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How to Do Group Photo Poses

Hi there! My name is Vanessa Joy, and today I want to share with you some tips and techniques on how to pose groups for beautiful and symmetrical group photos. In this video, we're in Tuscany, Texas, and I'm going to show you how to pose in groups on both flat surfaces and stairs.

I know that posing in groups can be intimidating for many photographers, but with the methods and techniques that I'm about to share, you'll never forget how to create stunning group photos.

Firstly, I always recommend trying to close up the space when posing in groups. This helps to create a more intimate and cohesive group dynamic. In the video, I ask everyone to turn towards one person and have them move closer together to create a more symmetrical photo.

Next, I suggest using different poses and angles to create variety and interest in your group photos. I ask Isaac to put his hands in his pockets and have Natalie hold onto his arm, which adds a playful and candid touch to the photo. Then, I ask everyone to adjust their positions to create a more casual and relaxed feel.

One of my favorite techniques when posing groups is to create sub-groups within the larger group. In the video, I ask Elena to sit down while Lindsay and Lizzy stand close together, creating a smaller sub-group within the larger group.

If you want to learn more about photography and see behind-the-scenes footage of shoots like this, I highly recommend joining my photography education community, Photo Insiders. Every month, I release new videos that teach you everything from posing to lighting to troubleshooting. You can also join our live group coaching calls and even participate in live shoots.

In conclusion, posing groups can be challenging, but with some techniques and practice, you can create beautiful and symmetrical group photos. Remember to try different poses and angles, create sub-groups within the larger group, and always try to close up the space. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time!

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