Photographing Siblings

It’s the one single picture that parents want most of all: their children together, looking happy.

However, the perfect sibling shot can be challenging for photographers to achieve, particularly when it comes to posing: how do you place sisters and brothers together without making them look like a couple?

You’ll get three totally different posing ideas from this video, and you’ll see how I achieved each of them. You’ll learn why I chose each location, how I posed a teenage brother and sister together and – most importantly of all – how I generated some great expressions from them both before I pressed the shutter release.

You’ll also find out that great locations can be found everywhere: in a car park, along a village street and even in between scaffolding poles! In fact, all three images were created within 50 metres of our front door! All you need is the right angle, and you can cut out anything that doesn’t add to your image.

This class covers:

  • The challenges and considerations of sibling photography
  • Capturing a standing/leaning portrait in a tree-lined car park
  • Creating a seated portrait between scaffolding poles
  • Shooting a walking portrait on a village street
  • Lots of behind-the-scenes fun!

This class is ideal for beginner and intermediate photographers with an interest in family portraiture and posing. Try one of our other videos for more detail on setting your camera exposure, although you will see my exposure settings and straight-out-of-the-camera images for each portrait, as well as the final edit.

We’ll finish off with some words of encouragement before it’s over to you to put your new skills into practice!

Enjoy – and don’t miss the outtakes at the very end! 🙂

Paul and the team