Children and Family Photography

Lesson 34/58 - Top Tips Q&A


Children and Family Photography


Lesson Info

Top Tips Q&A

All right tomorrow well let's do some q and a before we take our next break yes let me know if you have any in the studio yet post production and light room or is it a mixture of different application so nowadays I outsource my production for the most part the bulk of it I send it to photo fatah I have them send them all my cold images so I'll come back with the five hundred images and I'll send them the sixty that I want they set him up in color and black and white send them back to me and then I do all the finishing touches and deliver it to my clients so do the finishing touches I do a mass crop in light room and then pop it out to photo shop and send it or even more and more now I could bring it into my leo which I'll talk about a lot tomorrow on do a ton of it right in the application and pop it out photoshopping light room if I want a swell that was my question is inter cooling process are you cropping is well yeah I don't have to do any crop because I think so as you can see so ...

much of the artistry is in the way you're going to present it yes absolutely for the most part I am very very much of the mindset of I don't want to do mass editing anymore I mean, I just don't I did it for so long I don't have I'm talking about how do you make this job joyful when I'm gonna shoot it's joyful I love it it's about the photography it's about connection it's about the interaction there's no way I'm going to show that as well. If I'm not joyful and having fun too, I just can't take it that well s o I'm to make sure I have a lot of fun too, and when I'm sitting there in mass editing, I can't stand it so as I make it simpler and simpler, simply simply aaron simply ir yeah, let's go with that for myself, and so I'm spending less time. I just do the final touches that really want to do if I could do that quickly in photo shop or in my leo that's what I'm gonna d'oh we're going through my own detail tomorrow, by the way, because I've had a lot of questions about that. Great now you've talked about this camera a good amount, but for a bit below win on this awesome boots too. What do you find to be the parents favorite pictures laughing, smiling, running versus posed quiet, serious, but we were look at everything what could tell you one thing that I that's really common across the board is that the photograph that always gets purchased is the one where the family's all together and they all look good and looking at the camera always like I don't not sell that and it's funny because a lot of photographers resist that we're going to touch on this later today I think it's so significant to find out why you might care so much about photographing families if you can make that shift for yourself you find that those kind of images are no longer hard to dio and and I hear that and I've said that I hear and I have said the comments like I don't want to do the ever look at the camera smile I want to be created that would be fun to be out there, you know, shifting things and mixing it up and delivering something they didn't even know they wanted well, I will do that as much as I want I get to do that a time but I'm going to start out with the base of delivering to them what I know they most want it's going to secure the sail it's going to be something that has actually significantly more meaningful than this staid shot if I can bring out the expressiveness and I can show that connection and the way they belong to each other if I could do that it's going to be more meaningful for everybody and it's maybe something I'm drawn to doing versus I feel like I have to knock out for the client. I am currently drawn to doing that. When we did the lighting demo, it was a little challenging for me because I'm trying to show off with lighting and all I can think about is I just want out, hang out with them. I want to shoot with them. I want to show you howto put them together. But the lighting is kind of a different factor, which is why this is being in the thick of the shoot is to me a lot more of what it's about.

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