Children and Family Photography


Children and Family Photography


Lesson Info

Reflector Demo

Okay reflector I don't talk about reflector because as much as I used it as much as you see me using it or might be using it there's a versatility to it that's outstanding for being a eighteen twenty dollars tool the's larger ones of course are more expensive who is not modeled for us yes come on in sit down and then um in this situation exactly I'm gonna go ahead just use that light back there is my main light source similarly if I was outside and being in the sun on dh I want to show you this because we were talking earlier about what side to use a lot can you give me the white on deck? Is it all in here? Do we have another one way have to sit up okay? So that's a good point right there by the way I really like if I'm going to be out doing a lot of shooting to have two separate reflectors s o either because a lot of the reflections air just white silver and then you're just really easy and ready to go if I know I want to use the gold and and it comes with a situation like this that I...

'm gonna have to reflectors because doing this all the time is going to slow me down and I don't want to be slowed down especially investment fantastic happening over there in the wrong light so just paying an extra thirty bucks or twenty five bucks and having the two of them to just grab as you need an interchange that much is fabulous but I'm going to go back down to show you all the options here I would start with the my address my reflector um I would start with the white side of the reflector and give us something like this and so do me a favor look just straight out to the audience and then if I'm doing here I'm not really getting much reflection back I'm gonna have to add the silver in but you could see a little bit right? You definitely do see it we were talking about how to find the light sometimes it's really really evident and other times you've got a kind of it's the subtle ist movement especially got a sliver of light toe work with could make a huge difference so we can start with this and since we're here I said I wouldn't father better my as well, this is our nice to fuse your panel you see how simple and sheer this is also called a scrim I could hold it up to this light to manage the light hitting him and you'll see how it softened right and based on how I go in or close to him it's going to have an effect as well you didn't introduce yourself I'm jury used from seattle era nice all right, so let's get this guy back up let's get him closed before I do that too part of having the black side this is the flag so this is blocking light and I don't think we covered that much today um the ability to black light it's called the flag is a tool you use so it's a either a black metal thing or it's the black side of a reflector you can do it literally as flag have seenem where it's kind of a post with a black flag like off the side of it but all you're really talking about is anything that blocks the light my friend kevin cambodia remember hearing him say that if you think about anything that blocks the light an elephant could be a flag yeah, I guess that's true eso in this case being able tio if you have a lot of light coming in and if I wanted to reflect him really well but his shirt was super bright white I might put the flag or an elephant between to see how the light blocking the light so that I don't have that being overexposed. So if I have for instance darker skin and a lighter shirt and I want tio to have it displayed usually and I don't want to overexpose the shirt that's exactly what I'll do I'll block the light on the brighter part of the images to manage it all right so we've got this and you look you see that pretty evidently right and you can actually see the light moving for here were you could see that light moving and the gold see the skin tone change so the gold the only time I use this again is if I really want that soft warm look but other than that I'm going to find it to be just adding way too much color to my image if I wanted to make all of this more pronounced we'd have a much brighter light to reflect against that's how it's gonna work which is why I'm hardly ever using the silvers or the gold in a bright light because it will like just wound you with its brightness but they go thank you and that is the any of the question of the reflector that's pretty straightforward, right? The biggest reasons I think people don't use reflectors is because they feel like they don't know the impact it can have on your images and it can be in credible or they find it very difficult to navigate when they're out and about especially in a bright sunny area yeah, I mean I think it's more about when you're by yourself and trying to navigate using it and shooting at the same time is yellow are how do you put on your foot or what have you been like literally I have put it on logs on I wedged into trees. I put on the back of chairs. You can get the ones where you hand hold up with the whole on the edge of the reflector. You can hand hold him like a triangle that's. Another wonderful way to use it by yourself. To that. Could you hold many course and using reflected by yourself?

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