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Children and Family Photography

with Tamara Lackey

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  •   01 Simple Posing: Young Girl

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Class duration: 14h 20m

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About The Class

take creative, authentic photographs of children and families.


The best family portraits are those that capture the true spirit and personalities of their subjects. In Children and Family Photography, Tamara Lackey will teach you how to photograph individual children, sibling groups, and complete families in an authentic and exciting new way.

Tamara is a celebrated family and lifestyle photographer. In this class, she’ll teach you how to beautifully light, pose, and creatively photograph children and their families. 

You’ll learn about:
  • The gear that’ll help you get you great shots
  • Which lights to use and when to use them
  • How to integrate the location into the shoot
  • Digital workflow and album design

Through instruction and demonstration shoots, Tamara will share her top tips on posing and lighting and she’ll teach you how to get everyone into a great group shot. You’ll also learn about what goes into her sales sessions and how she handles prints and portrait albums.


Whether you are a parent who wants to take better photographs for the family album or an experienced photographer hoping to expand into the family photography business – this class will equip you with the insights and skills you need to produce photographs that feel natural and look great. 

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Simple Posing: Young Girl

    18:36
  2. 02

    Simple Posing:Young Boy

    18:31
  3. 03

    Group Posing: Two Girls

    18:00
  4. 04

    Backlit Shots: One Girl

    08:59
  5. 05

    Shooting in the Shade

    08:24
  6. 06

    Using the Rule of Thirds

    03:35
  7. 07

    Review of Selected Images

    07:21
  8. 08

    Working with Self Consciousness

    09:21
  9. 09

    Training to Photograph Authentically

    19:07
  10. 10

    Talking Through Self Consciousness with Subject

    18:07
  11. 11

    ProFoto Strobes: 2 Light Sources with Pre-Teen Model

    09:55
  12. 12

    Stylize and Prep for a Shoot

    16:28
  13. 13

    Simple Family Poses

    06:02
  14. 14

    Use Props and Backdrops During Family Posing

    08:49
  15. 15

    Family of 5 Indoor Couch Scene

    26:33
  16. 16

    Natural Light and Strobes

    24:50
  17. 17

    Image Review of Family Photos

    07:25
  18. 18

    Use the Right Light for the Right Occasion

    16:05
  19. 19

    Ice Light Demo

    08:02
  20. 20

    Constant Lights Demo

    08:38
  21. 21

    Speedlight Demo

    07:18
  22. 22

    TTL Demo

    09:20
  23. 23

    Reflector Demo

    05:25
  24. 24

    Pose Children in a field

    16:59
  25. 25

    Build on your shots

    18:41
  26. 26

    Capture Motion in a Wide Open Field

    19:43
  27. 27

    Capture Splashing in a Lake

    20:21
  28. 28

    Photograph Movement with Fast Moving Subjects

    08:13
  29. 29

    Top Tips: #1 Simplify The Shot

    22:05
  30. 30

    Top Tips: #2 Small Posing Shifts for Maximum Effects

    17:02
  31. 31

    Top Tips: #3 Direct The Feel & Energy

    05:47
  32. 32

    Top Tips: #4 Be the Destination

    06:12
  33. 33

    Top Tips: #5 Mix it Up. Vary Everything

    05:23
  34. 34

    Top Tips Q&A

    03:50
  35. 35

    Family poses in a field

    22:03
  36. 36

    Posing: Family of 5

    25:33
  37. 37

    Dads and Daughter Family Shoot in Field

    18:09
  38. 38

    Posing: Parent/Child Pairings

    17:14
  39. 39

    Why Tamara Was Drawn to Family Photography: Beautiful Together

    19:18
  40. 40

    Adoption Interview with Vicki Taufer

    21:16
  41. 41

    Lackey Family Adoption Experience: FAQs

    36:17
  42. 42

    Tamara's Gear: Cameras

    08:43
  43. 43

    Tamara's Gear: Lenses

    17:07
  44. 44

    Tamara's Gear: Accessories

    08:26
  45. 45

    Mylio Demo

    26:27
  46. 46

    Digital Album Design

    12:21
  47. 47

    Sales Prep Process

    24:30
  48. 48

    Photo Review With Client

    37:31
  49. 49

    Selected Images and how to sell them

    07:09
  50. 50

    Closing out the Sale

    04:56
  51. 51

    Professional Photography Pricing

    19:23
  52. 52

    Start Your Business

    28:40
  53. 53

    How to Market Yourself

    24:33
  54. 54

    How to Stay Inspired

    02:07
  55. 55

    Photoshoot Recap

    12:31
  56. 56

    Tamara's Top Tips Recap

    12:57
  57. 57

    Tamara's Tools Recap

    19:31
  58. 58

    The Importance of Family Photography

    04:52

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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78% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    June 2015

    Thank yo Tamara Lackey and Creative Live for such an amazing course. Every tool that is needed to maintain a successful business is in this course. Tamara's appreciation for love and family are so apparent in her style of interaction with people and methods of photographing them. In this class she shares everything from the basics of connecting with your clients to the importance of in person sales sessions and how to do them without being uncomfortable. I love Tamara's energy and sense of humor. She really emphasizes how important it is to be self confident and love what you do. This class is amazing. I can barely sit still through a movie these days, but I was entranced through 3 consecutive days of highly valuable information. I am thankful to have this class in my CL library. I am sure I will refer to it often.

  • Abbeylynne

    Abbeylynne

    August 2015

    Thank you! Thank you for bringing Tamara back to Creative Live! She is one of my favorite teachers! She has a bubbly effervescence as she teaches. I like her teaching style and never tire of her message in photography. Tamara has a way of working with her models/ clients that makes you want to just jump through the screen to participate in the process! Her portrait stories share her zest for life. She has great business ideas as well as for life and family. A truly balanced instructor for the beginning photog as well as a seasoned professional. Refreshing concepts about how to deal with challenging situations with lighting, posing, and interaction with her families. It's hard to pick a favorite section - the entire class was just great! A wonderful resource for your library to refer back to time and again. Keep up the great work Tamara. You inspire me to get out and shoot!

  • user-6a96fc

    June 2015

    What can I say- it's Tamara Lackey, so of course it was AMAZING! I learned so much, about relationships, self awareness, lighting, portraiture, posing, gear, marketing, products, I could just go on and on. Tamara has an incredible ability to truly connect with her clients (and her students)- and she taught us how to do it! I admire Tamara on so many levels and I appreciate how much of herself and her own business practices she was willing to share. Her new organization Beautiful Together is inspiring. I will be watching this course over and over. Thank you Tamara Lackey and thank you CreativeLive.

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