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Posing Family Portraits

with Bambi Cantrell

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About The Class

Learn how to create powerful, stunning big group portraits with award-winning photographer Bambi Cantrell. During this segment, Bambi will teach you how to pose and light families and how to communicate with family members — everyone from the 7-year-old nephew to 90-year-old grandpa and grandma — in order to get them in position for the perfect shot.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Posing Family Portraits

    1:24:48
  2. 02

    Interview with Bambi Cantrell

    13:01

Meet Your Expert

Bambi Cantrell

Bambi Cantrell has been photographing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Her passion for capturing the decisive moment and her subsequent creative style have made her a household name in the photographic industry.Among her many accomplishments, ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    November 2015

    I too thought the class fell short on posing, it was a lot of talk in the beginning and only 1/2 hour with a family but it wasn't really posing. It was more on how to deal with kids and using the old reverse psychology to get them to do what you want. I think Bambi is an awesome photographer, but I think CreativeLive fell short in putting this together, I'm sure this was just part of a much longer class. Wish I could get my money back too and spend it on a better class on posing.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    October 2013

    Bambi is a great photographer,buty this clas falls way short. There are very few posing techniques in this video. She talked about "the mood" - yada , yada (we've all heard the same stuff 1000 times) but I really wanted to know more about F-stop to use when shooting groups in relation to focal length to keep an artistic look yet keep crucial parts (eyes)in focus. How to deal with spacing and limb placement - height discrepancies and other challenges - NONE of these are coveredseriously in this class. The first hour is just talk - very little about actual posing of camera settings.- More about mood and selling (this is a posing class) last 30 min a family comes in and in all honesty the pictures of the family aren't very good, no lighting set-up at all just the natural light and video lights(that happened to be there from the CL team), no depth to pictures, not what I was looking for in a class with a title "posing family" - for $79 for a hour and half class I expected much more! this class is a $15 class if that. Wish I could get my money and time back.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    November 2015

    The title of this should have been, "A day with Bambi Cantrell." If you are looking for a family posing video, move on. I love Bambi, but this video talks a bit about how she does business and you can see her interact with the client. Other than that, the posing instruction is minimal to none

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