An Environmental Awakening: Using your surroundings to build a strong image with Kristen Ryan

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Learn to create beautiful, unforgettable environmental images!

Join Kristen Ryan in a Breakout that will help you create strong images from your everyday using your environment, the power of observation, and by strengthening your image through purposeful framing and post-processing. She’ll also show you how to capture big, unforgettable skies (or enhance/create them in post-processing)!

what you’ll get:


84 page eBook that covers the creation of strong, emotive, environmental images


Four behind the Scenes videos showing how Kristen captures emotive photographs during every day activities


Over 2 hours of editing videos (including a step-by-step tutorial for adding overlays and processing amazing skies)


A bonus creative composite editing video, 365 project guide pdf, and PDF on The Uncomplicated Self-Portrait

*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

what you’ll learn:


Learn to dive deeper into your environment through observation


Learn to create art in seemingly ordinary places


Focus on your individual senses in order to express your creative vision


How to bring consistency to your work through personal projects


Capturing skies in camera and creating your own


Being purposeful with everything in your frame


Using your gear and/or surroundings to eliminate distracting elements and create stronger photographs

about your presenter

Kristen Ryan is a hobbyist photographer who has a weakness for pretty light.  She is a wife and mother of two little ones.  She strives to capture her everyday life and turn it into a little piece of art.  Using her camera to document her children’s childhood and beyond has been a driving point in her photography. Photographing her everyday has made her slow down and look at the world around her.  She has a new appreciation for the little things in life.

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  • 5
    This is a beautiful breakout, full of both inspiration and helpful tips.

    Posted by Holli Pool on 21st Nov 2018

    Aside from the main topic of using your senses in capturing the world around you, Kristen also includes information on working through and finishing personal projects, taking creative self portraits, and shooting/editing. I haven’t even gotten through all the videos but know I will learn a lot from them!

  • 5
    Breakouts are a great tool to dive into photographer’s mind, perspective, and inspiration behind the lens.

    Posted by Lauren Dougherty on 21st Nov 2018

    Kristen does just this and helps amateur photographer’s build that courage to take the next steps into growing more each day. She breaks down how to ignite each of the five senses into our photographs in ways we may have not realized until her teaching. Because of her passion and hard work, you truly know Kristen’s work when you see it. We truly get a sense of her worth in this breakout. She inspires us to put ourselves out there and keep learning and growing no matter how long it may take. Great breakout!

  • 5
    I really enjoyed this breakout

    Posted by Shirley Voelker on 21st Nov 2018

    Kristen Ryan provided an awesome pdf full of great photos and descriptions of techniques. The one think I love about the pdf is that she included camera settings!!! Yes!

    I’m old and the photos I have from growing up from film cameras, you cannot see people’s faces. So, I’ve gotten in the habit of cropping a taking close up shots. Well, after this Environmental Awakening breakout, I’ve come to appreciate taking photos and including the whole “picture” of what is going on. It’s been fun to try new types of shots.

    And the skies! Great video instruction to do a sky overlay. Can’t wait to try more.

    Kristen provided wonderful feedback and suggestion for photos submitted to the forum. For one of my photos she provided at least six links to other pages so I could do more research and learning. Fabulous!