Portrait photography with babies and toddlers might be one of the most challenging subjects you'll ever face. Capturing cute expressions or perfect poses requires just the right balance of patience and persistence. Leading lifestyle and portrait photographer, Tamara Lackey walks you through easy, but useful tips on how to catch those "keeper" shots. You'll follow Tamara, along with two different families in multiple locations, as she teaches her time-tested techniques that are sure to help you respond to shifting moods, feelings and expressions from your smallest of subjects.
Join Tamara as she introduces the course and goes over the material that will be covered.
The clothing helps set the mood of the shoot, so taking the time to select clothing that coordinates well between subjects takes the final shots to the next level.
Setting Up The Room
Arranging the room to fit your shoot is a good thing to do while the subjects are getting ready.
Scouting Outdoor Locations
The second location for this family will be outdoors, so Tamara scouts the location to look for the best spot and consider the lighting.
Bedroom Shoot: Part 1
With the bedroom set up and the subjects dressed it is time for the cozy bedroom shoot.
Bedroom Shoot: Part 2
After a change of clothing and family grouping it is time for a few different poses.
Bedroom Shoot: Part 3
Having a variety of views of the same subject gives you more to choose from in your final shots.
After a short break for the baby, Tamara has moved the family outside by the pool.
Lily: Part 1
A new family brings a change of location and a new approach that starts with getting warmed up with the new subject.
Lily: Part 2
With our subject a bit more engaged in the process it was time for a change of clothing and location.
Lily: Part 3
The next location goes out onto the street in front of the house where we have more room to move.
Lily: Part 4
An outfit change accompanies a change in location to wrap up the shoot.
Meet Your Instructor
Portrait Photographer and Author
Tamara Lackey is a renowned portrait photographer and Nikon USA Ambassador whose lifestyle photography, from children's portraits to celebrity portraits, has appeared in dozens of media outlets, including O - The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Vogue, Nikon World, The Martha Stewart Show and The Today Show. The recipient of the 2014 WPPI Adorama Inspire Award, Tamara speaks at a range of venues, from delivering presentations on the Google Stage to speaking at international photography and lifestyle conventions to delivering private workshops around the globe. Tamara has co-produced and hosted a number of live broadcasts and her web series, reDefine Show, is a mix of inspiring stories of top-tier creative artists who make it work with detailed walkthroughs of her photography. The author of four books, her latest are Envisioning Family and The Posing Playbook, and her edutainment media set, "Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography" won the Booklist Editors' Choice Award. Most recently, she was the subject of a 5-part web series Nikon produced about photographing portraits, entitled Nikon Behind The Scenes. For the last eleven years, Tamara has run a busy, associate-based studio focused on portrait, commercial and editorial work. She and her husband, three children, and three dogs all live together in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.