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18 Creative Family Picture Poses

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Frame the Kids

If you’re like us — and a lot of families this time of year — you’re planning for your annual family picture so you can get it done in time for your holiday cards.

But unless you’re one of the rare sort who can come up with a creative family picture idea every year (like my husband’s cousin Cathy and her husband Phil), you may need a little inspiration. How can you find a pose that doesn’t look like the same one you’ve done every year?

I’ve found some ideas for you (and me) in this great gallery full of ideas. Check out the pics and check out the photographers’ sites, too — and maybe you’ll be lucky and one of them will be in your town. As for us, we’ve got our pictures scheduled with our extended family next Saturday … wish us luck.

In the meantime, take a look at these creative poses … after the break.

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Jennifer Hadfield is a DIY and decorating trendsetter and founder of Tatertots and Jello and Refashion Files. She features design inspiration, unique how-to projects, engaging features and more – for millions of DIYers.

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10 thoughts on “18 Creative Family Picture Poses

  1. Donna says:

    My babies are all gorwn now(3 daughters) but 2 of them have given me 2 beautiful grandsons, both turning two right about now. These family photos are amazing, and extremely creative and fun! My favorite is “Under the Covers”, but several others really touched my heart!
    LOVE your website!

  2. Molly Smith says:

    Using the accents of turquoise in the main photo looks fabulous!

    Love them ALL! How cute is the ‘Feet Pose’ with the baby’s feet at the top? Adorable. Cannot wait to show my daughter who loves to take photos, maybe I will get a new family picture out of it. Thanks for sharing the various photography poses.

  3. jen says:

    love these shots!! we completely lucked out the other day out for a walk and got a stunning photo of the kids with the dog and i was able to yell “christmas photo – check!” once they were uploaded and i saw the stunner. one feather of stress is unloaded off the shoulders but i am definitely going to reference this list for any upcoming photographic needs! thanks!!

  4. Laura Rowe says:

    I was thrilled to see one of my photos posted here! Love all of the poses!

  5. Lani Kukini says:

    I liked the framing the kids one where you can see the parent’s faces. The other one I liked was the Pop holding the small tot upside down by the ankle with great big grins and mom focused on another child (though one child’s face was looking down; defeats the point of a family portrait, a retake would fix that.) These both capture the realness of family- not all doing the same thing at the same moment. Other than that- I’m sick of the “family bed” pictures. Literally, the idea is- “Look where we make kids!” Uh, yeah…we get it; stupid. The whole family “group hug”…even less natural than everyone smiling perfectly.

  6. S-TX says:

    I didn’t like the feet picture. I’m okay with kids’ feet, which don’t really smell. But I associate grown up feet with foot odor and dirty toenails. Please don’t send that to me as a Christmas card! Yuck!

  7. Andrea says:

    Some of these are really cute but some poses are pretty unsafe. As a photographer, I would never ask a parent to dangle their child upside down by the ankle or throw their child in the air just for a photo op. If they want to do it on their own time, that’s up to them, but I would feel absolutely horrible if a child (or anyone) got hurt during a shoot.

    I’m also over the whole bed thing, unless it’s with a baby and/or young children. Once a kid hits maybe 8 or so, it seems a tad inappropriate. JMO

  8. LM says:

    Um, in the photo with the kids in the frame, why is the child on the left leg-less?

  9. michael says:

    I think the legless child is on his knees? Great reference point we are always looking for good ideas for family portraits

  10. Kit says:

    We had an idea two years ago to get our family of six all different colors of converse sneakers. each person got a tshirt in the same color and we all wore jeans. one of the coolest shots our photographer took was of all our legs, barefoot, with our shoes sloppily in a row in front. it was my fave :)

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