Heartstrings: A Complete Guide to Creating Heartfelt Imagery

I have always first and foremost been inspired by connection and emotion, and I knew shortly after I began photographing families, that both they and I deserved more than generic smiles and simple portraits. I have spent the better part of close to a decade refining the craft of making emotional images. My goal is ultimately to create a time capsule and preserve legacies. I want to showcase so much more than how people look, but how they feel and who they are. I want my families to come to me just as they are.. no apologies, reveling in their beautiful imperfections– to show them their moments are enough.

The hard part is achieving this in about an hour or two. The truth is I am in the business of love… all kinds of love. It goes so far beyond photography. I care so incredibly much not just about the work I make, but the families I am fortunate enough to work with. I am also passionate about teaching and showing other creatives how to be as well. This guide is over 28,000 words, chalk full of helpful information, education and inspiration. It is meant to uplift you, share all of my how-to and to be a helpmate as you grow in your journey as a memory keeper. You can and will make your own beautiful moments. YOUR clients deserve that.

This guide is the perfect compliment to the Moments Matter guide, but can be totally purchased and utilized on it’s own. It is packed full of my thought process in some of my most favorite images, technical tips on achieving focus in all kinds of lighting situations, prompts for connection, technical settings, making your families at ease, obtaining moment based images, directing a session from start to finish and so much more. Everything that I do– I have included here. If you are stuck or burnt out, this is the perfect guide to get you thinking again. If you are looking for more meaningful interactions with the families you photograph, this is the perfect guide to help you get past the awkward meetings and maybe even some of those nerves you have. If you are looking to make more meaningful personal work, that’s in here too. I’ve got it all covered inside.

Who is this Guide good for? Anyone that is ready to begin finding their “voice” and is hoping to get more genuine moments in their work. This guide is here to inspire you to create more meaningful images. I have poured my heart out on these pages. Everything that I utilize has been laid right out here for you.


Here is a peek of just a few of the 200 pages inside this guide:


Included in this guide is:

A beautiful 209 page guide, packed full with everything you need to begin creating gorgeous moment based imagery for yourself and/or your clients.

My approach to shooting, different lighting, gear, metering and all the helpful technical aspects to create the images I do in camera.

My approach to curating moments and directing my families so they feel comfortable with me. I also share how I capture emotion, find the perfect locations, tell stories with my images, find my inner voice and so much more.

A Facebook group only for those that purchase this guide! A link to access our group will be sent with your purchase so make sure you check your e-mail! 🙂 

Access to my Shooting and Client Guides I give to those that book with me (Shared within the Facebook Group mentioned above.)

$40.00 Gift Code to any Photoshop Actions or Presets in the shop (Within the download.) This can not be combined with any other discounts or promotional codes and is only ONE use per person. This can not be used for anything but Photoshop Actions or Presets. I appreciate your honesty and understanding in this matter.

This is a huge savings from my in person mentoring and workshops!


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Please Note: Due to the large nature of this file, the PDF has been condensed to make it easier to download, but does come in a zip file. It may take quite a while to download completely. You will need to open this to a desktop, but it can be transferred to an iPad or smart device for reading on the go from there by using a file sharing service of your choosing (dropbox is a good one.) I also included the full resolution (HUGE file and will take possibly hours to download in the e-mail sent upon purchase), but wanted you to have this should you want to print this. If your link times out or you need your link reset, don’t panic! Just shoot me a message and I will get you a fresh link or send you straight to dropbox where you shouldn’t have any problem at all.

Please allow 48 hours to be approved into the group. It may be sooner– but we will be traveling so I want to be sure that I can make sure I properly screen everyone through purchase to be fair to all photographers that do invest in this guide–and have a decent internet connection.

This is not a course or a class. While it is absolutely an educational resource, there is no online forum or structured classes that accompany this.

Editing is not covered with this particular guide since I offer a full online processing workshop! The next run will go in the shop soon and be hosted this August. I wanted to keep this guide at a great value for you. If you would like to see how I use photoshop actions however, there are free youtube videos linked off this shop.

Due to the digital nature of this content, there are absolutely no refunds. I appreciate your understanding. By purchasing you acknowledge this.

This guide is full resolution and you can certainly print it on your own. It is ONLY digital copy however. There is no hard copy or tangible version of this book. By purchasing this you will be reading it from either your computer or mobile device.

This guide is in place to help you with your photography but also to inspire you to take images that are more meaningful to you. I am not promising it is going to create a successful business for you overnight or make you millions of bucks. (I wish!)

This guide is copyrighted and may not be shared or transferred to another party. Once purchased, this is for you and you only. This includes multiple photographers operating as one business. Each photographer will need to purchase their own copy. By purchasing this, you acknowledge you will not share this, reproduce it or resell this guide in anyway.

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