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Backlit Shots: One Girl

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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4. Backlit Shots: One Girl


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Day 1

1 Simple Posing: Young Girl 18:36 2 Simple Posing:Young Boy 18:31 3 Group Posing: Two Girls 18:00 4 Backlit Shots: One Girl 08:59 5 Shooting in the Shade 08:24 6 Using the Rule of Thirds 03:35 7 Review of Selected Images 07:21
8 Working with Self Consciousness 09:21 9 Training to Photograph Authentically 19:07 10 Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject 18:07 11 ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model 09:55 12 Stylize and Prep for a Shoot 16:28 13 Simple Family Poses 06:02 14 Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing 08:49 15 Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene 26:33 16 Natural Light and Strobes 24:50 17 Image Review of Family Photos 07:25 18 Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion 16:05 19 Ice Light Demo 08:02 20 Constant Lights Demo 08:38 21 Speedlight Demo 07:18 22 TTL Demo 09:20 23 Reflector Demo 05:25

Day 2

24 Pose Children in a field 16:59 25 Build on your shots 18:41 26 Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field 19:43 27 Capture Splashing in a Lake 20:21 28 Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects 08:13 29 Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot 22:05 30 Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects 17:02 31 Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy 05:47 32 Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination 06:12 33 Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything 05:23 34 Top Tips Q&A 03:50 35 Family poses in a field 22:03 36 Posing: Family of 5 25:33 37 Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field 18:09 38 Posing: Parent/Child Pairings 17:14 39 Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together 19:18 40 Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer 21:16 41 Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs 36:17

Day 3

42 Tamara's Gear: Cameras 08:43 43 Tamara's Gear: Lenses 17:07 44 Tamara's Gear: Accessories 08:26 45 Mylio Demo 26:27 46 Digital Album Design 12:21 47 Sales Prep Process 24:30 48 Photo Review With Client 37:31 49 Selected Images and how to sell them 07:09 50 Closing out the Sale 04:56 51 Professional Photography Pricing 19:23 52 Start Your Business 28:40 53 How to Market Yourself 24:33 54 How to Stay Inspired 02:07 55 Photoshoot Recap 12:31 56 Tamara's Top Tips Recap 12:57 57 Tamara's Tools Recap 19:31 58 The Importance of Family Photography 04:52

Lesson Info

Backlit Shots: One Girl

Anything you want, all right, come back in. You seem even more awake than last time. All right? We're going to do some backlight. You're ready for that. Let us tio this and you don't have to read about anything because we're gonna shoot that way. Is that okay? If I do it this way with you guys? Okay? And we're going to the white. So again, any time you're in a really bright right, I think for the most part, you're gonna be doing the white because the silver will blind people to be favoring. Scooch back and try this. Hey! Yeah, let's try like this. Two hands like this do this instead. That's fun? Yeah, I think like that. Yeah. Okay. You're gonna have your face this way. We're going to be very backlit. So I'm going to be doing that spot meeting because of that. And you're warmer now, right? Yeah, you're going to like that. Excellent. Come over here. I'm gonna be switching, tio I'm on the eighty five still and and you look fabulous. I sell is that two hundred, and I'm probably going to be...

