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Children and Family Photography

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Reflector Demo

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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Lesson Info

23. Reflector Demo


Class Trailer

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

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, 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.