Luminous, Magical & Memorable: Learning to Shoot for Light First with Nicole Houser

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Learn to love light in a Breakout that will show you how to put light first!

From backlight to shadows, pockets of light to window light, reflections to silhouettes, Nicole Houser will show you how she works in different types of light to create memorable, compelling images. No matter what type of light you work with, Nicole will teach you her tips and tricks for using the light she has to create something magical. Go behind the scenes as Nicole shares her entire process, from finding the light to her editing tips and techniques for each lighting scenario. Along the way you’ll learn how to find creative light in and around your home and other locations through a series of creative exercises that are designed to help you look for the light first!

what you’ll get:

A PDF covering how Nicole uses various lighting situations to enhance her images and make them magical


1 in home in various locations showing how she photographs her daughter and chooses light

1 on location client senior session showing how she finds creative light in not so creative places and tips on posing

1 at the beach where she photographs her children in and out of the water

See how Nicole typically edits using both Lightroom and Photoshop: 2 black and white editing videos 1 client hand edit video 1 color edit video with a preset

Nicole's go-to B&W Lightroom preset for enhancing the light or the emotion in an image.
3 creative exercises to help you practice some of these techniques and get you looking for the light first

Bonus beach image edit video

Recorded Q&A video from student questions during the live run of the breakout

*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:


How to find creative light in and around your home and other locations


How to shoot and edit in all different lighting scenarios (backlight, shadows, light pockets, window light, reflections, silhouettes)


Editing tips and techniques for specific lighting scenarios, along with settings and lens choice


Successful and creative personal projects as well as exercises to help you work with light


How to use prompts in your photography efficiently and effectively


Using creative light when shooting clients


Ways to help keep your client and personal work consistent


Get a behind the scenes look at how Nicole edits


about your presenter

Nicole Houser is a light seeking photographer located in Sarasota, FL. Her strong love of light mixed with the passion of photographing her three children, results in the unique story of their day to day life with a touch of magic. She also enjoys photographing clients throughout the year, creating lasting memories enhanced with light. You can view more of her work at

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  • 5
    As a learning hobbyist photographer living in the Pacific Nothwest, light has been my biggest puzzle.

    Posted by Sarah on 13th Dec 2017

    I lust over beautiful photos of Nicole’s and other click in moms on IG or the click in moms page. I want to be like them and see light the same way. I signed up for his break out and am so glad I did. I was itching all week to have a full day home and practice all over my house. And the editing tips are such a help to upping my game and understanding more of what I’m doing. Time and money well spent.

  • 5
    Love love loved this breakout!

    Posted by Chrissy Lamb on 13th Dec 2017

    I came here hoping I would at least learn one thing, but Nicole’s information and help is more than I could’ve asked for! I didn’t expect such a thorough PDF. There was so much information, and inspiration! Her photos are breathtaking and really show what light can do. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone wanting to learn more about light!

  • 5
    this breakout has been awesome.

    Posted by Nicole on 13th Dec 2017

    Nicole had been more involved than I’d even hoped and gives good, real feedback quickly. the PDF is well-done, shows such depth of knowledge, and it feels like Nicole “talks” to me like I’m a friend. money and time well-spent!