In the Zone: Family Photography Uncovered

with Tarah Sweeney


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Get in the zone and learn to document, pose and capture families authentically.

Learn everything you need to know about lifestyle family photography! From creating natural posing to digging deep to pull out genuine emotion and connection, take your family photography to the next level! We’ll also discuss troubleshooting and difficult sessions as well as preparation, locations, editing and more! You will leave this class with the confidence you need to work with families and create a beautiful family gallery for anyone!


Best to know and use manual mode on DSLR.

what you’ll get

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4 PDFs that will give you the confidence to take your family photography to the next level.

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Behind the scenes videos covering everything you need to know to photograph families.


Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.


Videos that will take you through different family sessions to understand both the flow of the session in addition to the specific prompts and poses that were used to create specific photographs.


Full Participation students receive extensive personal video critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.

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Learn Tarah's tips and tricks for creating beautiful family photographs that will make you stand out!


Lesson One


Creating, envisioning and executing posing and ideas.

Using inspiration to create unique "bullet points" and natural flow for a session.

Preparation for sessions.

Inspiration triggers.

Lesson Two


Learning to dig deep and work within the human experience to truly pull out more than "smiling at the camera".

Learning and utilizing emotional intelligence

How to begin a session with steps that allow you to create incredible variety to a gallery and have happy clients

Lesson Three


Working on location in home, on the beach, rustic style etc.,

Learning and understanding how location and light changes the vibe.

Working to create magic in any location.

Fresh 48 session

Learning about minimal changes that will actually enhance a gallery

Lesson Four


In depth editing

Work flow

Culling and process

as seen on instagram


"Tarah knocks it out of the park again with this class!"

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about your instructor

Tarah Sweeney is a self-taught professional and successful portrait and wedding photographer in San Diego, CA. She is first and foremost a wife and mother to three little ones and she spends her days photographing their daily adventures.

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.



  1. Maria Barthmaier December 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    In the Zone has been nothing short of amazing! It helped improve my photography so much and the connections with my families!! All of the videos and information Tarah gives is a game changer. She is absolutely incredible as an instructor and as a human! She is so knowledgeable and beyond talented and she still will take time to answer every single question you have. She is amazing with her critiques and she really does want every single one of her “students” to learn and become better. Her tips and tricks she teaches have helped improve my composition exponentially. I took TIV in the spring and this was an amazing follow up! You will not regret this workshop. Promise!

  2. Meg Bacher December 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I’m pretty confident to say this is the best workshop out there. Tarah shows you every steps from the start (how to choose location) to finish (editing and delivering). I’m so glad I took this and you won’t de disappointed!
    Her materials are very well organized and easy to follow. I loved her videos feel so friendly, like you’re taking to your friend on video chat, but also have tons of information you need to make your image pop! Like everybody in this review is saying, “Take this workshop! “.

  3. Bay O'Brien December 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    If you are considering taking this course….stop it and REGISTER NOW. Not only does Tarah so willingly show you how she creates her magic but she mentors you, coaches you and cheers you on throughout the course. If photography runs its creative course through your veins, this course is a no brainer…along with any of Tarah’s others course. Invest in yourself!

  4. Charlotte December 13, 2018 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Amazing class!!! I have taken both of Tarah’s workshops and have absolutely loved them both, so sad I’ve finished them now. I learnt so much, the materials are packed with information and her critiques are really helpful. Thanks Tarah!

  5. Lisa Poseley September 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    A must take course! Really amazing and full of helpful and inspirational content. tara’s work is so gorgeous and she really shares so much to help others achieve their vision.

  6. Kaly Martin August 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Tarah knocks it out of the park again with this class. She always goes above and beyond with her teaching and I always walk away with new tips, tricks, and tools that not only improve my photography, but also workflow. Along with staying close to the heart of everything and being a wonderful reminder of our “why”. Absolutely loved this class. If your deciding if you should take it or not… DO IT. <3

  7. BOBBIE COHLAN August 9, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I am a hobbyist with no plans to ever go into business. Most of my classmates were in business or thinking of it and this class is great if you are in business but it was great even for me , just a grandma hobbyist who shoots family photos. I learned lots of ways to get natural looking connections, flow of shooting from portrait, to lifestyle, to documentary and lots of editing ideas as well. Tarah is very responsive to q and a. The class provides lots of videos and also video cc, which i find very helpful. Tarah is honest in her cc and gives constructive ideas on how to improve your photos. I recommend this class . You will learn, grow, have fun .

