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Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584282401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584282402
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Excellent image examples accompany clear tips for gaining superior results from difficult subjects.  A top pick for photography libraries."  - Midwest Book Reviews

"An inspiration ... some of the best kid portraits I've ever seen." - Shutterbug Magazine

"Written in easy conversational style, any photographer can feel her pain, share in her triumphs and learn from her photography business anecdotes."  — San Francisco Book Reviews

About the Author

Tamara Lackey is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, including "Food & Wine," "Inside Weddings," "Parenting," "Premier Baby & Child," "Town & Country," and "Woman's Day." She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

More About the Author

Tamara Lackey's images have been described as expressive, authentic, and moving. Featured repeatedly in Rangefinder Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, and Professional ImageMaker, she speaks and teaches at workshops and conventions throughout the world. She released "Inside Contemporary Children's Photography", a 90-minute feature video for portrait photographers and "Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography", a book & DVD set for every day shooters.

Tamara's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Vogue, O Magazine, Town & Country and Parenting Magazine. Her photography has also been showcased on NBC's The Martha Stewart Show, NBC's The Today Show and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Her books include The Art of Children's Portrait Photography, Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography and Envisioning Family. She also hosts reDefine, a web series focused on the business of creative inspiration - redefineshow.com.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend it to anyone with a love for photography and/or children!
Kaitlin C. Rogers
I was very pleased with the book and learned lots of aspects I ignored at the time.
P.M.
Overall I found this book full of great tips that were easy to read and understand.
Sarah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P.M. on August 20, 2009
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The author did a very nice job in providing information and sharing her experience in the business. If you are looking for technical tips, or how to start on photography, this is NOT the book for you. If you are looking for tips about what is the best way to approach and handle your little clients -from a personality point of view- or add to your own knowledge, this is definitely a valid source of information. I was very pleased with the book and learned lots of aspects I ignored at the time. By the way: If you are in the STUDIO portrait business or thinking of it, this is NOT a book for you either. Content is mostly related to outdoor photography.
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72 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sabogal on July 13, 2009
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Talks about the business of children's photography not the art. 2 maybe 3 diagrams of how the picture was taken. No technical info about the photos. Many of the other reviews are more than likey written by friends of the author or folks interested in selling the book. Great pictures in the book and you can get some good ideas on what to look for. Would purchase other books if you are looking for lighting setups and what the picture looks like. Very disappointing overall.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Guille on May 14, 2010
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I normally don't write reviews but I was interested to see how many other people had been inspired as much as I! So I was a little surprised by the last review. I live in remote Western Australia and was given this book by my sister in-law when I launched into creating a career from child photography. She couldn't have given me a better gift if she had tried - it was impossible to sleep .. couldn't put it down as I was sure the author had written the book just for me! I loved the breezy, non-text-like style and the pratical approach ... it has given me a great kick start! Thank you so much Tamara Lackey!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gemma Brunton on April 11, 2013
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I wanted to break free from the confines of studio photography and start creating fresh, candid lifestyle photography for my clients - and this book tells you how to do it in spades. There's a big chunk of this that revolves around building relationships with both the kids you photograph, and the parents who buy the images, and Tamara's sensible, simple tips on how to engage with the kids are invaluable. Of course being a great photographer is one thing, but if you can't sell your images then you can't sustain a profitable business, so I really valued the selling and business aspect of the book too. This is a full-spectrum guide to running a profitable boutique photography business, and if this fits your profile, then you need this book, not least of all for all the inspiration images Tamara has shared. Loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Faith on December 13, 2012
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I checked this book out from the local library and knew within the first chapter it's a book that would be one to own. Tamara's writing style is humorous and educated. She knows what she's writing about and writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading. This book is not filled with tons of technical terms and jargon, and instead constains countless examples of beautiful kiddos with an explanation of how each shot was created. I love that at the end of the book she includes some of her worst mistakes and what she wishes she would have done different. After reading this book in about an hour, I came here to Amazon and bought this one and one more by the same author. This is a welcomed addition to my photography collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aendor on June 5, 2011
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I loved this book! Not only is it filled with the most gorgeous photographs to inspire you; the tips and tricks of the trade that Tamara Lackey freely discloses are an invaluable tool for any photographer who is starting out in business, or like myself, a more seasoned wedding photographer wanting to now focus more on the art of children's photography. I have learnt that the best way to fast track your knowledge and skill level, is to go directly to the masters in their field. By doing this, you can avoid making the mistakes that so often go with starting out in this profession. Tamara is definately one of the world's best. Even though I am a photographer and a mum myself, getting the best out of children of all different personalities at a shoot, is something that I didn't feel very confident about. I was helped so much by this book; it really spells out ways to draw children out and have a truely enjoyable shoot and produce breathtaking images that reflect the personality of the child and family. It was exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KC on October 1, 2011
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I purchased this book with the goal of being able to deal with my little clients better-- to understand them on a deeper level in a shorter amount of time, be able to respond appropriately to the myriad of personalities that I'm presented with (there's nothing like coming on too strongly / happily and making the sensitive kid cry at the beginning of a 20-minute mini-session), and acurately portray their personalities in a photograph. This book delivered on all points, and then some. It is beautifully written and speaks not only of the methods of connecting with the little ones and their various personality types, but also of the deeper meaning of what we, as photographers, are doing when we photograph them. A MUST-READ for any children's photographer.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Educated mom of three! on April 10, 2009
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Okay, so the pictures in this book are amazing, and the quality is great. I was however wishing it gave a little more direction on getting these types of photos from a technical standpoint. There is some info there, just not enough...the book seems to me to be VERY basic.
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