The Art Of Unposing


Family Group Posing


Lesson Info

The Art Of Unposing

I call this the art of unposing, and I know I've already mentioned it a little bit but it's that concept of not photojournalism, but not really stiff, formal posing. A little more relaxed posing, and how do we get that? So you saw me attempt to do that in the last session. I will reattempt it again in this one, and do some of those different groupings and things that we're gonna talk about. But I will always trade technically perfect for the expression. You saw me do that. I'll do it again. That's how I shoot. I think of myself as a composer or a director, so in the case of the last shoot, the little one wasn't super warmed up to me so, of course, I'm not gonna go up there and like, sit here and touch and move and pose. So that actually works to my advantage that I don't work that way a lot anyway. It's a lot of mimicking, like, I'll do this. I'll sit on the couch, now you do that, and what's cool is, a lot of times a client will not sit the same way I sat, but the way they sit is supe...

r comfortable and it looks natural, and I can just do little tweaks maybe with how their hands are and just direct them. It's a lot of mimicking. But I actually call it the namaste theory of photography 'cause, really, I think there is so much back and forth during that whole session that you're feeding off of each other and you are, I can bring things down a little quieter and get those quiet smiles and I'll talk softer. And then be super excited and energetic and tell 'em to do fun things and do the group pose and the huggle, and they'll have those more fun reactions and expressions. And then again, I'm gonna put that in every slide, have fun, 'cause really, what's it all worth if you're not having fun? So that's really important to me that I'm enjoying what I'm doing. And your clients know that's real. I mean, honestly, kids are so intuitive, pets are super intuitive, people are super intuitive. They know if this is just, if it's not real versus you're having fun and enjoying this whole experience with them. And setting the stage and playing. So, for example, a shot like this, it's in a warehouse that we've shot in. Super fun, obviously there were not just feathers there. That's very posed. Mom loves feathers, brought in a bag of feathers, having to kids through 'em. We do that with fake snow. We do that all the time with kids twirling when they come in, like, pretty dresses. This would be a very common shot. This was actually, probably a shot from about 17 years ago. I just, two years ago, did the little ones high school senior pictures. So, I mean it's just, you don't always have to get the people's faces. Like, this tells a story. Huge wall portrait in their home. That's a beautiful shot than always just looking at the camera.

Class Description

Taking a great portrait of one person can be a challenge, but how do you capture an entire family looking their most authentic selves? Well-known family and children photographer Vicki Taufer will show you how to focus on the relationships and keep your clients relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.

Vicki will show you:

  • What props and gear you should have on hand to bring out the best in your group posing
  • How to shoot with natural light as well as in the studio, and what lighting you’ll need to highlight all group sizes
  • How to make your clients feel comfortable before the shoot to get authentic images
  • The most efficient workflow to make your post-processing work for you

Whether it’s a group of children with pets or the extended family with grandparents and cousins, Vicki will give you the confidence to tackle any situation and provide your client with images that they’ll want to purchase and hang on their walls for years to come.


DOlores RUsso

All I have to say is - Vicki you are a saint. To handle four kids, dog and their parents too, not to mention a class of students watching...AND YOU'RE TAKING PHOTOS, GOOD ONES!! All I know is, I could not handle that as you have even though I was a teacher for 25 years (K-12, all of them) - and wonderful people like you are far and few between. May you stay healthy and happy and continue interacting with kids and parents - you really have a talent! (I had to turn the sound off on the vid because it was driving me crazy,, with kids, dog, etc etc!)


Fantastic posing class, loved watching Vicki in action. There are so many little things she said to the families she was photographing that really made all of the difference. Jed's product template creation and backend streamlining segment was great too!

Elizabeth Harrigan

I absolutely loved the course!!! The teacher was extremely engaging, so much so, I lost track of time... I learned more from this course than any other I have subscribed to. Both Vicki and her husband are positive and passionate in their delivery. They also have developed a level of expertise and a passion to share their knowledge honestly. It wasn't about ego, but rather, a genuine helpful attitude, which was so refreshing!