Children and Family Photography


Children and 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, 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