Making Pictures That Tell the Stories of Everyday Life

with Jessica Svoboda | March 21-31

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When she first became a mom, Jessica Svoboda wanted to learn how to document her children better. In the early years of picking up the camera, she would try to pose them on command and create an image of what she thought a flawless portrait might be. But she was never happy with the end result and her kids weren’t all that thrilled about the process either. She knew she needed to go back to what really inspired her picture taking passion in the first place, and so she embarked on a series of personal projects surrounding her everyday life that helped her realize it was the little fleeting moments within the stories of her children’s childhood that mattered big to her: running, jumping, laughing, playing, loving…living. THOSE are the moments that she so desperately wanted to remember.

In this breakout Jessica will take you through the process of shooting her everyday while sharing some of her favorite storytelling images and the steps behind the making of them. She will guide you through how she determines when to pick up the camera, and when to put it down and be present in the moment. She will also help you explore how incorporating personal projects into everyday shooting can grow you as an artist while working through a series of creative exercises to inspire you to capture the stories of your everyday life in a beautiful and honest way.


• The stories behind making the picture
• Tools to tell your story
• Finding the light in the space you have for the story you want to tell
• What angle or point of view will tell the story in the most powerful or effective way
• How the context included within the frame of the image impacts the story
• Capturing the relationships and connections between the subjects within your everyday life in a natural way
• Knowing when to put the camera down and just be in the moment
• How incorporating personal projects and creative exercises into your everyday shooting to help grow you as an artist


Jessica Svoboda is a wife and mom to six little blessings plus one angel baby. Her passion for photography began with her kids when capturing their youth and documenting the story of their childhood became a much-loved hobby. As her love for the medium continued to grow, so did her passion and inspiration. Today she is an educator and storytelling photographer whose work focuses on the love, joy and emotion of the “everyday”, documenting the real moments as they emerge and recording LIFE as it happens.


  • Colleen says:

    I have always admired the way Jessica is able to tell stories through her photographs. She always seems to be able to capture her children in the most genuine, effortless way. This PDF has inspired me to get out my camera (but also to put it down to enjoy the moment) and take honest, unplanned pictures of my own children, and to challenge myself to use different perspectives and lighting to make my own visual storytelling more powerful. Jessica is truly such an inspiration. I’m excited about photography allover again!

  • Jan Tyler says:

    This Breakout was the perfect reminder as to why I picked up my camera in the first place…and why I continue to pick it up day after day. There is so much beauty in each and every day–through every milestone, through every age and stage. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder, and for the inspiration to keep shooting. Jessica’s work is absolutely gorgeous, and it is a perfect reminder that there is beauty in every piece of life.

  • Brenda says:

    I highly recommend this Breakout. Photography and teaching come naturally to Jess. I took an in-person class with Jess a few years ago on using a DSLR for those of us who were afraid to move from auto, and I learned so much. Instead of calling them pictures, I now call them photos because the class gave me the knowledge to know what to do with my camera and and the confidence to experiment. When I saw Jess was offering this course, I signed up right away. I know I will learn even more and take my photography even further. If you are at the beginner level or are an experienced photographer, you will learn something new from Jess. She teaches how to capture every day life, how to work with what is going on so your photos are authentic and in the moment. This BO started 2 days ago, I’ve hardly gotten through much of it, but I already have tried one of her techniques and I love the results! This has reminded me of my passion for photography and I can’t wait to go through the rest of this course!

  • Kate Luber says:

    Jessica has poured her heart and soul into this breakout. She shares so many wonderful and absolutely precious images that make me want to run home and grab my camera. This breakout is filled with wonderful tips on capturing authentic moments and connections as well as ideas for different perspectives and light to enhance those moments. One of my favorite parts might actually be when she touches on when to put down the camera and be in the moment; this really resonated with me and is something I already strive to do. She focuses on the everyday moments so that when the big moments come you can sit back and enjoy, which is so important to me and my kids.This breakout is full of inspiration and ideas on how to capture your everyday.

  • Ebony Logins says:

    I absolutely love how Jessica produced this BO. The PDF is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and the narrated videos are so unique. She presents the information in a way that is easy to follow and learn from. There is so much inspiration in the Personal Projects Guide that my mind is swirling with ideas. Thank you, Jessica!

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