at a one one thousand in terms of shutter speed let's, just test it and see we've got uh, look, I think when kick it up a little bit more, all right? Do your chain a little bit more this way and then down there beautiful look at that last shot I did and this one, I'd like to be able to show the difference in terms of the hot spots in the face. Can we see that last shot that came up? Yes, so that is actually a really big deal right there. If you can see in the image on the left that first shot, we've got those really jarring light coming overhead on and we've got him and her right hand has got a ton of hot spots, and we've got a much longer line a light than I would want on that side simply by doing nothing more than turning her mohr in adjusting her pose a little bit. We're able to control for all that those lightings in those hot spots and and even the hand, so that makes a big difference little adjustments like that can really help if I really wanted to work the scene and make it just amazing. I would want to block some that light behind her, teo, and really said a lot, but that's something I would do, maybe four more elaborate commercial shoot, not so much for a family portrait where I'm going, everyone who's really stressing about that yes so you have a question yeah question about white balance maybe going back to a couple of the other scenes does it make sense to use the gold side of the reflector to warm it up but then just have the person standing back more or is that not good okay like warming up this kind of for which for which shot like the previous one with the chair and then um the little boy earlier okay, so I the only reason I tend to use the gold reflector and use that probably the least is if I'm in a situation where I'm at outdoors at a park and this really beautiful golden light the whole time but now the lights dropping and the lights now getting purple e and or green or blue and I want to bring some of that warm back then I'll use the gold reflector and then and reflect against the light we still have but for the most part I don't really want to add in that color tone because I wanna be able to have it come in as clean as possible into post so I'll use most of the time the white side of the reflector unless we're in a really shady or kind of darker lit scene and I did everything I could get and then I'll use the silversides reflector way sense all right good so you're doing beautifully honey you want to try something even different let's, sit down right here the concrete and show how? Like in this team we can get a really cool portrait. So you're going to some like this that can be put under your hair? Yeah, and then see how like I'm not doing this. I'm doing this really light but it's behind my ear. Yeah, and then you're changing turned this way towards me. Yeah, yeah it's just like that? Yes, perfect. Now you see how you're coming up, it hurts to write so but the angle is great. Do me a favor and just move it back about two feet. Yeah, because what I'm going to do if I have too much reflection is it's not only going to get me hot spots across her face, but it's gonna make her sweat all right in this scene, I'm going to be in about a two eight I'm definitely still in the spot, me tearing at a two eight and her that far from the background. I'm going to be pretty good with with the aperture and right now, she's, not really emotionally with me anymore, but I'm going to bring her back at the last second because I can tell and I want what I'm doing right here, one scratching myself back because I'm working with prime land that's a fixed smooth because I work with the prime fan lens it's a fixed mobile and I have to move myself back and I want all of her in the frame so what I have found often is I have a shot and it's great she's perfectly in frame and she makes a small adjustment and now our fingertips to cut off and I want to be able to allow for that those small adjustments without feeling like oh, that was the best shot but I lost it ok? And everything's exactly perfect titties except I want you to bring your right knee up a hair off the ground not that one that's your left one yes, yes good and then you're doing other things might change my angle you know, teachers everything looks gold ed all right? And then last year I like to worry about his expression oh, she brought it all right dude in a little bit more yeah. See, we still had that same thing. You can look at light duty favor and look at those two scenes together the last shot and the shot just a small adjustment and wherever we're getting that same sort of lighting patch do you see that? So what I'm gonna do is have you go even more this way? I'm like that yeah good, good, good, good and then bring your knees really close together, have them and I'm changing this pose not because I didn't like the other post but I don't like the hot spot and the lean forward towards me yeah I get it now that more yeah beautiful stay just like that just like that ready and as I'm going closer to her I was gonna to two I'm making sure I got just three to just so I don't lose her down a little bit there oh you look so good that looks beautiful happy I'm gonna slow the shutter speed of it so I get more light not shot great catch light that is so pretty and then she now that towards me see that last shot and the shot here and I could use some of her scared actually block out the light to change out of it so instead of instead of trying tio constantly adjust her frame over never getting combat the lighting I move where I am and make a difference all right good girl job great um does that make sense to you see the difference so I'm angling might come down to that last one come in yeah you flip to the one that's just before the last manager shot um there thank you a cz you can see if you could take that and then the last one together thank you that's perfect so as you can see on the right side is she looks great at blocking the light ever things good, but the angle on the view is just not really flattering, doesn't really work, and then by children, the camera and then silting orientation nothing's changed about her. I just changed the way I framed it, and it has a huge impact on the final image question for you. Camera. Are you less concerned with kids about cutting body parts off of that type of thing? Are you terrible, terrible in the frame? You mean like where we get a man? Yeah, cropping. Yes, yes, I crap across tips, heads all the time, that editorial look, I'll go anywhere as long as it's not join. I don't want I don't want crop, but I don't mind prepping at a mid arm or mid calf or mid thigh, especially that supports the shot. But I won't do an ankle and need waste a wrist, etcetera, because that looks like you are chopping off body parts.

Class Description

The best family portraits are those that capture the true spirit and personalities of their subjects. In Children and Family Photography, Tamara Lackey will teach you how to photograph individual children, sibling groups, and complete families in an authentic and exciting new way.

Tamara is a celebrated family and lifestyle photographer. In this class, she’ll teach you how to beautifully light, pose, and creatively photograph children and their families. 

You’ll learn about:
  • The gear that’ll help you get you great shots
  • Which lights to use and when to use them
  • How to integrate the location into the shoot
  • Digital workflow and album design

Through instruction and demonstration shoots, Tamara will share her top tips on posing and lighting and she’ll teach you how to get everyone into a great group shot. You’ll also learn about what goes into her sales sessions and how she handles prints and portrait albums.

Whether you are a parent who wants to take better photographs for the family album or an experienced photographer hoping to expand into the family photography business – this class will equip you with the insights and skills you need to produce photographs that feel natural and look great. 


a Creativelive Student

Thank yo Tamara Lackey and Creative Live for such an amazing course. Every tool that is needed to maintain a successful business is in this course. Tamara's appreciation for love and family are so apparent in her style of interaction with people and methods of photographing them. In this class she shares everything from the basics of connecting with your clients to the importance of in person sales sessions and how to do them without being uncomfortable. I love Tamara's energy and sense of humor. She really emphasizes how important it is to be self confident and love what you do. This class is amazing. I can barely sit still through a movie these days, but I was entranced through 3 consecutive days of highly valuable information. I am thankful to have this class in my CL library. I am sure I will refer to it often.


Thank you! Thank you for bringing Tamara back to Creative Live! She is one of my favorite teachers! She has a bubbly effervescence as she teaches. I like her teaching style and never tire of her message in photography. Tamara has a way of working with her models/ clients that makes you want to just jump through the screen to participate in the process! Her portrait stories share her zest for life. She has great business ideas as well as for life and family. A truly balanced instructor for the beginning photog as well as a seasoned professional. Refreshing concepts about how to deal with challenging situations with lighting, posing, and interaction with her families. It's hard to pick a favorite section - the entire class was just great! A wonderful resource for your library to refer back to time and again. Keep up the great work Tamara. You inspire me to get out and shoot!


What can I say- it's Tamara Lackey, so of course it was AMAZING! I learned so much, about relationships, self awareness, lighting, portraiture, posing, gear, marketing, products, I could just go on and on. Tamara has an incredible ability to truly connect with her clients (and her students)- and she taught us how to do it! I admire Tamara on so many levels and I appreciate how much of herself and her own business practices she was willing to share. Her new organization Beautiful Together is inspiring. I will be watching this course over and over. Thank you Tamara Lackey and thank you CreativeLive.