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Get Started with Lifestyle Family Photography

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Shoot: Start Standing

Elena S Blair

Get Started with Lifestyle Family Photography

Elena S Blair

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15. Shoot: Start Standing


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1 Class Introduction Duration:10:48
3 Settings for Shoots Duration:10:50
5 Settings Q&A Duration:08:54
6 Why Connection is Important Duration:15:11
7 Connection Q&A Duration:09:36
8 Session Experience Duration:10:43
10 Family Preparation Duration:14:11
12 The Actual Shoot Duration:08:10
14 The Family Session Workflow Duration:07:38
15 Shoot: Start Standing Duration:05:49
16 Shoot: Money Shot & Siblings Duration:05:08
17 Shoot: Time to be Seated Duration:06:41
18 Shoot: Portrait of Each Child Duration:02:09
19 Shoot: Laying Down Duration:04:25
24 Review Images from Shoot Duration:07:17
25 Shoot Q&A Duration:08:23
26 Pricing & Business Strategy Duration:21:15
27 My Editing Strategy Duration:04:54
28 How to Cull Images Duration:03:44
29 Outsourcing Post Production Duration:12:53
30 Image Gallery Delivery Duration:08:42
31 Pricing & Business Q&A Duration:11:00
32 Finalize The Client Experience Duration:05:20

Lesson Info

Shoot: Start Standing

I want you guys to face each other, okay? Get nice and close, all the way. Yeah, there we go, there we go, just like that. Come here, girls. I want you to stand right here, like that, and then can you put your arm around your sister? Yeah, okay. You two look at each other, don't look at me. Allie, you have to look at me. Oh, sorry. Yep, sorry about that. Okay, I have to be... (whispering) Keep lookin, you're doing such a good job. Okay, so I'm gonna back up and I'm gonna take the whole, whole shot here. Let's see. It's weird, being tethered is an interesting experience. (camera clicking) Perfect. Mom and dad, can you give each other a kiss? Alright, look at that. Amazing. Now, I always come in, Allie, you can relax, and get all of the different details that are within one pose. So, you can get a ton of shots in one pose. So, this is super cute, what's happening here. So you don't wanna miss that, right? So, let me kinda... (camera clicking) Anna, can you give Allie a kiss on the he...

ad? Oh, good job. Perfect, yeah. Just look right down at them like that, you guys. Wonderful, alright. That was easy, good job. Hold that for me for a second. Okay, alright, we're gonna change. Normally, I wouldn't put my camera down. Okay, just trying to be real with how I do this. Alright, do you wanna hop on dad's shoulders? Mm, yeah, yeah, yeah! Okay, alright. So, she's gonna... Let's get the little one on your shoulders. Okay. (laughing) How cute is she? Alright, so face each other. Don't grab my hair. Face each other again. Turn, turn like this. Oh, face, sorry. You're good, and then you're gonna come over this way and you're gonna hold momma's hand like this, and then we're gonna spread you out, okay? Okay, so again, I'm gonna... I love to do this because it kind of... We've got these different, different dimensions. We're getting high and low like that, but look how their bodies are apart. So, I'm gonna say get real close. Yup, just like that, and actually bend your knee into his leg. Yeah, just like that. Nope, the other one, yeah. Just like that, and then Anna, look up at your momma. Look down... Marcie, look at Anna. Now don't look at me, dad. Look at them, look at your beautiful wife. Perfect. (camera clicking) Okay, now Allie, can you give momma a kiss? Yeah, I will. Let's see. Can you do it? Perfect. Good job, guys, that was a good kiss. (laughing) I like that. Amazing. See, as the moments are happening you just gotta keep... You got shoot through all those. Can you see yourself up there? Okay, you can bring her down. Okay, is that okay? I can just leave it right there. Okay, so let's do a couple... I'm gonna take your hat off. Okay. Even though it's so cute. It's okay, she's good. Okay, so now I'm gonna have momma pick this one up. Pick her up and have her tummy to tummy with you, okay? (all talking and groaning) Come this way, turn this way, ready? And then, Trevor, you're gonna come from behind. Allie, loosen up for a second, girl. We're gonna let daddy in here. You're gonna wrap your arms around her chest like this. Like this? Yep, perfect. Come right here and give them a big hug, okay? Squeeze. If you can, bring your body around like this and then you're gonna kiss her right on her cheek right there. Kinda snuggle into Marcie's temple, and Marcie, don't look at me, look at Allie, okay? (camera clicking) Allie, look at your momma. Look at your mommy, can you go nose to nose with her? See, when they're looking at you like that, just ask them not to look at you. Okay, someone was asking me what I do when I'm short. Okay, keep doing it, snuggle right in. And usually one of those will work. (laughing) Good job, perfect. Okay, that is... You guys are doing great. So easy, okay. So, a good standing pose that you can do that is... If they weren't... They're killing it, they're totally okay with being intimate like this, but we can ask them all to stand in a line and to hold hands, okay, girls? Everyone hold hands, and you know... So, this is what you see commonly and it's a pretty stale pose, right? They're just like... But what we're gonna do is we're gonna embarrass them and we're gonna make them dance. So, you guys dance, but while you're dancing, don't look at me, look at each other, okay? (laughing) (camera clicking) Remember I was talking about fast shutter speed? This is why, alright? And I probably am missing... This tether is falling down my camera. Perfect. Okay, freeze, freeze. Okay, now guys, hold hands again. I'm missing it. Hold hands and look at each other, okay? Can you guys look at each other? (camera clicking) Good job. Allie, where's daddy? Perfect. Alright, nice work, you guys. Okay, so I'm gonna stop with standing poses now. I'm not gonna do anymore. We could go on and on, they're doing amazing, right? Can we go back to my keynote, guys, for a sec? Yeah, okay. So, just giving some examples in case they couldn't execute, which they were amazing so we don't have to worry about that, but here's me doing the same. Now you're gonna seeI do the same thing. I am old dog, I do the same thing over and over.

Class Description

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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.


Armstrong Su

is super knowledgable, yet down-to-earth and relatable. I love how he explains the exact gear he uses but also describes ways to accomplish the same look using DIY and less expensive alternatives. The segment where he demos a live shoot in multiple, difficult lighting situations is worth the cost of the class alone! Bonus: He's super funny. He could probably double as a comedian on the side, but I digress. This class was informative, funny, and very practical for any photographer that wants to increase their profit and expand their business into the professional world. He gives all his prices and workflows so you can get up and running in 2 days! :) Awesome class overall, and it's a great sequel to his professional headshot class (which I also bought and loved.)

Sandra Kay Hayes

I am totally in tears watching this, and think that every person going into Photography should watch these. She is a great teacher, and helps us to understand our "why" so much better. I also LOVE that she helps one feel confident with the non-perfect, (or so called) shots, Thank you so much for giving me more confidence to shot what I love and not worry about "rules!!". Best class I've taken I will recommend her to every group I am in!!!

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.