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Family Photography, Part 3: Children & Background

with expert John Wiley & Sons

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Course at a glance

Release date 5/19/2015
Level Beginner
Runtime 1h 12m
Closed captioning N/A
Transcript N/A
eBooks / courseware N/A
Hands-on labs N/A
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Course description

In this 4 part learning series, professional family photographer Michele Celentano shares her love for creating the perfect family portrait and the steps it takes to get you there. Michele discusses what equipment to use and how to choose the ideal location, or make the most of a not so ideal one. She then focuses on posing individuals and groups, working with natural light and how to connect with your clients to get the results you and they want. With Michele’s guidance you’ll gain the confidence and portrait photography skills you need to create frame-worthy family photos.


This course assumes familiarity with the workings of a DSLR and an understanding of camera terms. This course is part of a 4 learning series. These courses are Family Photography: Weddings, Light and Posing; Family Photography: Consult and Portrait Sitting; Family Photography: Children and Background; and Family Photography: Teenagers and Post Work. Please view the courses in the order listed if you are new to the material.

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Our Creative Design courses are presented by experts from Wiley Publishing. Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. They are the publisher of award-winning journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services.

Course outline

Children and Background

Child Portraits and Reflector (22:37)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Child Portraits (04:54)
  • Wildlife Adventure (04:01)
  • Posing (03:06)
  • Natural Light with Reflector (05:15)
  • Horizontal Frame (04:59)
  • Summary (00:10)
Impromptu Photo Shoot (24:32)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Impromptu Photo Shoot (04:44)
  • Seated Poses (04:57)
  • Using Blocks (05:52)
  • Seated Poses Part 2 (04:52)
  • Seated Poses Continued (03:46)
  • Summary (00:10)
Children and Background (25:46)
  • Introduction (00:10)
  • Shooting Children (03:50)
  • Shooting Very Young Children (05:35)
  • Don't Giggle (04:20)
  • Shooting in a Park (04:49)
  • Family Photo (04:53)
  • Strategic Positioning (01:56)
  • Summary (00:10)