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Family Portrait Photography

Family photographer extraordinaire, Michele Celentano, shares 20 years of expertise.
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What Will I Learn?
The language of posing
Facial Angles
Body sizing and puzzling groups together
Choosing a location
Getting to know the family
What equipment to us
Post production
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Join family photographer extraordinaire, Michele Celentano, as she shares her love for creating the perfect family portrait and the steps it takes to get you there. Learn how to get the perfect pose, connecting with family members, and getting everyone to smile…all at the same time. Sound simple enough? Yeah, it doesn’t to us either but with Michele’s guidance you will be up and running with your own family portraits in no time.

Michele Celentano grew up with a strong appreciation for family. A Canon Explorer of Light, she began her career as a wedding photographer more than 20 years ago and today works primarily with family portraiture. In addition, she travels internationally to teach and lecture on professional photography.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner to advance Photographers
  • Photographers who are running a business
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 27 Lectures Collapse All 27 Lectures 12:38:45
Family Portrait Photography
21 Lectures 05:08:35
Michele introduces you to the basics of good portrait photography and offers an overview of what you can expect throughout the course. She shares her background and experiences as a professional photographer and offers best practices to be successful in the industry.
Preview 27:22

This video shows what equipment Michele uses during shoots and her style of work while photographing clients.
What's In Michele's Camera Bag

This video is about breaking down posing and how to create it with your clients.
Basics of Posing

This segment shows Michele demonstrating how she poses both individuals and groups to capture the best images for her clients. She covers both standing group shots, seated shots, and close-ups.
Examples of Posing Individuals and Groups

In this lesson you'll understand the process of a consultation with a client before a shoot to get a better understanding of expectations and build a client-photographer relationship.
Photography Consultation With the Client

This video will show you how to shoot indoors and use the architecture and features of a family room while using a reflector with natural window light. It also shows how to work with children while photographing.
Indoor Portrait Photography Client's Home Part I

This video demonstrates how to best use the features of a client's home and create interesting poses and images. It also shows how to work with children during a family photography session.
Indoor Portrait Photography Client's Home Part II

Michele explains the best places in the home to display or hang family portraits.
Hanging Portraits in the Home

Michele shows how to use open and direct lighting outdoors and the leading lines of the porch to capture stunning family photographs.
Outdoor Portrait Photography--Porch

Michele takes her clients on location to shoot in natural light and create a beautiful family portrait outdoors. She shows you how to find uncommon places to bring interest to your portraits and how to see outside the box and find creative spaces for taking family pictures.
Outdoor Family Portrait - Natural Light

Capturing kids on camera can be a challenge. Michele shares her years of experience to demonstrate how to work with children and get the best images for family portraits.
Children Portraits

This video demonstrates how to take advantage ofnatural light and your environment to create strong portraits. Michele uses a reflector to direct natural light to her advantage.
Natural Light with Reflector

Michele shows that keeping an eye out for locations is key to get a perfect setting for family portraits.
Impromptu Photo Shoot

Thinking outside the box is key to capturing images that pop. Michele shows how an everyday location can be used to create imaginative family portraits.
Outdoor Portrait Photography--Seated Poses

This video is about photographing outside and using available light to shoot and also how to work with younger children.
Outdoor Family Portrait and challenges with children under 5

In this video, you will learn how to produce natural expressions from your clients and patience in photographing outdoors under adverse circumstances.
Making Magic with an Ugly Background

This video shows how take advantage of an outdoor background and natural light to photograph family portraits.
Photographing a Family with Teenagers Part 1

This video shows how take advantage of an outdoor background and natural light to photograph family portraits.
Photographing a Family with Teenagers Part 2

In this video, Michele is shooting outside using the leading lines of a fence as the background, while in the light of the sun setting in early evening.

Michele shares her thoughts on what she learned during the family portrait sessions on location.
Final Comment

Michele explains her post production workflow as she prepares to present the final images to the clients.
Family Photography Portrait Post Work
Bonus eBook - Photoshop CC Digital Classroom
6 Lectures 00:05

Lecture Description

Learn Photoshop CC with this eBook training package!

Adobe Photoshop is the industry leading image-editing program for digital photographers, graphic designers, and web developers, and the newest version includes even more great tools to manage and enhance your images. Written by a team of experts, this book delivers full-color, step-by-step instructions that make learning Photoshop easy to understand. You'll explore how to work with layers, use filters, and create images for web and video, and much more. The video training complements the book, allowing you to learn at your own pace, and, ultimately, enhancing your entire learning experience.

  • Encourages you to discover essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)
  • Includes step-by-step instructions for each lesson, along with lesson files and video tutorials that complement the featured topics (link provided in Lecture
  • Covers Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, masks and layers, painting and retouching, and selections and layers
  • Photoshop CC Digital Classroom takes you from the basics through intermediate-level topics and helps you find the information you need in a clear, approachable way.

    Note: Supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download in Lecture 27.

    eBook Photoshop CC Digital Classroom - Part 1
    90 pages

    eBook Photoshop CC Digital Classroom - Part 2
    90 pages

    eBook Photoshop CC Digital Classroom - Part 3
    90 pages

    eBook Photoshop CC Digital Classroom - Part 4
    90 pages

    eBook Photoshop CC Digital Classroom - Part 5
    90 pages

    Internet link to supporting files that accompany eBook
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