Perfectly Imperfect: Creating depth and honesty in timeless family portraiture with Bethany Sams

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Photograph families in a way that excites you and stirs your heart!

Do you want to infuse your family photography with more authenticity? Do you want to feel more confident capturing the beauty while embracing imperfections? In this Breakout, Bethany Sams will walk you through her creative process for photographing families. She will help you see and take control of your own vision by exploring the use of light and composition to produce timeless, genuine connections. You will get an inside look, start to finish, at her client workflow before and during sessions and you will see how she polishes her vision for her images in post processing.

what you’ll get:

A PDF covering how Bethany creates beautifully honest family photographs


Behind the scenes sunset family session shooting video


Bonus shooting video of a family of eight


How to use the same light different ways Tips for completing a 365


Bonus Editing video

Bonus 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.

what you’ll learn:


How to see and expose you images for different types of light to control the vision of your photographs


How to use different types of light at family sessions


How to prepare clients for your session to set the tone to foster genuine connection


Tips on how to let go of perfection and see the beauty in the in-between


Tips on how to get connection and variety at family sessions


Bethany’s editing tips and tricks


about your presenter

Bethany Sams is a natural light family photographer based in Knoxville, TN who is most inspired by the imperfections of family life. She is a homeschooling mama to 4 little ones and wife to her hubby of 14 years. She spends most of her time at home adventuring with her family around their woods, riding bikes, building forts out of couch cushions, drinking lukewarm coffee, and living on Grace.

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  • 5
    So encouraging!

    Posted by Lindsay Nolan on 3rd Oct 2018

    I enjoyed this breakout so much! Bethany has a wonderful way of communicating with the student and with her clients as well. What I learned most from her was how to interact with families and how to position them for capturing warm, beautiful images. Bethany is moving around the whole time in the shooting videos and offering gentle direction to the kids and parents. I love the part about positioning hands! So important yet so easy to overlook. Thank you, Bethany for all the time that I'm sure went into creating this very helpful tool. I've already watched it 3 times.

  • 5
    Perfectly Imperfect

    Posted by Olivia Blackburn on 24th Jul 2018

    This breakout is amazinggg! I've been searching for the right breakout or class to take my family sessions to the next level and I think this was it! Bethany gives countless tips and tricks to make your clients feel comfortable and get those genuine expressions, and watching her shooting videos has inspired me to push myself harder and shoot more creatively. It was exactly what I needed and more!

  • 5
    If you have seen Bethany’s work, then you know she has an incredible gift in photography.

    Posted by Sarah Moan on 30th Dec 2017

    But not only is she a talented photographer, she is a great writer and teacher, too! It is evident that Bethany has put so much heart and soul into this breakout. She has included many practical teaching points to help improve your technical skill–& a lot of wisdom to apply in your business. You will get to see & understand how she is able to capture emotion, connection and authentic imagery in the “beautiful chaos” of family photography. The wisdom Bethany shares in this breakout is invaluable. You need this breakout in your life and all of the treasures she has packed into her materials!! Thank you so much for your generosity, Bethany. You are a gift to the photography community!

  • 5
    You will absolutely not regret purchasing this breakout.

    Posted by Caley Marston on 30th Dec 2017

    This was one of the most thoughtful breakouts I have purchased. I loved it so much that it literally brought me to tears while reading through the information. You can tell that Bethany pours her soul and heart into not only the BO but every photo that she takes. It was like a breath of fresh photography air and it made me long to let the same passion, emotion, and heart flow and weave itself into my own work. Bethany, I cannot thank you enough for being so real, honest as you lovingly approach your photography. You and your work have touched me deeply and is now how I long to be in my own photographic journey.

  • 5
    First off all, I would like to say a big thank you!

    Posted by Samantha Degens on 30th Dec 2017

    Bethany, I feel so inspired by your work, by this breakout and I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you!!! I’ve been following Bethany’s work for quite some time. I was so excited when I found out she was working on her breakout via her Instagram. Her work is STUNNING and I just couldn’t wait to learn from her. When the breakout went live I read through the pdf and watched the videos in one go. I felt SO inspired!!! The PDF is filled with so much information, and of course her beautiful work! I’ve taken a lot of breakouts but this is probably one of the best breakouts I’ve ever done! Bethany is also very active on the forum which I love, and the creative exercises are very inspiring and make you think about your work. I highly recommend to sign up right now, while the breakout is still live! You won’t regret it!