Okay okay thank you guys for coming out and sit in the chairs we've got I think it's gonna be a physically moving workshop in the and emotionally emotionally moving but in that we're going to dio some instruction upfront today is gonna be more let's let's let's get through let's get the basis let's nail it let's understand why we're doing what we're doing um and then we're going to going through some live shoots and then doing she's in the studio so I'll get to that in a second this is called a children's posing guy that's what the name of the workshop is but I want to just talk a little bit about the philosophy behind that the course title made sense because that's what people think of when they think of you know want to get a good photograph of a child and I need to figure out how to pose them so they look good etcetera um I on social media have been you know not not by anybody's happy standards have been referring to this as the unfrozen course you know I'm not following the marketi...
ng standards because it really feels a lot more like that it's the idea that yes there are poses but it's the unpardonable makes them work and then we're gonna talk about that at some length today but if you step back a little bit and think of it as light when you're working with light as a photographer or cinematographer, anybody who works with like you understand that light happens on its own you cannot control it gonna pull a parallel here two children you can not control the light, what you can dio is learn a whole lot about how you can harness the light you can use tools to make the light work for you, how you can influence the light as best as possible but if it's going to storm if it's going to rain, if there's weather is crazy weather or it's night you can't control that correct so it's exactly the same with children you cannot control them and nor do you want teo, because if you were to try to force children into something, you're going to lose spirit and you're gonna lose expression and that's part of what I think is so powerful about great shawn's photography. So what you want to do is learn all the tools which is we're going over today about how to influence children as best as possible to move into positions that, you know look good to be well lit to be responsive to be with you. It will be interesting today on our live shoots because kids are going to be walking into a really full set with a bunch of cameras including mine and it's going to be everything we're going to show is going to be emphasize even further because then I have to have that much more influence over the children to be able to get them to respond to what I want but if you think about it that way if you make the parallel between light and children that will hopefully give you an idea of what I'm going for this course and what I'm calling it a gn posing like I can't force it but I can influence it uh all right, so let's talk about the agenda on the first day, which is today we're going to be talking about posing kids versus those who listen that's kind of a nice glass vacation uh we shot a little video where we literally put a mom and her trial next to each other we put a split screen between them like a block so they couldn't see each other and we just I just gave directions posing directions to the mom and then I gave the same does opposing directions to the kid and we're to show what that what that wass then we have the ten steps system behind organic directive posing this is literally everything I do in the order I do it to ensure that when I do that final snap I get what I was going for we haven't urban portrait shoot we went out out here around potrero hill and photographed two little girls running all around the streets try to keep him safe as possible, and we're gonna walk through that and talk about what we did and why and how it worked photo critique says rest mentioned earlier with the photo contest, and we'll have a couple images from you guys, we'll pull him up on into photo shop and say, ok, this is what you got, and this is what I love these little tweaks, khun, turn it into this and then lastly, the in studio shoot, we put together a little bedroom set here in the studio now go over to their we have, I think four models coming in over the over ninety minute period, and we're going to photograph them in a variety of ways mimicking a regular child's bedroom or adult bedroom or just I think I'm making a pretty generic bedroom, so most people could visualize how to use it. Um, tomorrow we're going to kick off with framing and composition and relationship dynamics. I think we've just decided to flip those not that relevant, teo, but that's gonna be walking through the difference between framing and composition and why it matters. And then relationship dynamics is how do you utilize people with the kids to get what you want and how? How do you understand the relationship they have to each other and how that could work in your favor? We're going to do the same thing, a walkthrough of a session that we did in the park. We have two little boys in golden gate park, and it was hey us. So we're going to show you like what a rials shoot is like and what and what you do with it. Uh, we're gonna post process several images from the shoot, pull them into photo shop and talk about starting from scratch. Where do you go? And the idea with this is is it's not a detailed, advanced photoshopped course? It's a how do I simply use very light number of steps to take an image rod of camera into something that I want a present again? Uh, more critiques from the contest and then another in studio portrait session? I believe this one is on the roof. We're going up to the roof here and we're going to utilize it's a big, bright, wide open space, and we're going to utilize reflectors as diffusers and work with what we have, which is very little in the way of props and such. Teo make the best out of anything that most people would stumble across, and I get a lot of this was, I don't wantto. Create an absolutely fabulous shooting space that you're like that's awesome! I don't have that I don't have that and I don't have that we want to make it so that everything here is something that you would normally probably have access to doing a shoot and then a final day we're gonna be doing in studio natural light port sessions we're going to try to show how you work with natural or existing or available light asbestos possible this will be a little bit more of a struggle like I don't have the best light what might what am I doing exactly? Your business scorecard this is going to be very freeform we're gonna knock through everything when when we talk about we're calling it the parking lot that's where we're going to put the questions and we're goingto put them in the appropriate areas but this is built off of what I do in my mentoring sessions I cover certain number of areas about six areas in my mentoring sessions with with other photographers and it's see six areas of everything you want to think of when running a business and including image quality and and what you hand over to the client that's a chunk of it but that's only one chunk of it uh we're gonna this should be pretty funny we're going teo basically try to re create for you the experience of walking into a client's home that when you walk in there, like here you go and you walk in and say, ah, what do I do with this it's? Maybe messy or cluttered or the design looks great for a home, but not for a studio shoot like and how and how do you make sense of that? And I really want to get a dog rescue we could adopt that way. Well, I want a dog, no protection, okay, it's. Time for the little nose and ears. Alright, whatever. Anything, uh, and then so everybody, if you could write in that we definitely a dog for that shoot, maybe a little influence, our producer and they're gonna be all right. Um, and then the contest in the final critique will do the final top three winners of the contest, which has gotten pretty burgeoning, is my understanding. There's been quite a lot of nice entries to that, which is still going to contest still going through when we actually announced the winners and then and the price packs are awesome on that, right? Like really good price packs, and then we'll wrap up.
Children are not professional models, nor even enthusiastic about posing. While children are inherently beautiful, they aren’t naturals at sitting still. This creates a hurdle for photographers attempting to capture the personalities of younger, restless subjects. However, it’s not impossible to get a child to pose for the camera — you just have to speak their language.
After more than ten years of shooting, celebrated children's photographer Tamara Lackey has developed a language for effectively communicating with her younger clients. In this 3-day course, you will learn Tamara’s 10-point system designed to secure gorgeous, expressive images — including her formula for building to “the final shot.”
By the end of this workshop, you’ll be armed with a toolkit of tried-and-true methods easily adaptable to your own style of shooting, transforming your children’s photography practice into a seamless workflow.