Pose Like the Pros: Family Portraits



Photographing families is one of the most rewarding experiences a photographer can have. You get to experience the unconditional love between parent and child and siblings as well as the romantic love between parents.

That said, capturing beautiful, engaging and wall-worthy photos is easier said than done. Especially when you’ve got 3, 4, 5 – even 10 or more!  faces and bodies to think about for a single shot. It can totally be done, though. All it takes is practice and, of course, some knowledge and know-how.

Pose Like the Pros: Family Portraits  a collaboration between BP4U and accomplished family photographer Nicole Speer Photography – walks you through dozens of posing ideas, complete with over 125 detailed pictures. Not only that, Speer gives you tips and tricks to get stunning lifestyle candids that’ll have family after family calling you up to book their next session!

Four Reasons You NEED Pose Like the Pros: Family Portraits

1. It showcases over 125 different family photographs taken by Speer that are carefully detailed with posing instructions, composition tips, and more.

2. Speer is relatable and talented, making this guide a breezy, educational read that’ll leave you feeling excited, inspired and ready to book more sessions.

3. You’ll get insider, veteran tips and tricks to help families relax and feel at ease during their session. Feeling awkward is to be expected, but when you know how to calm everyone’s nerves effectively, your photos will be amazing.

4. You’ll get a breakdown on other topics such as choosing the perfect locations, pre-session and in-session workflow, lighting and more!

(Previously Titled: Posing Workflow for Family Portraits; The Pro's Guide To Posing Families)


  • A 152 page ebook on posing families. This guide also comes with 64 posing cards to take these tips and poses with you on the go!

    Topics Covered:

    • 152-page ebook
    • 64 digital posing cards (printer and mobile friendly)
    • Posing for Different Sized Families | Nicole goes over her workflow and gives posing tips for families of different sizes with children of various ages.
    • How to Connect with Your Client | Learn how Nicole helps clients to relax. She also shares some of her favorite ice-breaker jokes!
    • Lighting | In this section, Speer talks about finding good lighting for natural light photographers.
    • Composition | There is also a chapter on composition which goes over leading lines, framing your photo, finding balance, perspective, and creating depth.
    • Tips to Get Children to Cooperate | Need help working with children? Nicole gives tips throughout this guide to help you when posing younger children. She talks about how to get children to do what you want them to and also how to get great photos even when they aren’t cooperating.
    • How to Take Faux Candid Shots | Learn the art of taking non-candid shots and making them look candid.

    Also answers to these questions:

    Have you ever had clients not cooperate? How did you deal with that?

    Your style is very consistent in both shooting and editing. How did you find the right look for you?

    How do you keep it consistent?

    How do you balance family life and operating a business?

    What obstacles have you faced since you started your business? How did you overcome them?

    Has there been a time you've wanted to give up on your business? How did you pull yourself through it?

    How do you make your photography unique and stand out among other photographers?

    Where do you find ideas for your sessions?

    How do you challenge your creativity?

    How do you critique your own work to make it better?

    When you first started out, were you ever nervous about shooting in public? How did you overcome that fear and gain the confidence to just do it?

    What do you look for when it comes to color?

    How do you make your photos tell a story?

    How did you find your niche market? And how did you price accordingly?

    How do you get such crisp family shots that still get good bokeh?

    How do you get them all in focus with such a low f-stop? Especially larger families?

    Do you specifically look for backgrounds that you know will create a nice bokeh? If so, what do you look for?

    Can you give us some tips and tricks for photographing families with multiple children?

    How many photos do you put on Facebook?

    How long does it take you to get the images to the client?

    How long does it take you to edit a session?

    What mistakes have you made in your company?

    If you had to do it all again, what would you have done differently?

    What time of day do you shoot your sessions? Do you have set business hours/days? If so, what?

    How long do your average sessions take?

    How many photos do you take and how many will they get?

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    "I LOVED it! I thought it was an awesome guide for family posing that covered a wide variety of poses and clearly explained how the poses were set up. I also enjoyed the times that you talked about a pose that you wanted to do, but that you had to alter it to adjust to what the kids were doing. It was helpful because we photographers run into those situations all the time with little kids and you certainly can't plan everything." - Heather

    “The Pro’s Guide to Posing Families is a great tool for any photographer hoping to up their family posing skills and really break through to the next level!" - Charlyne

    "I thought it was fantastic and even though I feel like a seasoned family photog I feel like I learned lots of new posing ideas." - Stephanie

    "I absolutely loved this guide. I couldn’t put it down, there are so many great ideas in this guide I can’t wait to start to use some of the tips and tricks. I would recommend this guide to any photographer." - Jodie

    "Loved this! It was wonderfully written and captured the true feelings of Speer's clients!" - Cindi

    “I love this guide! It's filled with so many tips and tricks. You can feel her energy through her words! The guide is very informative, and also filled with many pictures and several different family groupings! Love love love! Thanks Nicole!” -Bre

    "It was very helpful in posing larger family groups." -Sharon

  • 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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