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Family Group Posing

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Review Images from Shoot

Vicki Taufer

Family Group Posing

Vicki Taufer

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6. Review Images from Shoot


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1 Class Introduction Duration:09:12
2 Favorite Family Group Poses Duration:12:45
3 Plan the Photo Shoot Duration:04:08
6 Review Images from Shoot Duration:04:37
8 Family of Three Shoot Recap Duration:10:05

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Review Images from Shoot

When I'm shooting in the studio, I mean just obviously, this is not my studio, this is amazing. A couple things, the window, I'm probably shooting a little bit higher ISO than I typically would with my window light. It'll be fine. But I think I was more like five or six hundred ISO, which in my camera room, typically, I'm probably closer to like 200, maybe up to 400 ISO. So they'll be a little bit grainier, but I know the point is really showing the posing, and what we're doing. So I knew kind of going into this that we were talking about doing probably more up close. But maybe one of the things when they come back in, we'll also do is try some of the feet shots. Maybe I could see her in hands, like holding mom and dad's hands with the background, or sitting at their feet. Yeah, usually my clients are probably pulled about, yeah that four or five feet off of the background. Everybody shoots things differently. Like with a background like this, I do have a few wrinkles and things in the...

re. More of the backgrounds I typically am shooting with are canvas that are on rollers that come down flat, or they're a little more stretchy that I will clamp them on the sides. This bothers some people, some people it doesn't. That's just a really a personal preference. Most of these, I'm envisioning honestly, cropped in more up close, maybe black and white. Really just simple, simple. Some of these, yep, just shooting is happening, So I think, were these some of the ones at the beginning? Yep, so if you go to the beginning, it was definitely a little more like stiff, you know dad's arms were like by his side. Then that's where, you know as we progress on, I was talking to him, like bring your hands around a little bit more with mama. Yep, and I can't tell, are we getting any glass glare on those? Cause what's cool, if we are, we're not, okay. Cause one of the things, this is something to address too, so when clients do come in with glasses, I'm sure you guys get that question from your clients like, "Should I wear them, should I not wear them?" And my answer always is if that's what you wear, if that is you, like absolutely, I want you to have them on. If it's a toss up and we're really getting glare, I may have them take them off. The cool thing I want you guys to see in the last segment with my husband is that, if we don't get any images that show glare, he's got an image he'll pull up how we actually can correct that really easily, which is awesome, cause I know we all probably run into that some times. Yeah obviously. So some of the things I used, I didn't talk about. So I have on hand, and this'll come in handy with the dogs too. The dog that's coming today is massive. I'm a little bit afraid, like if I do this, it's gonna tackle me. But I do use squeakers, and those will be some of the little tricks. Some of the things probably not as age-appropriate. The whole, "Don't let your dad tickle me", or do something, you know when he was putting something on my head. Usually that age of maybe, like three to seven or eight think that's pretty funny. She was, I think a little more freaked out, "What's going on?" The squeaking thing kind of worked, and I do that a lot. The downside is obviously what just happened, she kept then trying to like squeak her own nose. But then we got that kinda taken care of. So I love that. A lot of times, I don't do a lot of like, "Oo, mom and dad like kiss fine." I like it a lot more when it's like their heads are close. So I'll just say, "Put your foreheads together", or "Put your noses together." And then that's one of those is when switched to a little bit of a shallower depth of field so that when we pull those images up, they'll purposefully be a little more out of focus, and the focus on the little one. One of the other words, there's a couple things I find myself saying a lot to my clients. (laughing) And it's the quiet smile, so like people struggle sometimes with like, "Cheese, say cheese!" That was starting to happen and so sometimes clients will do that, and parents will be like, "Say cheese, say cheese!" I'm like, "Oh, that's not really the look I'm going for." So a couple ways I actually address that is I put the parents to work. So even, like I did that with dad, if sometimes parents are getting maybe too involved, or I think it's better if they're not right there, they're holding the reflector, they are like engaging with whatever you're doing, like throwing the stuffed animal or helping with the squeaker, doing something that kind of just is involving them a little bit more.

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!)

Marla GIbson

It was true to life and yes, a bit chaotic. But I enjoyed it, it shows the work that often does go into a session with all the multitasking. I got some great ideas for poses, and learned some new way to interact with younger children. Thank you for a honest session and not a perfect planned one.


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!