The Posing Playbook…For Kids Who Don’t Do Posing (2nd edition)


When it comes to photographing children, there is one universal truth that remains consistent: most kids don’t really do posing. That being said, nearly all kids are amenable to being moved this way and that and often will take posing direction beautifully – you just often have to use an entirely different language to get them to do so. And much of it isn’t verbal.

This digital guidebook contains a wealth of posing ideas, each with detailed Before & After images – as well as all technical settings, metering choices, lighting configurations, brief description of shoots … and easy bullet points to reference when posing and photographing children and families.

In other words, it’s not just about what the final shot looks like; it’s about how, exactly, you create it.


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Delivered electronically, this 80+ page posing playbook with over 30 posing situations was created for you to be able to read through the book in detail, then easily refer to for ideas and inspiration while out and about on a shoot, as it’s built for use with all mobile devices.

The Posing Playbook, 2nd Edition, is $89 and delivered electronically, immediately upon purchase.

In order to view on smartphones or tablets, you’ll need to have a PDF reader. Here’s a great option available free for Android, iPhone, iPad and tablets:

If you already have the Posing Playbook and want to transfer it to your smartphone or tablet, here are some easy directions to help you out:  Since The Posing Playbook is quite a large pdf, you can use a free service like to mail it to an email address you have access to on your mobile device.  Then download directly from the WeTransfer link in your email.  Or if you have access to your computer via your device, you’ll be able to use your existing PDF files through your device’s transfer mode or service.  For example, you can add the file to your Library (under File) in iTunes and it will appear under Books, which you can then sync with your iPhone or iPad.



  1. :

    What a guide! Let Tamara Lackey show you how to get those fun, playful, less posed images.

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    This is a great book, and I’m excited about it being expanded!

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    I just got it, and its simply awesome!

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    This has been so helpful – before getting the posing handbook I was doing the typical poses… sitting children back to back, or standing and trying to get them “perfectly” positioned against a background, all of us would end up so stressed out. After reading and going through the manual I brought my next children’s session to a park … I ran and played with them before we even started shooting so they could warm up to me. We rolled on the floor, played games and in between this as I would call either one or all of their attention to me, I was getting shots. I fell in love with these kids instead of leaving overwhelmed or dreading the images. I loved the way they came out and the mother ordered every pose, including the ones with her in it.

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    Tamara’s Posing Handbook is far beyond a traditional posing guide. Instead of showing subjects in various poses with explanations of where to put arms, hands etc, this Handbook is more like a “playbook.” It is replete with specific strategies for dealing with scenarios commonly-encountered by children and family photographers. I have added reviewing this Handbook to the mental “warm up” I do before every session and have successfully used several of Tamara’s strategies. Additionally, the Handbook provides a method for reviewing my own past sessions and identifying successful “poses.” Once again, Tamara has created an incredibly useful tool to help photographers realize more success with clients and in their businesses.

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    Just got the Playbook – it is *FANTASTIC*! I don’t photograph children professionally, but hoped it would help me get better photos of my own and friends children… and I downloaded it to my laptop and could NOT stop reading – EVERY SINGLE PAGE is amazing!! I loved ALL the detail you included!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Thanks so much for sharing all your wisdom!

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