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Lifestyle Family Photography

Lesson 28 of 31

Example: Perspective in Shoots

Emily Lucarz

Lifestyle Family Photography

Emily Lucarz

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28. Example: Perspective in Shoots
Perspective carries power in portraits. Learn how perspective changes an image -- and how to quickly decide during the shoot what perspective to use. From capturing that close-up to shooting from a tall angle, dig into how perspective plays a role in lifestyle portraits.

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Example: Perspective in Shoots

Here's some more perspective going on. By taking the room and moving all over. Getting low, negative space. More perspective, okay? Shoot up, it's kind of the same thing. Remembering your perspective again, standing above. This is actually their sibling's newborn session over there, and Mama's feeding the baby, and I'm like, "Hey, let's go get some special pictures in your room." 'Cause that's just what we do right? Not just about the baby, the kiddos can go there too. They're important. And you know, I don't want them to feel like life is now just about the baby, right? So, we took them into the other room and we were tickling and reading books and playing with his animals, and I stood over them, turned my camera in a compositionally different way than I typically do. If you notice, we all kind of tend to shoot horizontally a lot of the time. Make sure you're doing vertical and horizontal, and I turned it vertically and it was kind of a fun composition. If you look down at the bottom ...

of the screen, you can see where the bedding has been pushed in where I was standing, right? So, just more perspective. Same with this one. Just getting down low so you could see the baby's facial reaction to his mommy, right? That's a newborn. But I liked this perspective because if I would've been lower or high, you wouldn't have seen both faces. So I had her turn the baby out a little bit, and it was just precious, right? You can see their connection, okay? Perspective changes everything. Here's another perspective. The piano man. Oh my gosh. He was playing, this is the organ, actually. He was playing, no, this is the piano. He was playing the piano during the whole session. I totally turned the video on. I need to blog it soon. It was so much fun. He's a pianist in real life, so he was like, playing rock and roll. He was so much fun. I'll blog it. More perspective, getting the keys. This would not have been as cute of a shot if I would've stood behind him. You wouldn't have seen what they were doing. You wouldn't have seen the reactions to each other. It's all about perspective, okay? And I wanted to see those keys. Obviously, I focused on his eye, the baby's eye, okay? Focus fell backwards, okay? His hands are unfocused, I don't care. What's the most important thing here? Their reaction to each other, right? More of the piano perspectives. Wanted to show you the whole thing. We walked around that room. You can see there are some pretty dense shadows. It was pouring outside, so it was pretty dark, and that's in downtown St. Louis, so it was, and it's closer homes, so you know, the homes are closer together. So our light was, it looks bright in there, but it's not as bright as you think it would be. And so, we just changed up the perspective. I wanted to show what they were all doing to tell the story, okay? Many different shots, same situation. But, by far, that was my favorite because you could see their face, okay? So that's the photo I put on my website. That's the photo I would share on social media, okay? So, I know somebody's asking for, how do you choose which images to show? This is the image that anybody who doesn't know this family is going to be, you know, is gonna get feeling from. You're not gonna get as much feeling from these. These photos are more for the family, okay? For their books. Mirrors. Use mirrors, mirrors are fun! Mirrors are hard because you'll be in the picture, so you have to make sure that you place yourself, you know, kind of, from the side of the mirror, and you have to have a mirror that has some light in it. This is cute, so just a mirrored shot, that same shoot of that baby, okay? This mirror was special to them, so they wanted a shot with this mirror. I don't know why that keeps getting stuck everywhere. Okay, more mirrors, okay? There's the dog at the bottom, of course, looking up at the family. We kept trying to get their dog to sit with them, but it wasn't happening. I kind of think that's funny anyways. So, I shot into the mirror. More mirrors, mirrors are fun.

Class Description

  • Capture authentic lifestyle family images
  • Plan for a successful lifestyle session
  • Create genuine interactions even with the littlest family members -- and pets
  • Edit for beautiful skin tones and stunning portraits
  • Build a successful lifestyle photography business


If you're looking for a portrait photography class to master studio lighting and perfect posing -- this isn't the class for you. Ditch the stiff, boring portraits and create genuine smiles and real family moments in Lifestyle Family Photography with Emily Lucarz. Learn how to create memorable images of real family moments.

From planning the shoot to post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, dive into the world of lifestyle photography. Learn how to tour a home while looking for light sources, then use window light for bright, beautiful images. Gain techniques to create genuine smiles from kids. Determine the gear you need, from great portrait lenses to cameras.

Whether you simply want to take better photos of your own kids or you want to build a career in lifestyle photography, this class provides the foundation. Learn lifestyle portrait photography alongside one of the Midwest's most in-demand family photographers, the engaging and fun Emily Lucarz.

For photographers turning a passion for family photography into a business, gain valuable insight into creating portrait packages, setting prices, and displaying your work. Learn how to build your portfolio and how to manage a photography business.

  • Budding photographers ready to turn a passion into a profession
  • Parents that want to capture better images of the everyday moments
  • Professional photographers ready to do more with lifestyle images


Like many family photographers, Emily got started after her first son was born. Now nearly a decade later, Emily is one of the top family photographers in the Midwest -- booking often nearly a year in advance. She's known for the way she works with young kids and families to create genuine interactions, along with capturing fun perspectives. Emily's charisma and easy-going teaching style has allowed her to lead workshops across the U.S. Learn from Emily right where you're at in one of CreativeLive's top-rated lifestyle classes.



Emily reignited my passion for lifestyle photography and gave me the tools that I needed to give my business a creative and profitable boost. Seeing how effortlessly she interacted with families and the efficiency of her workflow was inspiring. I'm excited to shake things up and make some positive changes in my business that I know will lead to success. Thank you Emily and thank you Creativelive for this fun and informative class!


Watching Emily on CL - I rarely comment, but wanted to pop in and say what a great class it is! Full of helpful information and good content. One of the first classes that moves at a perfect pace, keeping things interesting & engaging. I tend to lose interest quickly when classes drag, but she really does such a fantastic job, which is refreshing. Makes watching the class really enjoyable! Thank you!


I was just hoping on here to post how much I loved this class. I used to be a portrait photographer, veered away for a bit to focus on more conceptual art photography but i still am interested in lifestyle photography. Emily is very inspiring, her bubbly personality was a joy to watch how she interacts with families especially the kids. Her work is phenomenal! (in response to one of the bad reviews, about her cutting off children shooting on a live workshop while tethered and teaching can easily explain this away as you can tell from her portfolio that she always has compositionly beautiful images) This class has renewed and inspired my love of lifestyle and i have been shooting so much since the class! Definitely used her tips and tricks to improve my pictures! highly recommend this class!