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Lifestyle Family Photography

Lesson 24 of 31

Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images


Lifestyle Family Photography

Lesson 24 of 31

Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images


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Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images

Let's go ahead and show you guys, let's do one, okay? With something like this, let's show you the regular way to edit. I'd pull up the exposure a little bit, right, same as you did in Photoshop. Get the curves, pull the curves up a little bit, maybe move the shadows done a little bit just for fun purposes. Let's get some matte finish, okay. Nothing different than Photoshop. The exact same thing in Photoshop, we can do in Lightroom, okay. So, I'm not gonna even go through all that again. If we were gonna batch edit these, here's the beauty. This is the beautiful light set, see there's airy film. So, there's one. So, what I do for those of you who don't use Lightroom you're gonna want to. You take this, you highlight all of these. This is still set up a little bit differently than mine, but that's okay. And we're gonna sync it. You hit sync, sync, bam. All of them are done, with one click, okay. We can change it up a little bit like this one that I would probably go ahead and brighten a...

little bit. I'm gonna reset these just to do it again, individually. Okay. So, that's how I batch edit in Lightroom. And I'll go through each image and I'll crop it if I need to, you know. Here's the crop tool. Which I'll need to do this. 'Cause see the ceiling's crooked. Um, just because where the dog was, I'll crop it, pull it over and compositionally fix this image. Turn that part off. Unless you're into that. Okay, so there's that one. Let's do another one. We were doing, what we're doing, filming matte? And there, that's too much pink for me. So, what I would do is come down into this hue saturation, same thing as Photoshop. And get rid of some of that pink, okay. And pull that exposure down a little bit. That's just too much, okay. So, I'm very, very simple with my editting. Let's show a back lit image, okay. For something like this, I'm gonna wanna add matte finish. I just love the matte finish look. So, that's straight out of camera with images that are back lit. It's just, I love it. So, let's do it by hand first. Okay. One new thing I'm gonna do, curves, okay. Pull that midtown up. Pull the pop down a little bit. Move the shadows a tiny bit down. Then, I'm gonna go ahead and pull up that sidebar for some matte finish, okay. Then, I might pull the exposure up. Something like this, we may wanna pull down your highlights and increase them shadows if you wanted to. Brighten them up a little bit. And that's probably all I would do for that. Okay, super simple. I might do a uh, there's some matte finished ones in here. Let's do the light matte. Okay, there's light matte. I'll show you before and after. Everything I do, you guys, I have set in here. You can see the difference, light matte. It's hard to see this little I think. Let's reset it. Okay. Here we go, light matte plus contrast. See the difference? Yeah, it pops out the highlights in the back, okay. So, that's kinda similar to what I did. We have some contrast. So, we can do, with these kind of images it is good to bring out some contrast, 'cause it really pulls the highlights out and pull up your exposure and your contrast if you're doing that, okay. All I did just then, pulled up exposure pulled up contrast. So, let me show you it again. Pulled up exposure, pull up contrast, okay. That's almost enough for that image. You don't need to edit a lot. Like the whole goal of editing is to not make your life miserable. I mean, you know, you want to make it pretty and you want it to pop and you want a regular image that looks kind of boring to even have some umpf to it. You know, like kinda when you add fun clothing to a picture. So like same with one. Like this is a really cute image. It needs to be cropped down a little bit, for visual, you know, for compositional purposes to make it feel better to the viewers eye, obviously. But it needs something, right. There's a million, I have a lot of things. All of these are created for how I shoot. But, and you don't need, you don't need this set, but you know, they need some contrast, they need some exposure fixes, they need some curves. You know, maybe a little bit of hue saturation fixing. That's it, you don't need to go crazy with your editing. As long as you can get it done pretty well on camera. So, I like that. That's brushed filmed. That's for the beautiful lights set. It just gives everything a little bit of umpf, right? Have any questions on Lightroom? It was so simple, nothing drastic. Why don't you change it in the hue and move the yellow slider instead of switching the tint? Up top? Yeah. You can do that too. I just like the tones better in the hue saturation layer then the greens and the magentas. And it pulls skin better down here in my opinion. Yeah, 'cause then it just focuses on the yellow. So, like it was really the yellow changing and not the green and the purple. So, to our eye it looks like green, but when we add pink, see look at this, so we add pink to yellow and it actually fixes the green a little bit. It's kinda weird. It doesn't really logically make sense. So, the only way It, just works. Changing it to yellow. Just yellow. Okay. Mm-hmm. Are these your presets Yes. that you have in there? Beautiful and the clean Lightroom set, yeah. And they're bundled too. Actually beautiful light we just decided to launch today. It used to be for all my workshop people only. Oh. So, it's out there. Alright. Now open. Anyone edit in Lightroom? I'm very simple with my editing, you guys. And it's because I shoot and count it. My color tones are kinda where I want 'em. You know, so I'm not doing a lot of fixing. That's why I shoot in JPEG, you know. Actually, I could shoot in raw now that I'm back in Lightroom again, but I'm kinda simple like that. Easy is good. So, I typically edit in Lightroom. Depending on, you know, sometimes I'll pull it into Photoshop if there's an action set by somebody that I love and I wanna certain look for. I'll pull it in Photoshop for some of the city shoot type things. Typically, I'm in Lightroom, because I'm batching. I can edit like I said in about an hour and a half. It takes me a good hour and a half to cull it though too. 'Cause I'm really, really focusing in on what did the parents want. What images did they get? Making sure that we really got their shot list. So I take time culling. And that's important to do. And I probably could go quicker with culling, but I fell in love with all these images. So, I make one cull and then I do it again. But, I know that I've made up time, because I'm batch editing in Lightroom. So, it's okay with me. Move to Photoshop if you need to do any patch tool stuff. I don't like doing all that Lightroom. It's natural for me and you can do some of it. I'm just a Photoshop, you know, person from back in the day. So, I need to do all of my bigger edits in Photoshop. So, I'll save it in Lightroom, I'll export it and I say Lightroom edits. And then, I'll go through my layer minutes. Like, do I need any touch ups, skin touch-ups, anything else that I can do in Photoshop. Then I'll pull in Photoshop. Then I'll save it, okay. When you're exporting from Lightroom make sure that you're putting on there a hundred percent you're, you know, 300 DPI. Don't shrink your images. What's going to happen is your clients aren't gonna be able to print them, large. I made that mistake one time. And I do strive to keep everything looking similar. Okay, so that their galleries do match. Not the same action or preset, but if I use the beautiful light in the clean action set they all match each other, you know. They're all the same color tones. Some have deeper matte finishes for certain images than back lit images. Some have that filmy look, just 'cause I'm obsessed with film right now. So, I'll use that for a lot. You know, it's kind of depends on my mood and the families. You know, what they like, okay. And there's black and whites and they're all used for different things.

