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Children and Family Photography

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Top Tips Q&A

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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Lesson Info

34. Top Tips Q&A


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 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, 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.