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Children's Posing Guide

with Tamara Lackey

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TO RSVP FOR TAMARA'S NEW CLASS, Capturing Authentic Children Portraits, CLICK HERE!

Children are not professional models, nor even enthusiastic about posing. While children are inherently beautiful, they aren’t naturals at sitting still. This creates a hurdle for photographers attempting to capture the personalities of younger, restless subjects. However, it’s not impossible to get a child to pose for the camera — you just have to speak their language.

After more than ten years of shooting, celebrated children's photographer Tamara Lackey has developed a language for effectively communicating with her younger clients. In this 3-day course, you will learn Tamara’s 10-point system designed to secure gorgeous, expressive images — including her formula for building to “the final shot.”

By the end of this workshop, you’ll be armed with a toolkit of tried-and-true methods easily adaptable to your own style of shooting, transforming your children’s photography practice into a seamless workflow.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    08:01
  2. 02

    Posing Rules

    1:14:17
  3. 03

    Clothing Review - Step 2

    32:36
  4. 04

    Location - Step 3

    12:50
  5. 05

    Mood Management - Step 4

    12:06
  6. 06

    Point Lighting - Step 5

    11:34
  7. 07

    Technical Settings - Step 6

    10:08
  8. 08

    Composition & Framing - Step 7 & 8

    04:29
  9. 09

    Details and Expression/Spirit - Step 9 & 10

    29:05
  10. 10

    Urban Shoot Challenges

    22:36
  11. 11

    Photograph Critiques from Students and Audience

    14:44
  12. 12

    Shoot: Bedroom with Baby Desmond

    16:25
  13. 13

    Shoot: Bedroom with Alexis

    14:02
  14. 14

    Shoot: Bedroom with Joseph

    14:17
  15. 15

    Shoot: Bedroom with Alexis and Mom

    13:34
  16. 16

    Introduction To Lessons 17-23

    19:07
  17. 17

    IntroductionComposition and Framing

    50:19
  18. 18

    Relationship Dynamics

    13:49
  19. 19

    Park Shoot Challenges

    1:08:19
  20. 20

    Critiques of Students and Photo Contest Submissions

    37:31
  21. 21

    Editing Urban Shoot Photographs in Photoshop

    24:42
  22. 22

    Shoot: Rooftop with Madeline

    39:46
  23. 23

    Shoot: Rooftop with Aiden and Angelina

    25:05
  24. 24

    Introduction To Lessons 25-37

    08:21
  25. 25

    IntroductionShoot: Rooftop with Destyn and Ursula

    21:45
  26. 26

    Shoot: Rooftop with Rowan

    23:58
  27. 27

    Shoot: Rooftop with Mom and Baby

    17:06
  28. 28

    Shoot: Working with Motion with Destyn

    09:02
  29. 29

    Business Scorecard - Part 1

    29:04
  30. 30

    Business Scorecard - Part 2

    35:31
  31. 31

    Shoot: Living Room with Ari, Eli, Zoe - Part 1

    36:24
  32. 32

    Shoot: Living Room - Ari, Eli, Zoe - Part 2

    17:54
  33. 33

    Shoot: Living Room with Baby Maria and Mom

    18:05
  34. 34

    Photo Contest Top 20

    20:58
  35. 35

    Contest Winners

    07:06
  36. 36

    Workshop Overview & Photographs from Shoots

    14:19
  37. 37

    Q&A with Tamara and Final Thoughts

    18:48

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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  • Judi McCann

    Judi McCann

    September 2019

    I really loved these videos and am grateful to Tamara for her clear teachings and her ability to relate her ideas in an instructional setting. She's extremely thorough in her explanations as to the how's and why's. She's got a super sense of humor, too, which is nice. I would very highly recommend this class.

  • Charlene Goldsmith

    May 2016

    This is my first creative live course, and I was really sceptical that I would be getting my money's worth. But I can honestly say that this has been a brilliant investment. Not only is Tamara amazing, but the content is fantastic. I feel like I got more than I bargained for as I even learnt some things in Photoshop I didn't know. Big double thumbs up!

  • Mari Sierra

    Mari Sierra

    June 2016

    Tamara is so good at what she does... Plus funny! This class was great and I learned so much from her... It's one of my faves and in my wish list!

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