Class Description

  • Capture authentic lifestyle family images
  • Plan for a successful lifestyle session
  • Create genuine interactions even with the littlest family members -- and pets
  • Edit for beautiful skin tones and stunning portraits
  • Build a successful lifestyle photography business


If you're looking for a portrait photography class to master studio lighting and perfect posing -- this isn't the class for you. Ditch the stiff, boring portraits and create genuine smiles and real family moments in Lifestyle Family Photography with Emily Lucarz. Learn how to create memorable images of real family moments.

From planning the shoot to post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, dive into the world of lifestyle photography. Learn how to tour a home while looking for light sources, then use window light for bright, beautiful images. Gain techniques to create genuine smiles from kids. Determine the gear you need, from great portrait lenses to cameras.

Whether you simply want to take better photos of your own kids or you want to build a career in lifestyle photography, this class provides the foundation. Learn lifestyle portrait photography alongside one of the Midwest's most in-demand family photographers, the engaging and fun Emily Lucarz.

For photographers turning a passion for family photography into a business, gain valuable insight into creating portrait packages, setting prices, and displaying your work. Learn how to build your portfolio and how to manage a photography business.

  • Budding photographers ready to turn a passion into a profession
  • Parents that want to capture better images of the everyday moments
  • Professional photographers ready to do more with lifestyle images


Like many family photographers, Emily got started after her first son was born. Now nearly a decade later, Emily is one of the top family photographers in the Midwest -- booking often nearly a year in advance. She's known for the way she works with young kids and families to create genuine interactions, along with capturing fun perspectives. Emily's charisma and easy-going teaching style has allowed her to lead workshops across the U.S. Learn from Emily right where you're at in one of CreativeLive's top-rated lifestyle classes.


