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Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing

Tamara Lackey

Children and Family Photography

Tamara Lackey

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14. Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing


Class Trailer

Day 1


Simple Posing: Young Girl


Simple Posing:Young Boy


Group Posing: Two Girls


Backlit Shots: One Girl


Shooting in the Shade


Using the Rule of Thirds


Review of Selected Images


Working with Self Consciousness


Training to Photograph Authentically


Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject


ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model


Stylize and Prep for a Shoot


Simple Family Poses


Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing


Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene


Natural Light and Strobes


Image Review of Family Photos


Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion


Ice Light Demo


Constant Lights Demo


Speedlight Demo


TTL Demo


Reflector Demo


Day 2


Pose Children in a field


Build on your shots


Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field


Capture Splashing in a Lake


Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects


Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot


Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects


Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy


Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination


Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything


Top Tips Q&A


Family poses in a field


Posing: Family of 5


Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field


Posing: Parent/Child Pairings


Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together


Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer


Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs


Day 3


Tamara's Gear: Cameras


Tamara's Gear: Lenses


Tamara's Gear: Accessories


Mylio Demo


Digital Album Design


Sales Prep Process


Photo Review With Client


Selected Images and how to sell them


Closing out the Sale


Professional Photography Pricing


Start Your Business


How to Market Yourself


How to Stay Inspired


Photoshoot Recap


Tamara's Top Tips Recap


Tamara's Tools Recap


The Importance of Family Photography


Lesson Info

Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing

All right, let's, keep being fun, shall we say? All right, let's, jump off this when I moved out of the way, I'm going to go in this way. I'm going to play with these ridiculously cool suitcases. We have this backdrop. I don't necessarily want to highlight the backdrop. It's. Just not really the style that I shoot in or show what gets you real time. So the way I minimize the backdrop is just just shoot pretty far away from it. And what shall it up the field, right? Yeah. I mean, I was dropped. We'll try something with just a little suitcase. You want to hear this one, but it right here and then we're gonna have that is so good. And we have one for everybody's flies. So that's a mama suitcase, and that is going to be a mccain isi case. And that is gonna be, I think, uh, lily suitcase let's see? Let's. See what kind of adding on we have to d'oh. Okay, so you're gonna go here? We're going to make these a little bit more like styled, right? So you're gonna be like that to me, right? And th...

en you're going to be like this, right, you down with this? And then also good everybody around but this is just setting up with the initial post and then doing simple shifts to make it work I think people put a lot of pressure to get like the perfect pose right away and I'm always building towards it all right? So I'm shooting this way and we're going to move the suitcases a lot closer if you don't mind skewed classes together yeah, with the ability tio worker in the courts if we have ability tio wide in the post on that backdrop for speech it over that would be fine with balletic yeah if that's doable if not, don't worry about it we can do around that that's our topic yeah take our shoes definitely I think everybody should go barefoot what you think? Yeah that's good, I love it all right? I'm not gonna worry terribly much about it, ben all right, you know what? I think this looks great um little tips so we're going to try to kind of usually avoid that, um you have, like, a perfect feet. We're going to sketch that in a little bit and then just yet more like that and then we're going to choose your suitcase here back there good and then you're going toe not leave so far back away from me and then little remember we're going to this yeah, good and then the same thing but you're stretching towards me yes and then you're leaning in towards yeah, there we go and you want air don't you could feel it all over you and your bare feet. Okay, good. So this is where we going to start and then we're going to shift it as we go I'm gonna move in, move you closer I can go in there I love that good as a moving and I'm gonna have to keep shifting my aperture didn't favor squish faces like that do you see how so your face lily was back a little bit and your faces were in front and you guys moved over here. Do you see that? That concern with one child looking back in the two in front is that the front of your being focused in the back is going to be out of focus or vice versa. That something we just want to have a little bit of caution about way have an actual fan here. Yeah. How do you get that right? I'm just petting you. Uh do you mind? Do you mind? Do you mind if I have had your hair all right and then we're going to just put a little bit of air on the situation, right? Yeah, I got a little bit of warm over here which is why I think the fanis so reflect that is gorgeous I love the way you guys just keep doing this there that's it you could stay how you want oh okay good good good do you see mckenna's I can you get it before you lose it in the socket don't lose your eyeball there we go and actually when you're shooting like this with this kind of shalit up the field you can kind of keep moving and as long as you're moving with the reflector and watching the catch light you say we lose it mckenna's eye a little bit which want to pop it back yeah we can keep going like this oh that's okay I love that you got a beautiful all right any questions as we're building yeah deliveries light meter or do you know I mean I used to actually so I've been shooting professionally twelve and a half years and when I first started I would really get into like this and that and then you move a little forward and have to just a ratio and look a little bit back on dh that's very difficult for me it is so much easier for me to shoot where there's no limit so we're just going even this is difficult for me because we're trying to stay in a certain frame eso in general I light meter I don't necessarily need it anymore especially when I have the tcl it's a measure for the constant light that shows me exactly why I'm gonna have if I were doing that's actually great on that nice I'm so happy with that s so I'm not using that anymore that being said, if I were doing a different type of shooting, I'd probably want to use it a lot, but with style I'm doing, I don't and that brings up a great point. I know a lot of people feel like they have to do a certain style of shooting or they have to use a certain tool because everybody else does it seems to be the one you have to use andi in general, I'm a big fan of, like, use the one that you wouldn't actually using it feels good and works for what you do only doing this to try to pick up whatever else is doing because that could be overwhelming with this well that's gonna feel that nicer, huh? Very nice. I like this suppose you that all right, let's jump this off for a second and then, um let's move right on here. Yeah, like that and then live it. You can sit right on the ground, lean up against this with your arm on it there that is all right and we're like this house that feels that feel good, you feel like you're getting cooler all right, let's do one more shot like this and then let's get you guys ready for your outside shootings that sound good. Ok, so how about you come right in there that seems like that it feel better for you. Good. Here we go. Oh, my gosh, that light that, uh, you know, I just feel so nice doesn't it? And then my back up a little bit do me a favor back up because I'm going to keep them exactly in this configuration I'm going to open increase my f stop, which basically means I'm going to narrow my field, the focus because the cat is pretty far back there no she's coming in, they're good. All right, you guys go outside, take a break on, we're going to set for our next family thing. Next family shoot the heat. We're losing a little bit. Yeah, ok. And our next family were other here. Hey, we're going to some good family conversations about the act of being photographed. Yeah, all right, so we're gonna go move over the lights and we're going to do basically what we would do with a client's home. We're going to photograph exactly how a photograph in a client's home, which is one of the first things I will do is clear out the room as much as possible grab a nice couch or set of chairs, take things off the walls and set up a little bit of a studio. Some wonder what I'm doing right here and that's. Something that's. Just a matter of asking if it's. Okay.

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. 

Class Materials

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Children and Family Photography Syllabus

Adoption Myths and FAQs

Tamara Lackey Photographing Eyes in Portraits

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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.