Perfecting the Shot: Photographing Babies & Toddlers By Tamara Lackey

1 hr 21 min

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.

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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.
Arranging the room to fit your shoot is a good thing to do while the subjects are getting ready.
The second location for this family will be outdoors, so Tamara scouts the location to look for the best spot and consider the lighting.
With the bedroom set up and the subjects dressed it is time for the cozy bedroom shoot.
After a change of clothing and family grouping it is time for a few different poses.
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.
A new family brings a change of location and a new approach that starts with getting warmed up with the new subject.
With our subject a bit more engaged in the process it was time for a change of clothing and location.
The next location goes out onto the street in front of the house where we have more room to move.
An outfit change accompanies a change in location to wrap up the shoot.
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Tamara Lackey


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 W...

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  1. Profile photo of pignalchris pignalchris

    Lilly part 2 – What is the lens? the close up portraits are brilliant -

  2. Profile photo of laura laura

    if a become a member can I have acces to your classes?

  3. Profile photo of Jorge Jorge

    Excellent class Tamara. It is definately one I will reference over and over. You have looks of great insite and I appreciate your approach with the youngsters.

  4. Profile photo of klaus1 klaus1

    Tamara I watched your class and in the evening I got a call to take pictures of a 14 month old. Not my usual trade in photography.
    Things we are bad as they could be for a photo session. With your class, I did get the shot and Mom is all happy and instead of using them for a single purpose she did go wild with the pictures: Posters, thank you cards, ….
    Love it

  5. Profile photo of Barbara Barbara

    Loved the way you managed to capture Lily! What focus setting did you use? Spot on the closest eye? I am always struggling with getting the sharpness that I want, especially with moving children! And finally, what was the shutter speed that you used with Lily?

  6. Profile photo of SergeAMH SergeAMH

    Tamara and KO, thank you SO MUCH for this class. This Sunday I have my first baby session and you’ve helped me a lot.

  7. Profile photo of Judith Phaneuf Judith Phaneuf

    Thank you, Tamara. Always enjoy your videos. I’ve learned so much from you. Love your energy and enthusiasm.

  8. Profile photo of Kent Auf Der Heide Kent Auf Der Heide

    Really good video. Very helpful.

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