Using the Rule of Thirds


Children and Family Photography


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, 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