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Children and Family Photography

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Shooting in the Shade

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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5. Shooting in the Shade


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1 Simple Posing: Young Girl Duration:18:36
2 Simple Posing:Young Boy Duration:18:31
3 Group Posing: Two Girls Duration:18:00
4 Backlit Shots: One Girl Duration:08:59
5 Shooting in the Shade Duration:08:24
6 Using the Rule of Thirds Duration:03:35
7 Review of Selected Images Duration:07:21
12 Stylize and Prep for a Shoot Duration:16:28
13 Simple Family Poses Duration:06:02
15 Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene Duration:26:33
16 Natural Light and Strobes Duration:24:50
17 Image Review of Family Photos Duration:07:25
19 Ice Light Demo Duration:08:02
20 Constant Lights Demo Duration:08:38
21 Speedlight Demo Duration:07:18
22 TTL Demo Duration:09:20
23 Reflector Demo Duration:05:25
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1 Tamara's Gear: Cameras Duration:08:43
2 Tamara's Gear: Lenses Duration:17:07
3 Tamara's Gear: Accessories Duration:08:26
4 Mylio Demo Duration:26:27
5 Digital Album Design Duration:12:21
6 Sales Prep Process Duration:24:30
7 Photo Review With Client Duration:37:31
9 Closing out the Sale Duration:04:56
11 Start Your Business Duration:28:40
12 How to Market Yourself Duration:24:33
13 How to Stay Inspired Duration:02:07
14 Photoshoot Recap Duration:12:31
15 Tamara's Top Tips Recap Duration:12:57
16 Tamara's Tools Recap Duration:19:31

Lesson Info

Shooting in the Shade

You want to come over here for another shot all right, so now we're going to stop combating that harsh light but you can obviously we could do we could do a lot with it on we're just going to jump over tio this beautiful thing that's a door thing what is that called it's like a wall with flats on it? Third segment but go ahead. Yeah, ok. Well that's what do you call that sighting we're gonna say citing all right, ready we'll switch up are posing a little bit jump in their sister I'm gonna go right on here yeah good um so now we're not going to combat the lighting so much anymore she's a nice even shade now we can work more imposing expression we not to worry about the minute little things that we had to worry about before and I kind of like this that you're doing with your hair that's working for me and now we'll use the reflector okay and then remember look at where I am in relation tio your your find your light first yeah. All right, I am taking your probably I know I get it. I love ...

how she's looking at you she said not sure what you're gonna dio that's good actually just right there how is wide and high and then just back up a little bit yeah beautiful okay are you back to that she's like I think this look holds and I'm going to hold it that is beautiful all right so we're now in the shade I'm going to be probably a nice oh two hundred um is that coming through okay for you yes try to get ready you just stay there and be awesome yeah that's good okay, so I'm gonna switch my meter ring back tio evaluated her matrix and uh and I like with the exposures I'm getting I'm in a two to I'm at a one three twentieth and I'm at a nice oh two hundred on dh now I'm going to worry about the look you know if anything ever drop that completely look at me denise all right? We have incredible catch light without any sort of additional source of reflection so what I'm gonna do instead is we're going we're going to create a fan all right? So just gonna be kind of the yet there's a light one way you're gonna be like this as you are one hot one thing you're hooked in feet out here yeah that's good and then um kind of dio I like this yeah we're gonna have a little bit of good let's do it right oh, wait for it the wind is coming who pinned is coming any minute now the wind will hit you so good it's going uh oh god as I'm going towards her I'm making sure I increase the f stop number which of course is narrowing my apertura and I have to in tandem switch my shutter speed I like this so to move ever since you can do this I don't always get children that I can kind of pose a bit more but I feel like I can do me a favor like this yeah like this yeah right like this we're going to a nice tight close up ready yousef all holland shut it us shut it on okay wait wait it's going to gross face there as I wait wait hold on father puzzlement okay we're gonna pause the way we're going to a really bright pop up that's the diffuser panel grab be just double it up yeah there you go like that they're going to extreme close that beautiful is it really that comes on up there she is right good. You look so good group try seriously ready a little bit can't do it every now and you're back think of dreaming and clouds and puppies yes that's geared and then just one in this sort of frame it's really tempting to stay up on her but I'm going to jump back and make sure I change the composition so I'm gonna go really wide and then use that kind of split screen composition that I can actually have right here okay and you're going to stay as you are because you look at the list might try this one again really long like this maybe even like that. All right, loosen it up again legs go back to regular yeah, ok like this all right, dude again uh beautiful good that that I'm doing that at a two two which is a little risky but I think we got it you can zoom in on that it's a little soft for my taste I would do it again at a three two ready to try one more time and then I make sure my shutter speeds picked up again let's hold that to show the difference so that shot that I just did terribly cute spin looks really cool but the problem is my shutter speed was lower because I was just sitting still and my aperture was a little larger than I could really get to control so and I'll explain all that a second side by side but I'm just gonna switch my settings make sure I've got a good test. All right? So we're gonna do that again. Let me see it beautiful s o just on the framing of that let's hold those side by side because I think that's pretty impactful um on the first one we were shooting really, really close and can we zoom in on that soft one just a hands so you see how we're soft were bright were at one one sixteen second I'm not going to get her spinning an f two to one sixtieth super sharp unless I'm gonna tripod and everything's in my favor, that is going to be a problem because I went right from shooting those beautiful close ups toe having her move and that that is a normal problem that a lot of portrait drivers have, especially with children, and we switched the other frame and zoom in to see the difference. Now I've got the exposure, right? I've got the eyes sharp, you can see him out just a hair to show it the frame of it. Okay, way. Go in and out, but I want to be able to show, yeah, there you go and then if you could show those side by side, you do a great steal. This is fantastic, okay? All right, but maybe give at least look at the one and then pop the other, I think there's a noticeable difference in terms of obviously exposure and unintentional blur versus the sharpness that we want. All right, good on that exact same scene, I'd probably dropped the shutter speed down to make it slightly slower, and then, uh and we're good that they'll give me a little more exposure back in the scene.

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.