  1. Class Introduction

    Learn what to expect in this class in this quick intro lesson. Get to know your instructor and dig into why authenticity -- and lifestyle portrait photography -- matters.

  2. What is Lifestyle Family Photography?

    An easier way to think of lifestyle photography is life-inspired photography, Emily says. Dig into what lifestyle family photography is, why it matters to the client, and why the genre is beneficial to you, as the photographer.

  3. How to Get Started in Lifestyle Photography

    Photography's which-came-first-the-chicken-or-egg question is this: How do I get started if I don't have any images in my portfolio? Emily walks through the essentials to getting started in this must-watch lesson for beginners. Learn when it's okay to use photos of your own kids, the best ways to practice, and why you don't need a Pinterest-worthy home to create great lifestyle images.

  4. How to Market to Your Ideal Client

    How can you market your work? In this lesson, Emily goes through different marketing options, starting with your portfolio. But, don't just market to anyone, learn how to market to your ideal client. Dive into putting out model calls to build your portfolio, and creating the type of work to attract the ideal client.

  5. How to Book Your First Client

    Happy clients start with realistic expectations. Emily walks through how to set those expectations from the start -- the booking process. Walk through what Emily tells her clients at the booking process. Then, go through the process, from that first client email to add-on sessions.

  6. Pricing for Lifestyle Photography Sessions

    Tackle the dreaded price list. Learn what works and what doesn't without making those mistakes yourself by following Emily's pricing guide. Find out where to set your prices, and when to raise your prices.

  7. Steps to Book a Client Using Iris Works

    Managing lots of clients takes time and organization -- learn how to use studio management software Iris Works to help manage the workload. Walk through the process of using the software to book new clients and keep track of new leads.

  8. The Client Questionnaire

    Every family is different. The client questionnaire helps you walk into that family's home prepared to work with that particular family. From learning what that family likes to determining the best time to schedule the session, dive into the essential client questionnaire.

  9. Why Use a Family Guide?

    Spend less time warding off frequently asked questions and more time ensuring the session starts off on the right foot by using a family guide. Learn why the guide is essential and what to include. A sample guide is also included in the class' bonus materials.

  10. Live Shoot: Family In-Studio

    In the first live photo shoot, go behind-the-scenes for environmental portraits in the studio with a family, using soft light from a window. From working with young kids to creating genuine interaction between siblings, gain valuable insight into the process of capturing authentic lifestyle portrait photography.

  11. Live Shoot: Introduce Fun Activity

    Introducing a fun activity creates authentic smiles and interactions. In this live shoot, watch Emily create a feather-filled pillow fight in the studio. Learn how to plan ahead for a fun activity -- and how to get a sharp focus when there are feathers flying in the air.

  12. Image Culling Process in Bridge

    Go from shoot to cull in this lesson using Adobe Bridge. After the live session, sort through all the photos and pick the keepers. Learn what to look for when choosing which photos to edit -- and the easiest way to sort through all those images.

  13. Gear Recommendations for Shoots

    Dive into camera settings for lifestyle portrait photography in this lesson, including ISO and shutter speed, along with using a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field. Then, jump into camera gear, including cameras and lenses. Learn why a fast, wide-angle lens is often great for lifestyle portraits and what focal lengths for prime lenses are best.

  14. Tips to Create Authentic Shooting Sessions

    Jump into lifestyle portrait photography tips to create authentic images. From letting go of perfection to arriving early, pick up on essential tips to create a fun session with great images.

  15. Plan an In-Home Shooting Session

    Going into an unknown location -- someone's home -- and getting great shots requires planning. Walk through the process of planning a lifestyle portrait session and learn what to plan ahead of time. From deciding what rooms to shoot in, to talking to clients about clutter, learn the essentials to planning for a successful session.

  16. Activity Tips for In-Home Shoots

    Planning a family activity helps create that genuine interaction. Generate some ideas for in-home activities, then learn how to tailor those activities to that particular family instead of creating a cookie-cutter formula.

  17. Develop Your In-Home Session Flow

    What happens when during a lifestyle portrait photography session? Learn how to get started with your session and how to keep the session moving. Read through Emily's shot list to build your own.

  18. Live Shoot: Find In-Home Natural Light

    Evaluate a home for the first time by walking through the home with Emily as she plans where to shoot in the session, eliminating the locations with harsh light. Learn how to work with natural light instead of artificial portrait lighting by considering what direction the windows are facing -- and turning off all the lights.

