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.


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.



  1. Chui King Li September 17, 2018 at 7:00 am - Reply

    This course is like the biggest hug in a mug that your photographer soul can possibly get. You will gain confidence in your vision and learn which images makes your heart sing, so that you take more of those and don’t waste any more time on photos that don’t. Virginia is such a warm-hearted human being, her perspective on your work is so insightful and eye opening. And I could honestly just listen to her wonderful voice all day long! I promise you that everything that you take from this course will nurture you as an artist. I’d take it again in a heartbeat.

  2. Karen Koenig July 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    One of my all time favorite class on CM. Virginia has a gift for reaching everyone where they are at….and connecting them to the road ahead. I am enjoying my photography journey so much more after this course….and I feel like my approach and results are better too. This was a self-journey that I needed….and it just so happens that it also included some wonderful new friends and amazing support by Virginia. I highly recommend taking it. Such a game changer.

  3. Katie Yeh April 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I know this sounds so cliche- but this course was seriously a huge game changer for me. My entire view on my photography changed in the first week. Virginia doesn’t just teach her students how to get beautiful connection in their images…she truly connects to each and every one of her students. She takes you on an incredible journey that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about why you take pictures. You will leave feeling completely transformed. TAKE.THIS.CLASS. You will not only gain new insight and skills, but you will gain lifelong friends and support.

  4. Allison K. April 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Sign up now! Virginia is amazing!!! This is a must take class for anyone who wants to create authentic, connected images. I took this class several months ago and find myself going back to the materials to refresh my thinking and stay true to my creative process. This is a class that will stay with you long after it ends. If you can take the class FP, you will be glad you did.

  5. Wendy Bickis January 20, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    It’s been a month since I’ve taken this course and I miss it every day. Virginia is the most amazing teacher, and is completely invested in every student in the class. You can feel her passion in her words and her PDF’s. If you take this class, you will have to dig deep and let yourself be immersed in the community of truly amazing women. It was life changing for me, and my photography evolved into something I didn’t think was possible. I can’t say enough about how wonderful an experience it was. Take it. You won’t regret it.

  6. Kellie Llewellyn January 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    If you are wondering if you should take this workshop….YOU SHOULD! I’m a workshop junkie and I can honestly say this workshop is my favorite to date. The feedback Virginia gives you is priceless; she is so kind and heartfelt that I couldn’t wait until we had another assignment to be critiqued to hear what she thought. I did a 365 last year and had my 7th baby and had lost my mojo for finding joy in my pictures and this class brought it all back. I started seeing the kids doing things that made me want to pick up my camera and capture it again.

  7. Benita Clarke January 5, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Connected Images With Heart is one of those courses that you didn’t know you need to take until you take it. I saw discussions about this course pop up on the general forums and while they intrigued me, I was unsure if I would fit in. I was so surprised and touched by the responses of past participants and Virginia when I wasn’t sure what this was about or if it would be right for me. Once in the course the community we built was so nurturing and supportive. We were able to work through our fears and doubts in a safe environment. When we had emotional breakthroughs and “aha” moments the TAs, AHs and Virginia were right there with us to help us process and internalize what we learned and experienced. We’re still going strong in our support and nurturing of each other in the Facebook group after the course ended. Take this course, it more than worth the emotional and financial investment.

  8. Diane Downs January 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Connected: Images with Heart is hands down the BEST workshop I have ever taken (and I have taken way too many). Virginia is open and honest and compassionate and kind. My fellow students are friends for life. This class helped me uncover who I am as a photographer and gave me permission to accept myself for who I am. The photographs that come from this newly discovered unique, authentic place are more meaningful than any I’ve taken before. Far more than connecting with your subjects, this class helps you to connect with YOURSELF and make images that are all you. Absolutely take it and absolutely do full participation! You won’t regret it.

  9. Priya January 3, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Connected: Images with Heart took me totally by surprise. I understood that the goal of the class was to deeply connect with my work/subject/audience/myself as in the workshop description, but I had no idea what that would mean in reality. I am a serious hobbyist, and when the class began I was fresh off a year of multiple workshops and a lot of self-directed study of photography. Despite this, before the class, I didn’t feel I could claim the word ‘photographer’ for many reasons. I don’t have a business, I don’t have a big enough audience, I’m not this, I’m not that, etc etc. By committing myself to the workshop, and with Virginia’s and my classmates’ guidance and encouragement, I finished the workshop with a sense of freedom about my photography, and about my creative life in general. I freely ‘admit’ that I’m a photographer and I don’t feel like the way I shoot has to fit in with anyone’s expectations anymore. That is a pretty amazing thing to have happen during an online photography workshop. If you feel like there is a block, something immaterial that is standing in your way of becoming the artist that you were meant to be, I encourage you to take this workshop. Put the time into it, do the work, be open, and see what happens.

