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Children and Family Photography

Lesson 21 of 58

Speedlight Demo


Children and Family Photography

Lesson 21 of 58

Speedlight Demo


Lesson Info

Speedlight Demo

The light speed light's pretty straightforward who here is not used to speed light I think a lot of you've used it yes no no who wants their next model there's no option you have to do it okay, good come on up um just to show you a couple things the so the speed like the easiest thing in the world and this is what I do in quite homes all the time is bounced it off a feeling or wall there's two considerations here in this specific space this ceiling is really high and uh it's not going to do well for us this is the kind of feeling you get a lot when you're shooting weddings and you're in bars like we could move over to the brick wall and bounce it against the brick wall that will be helpful I'm going to see um immediate response with the color balance so I'm gonna bounce it against that red wall and I'm gonna get a really red warm light come back that's what you see a lot also in exposed brick kind of locations let's just walk over there and do that for two seconds and then I'm going to...

show you just a simple way tio defuse the light so you just got out lean against that again we're not goingto be crazy about opposing I'm gonna go ahead and switch my white balance to flash just to help mitigate the toning and you feel what amazing wonderful wonderful not a problem I'm bouncing it this way, huh? And then um gonna back up here I'm gonna do two shots but your face is just a chin a little bit more towards me. Okay? Uh whoa started back in my book that's a stain ball like, right? Yeah, that that is a life that is not optimal light were going to explain why in a couple seconds two things one I am right here on this and so what I have is with simulate that flash drop off like you got that tiny little tinny like that pops up on your camera you have a really harsh burst of light and it falls off really quick that's kind of what we're having here is because I'm not giving it much room to balance or fall you can actually watch look at me and watch this light real quick why do that again? I know I'm just making you just get up here and do this watch watch how the light the quick burst of it and what it lights first what it's doing? Do you see how quick burst and it lights right out there so now I'm gonna go back out a little bit too this again you're doing beautifully again we're not working on lighting imposing but it starts becoming more even it really is blasting out my right eye you can see how we're working more towards it what did I tell you what's gonna happen when you bounce it against a red brick wall yeah so you're gonna have to correct for that with white balance while you're shooting but come over here and let's make this a lot easier go ahead and sit on the chair and I would not use an additional bounce of any sort if I had a nice low white ceiling not even low like a simple white feeling that you wouldn't normally find most clients home and that's a lot of what I d'oh is use that to get exactly what we talked about the uh flash under ten thousand um we can throw this guy on just make it really easy and show you what I would use in turning into a soft box and I met a detail mode on camera two whoa no not look that not that I didn't adjust when I moved that's all me that's one hundred percent me leave it up there for a while let's show what not to dio uh that was me okay ready hold on this guy have a little outfit like the copy clothing I talked about you wrap around front that I'm trying to ignore bother doing it I already put it up there okay here we go I love how you're staying with me here this is fabulous a question that had come can you tell us again what that flash bender you what that what that bender is yes this is the I was teasingly calling it the flesh better two thousand it's national the flash bender to um buy robe thank you yes and actually has the ability to use it as a soft backs too about the light you can even use it as a snoot this was introduced to me walk through by my social jess she was showing me all the way she uses it I tend to bounce most of time um but then you can use this to kind of dress it I'm asked does it matter if you use spot meter or matrix etcetera when you're using that because it used oh I usually do that with this scene I'll just follow the same rules you know? So it's kind of what I'm looking at and then um something and just bounce it this little outfit on this is the thing is it let me show you this real quick is it? I realize my box camera it bends so you can bend and sort it and kind of create the situation you want in terms of your lighting um this is probably for me the reason I would put something on is when we're out in the field you guys are going to see that tomorrow and there is nothing to balance again and for the longest time I shot with the mets you guys over the mets flash I shot with the mets flash and the reason for it was again back to simplicity of lighting that had a strip on the front where when you every single time the flashman off a burst of light came out of it freddy met slash fans out there we'll speak to it but what was great about that was that enabled you teo constantly have a pop full flush no matter what you do so I'd be out of the park photographing a family putting it right up into the sky and then have that just like a little burst of light come out and it would mimic phil flash but anybody drove by would be like what is she bouncing again against all right and then daniel do you want to grab the thea other one says we're doing this okay uh the pro photo strobes that we've got a lot going on it's not just me right uh they're all right let's put this little baby back on and I'm just simply again using this as a bounce bure doing so well so patient I really appreciate it all right she's just a hair beautiful miss their ugo um so this would be a nice soft way to wrap it around and get the light you want regardless of what kind of ceiling situation you have

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.