Finding Freedom In Chaos: The Art of On-Location Storytelling with Courtney Larson

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This item will retire 2/24/18.


From golden sunsets to window-lit homes to the bright lights of a hospital room, Courtney Larson has learned to adapt and embrace every scenario she’s faced. In this breakout, she will take you through what she has learned along the way and challenge you to let go of fear, perfection, and the rules that bind you to something other than who you really are. You will learn the importance of shadows and how they can impact an image, ways to use unflattering light, and you’ll see a behind-the-scenes video of Courtney shooting a newborn session in the hospital. Finally, Courtney will share her editing techniques, emulating film and drawing out the emotion in each image.


• The art of storytelling and how you can incorporate it into your work
• How to create a story in a single image as well as in a series
• Ways shadows can impact an image
• Shooting in challenging environments– from a client’s home to a hospital
• How to embrace and love “imperfection”
• Ways to create an emotive couple sessions
• Editing Techniques



160+ page PDF

A behind the scenes video of an in-hospital newborn session

Two Editing videos

30 page PDF detailing how to use VSCO presets

Tips and exercises

Printable Question Guide

Q&A Video

 *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. 

Courtney Larson has always been a storyteller. As a child, she scribbled out the dreams swirling around inside her head. As a teenager, she used her stories to inspire her paintings. Through adulthood, a small jewelry business supported her while she shared God’s story in overseas missions. From the outside, you may call her an artist. She is, but deep down she’s a storyteller. Courtney is drawn to the juxtaposition of joy and pain, seemingly polar opposites. She believes that joy reaches its heights only after it has been touched by pain (something all of use have experienced). As a storyteller, artist and photographer, it is Courtney’s goal to document the truthful and wholly beautiful moments of life, love and the will to share in both.

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  • 5
    Just what I needed

    Posted by Sherri Madrigal on 6th Feb 2016

    Just starting to do documentary and lifestyle, and this helped me so much!

  • 5
    So Very Informative!

    Posted by Nadya on 5th Jan 2016

    This is my favorite breakout on the store. Courtney shares her approach to birth sessions. I have never shot a birth and I doubt I ever will, but I still found the information incredibly helpful. It has so much on connection, storytelling, working in difficult lighting situations. This is an excellent money investment!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Aug 2015

    I Love this breakout! Very interesting.