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Capturing Authentic Photos of Children & Families

with Chris Orwig

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About The Class

Create Family Photos That Leave A Lasting Impression

  We love photography because it helps us celebrate and savor life. Capturing those images can be difficult, especially when it’s your own family or friends. Photographer and artist Chris Orwig walks through all the techniques that go into capturing a photo quickly so that you can focus on your subject while relaxed and confident. He’ll discuss tips for working with available light as well as how to develop your own creative style. He’ll discuss gear recommendations and location scouting tips to set your photo shoot up for success. 

He’ll also cover: 
  • How to connect with children and capture real emotion 
  • Finding moments that photograph well and how to set them up naturally 
  • Wardrobe tips that make your photos timeless 
  • When and how you should turn your passion into a profit 
  • Essential Lightroom workflows for quick processing of your photos 
  • How to deliver your images or prints and share them for all to enjoy 
Start improving your photographs of your family with this course and learn the essential skills you need to make photographs that last a lifetime. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:57
  2. 02

    The Foundation of Family and Kid Photography

    04:24
  3. 03

    Develop your Vision, Voice & Style

    36:30
  4. 04

    Essential Gear

    07:19
  5. 05

    Working with Light

    10:03
  6. 06

    How to Prepare for a Family Shoot

    07:56
  7. 07

    Location Scouting

    08:06
  8. 08

    Instant Rapport & Lasting Trust

    05:09
  9. 09

    How to Direct and Connect with Families

    38:31
  10. 10

    Photographing the Family

    19:57
  11. 11

    Wrapping up the Shoot

    13:51
  12. 12

    Prefacing a Real Shoot

    02:23
  13. 13

    Photographing your own Family: Mother

    14:43
  14. 14

    Photographing your own Family: Mother & Sister

    12:32
  15. 15

    Photographing your own Family: Mother, Sister, and Niece

    11:23
  16. 16

    Working with your Own Kids

    27:27
  17. 17

    Turning Passion into Profit

    36:15
  18. 18

    Photoshop and Lightroom Processing & Workflow

    42:59
  19. 19

    Wrap Up

    04:02

Meet Your Expert

Chris Orwig

Chris Orwig is a photographer, author and teacher based in Santa Barbara, California. He is a best-selling author and he has created over 70 online courses on the topics of Photoshop, Lightroom and photography. His most recent book, The CreativeFight ... read more

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  • Meredith Zinner Photography

    Meredith Zinner Photography

    April 2017

    Chris is a FANTASTIC teacher (and photographer). He is so very very authentic, warm, REAL, talented, knowledgeable, honest, open and true to his wonderful self. This class, in addition to endless nuggets of knowledge and insights, highlights how being true to your own self makes you a better photographer- emphasizing connection, authenticity, fun and easy relaxed simple joy. A refreshing take on children's photography for sure! Thank you Chris and CreativeLive!

  • lisa james

    lisa james

    February 2018

    Wow, I have been in search of my style. I've been reading and researching and listening to inspiring speakers and from each one I've gathered pieces of information that help guide me. This class, however, has been the most successful for me. Chris's approach to teaching and his material that he provides is Spot On for me. Thank you, Chris. I am so inspired and eager to move forward now that I can see my vision more clearly. I highly recommend this class.

  • Neeraj Arora

    June 2018

    Oh my god!!!! What a class. I couldn't stop watching. Chris you are an inspiration, loved every word you said, loved how you said it. I am in the process of getting a plan together for doing photography professionally on the side, on top of my research career, and you just hit a home run in getting me motivated and excited in taking the plunge. My photography of people gives me a lot of satisfaction and meaning and you just validated what I have been thinking of doing lately. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

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