have thought I would need to know before!!! If you want to photograph children this is the guide for you!!"- Kaitlin

    "I love posing books from Five Eleven. They Rock! Love em!" - Mary

    "The beginners guide to posing children, it has given me lots of information and ideas to use in my photography. I have enjoyed everything I have bought from BP4U, if i had the money i would own every collection :)" - SD

    "I really loved the before and after photos. It really shows you how to take an amazing photograph and make it even better. As I was looking at them I was silently lecturing myself over all the amazing pictures I have taken of my kids that just need a little something!" - Jessi

    "The guides has a lot of great tips and have really helped me with posing my clients." -Ki

    “Really impressed with the guide - thank you for this.” -Robert

  • PDF/Digital version only - The link will be emailed directly to you once your payment has been processed.
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    Are these posing cards printable?

    Yes. We include digital files in both high and low resolution - high res for printing and low res for mobile devices. These will print these off as a 3x5. Many of our clients will print these off, punch a hole in them, put a ring on them and put them in their camera bag. Makes a great way to get out of a bind if you're having a brain freeze during a session. Need help loading your posing cards to your iPhone/iPad/iPod? Click here for a tutorial.

    Can I print this guide?

    Yes, you most certainly can! If you'd prefer to read your guide in print instead of digitally, feel free to print this guide for your own personal use.

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