Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything


Children and Family Photography


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Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything

Last tip mix it up very everything very everything so every time I've got a shot the reason I'm constantly moving is I think the most interesting collection of portrait's are ones where there's a quite a variety across the board it's hard to deliver an animal a slide show I deliver every one of my sessions via an emoto but every single time I dio a slide show it's going to be delivered cash it takes me about six minutes to put together which is awesome but it's like sixty seventy images and it's really hard to deliver and a motive slide show where it's just variations of the same boast like that's not a lot of emotion there like same clothes everything but if you have a whole story where you have this ark your indoor you're out there you're different outfit you're on the ground you're running you're playing by the time you're done with an entire very session and you're delivering that took line it's interesting it's captivating it's a lot more emotional andi I want to deliver a collect...

ion of images that way so a couple examples this is or in the woods this is on she's a senior and were photographing her saw the sliver of light coming through this is the shot as it would be normally in the camera this's about how the day went but I saw sliver of light that number had won a block but I moved her into it and then I just did my settings so that I would s o that I would I can actually tell you the setting differences can't I? Yes, I can. All right. So, um the only difference between these two shots are my settings and one's black and white ones color but there's not a lot of difference and photoshopped to these it just happens to be that guy had his hard light coming through that I used and then I had this natural even lighting that I used in this image is a shot with a nine hundred, eight hundred eighty five one four lens at one one twenty fifth of a second f three two and s o six forty with this shot, I'm now switching it up tio eh? I eso won sixty because she now have moved in this big, bright, shocked delight, right? So I've dropped my ass so down to one sixty mm f four five and about one, two hundred of a second. So, um mimicking like what I would use in a hard light in the studio but use using an outdoors these air back to back shots, but they're really different they're different fields and everything it just has to do with how you're lighting it with natural light on dh how you're presenting it um beautiful little girl that I have photographs and she was a crazy little toddler love her same exact shot we've got her up against these sort of those azaleas. I don't know what a culture I just eat plants don't name them eso we've got her like this and she's just kind of position yourself just kind of a cute, sweet look on dh, then a moment later, she's thinking about something, right? But to me, these two shots are very different, they're processed a little differently, they feel very different and I am not gonna have my client try to decide between the two of these necessarily because they're just so different, they're just kind of different looks and feels the same thing just a little bit of a variety she's just laying there, waiting for me to set up putting the lights together and then I'm just going to move back, change the lens and shoot again. So even though these air right next to each other, they're different feels this one's going to be delivered in black and white and be kind of dreamy, you know, this was going to be fun and silly and color outside on a shoot little girl in the sunlight, really fun, three shots in a row within seconds of each other, we've got this, we've got this, we've got this so what I'm doing is we're not doing these big, dramatic things. Thes they're tiny little shifts as we go, but we're adding a lot of variety in the chute that teen I think I showed you earlier. This is us getting ready. This is her just kind of closing your eyes and as a moving things around this's the image she wants, this is them. Did her parents want, you know, a break? Clean color, full face that's, my girl, that kind of difference out in getting the kids ready. It is a little about me down there getting the kids ready to do a shoot, putting them on a very high wall with a net behind them. There was a net behind them. Uh, is very high wallop here and then just doing nothing else. But changing the lens starts changing the focusing, stepping in closer and changing the lens again. This combination is super common for may. I go really far back, I go closer and change lens. I go closer and change lens and I've got a good amount of variety in a really easy kind of step. Step step, lastly, is have a whole family here. This is beautiful, whole family shot. We've got them up against this kind of dark light, so we've got some light coming behind them, so it's not all swallowed up. They let the kids go, the kids run around behind, and I turn and look at a whole different shot, which is just cracks me up. But you're looking for these things, right? You're mixing it up, you're adding a lot of variety. I'm not gonna have them choose between this in this, because they're just totally different.

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