  19. Live Shoot: Engaging Children in Fun Activities

    Watch a live shoot as Emily interacts with the youngest clients. Learn how to keep the shoot moving by introducing several short activities that create genuine smiles and interactions between siblings.

  20. Live Shoot: Introduce In-Home Activities to Shoot

    After introducing fun activities with the just the kids, create interactions among the entire family with this live shoot. Follow Emily as she works with the family in the master bedroom for some snuggly family portraits, from lens choice to composition. Learn how to work with the family together -- including the dog -- as well as how to create one-on-one images.

  21. Live Shoot: Implement In-Home Shooting Flow

    Flow keeps the session moving and the family from getting bored -- which is especially important with any families with young kids. Go through the essential shot list and then dig into the last live shoot, working with the family in the living room. Then, examine the images from the live shoot, from colorful compositions to emotional black and white, to see the results.

  22. Tips for Engaging Clients

    Engagement is key in lifestyle portrait photography. Gain valuable tips for creating that engagement, beyond the live shoots. From the details to look for ways to build that engagement, this lesson contains valuable lifestyle portrait photography tips.

  23. Photoshop: Edit Live Shoot Images

    Getting the shot is far from the last step. Learn lifestyle portrait post-processing using Adobe Photoshop. From perfecting skin tones to eliminating color casts, watch essential editing techniques for polishing lifestyle images while maintaining that natural look.

  24. Lightroom: Edit Live Shoot Images

    Moving that post-processing into Adobe Lightroom, many of the ideas are the same -- but where all those tools are located may be a bit different. Learn basic Lightroom edits using curves, HSL and more.

  25. The Importance of Photo Composition

    Composition keeps the viewer's eye on the subject -- and it's essential when working with an in-home session to eliminate distractions. Build compositional techniques like negative space, leading lines, texture, and juxtaposition into your lifestyle portrait photography.

  26. Get Clients to Connect Naturally In Photos

    Lifestyle photography prioritizes natural connection over getting every detail perfect. Explore techniques for creating a natural connection in the images, from connecting with kids to developing a relationship with the parents.

  27. Example: Successful Family Shoot

    Go beyond the live shoots and walk through the results of this real-life session. From preparation to the results, take a look a full lifestyle family portrait session and everything that went into making those images.

  28. Example: Perspective in Shoots

    Perspective carries power in portraits. Learn how perspective changes an image -- and how to quickly decide during the shoot what perspective to use. From capturing that close-up to shooting from a tall angle, dig into how perspective plays a role in lifestyle portraits.

  29. Incorporating Pets Into Family Photos

    The four-legged family members were often the families first "kids" -- and are important to the session. Gain valuable insight into working with different types of pets in a lifestyle family session.

  30. Sales Techniques That Work

    With the session finished, how do you maximize the income potential by selling prints? Find valuable insight into easy, actionable sales tips for lifestyle portrait photographers.

  31. Sellable Products and Packages

    Build a pricing list for lifestyle portrait packages. Learn why your middle package is often the best seller and how to build the best packages for your business.



Emily reignited my passion for lifestyle photography and gave me the tools that I needed to give my business a creative and profitable boost. Seeing how effortlessly she interacted with families and the efficiency of her workflow was inspiring. I'm excited to shake things up and make some positive changes in my business that I know will lead to success. Thank you Emily and thank you Creativelive for this fun and informative class!


Watching Emily on CL - I rarely comment, but wanted to pop in and say what a great class it is! Full of helpful information and good content. One of the first classes that moves at a perfect pace, keeping things interesting & engaging. I tend to lose interest quickly when classes drag, but she really does such a fantastic job, which is refreshing. Makes watching the class really enjoyable! Thank you!


I was just hoping on here to post how much I loved this class. I used to be a portrait photographer, veered away for a bit to focus on more conceptual art photography but i still am interested in lifestyle photography. Emily is very inspiring, her bubbly personality was a joy to watch how she interacts with families especially the kids. Her work is phenomenal! (in response to one of the bad reviews, about her cutting off children shooting on a live workshop while tethered and teaching can easily explain this away as you can tell from her portfolio that she always has compositionly beautiful images) This class has renewed and inspired my love of lifestyle and i have been shooting so much since the class! Definitely used her tips and tricks to improve my pictures! highly recommend this class!