Connected: Images with Heart

with Virginia Greuloch


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Whether you are a photographer in business or the family historian, learn to deeply connect to your work, your subjects, your audience, and yourself though an introspective and interactive exploration of the different avenues of connection.

This unique workshop is about discovering who you are as an artist when you peel away everything that holds you back from creating your best work while incorporating the things that truly matter to you. 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.


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.

what you’ll get

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing); Bonus Power of Play Connection Games PDF; Supplemental Worksheets

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


Client, Personal, and Self-Portrait Shooting Videos; B&W and Color Processing Videos using Adobe LR; Audience Discussion Video; Additional Supplemental Videos

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Weekly office hours on the forum to get real-time answers to questions. Weekly live video discussion to talk about the week's materials, student Q&A, general photography chat, or other topics chosen by participants.

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Full participation students receive a portfolio review pre-assignment with video feedback where Virginia will identify common themes in your work and help set personalized goals for each student. Study along students have full viewing access.


Welcome and Pre-Assignment


What to expect

Goal setting


Compile a gallery of your favorite images for instructor and peer review. These images should be those that speak most closely to what you want your work to become, not necessarily which images are “the best” or those you would use to impress anyone. Can be shot on any medium, including mobile photography.

Lesson One


Your "Big Why"

Identifying your values

Exploring your fears

Letting go of expectations

Building confidence

Curating your visual world


Make an image that speaks to what you've uncovered in your Week One exercises.

Lesson Two


Defining your audience

Exploring different audience choices

Identifying how audience choice changes your image creation

Communicating with your audience

Different avenues to ship your work


Make an image for yourself and one for a specific audience.

Break Week

Office Hours + Live Chat

Lesson Three


Different types of portraiture

Passive vs Active involvement

Working with your subjects

Connection games & prompts



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

Lesson Four


Storytelling with technical, visual, and sensory elements

Using light, composition, and processing choices

Furthering the narrative

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.

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"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. "

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about your instructor

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 three-time finalist in the VOICE competition with a 2015 winning image in the “Connection” category, and has been featured in various mediums including Click Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Family Photographer Podcast. 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. The November run of “Connected: Images With Heart” will include Erin Brant of The Leo Loves and “The Happy Now” Click Photo School Breakout as Teaching Assistant as well as several highly-engaged alumni students who will offer daily support, encouragement, and feedback.

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 critique each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.


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.


  • Kaitlyn Heaton says:

    Connected with Virginia was the MOST AMAZING course ever! Virginia poured her heart and soul into this workshop and it shows. I love how she structured the workshop materials, each week adds elements that build on the previous week’s. I dug deep, I bared my soul, and it was amazing. Each of us had many aha moments in this class. I know for me, the implications of this workshop have spilled over into “my real life” too. I took this FP, and I am so, so happy to have had that experience. Virginia is a magical elf who somehow can understand each participant and knows just what to say to help us find the answers inside. If you take this course, I highly recommend you clear your slate as much as possible for the first week because that week is a big week.

  • 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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