The Posing Playbook for Photographing Kids by Tamara Lackey
In The Posing Playbook for Photographing Kids, Tamara Lackey covers how to read your subjects, work with different personality types, and elicit genuine engagement for great shots.
Tamara Lackey has been photographing children and families for years, and in The Posing Playbook for Photographing Kids, she teaches you her strategies and techniques for successfully posing and photographing children. The book begins with a discussion of 'organic posing,' an approach to directing the subject that focuses on making small adjustments that build up to a successful shot. Tamara moves on to the psychology of photographing children, covering how to read your subjects, work with different personality types, and elicit genuine engagement. She also discusses gear, accessories, composition, lighting, and camera settings.
Then, in six chapters that are the real core of the book, Tamara tackles typical shooting scenarios and works through each kind of shoot: what worked, what didn't, and how each shoot progresses from start to finish. It is very visually driven so you can quickly and easily see the development of the images throughout the shoot. Covering the real-world challenges you'll face when photographing children, Tamara discusses photographing children in the studio, in urban settings, on commercial and fashion shoots, in outdoor natural settings, and in groups. Finally, the last chapter provides a handy reference guide to fuel and inspire your shoots.