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Children and Family Photography

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The Importance of Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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58. The Importance of Family Photography


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Day 1

1 Simple Posing: Young Girl 18:36 2 Simple Posing:Young Boy 18:31 3 Group Posing: Two Girls 18:00 4 Backlit Shots: One Girl 08:59 5 Shooting in the Shade 08:24 6 Using the Rule of Thirds 03:35 7 Review of Selected Images 07:21
8 Working with Self Consciousness 09:21 9 Training to Photograph Authentically 19:07 10 Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject 18:07 11 ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model 09:55 12 Stylize and Prep for a Shoot 16:28 13 Simple Family Poses 06:02 14 Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing 08:49 15 Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene 26:33 16 Natural Light and Strobes 24:50 17 Image Review of Family Photos 07:25 18 Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion 16:05 19 Ice Light Demo 08:02 20 Constant Lights Demo 08:38 21 Speedlight Demo 07:18 22 TTL Demo 09:20 23 Reflector Demo 05:25

Day 2

24 Pose Children in a field 16:59 25 Build on your shots 18:41 26 Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field 19:43 27 Capture Splashing in a Lake 20:21 28 Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects 08:13 29 Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot 22:05 30 Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects 17:02 31 Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy 05:47 32 Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination 06:12 33 Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything 05:23 34 Top Tips Q&A 03:50 35 Family poses in a field 22:03 36 Posing: Family of 5 25:33 37 Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field 18:09 38 Posing: Parent/Child Pairings 17:14 39 Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together 19:18 40 Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer 21:16 41 Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs 36:17

Day 3

42 Tamara's Gear: Cameras 08:43 43 Tamara's Gear: Lenses 17:07 44 Tamara's Gear: Accessories 08:26 45 Mylio Demo 26:27 46 Digital Album Design 12:21 47 Sales Prep Process 24:30 48 Photo Review With Client 37:31 49 Selected Images and how to sell them 07:09 50 Closing out the Sale 04:56 51 Professional Photography Pricing 19:23 52 Start Your Business 28:40 53 How to Market Yourself 24:33 54 How to Stay Inspired 02:07 55 Photoshoot Recap 12:31 56 Tamara's Top Tips Recap 12:57 57 Tamara's Tools Recap 19:31 58 The Importance of Family Photography 04:52

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, 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. 


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.