Shoot: Mom & Dad Alone with Child


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Lesson Info

Shoot: Mom & Dad Alone with Child

Let's do mom and the little ones. So, let's... Who wants to go first with mommy? Me! Okay, Allie. Let's let Allie, Anna, 'cause I think you can handle a... We don't want any meltdowns. Okay, so go ahead and pick her up and tummy to tummy like we did earlier, okay? (groans) Okay, good. Like that, yep. (all talking) Okay, snuggle right into her and turn your face towards her like this. You know what, Allie, touch right here, look. Can you touch right here? Can you touch mom's necklace, can you touch right here? Then snuggle right into her cheek. Turn towards her and kinda breathe her in, okay? (camera clicking) Good job. I don't know what's goin' on here. And again, just look right down at her. Allie, look at mommy, honey. Good job. Trying to get her little hands on her neck, but she keeps... Love it, oh my God. I feel like I'm gonna... I'm like doing dancing with this. This is obviously, normally I'm not tied up to something. Put one of your hands on her back. Yeah, and then just la...

y it down right there. I'm gonna turn you towards the light just a teeny bit. (camera clicking) You're so heavy. Okay, is she heavy? Okay, one more thing. So, now let's so something playful. I want you to just spin her around in a circle. Ready, set. Ready, set. Ready, go! (groaning) Perfect. Okay, you can put her down. Alright, cutie, your turn with momma. And this is actually... They tend that, when I say who wants to have a turn with mom, they're like me, me, me. They like this, and I feel like that's what I'm trying to make it is time spent with family, right? So, now we're having time with momma. It's just a fun, intimate, relaxing situation. Okay, so turn towards me like that. Perfect, how did you know I was gonna... Seriously, you guys. Okay, now look right up at her and let your hair... Actually, do a total switch. Yeah, yeah. I like your hair that way, there. (laughing) I like your hair that way. Oh, your hair is so pretty, gorgeous. Gorgeous, yep. Put one of your hands on her cheek right there. Yep, just like that. (camera clicking) Beautiful, now squat down so you can be kinda down with her. Ready, let her go, let her go, and then put your faces right next to each other, okay? So, bring her in. Come close, come like in between her like... (all mumbling) Want her to stand or squat? I want her to stand. Can you kiss momma on her forehead? My forehead. I want hands in here, put your hand up like that. Go ahead and look up at her a little bit more. Perfect, okay. (laughing) Alright, stand up. Okay, I'm gonna put her in front of you like this and just hold on to her like that. Let's get that hair out. And then kind of how you're standing, kind of lean over and... Other side and look at her like that. You stay just like that, yep. Perfect. I like hair, if you can't tell. (laughing) I'm all about the hair. I just think it's such a pretty way... Can I smile? You can smile if you want to. Do you feel like smiling? There. Beautiful, perfect. Okay, hey, Allie. Come give mom a big squeeze, okay? Both of you guys just give mom a hug. You too, Anna, hug momma. Look down at them. Don't look at me. There we go, perfect. Okay. Perfect, alright, you guys can take a little break. (sighs) Okay. So cute. How's it going over here? You guys all awake, we're good? Alright, so here we are. I'm just showing some of the stuff that I do. Mom and child. Okay, so now we're gonna bring dad in and do dad shots. It was pointed out to me that I often turn dads, turn them to the back. I don't know why I do that, but I just... I'm gonna try not to do that today. Okay. (laughing) One of you's gotta go first. Who's it gonna be? I wanna go first. Okay. Come on over, cutie. So, go ahead and pick her up. The same thing, and I want you to do the same thing. I want you to go right into her cheek and sort of just breathe her in, okay? So, just take a nice deep breath. (camera clicking) Good job. Can you put your hand on daddy's face? Does it feel bumpy? Can you put your hand right here? She's looking at the pi... She's distracted by seeing herself over there. Love it, perfect. Allie. Good job. Perfect, okay, let's get Anna in here. Come here, sweetie. Okay, can you pick her up? Yeah, pick her up. Go nose to nose with your daddy, can you do that? (camera clicking) (laughing) Give her... Actually, wrap your arms around his neck and just... Can you lay down on his shoulder? Other side? Other side, yeah. Just like that. Turn towards me like this a little bit. Perfect, and just kind of look towards her. Like yeah, just like that. Pretty girl, and put one of your hands up on her back. Alright, perfect. Okay, we're gettin' through this. We're bangin' them out. (laughing) There it goes. Okay, nice work, guys. I know, are you guys okay? Yeah. Yeah, it's warm in here. (mumbling) So, we have examples just in case the family couldn't deliver, but they could.

Class Description

Stop making excuses for why you’re not calling yourself a photographer and get the tools needed to put yourself out there. Elena Blair is a lifestyle photographer with a six-figure business who started as your “mom with a camera.” With a knack for capturing authentic moments, posing for any age group, and running a business that continues to grow, Elena joins CreativeLive to give you a quick start into building your family photography business. In this jam-packed course you’ll learn:

  • What lifestyle photography is
  • Basics of gear and camera settings
  • Lighting and composition techniques
  • How to shoot with intention
  • Tips for finding your market and connecting with families
  • Posing techniques for a variety of families and age groups
  • Pricing your photo sessions
  • How to work with a 3rd party to help edit your imagery

If you have a love of photography and are tossing around the idea of turning your hobby into a business, this course will give you the confidence to take a chance, believe in yourself, and have the tools needed to be successful.


Julia Khris

Elena is a great presenter. Delivers information in a very fun and engaging way. This course would be good for a beginner photographer. She shares the basics, but unfortunately doesn't quite provide advice on the more tricky questions. She shares a lot about her current state of business (10 years in and making enough profit to afford hiring staff). This is great to know what to aim for, however, it would be more beneficial to hear more about HOW to get to this stage. The main idea that I took from this course is: outsource as many processes as you can. Elena doesn't have a very distinctive style (no offence, but there is a huge competition in the style and editing that she works with), I would love to hear her advice on how to win in such high competition, how to convince clients to choose you and pay higher price tag for an equal quality of work. This is a fairly inexpensive class, so I would recommend it to the beginners, but not to the more experienced photographers.

a Creativelive Student

There was so much that impressed me about Elena's approach to family photography. I have always had difficulty making my clients choose which images to purchase and which would be left behind because their budget didn't allow for more. Thank you for providing me with a different perspective. Elena's methods not only simplify and streamline the entire process but also increase the opportunity to exceed our clients' expectations. This was a fast moving, information rich, and inspiring class that I would highly recommend to anyone considering family photography. Thank you Elena and thank you Creative Live for making it possible for a photographer in NC to have access to such talent!

Megan Hooks

Bravo Elena!! On so many levels. This class is just like Elena herself - small buy mighty! There is so much crammed into one day of content. Every time I have had a chance to learn from Elena, I've been more than impressed that she is so incredibly gracious and giving with her knowledge and experience. She is so confident in her process and her purpose is so clear - to provide a great experience for her lifestyle family photography clients. She has the same purpose and confidence for her education customers as well. This course is a great value and I'd highly recommended it.