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Children and Family Photography

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Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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32. Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination


Class Trailer

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

Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination

The other one I had mentioned earlier, it was being the destination. Yes, I do the shot me remember couldn't tell if I had it. So this is an image I took recently where I could not get this boy to see stop in any way. You saw a little bit of that with max really fun and so cute and full of life and also on the go thiss little boy was the same way, and so I finally stopped trying to chase him, which, again, is most of what I try to do now is more be the destination on dh make it so there is a point of him coming towards me on this is in a little field in the arboretum, just kind of where a little walkway is, and it is shot where he's center composed, and a lot of the times I will shoot where I'm just getting the moment, and I'll recompose later, in this case, I actually love the center composition, and I thought it was strong and striking, and I kept it one of my favorite parts of the image besides his expression. Is that light shaft coming in front a lot of times, putting the lens hood...

to protect against it, but in this case, to me, it just had this whole feel of his running through the light which kind of match the speed of who he is but one of my favorite shots that I took gosh, I mean, this is like forty five years ago now him running into the gamma, getting as close as he can before he knocks me down. It's a split second, I get before you both go over this's the same thing shot with a thirty five they're racing in, we both go over uh out on a trail. I was not going to get her stopped imposed and and I saw the question actually came in on my twitter someone asked me on twitter, I believe what was what do you do when you can't get them to stop and pose that's ah lot of what I do deal with and this is the idea that's why you're the destination? I'm just going to run with her she's running towards me, I'm running backwards with the camera away from my face like I just showed you on going to get clicks as we go and pernicious was shot with a nikon d seven fifty on dh that what that allowed me to dio also is when we stopped, not when we're shooting, when we stopped switch to a live mode and one of the things that's really cool about the nine hundred seven fifty is the swivel lcd in the back so I could swivel out the thing and actually see from alive you while I was getting clicks we're holding it down here versus just make my best educated guess on dh then pull some that worked s o the night condi said if he has a great camera for that if you really wanna practice holding it away from yourself and getting some cool shots I wouldn't do with motion but when you're in a solid position being a swivel that lcd out and see what you're getting is really nice um again racing in a circle in a cul de sac during fall she's looking up at me and and I'm holding the camera down here I've got her attention on did I get this kind of different look? We're not right on right directly at camera on and shifting around a little bit be the destination this's a beat shoot I did recently where they were just going toe throw themselves at me and hurtle themselves at me as fast as they could I was the destination this warm them up, it got them interested got them excited and then I took my next shot which one of my favorite images I've ever photographed which is this one which I love to me this was you know I started out by being the destination I'm still the destination for her like she she's right there I'm shooting with the phil flash which is why I'm being but the shoot against the sun but still get some catch light in her eyes and he's being ninja warrior jumper going back and forth I try to get them all to jump at the same time in this first shot and then after a few those I give up on that andi I just haven't got at different times and you end up being this really cool layered composition where every kid is being exactly who they are on mom and dad it was hanging so I love that yes came in from susan says oh wow I'm loving this I can see doing this with anyone not just children you're amazing thank you tamara do you use these be the destination techniques or would you suggest those if it was not just children? Very much depends on the personality of the purse I'm photographing s o I think we're going to see it this afternoon we're photographing a mom and her teen daughter I had them basically head towards me, but they had these really cool shoes on we didn't really slowly but it absolutely had couples photographed couples where you're the destination for the most part with adults you don't have to try so hard as you do with toddlers you know it's like everyone's well when I photograph adults like wow, you're just going to do that I didn't really expect that with tom there's you're pulling out all the stops there is there is a behind the scenes shoot I did with nikon that you guys could google if you wanted teo was nikon behind the scenes probably not gonna be on the scene camera lackey toddlers andi it's all about working with very very spirited toddlers who were nowhere close to get a stop for anything on dh what you can pull out of that it's just like a three minute clip showing what you could pull out of that when you cannot stop them enough to get their attention which is a lot of experience I have with others talking about flow and connection with the kids in general are you a t beginning of a shoot? Are you working with them individually like trying to get them to warm up to you and then bring in the whole family and are you starting with family and both? So I usually always start by throwing the whole family together in a pile and clicking and then I'll pull out and do the subgroups and get to know them all individually and by the time it was really is the whole thing by the time we're done with the shoot I'm really like miss you gotta mean it really is genuine but I start by just because every once in a while when they are completely fresh. Those are great shots, most the time when they're warmed up, and you've gotten to know everybody. You're getting the best shots, but you never know all the time. So I definitely want to get to know them all, because I have to respond them all differently. We talked about self consciousness. Being very self conscious for one individual does not manifest the same as it does for another individual, and you have been able to tap into what makes them both comfortable the same time.

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.