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Children and Family Photography

Lesson 13 of 58

Simple Family Poses


Children and Family Photography

Lesson 13 of 58

Simple Family Poses


Lesson Info

Simple Family Poses

Now we're ready to actually get photographs taken how do you think he feels for us to have to think about the whole time like terrible right seriously is that when we talk about the joy of photography like this is I'm talking slowly, methodically and building up to it but what we want to do is just remember mary go let's get to the fun part so now we're going to the fun part all right let's scripture and I was like how you're kind of setting something up right there do me a favor and cross at the knees and come to the edge of this apple box thing I'm bringing people to the edge often so whatever we're on a bench or a chair or this apple crate or anything often when people are sitting farther back I'm going to click both just for an example but often when people are sitting farther back it may be physically more comfortable um but this look tends to be a little bit more here we go we can kind of show that with the other one before behind it even if we're not even showing the legs you st...

art seeing that we have a couple things going on here and we're just a little bit at the waist lean forward a little bit the way yeah all right good and then you know I'm going to go fan them we need to wake him up just phantom they're good oh that's actually quite beautiful I love it it is a mad good that looks really pretty it can you see the energy it's not just expression you can see the energy you can see when the life comes back into the eyes I'm going to move that here and now we're going to switch her out of it all right you doing me a favor mckenna and speech completely that way with your back when he gets mommy right and then put your legs on that end of this I love where you were when you kind of came forward a little bit into the waste yes I want to put your arm around here and how old are you you think that long about it okay when you do you ever just lean in on mommy like that and then yes snow globe of their arm your almost nine okay so you didn't want to say because you feel like you've gone past that I get it I like how your hair's coming up like that all right and then lily you're eleven you want to get shot in her out or do you not care um so long as it doesn't bug you if it's in later okay great all right oh I like that I love it out all right we're in and now we're just going to frame this up right here for okay going back going back free mckenna click this louder, good! You got some nice lips across the board. Stop scratching yourself. You're not a puppy in this frame. I'm seeing them getting a clip with a light in it. So I'm gonna move it back of it and then you guys are going to stand up that's the next move ready? One. Tell me a shake, mckenna just shaker likes shaker. Stay with me, girl. All right, good. Let's did not a second the dangers of going through the whole buildup technically, is it exhausting for children to meet? They ever stand up here all the way on top and then all the way on top no, following we'll lift the lights yet. Thank you. You're ready on it. And then you guys were going to come in here and it's cute right in the back and then come this way and that if you're standing here and leaning in, that will give you that is a big tip for posing depending on where the feet are building this whole lean that makes that really will shit. I love that that will really shift things on dh. Now, when you're squeezing on mommy, if you squeeze too much, guess what happens to mommy, you need to not do that, you've got to give her a little bit of a break, I'm gonna go in tighter and then um lily pants you stand closer yeah there you go and then we're gonna do a little bit of air just to wake up uh huh and they are as you're saying there that say nailed it all right that's great if you could fix her hair one more time beauty is amiss and if you see that apple box back there that oh I like that any time you see this when people naturally do this hang onto each other media it's her balance I don't know but what I think is it's all about the way you guys belong to each other and I love that and I want to show that as much as possible all right there ma really you look your path out very good that's great eleven right break very good uh the other thing I don't have to worry about at all with the constant lights is recycle time I mean clinton clinton clinton clinton clinton looking good not that s so you want to do that but I never have to worry about them getting better um thinking back on that last frame yeah and so this is the motion that I want to get to these are the shots I want to take we start out with the bill that simple let's get everybody emotion but let's start putting more energy and care and fun into it that's the whole point of being here anyway

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. 


  1. Simple Posing: Young Girl
  2. Simple Posing:Young Boy
  3. Group Posing: Two Girls
  4. Backlit Shots: One Girl
  5. Shooting in the Shade
  6. Using the Rule of Thirds
  7. Review of Selected Images
  8. Working with Self Consciousness
  9. Training to Photograph Authentically
  10. Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject
  11. ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model
  12. Stylize and Prep for a Shoot
  13. Simple Family Poses
  14. Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing
  15. Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene
  16. Natural Light and Strobes
  17. Image Review of Family Photos
  18. Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion
  19. Ice Light Demo
  20. Constant Lights Demo
  21. Speedlight Demo
  22. TTL Demo
  23. Reflector Demo
  1. Pose Children in a field
  2. Build on your shots
  3. Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field
  4. Capture Splashing in a Lake
  5. Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects
  6. Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot
  7. Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects
  8. Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy
  9. Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination
  10. Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything
  11. Top Tips Q&A
  12. Family poses in a field
  13. Posing: Family of 5
  14. Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field
  15. Posing: Parent/Child Pairings
  16. Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together
  17. Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer
  18. Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs
  1. Tamara's Gear: Cameras
  2. Tamara's Gear: Lenses
  3. Tamara's Gear: Accessories
  4. Mylio Demo
  5. Digital Album Design
  6. Sales Prep Process
  7. Photo Review With Client
  8. Selected Images and how to sell them
  9. Closing out the Sale
  10. Professional Photography Pricing
  11. Start Your Business
  12. How to Market Yourself
  13. How to Stay Inspired
  14. Photoshoot Recap
  15. Tamara's Top Tips Recap
  16. Tamara's Tools Recap
  17. The Importance of Family Photography


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.