Children and Family Photography


Lesson Info

Tamara's Gear: Lenses

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. 


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