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8 Easy Ways to Pose Children in Photographs

Photographing kids is a lot of fun. They are cute, innocent, and you never know just what they’re going to give you!?

Posing kids can be a little trickier however (especially if they are young).

If they are out of that toddler stage though and can follow some simple directions, then you can try to pose them in the cutest ways possible!

Keep reading to learn 8 easy ways to pose children in photographs.

Rather listen? Hear all about ways to pose kids on The Stay Focused Podcast!

Have them Sit

This pose is pretty easy to set up. Just have them sit down! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either. You could set up chairs, or crates, but using the natural environment works just as well. Find a big rock, steps or just right down on the ground. Make sure to position their legs (if they’ll let you) to it’s most flattering.

Phoenix, Ahwatukee Family and Child Photographer 85044 85048
Beautiful child portrait sitting on crate in a field in Arizona

Straight On

This is a classic headshot and is often a favorite with parents. The key to shooting a child’s portrait straight on is to get down at their level. Kneel down so your eyes are level with theirs. This will create a very flattering angle.

Beautiful two year old girl portrait taken by Phoneix child Photographer Cozy Clicks in Scottsdale
I heart faces challenge entry for hte April photo competion "pastel. Little girl in sunglasses at the pool

Have them Kneel

Similar to the classic straight on pose, this is also a classic shot, but from a different angle. How the child squat down, while you get on a higher lever (maybe a step or rock, or step ladder) Shoot vertically and aim down at them while their eyes gaze up at you. This looks great with a serious or happy expression!

Easy ways to pose children in photographs 5 ways to do it!

Put Hands in Pockets

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with hands when you are looking at the camera for a photo. This pose eliminates that. Just ask the child to place their hands in their pockets. You can have them put the whole hand in or just the thumbs. Either way it’s super cute!

Three year old portrait near 85044 85048
Stylish 12 year old boy portrait taken at Scorpion Gulch

Hands on Face

This pose works better with girls, but could work on younger boys to. Have them touch their cheeks or chin. This pose usually brings an instant innocent smile to their face which will give you a super sweet shot!

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Toddler portrait with flower crown Modeling head shot.

Lay Down

This creates a fun and unusual perspective and is generally well liked by children. Just have the child lie flat on their back while you are above them. Depending on the length of your lens, you might have to stand on a chair , rock or something else to get you up a little higher. Point the camera down and ask them to look right up at you.

Children's portraits in Phoneix Arizona
Fun perspective portraits taken of child in Phoenix 85044 85048

Ask Them to be Natural

Let them pose in their own element- unposed. Ask them to run, jump, spin, and dance, whatever they can do to move around and let loose for a minute. This is almost guaranteed to give you a good shot.

@ year old birthday pictures in the desert near Ahwatukee
Photo of four year old picking desert flowers near North Phoenix wearing white dress

Crossed Arms

There is nothing like an arm cross to make a child feel like they are boss. This is a fun pose because the child feels a little empowered this way. You could have them cross their arms leaning against something or standing straight up. Ask them to give you a tough guy smile for added fun in their expression!

Sassy 10 year old portrait taken at South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ
Child Photography in Ahwatukee, Arizona Birthday pictures at Telegraph Pass

Want to know some ways to Pose Large Families too? Check it out here for 9 ways to pose large families!

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  • Malka WolfFebruary 2, 2021 - 8:10 am

    when I photograph a few kids togehter, I have them repeat after me silly things like “the green is grass!!!” and snap after they finish saying it – usually with a fun smile and focusing on me. ReplyCancel

  • CocoNovember 10, 2020 - 1:06 pm

    Im a child but i take photos snd thas was so helpful thank you so much for your advice ReplyCancel

  • judyMarch 6, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    I’m loving all your advice! Your photos are beyond beautiful! I could gaze at them for long periods of time! I love all your tips! Keep em coming!ReplyCancel

  • PennyFebruary 28, 2017 - 7:17 am

    I sometimes find that little children feel more comfortable when they hold something like a flower, rock or stick. It takes the pressure off of them and helps them smile more naturally! Thank you for your posts on Pinterest! I like being inspired from your ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Cozy Clicks Photography LLCFebruary 28, 2017 - 7:29 am

      Yes! Great idea! I have them do that sometimes do that too, or they’ll just find something naturally on their own to hold onto:) -EmilyReplyCancel

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