Unposed Posing


Kelly Marleau & Jenny Rusby

There is a happy medium between formal posing and documentary. It’s the space where you, as the photographer, can direct a scene and arrange your subjects so they look their best, but still feel comfortable and free to be themselves. Photo sessions (with clients or your own family) become easy when your head is full of fun little games and prompt ideas that you can pull out at any time to foster genuine smiles and natural expressions. This course will walk you through how to set the scene and use our unposed poses and prompts to make images that everyone will gush over. We’ll cover working with kids, adults, babies and families. You’ll come away from this course with the confidence you need to work in any situation, no matter what is thrown at you.

with interactive instructor guidance and weekly assignment feedback
view-only access to study at your own pace

“Would you believe us if we tell you that posing can be effortless?”


This week we'll learn about setting expectations, general scene flows, and working with babies, kids, and adults. We’ll go in-depth with each subject and learn prompts and tricks to use.


This week is all about poses and prompts for different groupings, including siblings, parents with a child, and whole families. You’ll also learn how to troubleshoot when everything goes out the window!

10 thoughts on “Unposed Posing”

  1. This workshop covers EVERYTHING you need to know in order to absolutely nail your lifestyle sessions. The written lessons and videos cover as many age groups and combinations as you can think of and teach you exactly how to get the genuine connection and emotion you are after. Kelly and Jenny also tell you how to troubleshoot when things get tough, so you can get your sessions back on track and deliver those heartwarming images that people love, no matter what. It’s a fantastic course for any level – beginners to experienced pros will all find tons of valuable tips. I am so excited for my next family sessions now!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Leslie! We don’t believe in holding anything back when teaching and really tried hard to pack as much as we could into the two weeks, so am pleased to read that we covered ‘EVERYTHING you need to know in order to absolutely nail your lifestyle sessions!’ I can’t wait to see the images you create in your next family sessions.

  2. I’m absolutely in love with this workshop! Kelly and Jenny have done an incredible job of providing an extensive range of prompts that are relevant to any shooting scenario. Personally, I found the cheat sheet they provided at the end to be an absolute game-changer – it’s become a go-to resource for me whenever I need inspiration.

    The pdf and videos that accompany the workshop are also fantastic – they’re chock-full of helpful and informative content that has really helped me to hone my skills. What’s more, Kelly and Jenny have been incredibly generous with their feedback, providing us with valuable insights that have made a real difference in the way I approach my photography.

    The week 2 assignment was another highlight for me – it was a fascinating and engaging exercise that has helped me to further develop my skills and take my photography to the next level.

    Whether you’re a hobbyist or a seasoned pro, I truly believe that you’ll benefit from this workshop. It’s engaging, inspiring, and packed full of practical tips and techniques that you can immediately put into practice. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

    1. Thank you so much Sheryl! I’m so glad you found the videos helpful. And YAY about the week 2 assignment – seriously, that makes me so happy as I know many participants were really nervous about doing it – but it’s always the scary things that make us progress the most. It was wonderful having you as part of the class and I look forward to following your work for years to come.

  3. This course was so helpful in giving practical ideas and examples of how to run the sessions. I loved how much information was giving and answering so many questions. And all the videos. It was so helpful to see them in action and see lots of different run downs of how the session works. The years of experience that Kelly and Jenny bring to give to the course is so valuable!

    1. Charis! Thank you SO, so much for this review. I’m glad it was helpful to see us in action (it’s always the most nerve-wracking part – to show how you work!)

  4. I am a hobbyist and have a tween and teen, who certainly challenge my ability to capture them in their natural element. I don’t see these age groups covered in the course description, but do you think what you offer for adults and family can work with my “tough” to photograph children?

    1. I have two tweens myself so I know challenge of this age group well! I use the poses and prompts we give for adults with them, as well as some of the ones we cover for kids on their own. When they’re together, we have a whole lesson on siblings and the family prompts will work as well. Hope this helps, but if you have any other questions, just ask!

    1. We have a whole lesson dedicated to working with adults, both individually and couples (including maternity). All of our poses and prompts for adults can be tailored to seniors, brides and headshots, but please note that these are lifestyle poses and not traditional poses. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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