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Children and Family Photography

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Using the Rule of Thirds

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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Lesson Info

6. Using the Rule of Thirds


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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

Using the Rule of Thirds

Okay let's try it ready we're gonna come over here and do something fun all right? Come on up here and then we're going to change our angle a little bit we've been doing a lot of straight on shooting I really prefer to kind of mix it up a little bit in terms of the way we're going to shoot so we're gonna come at it from a bit of a side if I could get the reflector that would be great um so we're going to try something like this where you're going tohave lean your shoulders back put your legs at your feet out here to make sure this door is shot if I can shut it all right and then what? I mean, by the way when I say we're doing a lot of straight on is literally just facing the subjects facing me versus mixing out and shooting from the sides and see what we can get from a different look ok let's see if you can look back towards my way oh no did you leave us again? Okay, so I already know with this beautiful boy that that when I am hiding behind the camera I have to show him there's a huma...

n being here, huh? Step one step forward yeah, that is your step isn't right and then you're going to lean just across here, right so you like that yeah, we go and relax your hat because your hats awesome I squished your hat don't schools your hood there yeah you were just looking at me I would grab a little bit I catch like that. Excellent love this smile don't you love it so here I am working on changing at the composition obviously leading in a little bit we're going tio go out from this wall and lead right in you go ahead and lean on the door jam like this see appear crush arms yeah and I'm going to go ahead and have it come right in let's pop that light up just a little bit more every time I take the camera away you getting out okay seo ok, I'll go off and on again right away don't do anything you look amazing arms crossed again let's do overtime let's see, I think that might work I'm feeling lucky about that shot stand by there it is there it is beautiful so you can see I'm going to actually make a point of putting him on the outer side the upper right hand side like the rule of thirds and leaning and leading in with this wall and then I get him to see I'm here as a human being it is a huge difference you like humanity, don't you? Yeah beautiful gorgeous I love that

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.