The Importance of Family Photography


Children and Family Photography


Lesson Info

The Importance of Family Photography

Lastly, of course is kind of wrapping up our course the importance of family photography that ties in so much the importance of family every single thing you can think about that you find significant about the work you do is tying right back into why all of this is so important you can't really separate yourself when I hear people refer to the families they photographed as their subjects as if it's over here I wonder what impact it's having on their work? Yes, we want to keep some distance so we can study and make sure the lighting's working and the technical settings air there and this and that but the closer you bring them to you in terms of how you perceive them and the way that you feel how they feel about each other and the way you respond accordingly the better your images are the more you feel that instant affinity towards them and you build on that connection, the more powerful the images are that you showcase them and that link is so interchangeable it really can't be somethin...

g that you take for granted to sail camera roll it get do my three clock doing five o'clock two by seven o'clock your image is going to turn around like your three year I've got your seven you've got to work really hard to build that connection one of the reasons that I restructured my business to shoot less and to pay a lot more attention to the clients I was photographing was because I really felt the miss of that every single one of the families we photograph this this last few days I was like I was just starting to know them and it's over that feeling just translate so well to being able to deliver something that really matches that I'm showing the belonging you're hearing that a lot from me but it's because I think it's one of the most powerful things we experience as human beings is the ability to connect to each other and to not feel alone a cz much as we discussed self consciousness and the difference between that and self awareness part of self consciousness where that stemming from the reason we feel uncomfortable or or awkward is because we tend to naturally feel most alone in this world around other people that were not captain to it's a lot easier to feel lonely in a crowded room than it is by yourself just staring out the window with a cup of tea right? You're alone in the one but you're significantly more lonely in the other scenario and the idea of having people that you can count on and connect to is that important for that reason we told you guys were going back to ethiopia to do this project we were told you were going back to visit gabriel thiss the little boy that we're adopting and one of the biggest reasons we were really hesitant to go back is because of already thinking about the end part you know shared pretty candidly leaving last time was just and saying just saying goodbye and just hearing him scream as we finally were like they're probably the ushering us out like you have to go just go and we went in we got in this van and we were like just all a puddle on where we're driving back and it was the weirdest scene we're driving back in a dese I'm trying to hold my kids you know to calm them down and ah lisa our youngest is like we can't just leave him here she's like screaming it over and over again and I'm like I can't take him and as we're passing it's the weirdest thing like an ambulance came up and there was a crazy wreck right there and I turned to stephen like is the whole world pope in town like what is happening is this whole crazy crash of negative awful energy but that that kind of we almost didn't go back to visit this time because I'm already picturing the end and and I and I also know that's not the way to do it the way is to be where you are and appreciate you have and look for all the positives and just keep staying there but the saddest thing for me is leaving and thinking about how. Not only is the family once and leaving him alone, but that you know, as adoption goes, it may never come through on. Did they stay that way? That's also an inspiration to me because I know to better appreciate every single person I meet in terms of how they connect with each other and look for what that is and find it and shoot it. So I would strongly encourage all of you, teo kind of set whatever it is for you heard very clearly what is for me, the ability to connect other field belong to not begin. This world alone is such a powerful thing for me. And if I look for that when it's, the other people I'm going to find, it would encourage you to look for what it is to you that moves you that you really feel it. When you think about that, and how can you find in the people you photograph and make a big difference with your photography? Thank you very much. Appreciate it.

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