Making Magic in Minutes: The Art of Capturing Playful Connections with Amy Salessi

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This breakout will be retiring from the store and no longer available for purchase after 9/6/2020.

Learn how to take control of sessions in order to create magic in a short period of time.

Amy Salessi believes in keeping her photo sessions playful and fun and connecting and engaging with her audience in real ways. Whether she’s photographing her three young daughters or her family session clients, she’s learned how to take control of her sessions in order to create on-camera magic in short increments of time. In this breakout, Amy walks you through her simple steps for making her sessions fun and EASY and sets you up for success so that you’re seeing more intentional and productive shooting within minutes! She shares her go-to tricks for connecting with children of every age, how to direct posing to get the most natural connections, how to recover sessions that aren’t going so well, and how she uses color to make her images pop. She also shares a year-long blueprint in planning and executing successful short sessions with your children as well as mini sessions to complement your business growth. Whether you’re a mom looking to most effectively capture those precious fleeting moments with your kids or a photographer working with young families and wanting to maximize the minutes you spend with your clients, this course was created for you.

what you’ll get:

An 87-page exclusive eBook

Two family client sessions
A session with Amy's own daughter

How Amy edits in Lightroom and Photoshop

Bonus Guide to marketing, planning and executing mini sessions throughout the year
Bonus printable - How to successfully plan out your own year of photographing your children and/or clients

Bonus Style Guide to help style your own children and guide your clients toward the right clothing choices​

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 be successful in just a short amount of time (this is so critical when working with children!)


How to create colorful images that capture the natural joy and personality of your subject


How to shoot in one simple location and capture several different perspectives


​Why YOUR unique perspective is so important to your art


The importance of continuing to photograph your children as they get older


Technical tips for shooting indoors and outdoors


about your presenter

Amy Salessi, a self-taught photographer, found her love for using the camera to help capture life after the birth of her second daughter. As she spent her days juggling work and her home life with young children, she relied on her pictures of the everyday moments to remind her of the beauty in the chaos. Amy soon decided to invest all her time and heart into what she does best; capturing those everyday moments for others. Amy lives in Southern California with her husband and three young daughters (and two grown sons nearby!) and has spent the last seven years helping others capture the moments that make up their life.

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  • 5
    Wow, love this breakout!

    Posted by Jeanette Wagner on 18th Jan 2018

    The shooting videos give so many helpful tips and I love how she shows how she adapts and redirects. I learned how important lens selection is. The pdf is so helpful and reminds us to not forget to photograph our own children (which I’m going to go out to do tomorrow..) Such a great deal for so much information!!!

  • 5
    This is a great breakout with a lot of information!

    Posted by Cami Turpin on 18th Jan 2018

    I always love watching other photographers shoot and edit, and the images Amy produces are so beautiful, you’ve got to want to see how she gets them! The bonus information about mini sessions was super helpful in helping me decide if and how I should do mini sessions and if they are right for my business. I’ve done many sessions like the ones Amy shares, and it would have been SO helpful in the beginning to have had all this information and inspiration. Sometimes I get caught up in trying to be so artsy or moody in my images, and it’s great to remember just to get some HAPPY sometimes!! This is a happy breakout for sure.

  • 5
    This is the first breakout I have purchased and wow, I could not be more thrilled with these materials!

    Posted by Melanie Crawford on 18th Jan 2018

    The pdfs are chock full of helpful tips and information, as well as gorgeous, inspiring images! And I absolutely loved the videos! With respect to the shooting videos, it was so awesome to see Amy in action with not only 2 different families but also her own daughter, I loved seeing the different strategies that she used throughout her shoots. The editing videos were very helpful as well, I love her bright, colorful style and learned a lot from those. I highly recommend this breakout!