  8. Angie Warmington August 9, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

    This was my first class with Tarah Sweeney and I absolutely loved it. The materials were packed with tons of great information and tips on what makes a strong image, what she does to draw true connection from her families and so much more. It was very clear that she put a lot of thought, time and quite a bit of herself in these materials and what she was teaching. While I’m not new to photography, I am new to photographing other families outside my own and this class was the confidence booster that I needed. I loved her mindful approach to how she goes about focusing on getting her families to feel so loved and connected to one another, but how she made her work stayed true to who she was as a person. This class was incredibly inspirational as well as educational. I can not wait to take more classes from Tarah!

  9. Jessica Raymond August 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    By far the most amazing workshop I have taken to date! Tarah shares her heart and soul, her thought behind why she does what she does, and she engages with students SO much! She really is an open book in this workshop. If you are on the fence this worshop is a must! Thank you Tarah!!!

  10. Beth Cagnoni August 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Tarah is absolutely amazing in this workshop! She tells all, and really is an open book about her shooting, editing, photography business, posing, and directing. She is helpful and involved, while her critiques on assignments are encouraging, challenging, supportive, and constructive. This workshop is one of the best I’ve ever taken. It will improve your photography and challenge you to grow while also encouraging you right where you are. I’m so thankful to Tarah for all her help and encouragement during this workshop. She really does put her heart and soul into her classes.

  11. Carrie Calligan August 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Whether you are a seasoned, or just starting out, this class is a must! I have taken every class or breakout Tarah has done and each one exceeds the last. The time she devotes to the class and the critiques she gives on the weekly assignments is rad. We get to watch her every step of a session – from shooting, to culling, to editing, and so much more. This class helped me break my normal thought train as far as family portraits go and create some magic between the posed. Take. The. Class. Worth every cent. ♥

  12. Lizzy Hannaford August 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Tarah’s work speaks for itself. It is exceptional and you can clearly see she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. This includes her workshops. Her critiques are in depth, her attention to detail is perfect and honestly she makes you feel as though you are the only one in her class. She opens an alumni pg for her WS and as an active alumni myself in TIV, she dedicates her time so selflessly to continue supporting your growth. So highly recommend <3

  13. Shiloh Reed August 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    This workshop is full of tools, support, education and non stop learning opportunities! I highly recommend taking this course. There is a ton of content and it will help to challenge you in the best ways! You will not regret investing in this workshop!!

  14. Shannon August 7, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I seriously cannot EVER take enough courses with Tarah Sweeney! Ever. She is INCREDIBLE and here she does it again. This course is fantastic!!! I am just starting out with my business and haven’t had many families yet- honestly because I’m a little worried I won’t be able to “get their kids to smile”. Fears gone! I now feel confident to go into a session, get into the zone & capture the family & their connections and unique beauty. Thank you so much, Tarah! I seriously cannot wait for another workshop from you (haha no pressure, I can’t imagine how much work goes into these!!) THANKS A MILLION!!! :)

  15. Jen Berg August 7, 2018 at 12:25 am - Reply

    I have never been too excited about family sessions in the past — it’s not what I prefer to photograph usually — but, this class has definitely made me more excited and willing and even planning/plotting how to do more in the future. I feel like I have a full tool belt now of what I should be looking for in a family session and how to get it. I am definitely a “need clear directions person”, so this is huge.
    Tarah really does answer every question and share everything — how she does lighting, posing, composition, and even her post-processing tricks and trips. I am seriously in awe of how fast she edits, and she teaches exactly how to do just that in this class. I would highly recommend this class for those who want to get their family photography “in the zone”!

  16. Tressa Maciag August 6, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    This is my second class with Tarah Sweeney and it did not disappoint!! Tarah doesn’t hold back AT ALL and spills all her “secrets.” She promised to be an open book and answered any question we had. I left the class feeling confident that I had the tools to be “in the zone” for magical connections in my photography with posing, lighting, composition, emotion, and post processing. I especially appreciated her pdfs that are simple and not overwhelming, but inspirational and POWERFUL. Not to mention, her behind the scenes videos are eye opening!! Tarah is a genuine soul and a true gem in the world of photography. Take the class :)

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