love soaked family photography--the course + retreat
finally make the work your artist heart craves
Shooting families well is not just talent or luck. It’s not about perfect clients with perfectly behaved kids, perfect homes, or even perfect trust in what you do. You don’t need to shoot dozens of sessions before you can make the images you see in your head, and you don’t need to burn yourself out with trial and error to improve your work.
What you do need is a repeatable system. A framework.
A way to direct + run a session that gives you fabulous photos every time but DOESN’T squash your creativity + make you want to poke your eyeballs out because every session feels the same.
Everything I learned about family photography in the beginning either felt too magical with no application or too specific to apply to the variety of families + locations I was working with. When I finally pieced it all together and implemented it into my sessions my work got better, fast–and I was more creative than ever. Say whaaa?
And it’s not just me. This framework + course is a mix of the practical + the magical that photographers have used to transform their images–I mean, check out these before + afters:
Here’s Bri, a wedding photographer who hadn’t shot a family for years and then cranked out this magic after the workshop:
Here’s Rebecca, who took her work from generic to whoa:
And Erin, who gained the confidence to try things she’d been too scared to do before the workshop:
The BEFOREs aren’t glaringly bad–but see how these photographers go from generic to having something distinct to say?
The point is, you can do this too, boo. In your own, unique, gorgeous way that may look nothing like mine, but the framework will give you the practical how-to of running a shoot + troubleshooting, plus honing in on your own secret sauce to make your family work what you want it to be.
In the course, we will cover:
-my 5 step framework for shooting families that applies to ANY family + any location with ZERO burnout
-the game plan of shooting “lifestyle” family photos–where to start + end so you get the best results + never have those deer-in-the-headlights ‘oh gawsh what should we do next’ moments
-infinitely variable poses, tricks, games + antics I use at every shoot to win kids over, inspire the artist within + make the session fun
-how to make EVERY client look natural (and totally gorgeous)–this is HUGE
-a deep dive into INDOOR light so you can walk into any home ready to rock it
-shooting film with fast moving kids + dark houses
-dealing with nightmare situations + making beauty when everything sucks (crying kids mad dads self conscious helicopter moms whaaa?)
-the biggest mistake (you don’t know you’re making) when shooting families (bonus: fixing it will drastically increase your satisfaction with your own work)
-storytelling–honing your voice so you walk into every shoot with the confidence that you can make magic
-shooting large families with a candid feel
-the one factor that has the power to take your work from mediocre to show stopping
-mini games + simple directions to use over + over
-what to do when you get stuck at a shoot
-how to win kids over
-guiding + harnessing the energy in a shoot so everyone is eating out of the palm of your hand
-how to prepare for a shoot
-how to orchestrate magic moments that are completely authentic + individualized
“There’s no better way to free up your mind and help you trust your own instincts. I had so many revelations about my “why” of photography. I think what I learned was so different from what I expected. It was specific to me and my strengths and weaknesses and truly invaluable. I would recommend Brooke’s unique and passionate workshop to any photographer on any level.”
Honesty warning–in teaching the workshops, we would have this incredible connected experience together and then it just felt so yucky and sad to say, “peace out see ya never!” After dumping a bunch of knowledge. The how-to is only half of the puzzle; the other half is the APPLICATION.
So, in addition to the course itself, everyone who purchases the course will be in a private Facebook membership group that runs through May 2, where I’ll be providing new content every week including photo reviews, Q + A videos, behind the scenes, and anything else you need in the journey of improving your family photography. Instead of this being another piece of education you buy but never get around to finishing, I created this to be a 3 month mentoring session. If you commit and invest that time and do the work, you WILL make better family photos.
BUT–here’s the big but–the BEST way to learn is still in person, live, IN REAL LIFE, with real families seeing how all of this works in real time. So I’ll be hosting the Love Soaked Family Photography Retreat May 9-12, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The online course is the 101, and the retreat is 201–the next step, a deep dive. We will spend 3 days together APPLYING everything, while shooting 4 (yep count em 4) amazing (and challenging) family sessions.
There’s nothing better for solidifying your knowledge, and the connections and breakthroughs that come in real life can’t be matched by going through something online. (Plus there’s beefing up your portfolio, I’ll be real!) Because the retreat is for online course alum, the retreat will only be sold in a bundle with the course.
The retreat is for people who are serious about family photography and want to have a transformative experience that’s every bit as practical as it is magical–walking away with great portfolio images, but more importantly being crazy in touch with who you are as an artist + having the tools to execute what you want to create.
-videos of me shooting 2 families start to finish, so you can observe me directing them, where I place them in the home, how I work with light, how I handle problems, what I do when I get stuck ($950 VALUE)
-videos explaining every game, pose, and go-to
-downloadable PDFs for every aspect of the framework, broken up into digestible bites
-light study video, walking through a home and discussing how I use light, what I’m looking for, how light behaves indoors, where I’d shoot and how I manage challenges like dark rooms + distracting backgrounds
-12 week membership with new content from me EVERY week, including image reviews, Q + As, behind the scenes, and anything else that comes up as a block in improving your photography. The journey to directing families confidently and making the work you long to make isn’t easy (simple, but not easy)–so I’m not going anywhere. 🙂 ($2000 value*)
*If you’re like, uhh, where’s she gettin’ these value numbers? $950 is what the one day workshop used to cost to attend in person. $2000 is what I would charge for a 3 month long mentorship with weekly check ins + content from me.
Total value $2950
Holy crap I can’t believe I’m about to write this but you can get immediate access to everything for $399.
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You’ll have lifetime access to the course, and you’re free to go at your own pace. Everything created by me in the membership will be available after the membership ends as well so you’ll be able to access it anytime. Nothing in the course or membership will be there as fluff just to fill time and create the illusion of getting more. I’ve purposely simplified so we are cutting right to the guts of what you need to know so you can spend time applying.
