Children and Family Photography


Lesson Info

Build on your shots

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, naturally 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. 


Simple Posing: Young Girl
Simple Posing:Young Boy
Group Posing: Two Girls
Backlit Shots: One Girl
Shooting in the Shade
Using the Rule of Thirds
Review of Selected Images
Working with Self Consciousness
Training to Photograph Authentically
Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject
ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model
Stylize and Prep for a Shoot
Simple Family Poses
Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing
Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene
Natural Light and Strobes
Image Review of Family Photos
Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion
Ice Light Demo
Constant Lights Demo
Speedlight Demo
TTL Demo
Reflector Demo
Pose Children in a field
Build on your shots
Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field
Capture Splashing in a Lake
Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects
Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot
Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects
Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy
Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination
Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything
Top Tips Q&A
Family poses in a field
Posing: Family of 5
Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field
Posing: Parent/Child Pairings
Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together
Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer
Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs
Tamara's Gear: Cameras
Tamara's Gear: Lenses
Tamara's Gear: Accessories
Mylio Demo
Digital Album Design
Sales Prep Process
Photo Review With Client
Selected Images and how to sell them
Closing out the Sale
Professional Photography Pricing
Start Your Business
How to Market Yourself
How to Stay Inspired
Photoshoot Recap
Tamara's Top Tips Recap
Tamara's Tools Recap
The Importance of Family Photography


  • 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.