Meet Three Person Family for Shoot


Family Group Posing


Lesson Info

Meet Three Person Family for Shoot

That brings us to the photo shoot. And so what we're gonna do initially, I'm gonna get some of my gear. And we're gonna shoot over here with window light and some of these Larson reflectors, which I'll talk about a little bit later. We get 'em from a company called SweetLight and that's where we also get our Larson soft boxes we'll be using later in the other camera room and these reflectors. But we're just gonna be using the natural window light and these reflectors and some posing stools, keeping this very simple. Mom, Dad and one-and-a-half-year-old. And then that's where we'll progress the next shoot into adding the other siblings, and then the dog, then multi-generational. So, I'm gonna get my gear and stuff together. We can keep chatting while I'm doing that. I can show you some things. This I love. Do any of you guys have Spider holsters? Like, best investment I have made in years. I actually, over 20 years of shooting, could barely raise this arm up. It just is what happens car...

rying a heavy camera around. This is what I have on me all the time, all shoots. It gives me a safe place to set my camera. Which, I'm shooting Canon, I've got the 5D Mark III. But it just locks in right there. And I'm really a one-camera shooter, I don't shoot weddings for the most part. But I do have a spot, that if i needed two cameras, that I could do that as well as a little pocket that could even hold up to the 70 to 200 mm lens, my phone, other little things that I might use for a session. So I would say I typically would use the 70 to 200 lens when I'm shooting, or today I've got the length that I'm shooting, I've got my 85 one too. So first we'll bring the family in and do a little bit of demoing where I can talk to you. I'm not gonna shoot right away, just kinda talk to you about some of the things that I'm doing and why. And then we will go from there. Hi, Sophie! Here are our beautiful models. This is Sophie. And it's Chris and--. Keomi. Keomi. How old are you, Keomi? Almost two. Did you bring your puppy with you today? Is your puppy here? I know, what are you looking at? (baby talk) Oh, do you see coffee? You see coffee. Awesome. So I think, what I'm gonna do, let's bring you guys over this way. I'm gonna move a few things around. In fact, I'm actually gonna take my camera off for this first part. So you guys, yup, can hang out here for a second. So obviously we've got this window light coming in through the left side. I guess camera left. And then we've got these reflectors, which will be bouncing the light back. And so we've got this super shiny one, which I'm gonna use to separate the subjects from the background. You guys are actually gonna come up, yup, this background's gonna be--. These first ones are gonna be more up close. I love how you guys just are right there. And, oh, yup. Oh, that's okay, no, we're good. We're gonna roll with this and I might even just start shooting. She's doing good. I mean this is as simple as my setup is, honestly, in this type of a lighting scenario. Let me grab my camera. Awesome. And you know what, I do use a light meter. I will use the camera metering on location sometimes, but when I'm in a controlled lighting scenario, it makes the culling and editing process a lot easier to just have my camera set. So in this scenario I'm gonna be shooting at 1/25 at f4.

Class Description

Taking a great portrait of one person can be a challenge, but how do you capture an entire family looking their most authentic selves? Well-known family and children photographer Vicki Taufer will show you how to focus on the relationships and keep your clients relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.

Vicki will show you:

  • What props and gear you should have on hand to bring out the best in your group posing
  • How to shoot with natural light as well as in the studio, and what lighting you’ll need to highlight all group sizes
  • How to make your clients feel comfortable before the shoot to get authentic images
  • The most efficient workflow to make your post-processing work for you

Whether it’s a group of children with pets or the extended family with grandparents and cousins, Vicki will give you the confidence to tackle any situation and provide your client with images that they’ll want to purchase and hang on their walls for years to come.


DOlores RUsso

All I have to say is - Vicki you are a saint. To handle four kids, dog and their parents too, not to mention a class of students watching...AND YOU'RE TAKING PHOTOS, GOOD ONES!! All I know is, I could not handle that as you have even though I was a teacher for 25 years (K-12, all of them) - and wonderful people like you are far and few between. May you stay healthy and happy and continue interacting with kids and parents - you really have a talent! (I had to turn the sound off on the vid because it was driving me crazy,, with kids, dog, etc etc!)


Fantastic posing class, loved watching Vicki in action. There are so many little things she said to the families she was photographing that really made all of the difference. Jed's product template creation and backend streamlining segment was great too!

Elizabeth Harrigan

I absolutely loved the course!!! The teacher was extremely engaging, so much so, I lost track of time... I learned more from this course than any other I have subscribed to. Both Vicki and her husband are positive and passionate in their delivery. They also have developed a level of expertise and a passion to share their knowledge honestly. It wasn't about ego, but rather, a genuine helpful attitude, which was so refreshing!