Is this for beginning family photographers or experienced photographers?
Whether you haven’t started family photography yet or you’re burnt out, if you want concrete ways to work with families along with the big picture vision to carry you as long as you want to shoot families, this course is for you. I’ve had photographers come to the workshop who have been shooting for 6 weeks and photographers who’ve been shooting for 20 years, and both loved the experience equally.
This course isn’t right for…
Purist documentary photographers. Because the course spends a bunch of time on directing families, if you’re committed to NOT directing your subjects at all, this approach isn’t a good fit.
If you just want to know how to get more clients. This course is focused on the WORK. I’m an open book and will share about business, but we are going to hone in on making better photos before we try to get people to buy those photos. 🙂
-Love Soaked Family Photography Course ($2950 value)
-4 in-home family shoots with plenty of time to direct the families with feedback from me (in small groups so you’re not doing it in front of the whole group) and time to watch me shoot
-your stay at a lovely Victorian home in downtown Salt Lake City, UT for 3 nights
-all meals except the Welcome dinner together on Wednesday that will be on your own
-time to explore your creative vision with one on one attention from me + feedback from the group (and no, I’m not gonna give you general, ethereal feedback–you’ll walk away with a detailed to-do list, baby.)
-time to recharge creatively with inspiration up the yang, dance parties, meditation, photo walks, and more (and yeah you can opt out of dancing + meditating if that’s not your thang.)
-friends who will be your go-to photo buddies long after the workshop is over
-extra surprises I can’t wait to give you 🙂 ($700 value)
BONUS: this workshop is sponsored by The Find Lab! They’ll be providing film + processing for all the attendees.
Total value: $5200 (not including the priceless stuff wink)
Get everything (immediate access to the course AND your seat to the retreat) for two payments of $749. First payment is due to reserve your seat and get the course + the second payment is due in March.
15 seats available, m’love.
*Retreat will start with the welcome dinner at 7pm on the 9th and end with breakfast + wrap up at 11am on Saturday the 12th*
Registration for the retreat is OPEN (and right now this is the only way to purchase the Love Soaked Family Photography Course–get immediate access to the course + reserve your retreat seat here.)
and now here’s the part where i realize my descriptions of the workshop experience can only tell you so much.
You really need to hear the words of the people who have been in your shoes, wondering if this thing is right for them.
Here are some reviews from past attendees (and some were even anonymous so they could say whatever they wanted and here’s what they said!):
The tips and tricks of HOW to do it were amazing, but the part that really got my head spinning was the WHY.
I was afraid I’d either be too much of a novice and feel out of place or that I’d be too experienced and not get much from the workshop, but that totally did not happen. The way Brooke teaches this workshop allows each person to take the information and make it their own so that it doesn’t matter where they are in their photography journey. Everyone can learn from this workshop. It’s jam packed with information and inspiration that will leave your mind spinning. I also LOVED getting to watch Brooke shoot. Talk about magic!
Going in to the workshop I had so much “I don’t belong here, I don’t know what I’m doing” anxiety. But as soon as we started, Brooke, you just had this wonderful, magical way of pulling us all out of our shells. I feel like I made real, cool, genuine friendships.
I learned SO much not only through the content of the workshop but about being unafraid and excited to start new things. I left feeling inspired and capable and reenergized and excited.
Even if all I could really say I “got” out of this workshop is an awesome day of personal growth, creative rejuvenation, and meeting new friends, it would be worth every penny. That said, I’m 10000x closer to starting the kind of business that I want to create (and knowing what that is) because of this workshop.
It was sooo invaluable. You just can’t replicate or fake an environment like that.
I was worried that I’d feel intimidated by Brooke and the situation in general, but it was such a giving, supporting and welcoming environment. Brooke had no ego and was an open book, which put me at ease immediately.
Photographers, go go go! This workshop will inspire you to take your family photography to the next level.
My biggest fear about attending was if it would be worth the money. Anything I do to further my business has to come out of the money I earn, which isn’t a lot YET. I spent a huge chunk of what I had in hopes it would help me learn the genre of family photography + in home family photography, and it was an amazing day full of stretching, learning, energy and heart.
Just being around Brooke and soaking in her incredible talent, magnetic personality, red lipstick and spontaneous dance moves was worth it! LOL! Her vibe is so energetic and kind, encouraging and full of love. She has a gift for helping you find your own voice and express it.
“Brooke’s workshop is a double-whammy: a behind-the scenes look into her soulful way of shooting families, and if that isn’t enough, also a deep dive into yourself, your work, and your business. You will answer tough questions about yourself but come out with a strategy for how to communicate effectively with clients to make you shine with uniqueness, all with Brooke and her expertise by your side to guide you.”
“So much great information and insight was learned. I will refer back to the notes over and over. If you are looking to hone in on your brand, get clarity on your business and direction of work, and gather new skills to engage with your clients then this is for you!”
“My biggest fear was that I would invest time and money and not come away with the perceived value that I was putting in, but it didn’t happen.
I came away with so many gems of how I can improve and how I can hone in on the style that really speaks to me.
Brooke is the real deal! The message she puts out into the world is love and you can feel that in everything she says and does. It comes across in her photography because that’s who she is as a person. I loved this workshop because I was able to see how she infuses herself into her work. She taught us how to bring our best selves to the process and how to share our own unique voice through our work.”
So you could keep spinning your wheels wasting time and energy trying to get better with trial and error or piecing together ideas from a zillion places. Or you could fast track your artistic growth, save yourself from burnout, and get a plan for working with families that works EVERY time.