Working With Sibling Groups
Working With Sibling Groups
8. Working With Sibling Groups
Class Introduction02:42 2
Overcoming Common Challenges Of Photographing Children05:12 3
Recognizing Specific Challenges Quickly To Get The Best Out of All Subjects14:55 4
Warming Up Your Subject06:22 5
Drawing Out The Shy Child11:31 6
Working With The "Feels Everything More" Child05:30 7
Photographing The One Who Doesn't Want To Be There03:40 8
Working With Sibling Groups03:12
In-Studio Shoot: Rapid Child Portraits31:23 10
Gear And Accessory Considerations14:28 11
Portrait Lenses36:41 12
Deconstructing A Shoot In Process14:53 13
Simple, Effective Lighting Techniques For Authentic Portraits21:59 14
Live Shoot: Photographing Siblings52:49 15
Review Of Earlier Shoot Images02:13 16
Post-Processing With On117:56 17
Real Time Edit From Live Shoot25:10 18
Presenting Your Images08:59 19
Portrait Critiques19:20 20
6 Tips To Capture Children's Portraits15:31
Working With Sibling Groups
What about sibling groups? What if you have a sibling group where some of them don't want to be there, some of them are superstars, and some of them are interactive? How are you handling that? In this situation, with this shoot, this was actually, I love this photo for a lot of reasons. There was a lot that went into this photo. One of the things, I'll just say, technically, I had to shoot in a way that I lit this and I shot down, and it was framed this way. So I'm actually on the ladder. I'm shooting down. I'm utilizing the live-view option to be able to see what I'm doing as I'm doing that. I'm posing them, because posing them is hard. Like normally, they just lay on a hammock like this. They're on a hammock. I've gotta think about things like the color and the toning around them. What am I bringing in? I'm in a backyard, I want those pillows, I want that blanket. Do you have something inside that's kind of maybe a burlappy sort of thing? I'm pulling them together, and then I'm makin...
g this curve, because just flat laying there, with their heads back, like you usually see on a hammock, is not working, it's not attractive. I said to you earlier, I love authenticity, I love real moments, and I also love beautiful flattering shots. I can do all of those things. In this case, it was fun, it was real, it was not flattering. So I had to pull in pillows and prop them in a certain way. I had to had them scooch around. And then lastly, back to what we're talking about, I then had to interact with all of them in a way that was befitting their personality. At the end of the day, it doesn't, this looks like a, it's a cute shot. You don't know how much work went into it unless you're a professional photographer. Then you're like, "Oh, you worked for that shot." In this case, I'm having this one, who's the baby, who's, in my experience with all those types I just told you about, she was more the one who needs to warm up. When I first got there, she was like hanging back behind Mom, and then I got her there. And so this one was the one, the superstar, the performer, the one who did everything you wanted them to do, and he was the interacting child. So as I'm getting there, I'm responding to them in all those ways I'm telling you about. But it's more rapid-fire, so I can get this shot. So with the sibling group, you're not treating them all as a one, you're responding to them all individually, and then photographing them as a one. It's a little more complexity, but if you do it all at the same time, you have these authentic expressions, no head swaps or composites in post. You're just getting it all right there by using these methods. And, when you've done everything you possibly can do, and the child who doesn't want to be there never comes around, what happens next? You let them leave. They take your toys and they go home. And you take a really fun shot of that. Hopefully that hardly ever ever happens. In my case, it actually never has, cause you're giving it the time, the methodology, the effort. You're thinking about all these things, and all the challenges that confell you. Is that a word, befell you, can befall you, that confell you. All the challenges that can take you down, are not the challenges they were because you're employing these methods.
Ratings and Reviews
Tamara Lackey brings amazing energy to her teaching and shooting style. She shared a ton of tips and tricks for capturing the true character and personality of each child in both individual and group portraits. I have always found it to be particularly difficult to capture portraits of multiple children that are composed to be both visually interesting and true to their unique story. I learned so much about directing and communicating effectively with child subjects, and how to use my gear and other tools to streamline the process and keep it all fun for the family. No matter how much you think you know about photographing children, this class is an asset that you will not regret! Thank you Tamara Lackey!
I love Tamara's tips for working with common personality types found in children. I also love that class allows you to be "fly on the wall" during her photo shoots. It's so helpful for me to see how other photographers engage their subjects (especially children). Tamara brings a ton of energy, excitement and playfulness to her shoots. It opened my eyes to how fun (and how exhausting) a photo shoot can be when you give it your all. Great class!
This was an amazing class. Photoshop has been a huge learning curve for me during the past year and it was so helpful to see the quick and easy way you used levels to bring down brightness/hotspots. I will definitely be using it to improve the "ear" on the portrait that you critiqued. Thank you soooooooooo very much Tamara and CL for providing such great content!