When you shoot people, do not tell them how to pose, or that you are posing them. Tell them you are positioning them, or ask them to position themselves in a certain way.

You get more natural poses that way!

Bat Mitzvah Girl's Big Sister and Mom, by Michael Willems

Bat Mitzvah Girl's big Sister and Mom

A family, close shot by MIchael Willems

A family

And if the pose is more traditional, you can rotate, and even show the background, to add some life:

Bat Mitzvah Girl and friends, by Michael Willems

Bat Mitzvah Girl and friends

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