photo sessions can be a lot of things:

exciting, memorable, and sometimes, a tad nerve-wracking. It's perfectly normal to feel a bit self-conscious when the camera is pointed your way. But here's the secret sauce to achieving stunning portraits – comfort beats stiffness every time.

In this blog post, we'll dive into the world of posing and why feeling comfortable, relaxed, and at ease during your photo session can make all the difference in the world.

The Stiff vs. Comfortable Dilemma

Let's break it down. Picture this scenario: You arrive at a beautiful outdoor location, dressed to impress, with your family in tow. The photographer starts snapping away, giving you directions on where to stand and how to pose. But here's the catch – you're feeling stiff, awkward, and unsure about how to position your body.

On the flip side, imagine a scenario where you and your family are relaxed, comfortable, and just being yourselves. The photographer captures candid moments of laughter, genuine smiles, and tender interactions. The difference between these two scenarios? Comfort.

Why Comfort Matters

  1. Authenticity Shines Through: When you're comfortable, your true self shines through in your photos. Genuine smiles, relaxed postures, and natural interactions tell a story that's authentic and heartwarming.
  2. Emotions Take Center Stage: The magic of family photos lies in capturing the love and emotions shared among family members. When you're comfortable, it's easier to express your affection, resulting in more heartfelt images.
  3. Timeless Appeal: Comfortable poses tend to stand the test of time. Stiff, overly posed photos can quickly become outdated, while natural, comfortable poses remain timeless.

Tips for Achieving Comfortable Poses

Now that we've established the importance of comfort, let's explore some tips to help you and your family feel at ease during your photo session:

1. Trust Your Photographer: First and foremost, trust your photographer's expertise. I know how to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, so follow my guidance and let me lead the way.

2. Practice Ahead of Time: Spend some time in front of a mirror practicing relaxed smiles and comfortable postures. This can boost your confidence on the day of the session.

3. Be Yourselves: Embrace your family's quirks and unique dynamics. The best family photos capture your true personalities and relationships, so don't be afraid to be yourselves.

4. Play and Interact: Incorporate playfulness and interaction into your session. Engage in activities that you enjoy as a family, whether it's a game, a walk, or simply sharing stories and laughter. When you work with me, I try to do this during every session.

5. Forget the Camera: Try to forget that the camera is there. Focus on each other, your connections, and the love you share. The camera will capture those beautiful moments.


In the world of family photography, comfort is the key to unlocking exceptional portraits. When you and your family feel relaxed and at ease, your genuine personalities and emotions shine through, resulting in timeless and heartwarming photos. So, the next time you step in front of the camera, remember: it's not about stiff poses; it's about being comfortably and beautifully you.