Intro to Posing: Family Photography

at California Center for Digital Arts - Santa Ana

Course Details
$129 4 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Aug 13, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time

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Santa Ana, Orange County
209 N. Broadway
Btwn W 1st & 3rd Streets
Santa Ana, California 92701
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: David LaNeve

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this photography class:

Learn how to pose your subjects for that perfect family photo! In Posing for Beginners: Intro to Friend and Family Photography, learn hands-on how to guide your subjects for natural and easy photos.

We’ve all seen awkward hand positions and prom photos – learn how to avoid stiff, unnatural photos with this course! Posing a subject or group of subjects is a critical component to creating exceptional formal and informal portraits, yet many photographers find portrait posing difficult to understand and master.

The reason posing can create problems is because inexperienced subjects look to you for direction. If you freeze up and fail to direct or lack good form and figure ideas, you will struggle to create good photos. It’s up to you to take charge of your subjects, be they family or professional model! The key is learning, practicing, and being prepared.



In this class, students quickly develop the skills to pose individuals, small and large groups. Moreover, this class teaches you to understand the posing requirements for a particular visual message. The family portrait, high school senior shot, are all very different from a fashion shoot. Choosing a particular pose is the result of determining the type of image you wish to create and what is appropriate. Students learn how to evaluate anatomical structures, image purpose lighting conditions and the chosen appropriate poses. 

Students leave with new knowledge and confidence for selecting and creating stunning posed situations. Using what you’ve learned, your photos will now start making sense, be pleasing to the eye and flattering for your subjects. In group photos, you will now start seeing the relationships and positions of each other.


  • Building rapport with your subjects
  • Formal single person pose with gender and age differentiation
  • Casual single person pose with gender and age differentiation
  • Group poses
  • Creative pose movements for specific portrait goals


  • DSLR Camera and 1 or more zoom lenses
  • One or more portable flash units recommended


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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

You may cancel your registration or alternatively move to another date or use the funds for another class up to 3 business days before the class start date. The deadline for refunds or changes is 3 business days before the class start date; no refunds will apply after that date.


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1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129
1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129
1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129
1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time David LaNeve 1 $129

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