How to Stay Inspired


Children and Family Photography


Lesson Info

How to Stay Inspired

Hi, tamara. This is james from texas. You're a world famous photographer, speaker, trainer, author how do you stay driven? Because I keep thinking about the funny one that may mean serious. I'm waiting for the punch line. How do I save, driven, driven versus inspired, of course, are two different things, but I think we all have to know what works for all of us. For me, staying driven is a matter of do I love what I do and what can I do to make it something I love more? I mean, it really boils down to that, and I know without a shadow of doubt because I've experienced it so many times when I love that the money will follow because I'm better at it, and I lose myself in it and that's how that works. If you don't know that for yourself yet, and you'd like to try it, I strongly encourage you do so to start shaping your job and the work you do in a way that constantly carving out the stuff that dragged you down and you hate and you resist so much and better focus your efforts on the things ...

that you love being driven, I am driven by the fact I want to do it, I love doing it that's how I'm driven in that area in terms of staying inspired. I think again, the human contact and the connection is such a vital part being ableto make sure you're really careful who you surround yourself with, that you cut out toxic influences that every time you read this block or look at this person's post, you feel like crap. Well, then stop doing it. You know where to hang out with the person I feel so drained stopped doing it. But make it not something you know to be true, but something you're actually doing, moving over from theory to action on dh. Then, uh, in terms of imagery being inspired by imagery, just recognizing, of course, that it's everywhere what you look toward. And if you want to stand out in your market, stop producing work that looks like all the other work you see in your market. How do you say inspired is, how do you find a way to break out of that look and create stuff? That's very uniquely you.

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, 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. 


1Simple Posing: Young Girl 2Simple Posing:Young Boy 3Group Posing: Two Girls 4Backlit Shots: One Girl 5Shooting in the Shade 6Using the Rule of Thirds 7Review of Selected Images 8Working with Self Consciousness 9Training to Photograph Authentically 10Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject 11ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model 12Stylize and Prep for a Shoot 13Simple Family Poses 14Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing 15Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene 16Natural Light and Strobes 17Image Review of Family Photos 18Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion 19Ice Light Demo 20Constant Lights Demo 21Speedlight Demo 22TTL Demo 23Reflector Demo 1Pose Children in a field 2Build on your shots 3Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field 4Capture Splashing in a Lake 5Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects 6Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot 7Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects 8Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy 9Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination 10Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything 11Top Tips Q&A 12Family poses in a field 13Posing: Family of 5 14Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field 15Posing: Parent/Child Pairings 16Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together 17Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer 18Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs 1Tamara's Gear: Cameras 2Tamara's Gear: Lenses 3Tamara's Gear: Accessories 4Mylio Demo 5Digital Album Design 6Sales Prep Process 7Photo Review With Client 8Selected Images and how to sell them 9Closing out the Sale 10Professional Photography Pricing 11Start Your Business 12How to Market Yourself 13How to Stay Inspired 14Photoshoot Recap 15Tamara's Top Tips Recap 16Tamara's Tools Recap 17The Importance of Family Photography