Connected: Images With Heart

with virginia greuloch

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Deep connection with your work and your subjects first begins with truly connecting to yourself. In this 4-week introspective and interactive workshop with Virginia Greuloch, you will dig deep to help identify key pieces that will allow your voice as an artist to shine through your images. Through exploring your fears, your values, your motivations, and your goals, we will work on building your confidence – allowing you to shoot from the heart while identifying how to share your work and engage with different audiences that will connect with you. You will learn different ways to interact with your subjects using strategies to create beautiful connections and bring your vision to life. And you will explore ways to incorporate different technical, visual, and sensory storytelling elements that allow you to further the narrative in your images. Whether you are a photographer in business or the family historian, this class will help you on your journey to finding your own unique voice.

4 weeks + 1 break week


Weekly shooting required


4+ hours required per week


this course has prerequisites


To get the most out of this workshop, students should be comfortable using their cameras in manual mode and should have a solid understanding of exposure and composition principles.



Virginia Greuloch is a very loud and enthusiastic connection photographer and owner of The Good Life Photography. When not photographing her children, she takes modern, natural portraits of clients that focus on their unique connections. Virginia is a contributor for Lensbaby, was awarded Best in Category for the 2015 VOICE Image Collection “Connection” category, and has had work featured in various publications including Click Magazine and Huffington Post. Virginia can mostly be found with a camera in one hand, Diet Coke in the other, and a child clinging to her leg. A Nebraska native and DePaul University graduate, Virginia now lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and their two children. Her portfolio can be found here.


Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

• Week One: Welcome Video + PDF Lesson + Bonus Day In The Life PDF
• Week Two: PDF Lesson + Culling & Discussion of Sharing for an Audience Video
• Week Three: PDF Lesson + 2 Shooting Videos (Client Work & Personal Work)
• Week Four: PDF Lesson + Color Editing Video + B&W Editing Video
• Bonus Materials: “Power of Play” Games List, Quick Reference Guide, Q&A Video with Instructor
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Video Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students receive instructor critiques of the posted assignment each week.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.

Welcome & Preassignment

Week One

Reading:Building Confidence | exploring why you shoot, what your values are, letting go of expectations, shooting from the heart
Assignment: Let go of all expectations and make an image that speaks to you. Instead of examining what could be improved, discuss what moves you, makes you feel something, and why you love it.

Week Two

Reading: Define Your Audience | exploring different audiences and how they play into our choices when we make images.

Assignment: Explore the difference between making an image for yourself and one for a specific audience.

Break Week

Week Three

Reading: Passive vs Active Involvement | examining the differences between being actively involved or passively involved in a
scene, working with your subjects, self-portraiture, and connection.

Assignment: Create two images: one with active involvement and one with passive involvement.

Week Four

Reading: Storytelling with Technical, Visual, and Sensory Elements | Using light, composition, and processing choices. Using
sensory elements to further the narrative.

Assignment: Putting it all together. Using everything we’ve learned, create an images that is entirely YOU. Identify your audience, make technical and post-processing choices that satisfy both you and the audience you’ve chosen.

The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week.

Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.

Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.


  • Larissa says:

    This has been, hands down, one of my favorite courses I’ve ever taken. The content, the challenges, and and Virginia’s passion as a photographer and instructor reached me right when and where I needed it. I took the class because I love those real, emotional stories in images and felt my professional work was lacking that. I loved the class because I realized my personal hangups were preventing me from taking/sharing the images that resonate with me. Virginia’s guidance for self-reflection, and later, audience outreach has made a huge difference. And her tips for shooting (both business and personal) are incredible. This class is fun, Virginia is funny, and she pulls all the threads of connection together so that you come away with FAR more than terrific strategies to get fun, genuine images in a family session. And lastly – she is truly all about connection with her students – you will feel valued, supported, and encouraged throughout this class and afterwards.

  • When Virginia talks about connection, she means connection. This class teaches you how to connect to yourself and your own pictures, how to connect on social media, how to connect to clients and engage them. My biggest regret was not taking this as FP, I was a SA and still learned so much, but Virginia’s connection extends past the materials right into the hearts of everyone taking the class. I created some of my favorite images in this class, and not so much because I was focusing on technical things, but focusing on what truly made my heart happy. Thank you so much Virginia!!

  • To say that this class changed my life would be an understatement. I met Virginia at Click Away two years ago, and have been lucky enough to call her a friend since then. I’ve followed her work and have always been blown away by her engagement with her clients and anyone she interacts with on social media, and I knew I wanted to learn from her as soon as I saw this class launch. I knew I would learn a lot about connection photography from Virginia, but I never in a million years thought I’d learn so much about MYSELF. I’ve taken 5 FP courses and 2 SA courses in the past, and all have been helpful in some fashion with teaching me “how” to take a better picture. This course filled in the “why” I shoot and “who” I shoot for, as well as giving me invaluable techniques to further the honest connections I so desperately seek to bring out in my work. I had so many “aha!” moments during this course, and I now have a new sense of purpose and confidence to move forward with the type of work I want to create. The engagement techniques Virginia lays out are immediately useful as well. As soon as I started opening my heart online with the right image, the right message, to the right people, my engagement skyrocketed and my inquiries for future work tripled. I promise I am not being dramatic when I say that this course has forever changed me.

  • Kerry Lee says:

    I just finished up Virginia’s class as a FP student. This class exceeded every expectation I had and I can’t recommend it enough! I walked away from this class with more confidence, a much deeper understanding for WHY I am passionate about photography, amazing tools to help me connect with my intended audience and my subjects on a deeper level, and a clearer understanding for how I want to grow and move forward with my photography. The materials were incredible and so completely full of information and inspiration. Virginia pushed us all to ask ourselves tough but needed questions about our art and she could not have been more encouraging, more kind and more supportive. Her genuine spirit is infectious and her commitment to her students was amazing. I have grown tremendously from my time in this class and I’m so grateful that I was able to be a part of the first run!

  • Jenna Mace says:

    Virginia pours her heart and soul into this class. You will walk away having a better understanding of your voice as an artist and how to create images that not only connect with you but other audiences as well. Her “Power of Play” PDF has transformed my family sessions. I will be forever grateful for what I learned in this class!

  • Virginia’s Class is one that every photographer should take! WOW, just WOW does not even cover it. I have been missing something in my work for a while but could not put my finger on the missing link. I found it in Week 1. Virginia led me to look at myself and look inside to create images that connect with me and with my subjects. I have grown more as a photographer and artist in the last 4 weeks that I have in my whole journey as a photographer.

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