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Capturing Authentic Children Portraits

with Tamara Lackey

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   03 Recognizing Specific Challenges Quickly To Get The Best Out of All Subjects


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About The Class

Posing and direction for child portraits

Each child is unique and needs different techniques to draw out the most authentic portrait. Acclaimed family photographer, Tamara Lackey, talks through how to quickly identify the characteristics of a child and the posing techniques and direction that can lead to a fun session with great results. She’ll cover:

  • The 6 basic personalities that children may show up to a photo shoot with
  • How to draw out a shy child in front of the camera
  • Tips for photographing the children who don’t want to be there
  • Gear and accessory considerations for family shoots
  • How to build to a natural pose

Have the confidence and the technique to capture an authentic child portrait in every session no matter client or their mood!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Overcoming Common Challenges Of Photographing Children

  3. 03

    Recognizing Specific Challenges Quickly To Get The Best Out of All Subjects

  4. 04

    Warming Up Your Subject

  5. 05

    Drawing Out The Shy Child

  6. 06

    Working With The "Feels Everything More" Child

  7. 07

    Photographing The One Who Doesn't Want To Be There

  8. 08

    Working With Sibling Groups

  9. 09

    In-Studio Shoot: Rapid Child Portraits

  10. 10

    Gear And Accessory Considerations

  11. 11

    Portrait Lenses

  12. 12

    Deconstructing A Shoot In Process

  13. 13

    Simple, Effective Lighting Techniques For Authentic Portraits

  14. 14

    Live Shoot: Photographing Siblings

  15. 15

    Review Of Earlier Shoot Images

  16. 16

    Post-Processing With On1

  17. 17

    Real Time Edit From Live Shoot

  18. 18

    Presenting Your Images

  19. 19

    Portrait Critiques

  20. 20

    6 Tips To Capture Children's Portraits


Meet Your Expert

Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey is a renowned portrait photographer and Nikon USA Ambassador whose photography has appeared in a multitude of media outlets, including O Magazine, Men’s Journal, Good Morning America and on The Today Show. She speaks regularly at quite a range of programs, seminars and conventions, from delivering presentations on the Google stage to leading private workshops around the globe.  ... read more

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86% of students recommend this class.
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  • JennMercille


    April 2018

    Tamara Lackey brings amazing energy to her teaching and shooting style. She shared a ton of tips and tricks for capturing the true character and personality of each child in both individual and group portraits. I have always found it to be particularly difficult to capture portraits of multiple children that are composed to be both visually interesting and true to their unique story. I learned so much about directing and communicating effectively with child subjects, and how to use my gear and other tools to streamline the process and keep it all fun for the family. No matter how much you think you know about photographing children, this class is an asset that you will not regret! Thank you Tamara Lackey!

  • Heidi Mikulecky

    Heidi Mikulecky

    November 2017

    I love Tamara's tips for working with common personality types found in children. I also love that class allows you to be "fly on the wall" during her photo shoots. It's so helpful for me to see how other photographers engage their subjects (especially children). Tamara brings a ton of energy, excitement and playfulness to her shoots. It opened my eyes to how fun (and how exhausting) a photo shoot can be when you give it your all. Great class!

  • Sara NAomi

    November 2017

    This was an amazing class. Photoshop has been a huge learning curve for me during the past year and it was so helpful to see the quick and easy way you used levels to bring down brightness/hotspots. I will definitely be using it to improve the "ear" on the portrait that you critiqued. Thank you soooooooooo very much Tamara and CL for providing such great content!

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