August 2, 2012

Envisioning Family: A Photographer's Guide To Making Meaningful Portraits :: Book Review

Taking meaningful photos is always a challenge, even for the seasoned photographer. Envisioning Family: A photographer's guide to making meaningful portraits of the modern family is a guide by Tamara Lackey that helps readers captures the spirit of a family. Isn't that really the kind of photos that you want? That family now feels something when they view those kinds of photographs.
In Tamara Lackey's Envisioning Family: A photographer's guide to making meaningful portraits of the modern family, Lackey reinvents the family photo for photographers. A top portrait photographer and sought-after speaker, Lackey reveals her techniques for getting each member of the family to feel at home in front of the camera–whether they're in her studio, at home, or on location.

Just the photos alone provide so much inspiration! Nearly every page in the book has beautiful photos to illustrate Lackey's points. My favorite sections were "Know Your Camera Settings and Features" and "Breaking From The Mold". Check out the sample pages of this book and you will see how beautiful and useful this book is. 

I am no professional photographer, but I am hired to take photos from time to time. I learned some great tips on these topics and many more: 
  • how to use backgrounds that complement your subjects
  • dressing subjects appropriately
  • light your images anywhere with straightforward lighting setups and diagrams
  • pose your subjects in a beautiful but natural way
  • destination photo shoots
  • camera settings
Get more information about Envisioning Family including where to purchase the guide, sample content, and more.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any financial compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else.  I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency.  See my full disclosure.


  1. I would love to learn how to take better pictures so I can get some wonderful shots of my grandchildren while they are young. This book sounds amazing.

  2. This book is spot on! To learn how to capture photos of the people you love in the places you enjoy! What a great idea, and looks perfect for me. I'm going to ask for this for my birthday coming up!


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