  10. Zuzana Strelcova January 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    This workshop is definitely not to be missed! I learn so much in 4 weeks and I learn so much about myself and why I wanna be photographer and what kind of pictures I wanna take. Virginia make you dig into your self. She is so true to her self she is always there for you and always ready to answer any questions you might have. Her work is just stunning and she really knows how to connect with her audience. I can’t recommend this class enough!

  11. Rachel Ambroson January 3, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

    This workshop is a MUST for any photographer. Virginia encouraged me to dig deep and took me on a journey of self discovery. You will leave this course knowing why you pick up your camera and what matters most to you as an artist and as a person. Virginia’s perspective is so refreshing and she is incredibly kind, nurturing, and generous with her time. You will feel safe in this environment and will definitely leave feeling more connected to your work.

  12. Laura Boggs January 3, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Hands down my absolute favorite Clickin Moms workshop ever. It is truly one of a kind and not to be missed! I took this class because I was feeling “lost” in my photography journey, felt in a rut and unsure how to move forward. I am leaving the class inspired, confident and “found.” This class, and Virginia, are life-changing. I learned so much about myself as an artist and photographer and person in general, and the photos I took during the run and since it ended are some of my all-time favorites because they are ME. Virginia is a phenomenal teacher who takes so much time and care to make sure everyone is finding their way, and offers the most amazing advice, inspiration, encouragement and gentle nudges. I can’t recommend this class enough, and really (REALLY!) encourage signing up full participation, digging deep and truly giving it your all. I am beyond grateful for this experience and can’t thank Virginia enough for this workshop and for all she has done for my life!

  13. Dewinta Dandot January 3, 2018 at 3:40 am - Reply

    I missed the last intake as I was busy with a newborn but I am so glad that I took up this course almost immediately at the next round. Where I was before and where I am now is largely due to the fact that I took this course. This course change my life. Virginia’s dedication & motivation for each person is amazing. For me, she helped completed the gap I have been trying to fill. For months I was in a such a lull place, uninspired. Virginia helped me rediscover my artistic voice and be comfortable in it. It’s like finding the perfect little black dress and know you’re gonna rock in it! :D

  14. Brandi Cheng January 2, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    You are probably thinking…’ Oh should I?’ ‘Just one more class, maybe this will be the one’.
    Friend, I am here to tell you… IT IS!!!
    Don’t hesitate! Just do it! It will completely change how you look at how you shoot, who you shoot for and why!!
    Virginia is ABSOLUTELY the best teacher! Her approach, her words, her encouragement is so unique & up lifting…. you will never want this class to end!!! I loved it from beginning to end!
    I honestly can’t say enough!

  15. Delaina Carlson January 2, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I don’t even know where to begin with this review. To say that the class was great is a total understatement. This class changed me. It gave me a space to dig into why I am who I am AND why I do what I do. It helped me discover why I’m a photographer, what I want to share as a photographer and how to best go about that. Virginia has given me permission to throw all of the rules out the window and loudly proclaim “I do what I want!” She puts every ounce of herself into this class and into supporting her students’ journeys. She totally and completely belongs in this space, helping artists achieve great things. This class was unbelievably great and is the perfect fit for any photographer questioning their art.

  16. Courtney Johnson January 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I left this class a different (better!) photographer. More confident and more focused on what I want to shoot and why. Virginia encouraged and supported me the entire way, and was more than just an instructor. She really bonded with every one of us. I made amazing friendships, laughed, cried, and enjoyed every second of class. The material was wonderful, but Virginia’s involvement pushed it to a different level. This is an incredible class and I highly recommend it!

  17. Sadie Starke January 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Connected was such a wonderful class and Virginia is absolutely extraordinary. She poured her heart and soul into the course and it’s evident. Virginia was able to connect with each one of us and help us figure out our “why”. She helped me connect dots I didn’t even know were possible. This class is incredible and I can’t recommend it enough!

  18. Kat Bonorchis January 2, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Connected blew me away. I have taken a LOT of CM courses, and had wonderful instructors. Virginia is in a class of her own. She is extraordinary. Virginia is engaged from before the class even officially begins, and sticks by each and every student throughout the duration of the course. Connected is an exploration into figuring out what makes your soul sing when you take photographs, how to form stronger connections, and share with/speak to your chosen audience(s). I am not only a better photographer because of this class, I am a better person.

  19. Jess January 2, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    One of the best courses I have taken. If there is someone who is doing exactly what they are meant to be doing it is Virginia. Her help, dedication, motivation support and inspiration thought this course is phenomenal. Never before have I thought so much about what I want to shot, why I want to shoot, and how to love what I shoot so much. The class material and peer support left me inspirited to continue my photography journey. I highly recommend the FP course option.

  20. Kaitlyn Heaton December 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    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.

  21. Larissa June 12, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    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.

  22. Rebecca Cullimore June 1, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    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!!

  23. Kara Chappell May 24, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    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.

  24. Kerry Lee May 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    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!

  25. Jenna Mace May 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    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!

  26. Wendy Atkinson May 13, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    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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