Daytripper: A Roadmap to Shooting a Day in the Life

with Casey McCauley


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

Capture the magic, the love, and the story of everyday life.

A “Daytripper” believes that our lives are made up of millions of moments. We are just travelers, moving through these everyday moments (often faster than we would like!)– the sweet simplicity of daily breakfasts together, the predictable protests at bedtime, the quiet moments on the couch, endless days of play during the summer. It is within these fleeting moments that we can find the evidence of who we really are. These everyday moments that will be the threads of the tapestry of a family’s history. Memories are forged into our minds, but our truth is often clouded with the passing of time, so documenting your life (or the lives of your clients!) as it is right now is more important than ever! Join Casey McCauley in a Breakout that will help you capture the magic, the love, and the story of everyday life.

what you’ll get

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An 132 page eBook


Editing for Color Editing for Black & White Editing for “Less than Ideal” Light

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Creative Exercises that inspire you to dig deeper, encourage you to approach your daily shooting as practice, and to face the challenges of documentary shooting head-on


Image Perspective and Stories Behind the Image Video

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Link to a full gallery of images of a client session

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Submit questions to the Presenter anytime during the program's duration, and receive a copy of the recorded Q&A video at the end of the breakout's run.

what you’ll learn


An introduction to family documentary photography and shooting your daily life


The importance and impact of these “game changing” moments on your photography


Discovering your approach and defining your own philosophy for shooting


How knowing yourself and asking the right questions is a key step to becoming the documentarian you hope to be


​Learning to use all of your creative tools of observation, anticipation, perspective, and composition


How to prepare, shoot, and embrace the challenges of shooting in “all of the light” that is present in everyday life


Tips for preparing and shooting your personal “day in the life”


Tips for making that transition from shooting your own family to shooting client families


A less-maddening culling process and the WHY behind choosing to edit for color or black and white.

about your presenter

Casey McCauley is a silly, loud-talking, music making, coffee addict. She is a family documentary photographer living in central Illinois where she spends the majority of her time juggling and documenting life at home with her two boys, two giant furry ladies, and her comic-book making husband. In her spare time you may find her dancing in the kitchen, planning her next road trip, or riding the occasional roller coaster (arms up, of course!)..



  1. Lori Pickens February 2, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I have bought lots of Break Outs over the years, but this is easily one of my new favorites! I always love a good lesson that includes actual exercises that I can follow and this one has several. They help walk you through identifying your own style and voice, and also tips for how to work up to shooting a day in the life or even just documenting your day to day life and memories you don’t want to forget. More than anything I love Casey’s style of purposeful shooting, and her section on creative compositions would be worth the prices of the break out alone! You know how when you learn something knew and it finally just clicks… and people always say, once you finally see it, you can’t not see it? I feel like that is what happened with me and interesting compositions section!!! I’m starting to see examples of framing, layering, shadow play and so much more all around me. Towards the end of the break out, with my new found tips and confidence from Casey, I did shoot a full day in the life of my family. I attempted one about this time last year, and by dinner time I was about ready to quit! This time, I felt like by lunch I had found my stride, and by dinner it felt like all of my creative juices were flowing. I am really proud of the images I captured, and feel like they are much more thoughtful and interesting than I could have ever created before this break out. I cannot recommend it, and Casey’s work enough!!!

  2. Traci February 2, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    I joined the party late, but glad I took the chance. All the information has been awesome and reading through the forums made me wish I had gotten in sooner. I love that people were sharing their work and the emotions that go with capturing those moments.

  3. Mallory Viscardi February 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    This is the first breakout I’ve invested in from Clickin’ Moms and I’m in love. This curriculum is going to change the way I document my family’s life. This is great for professionals, but also for parents who just want to capture authentic, uncoached memories with and for their children and partners. This breakout turns our cell phones from a thing that disconnects us from our kids into something that bonds us with them, and captures our collective stories.

  4. Nicole Farwell February 1, 2018 at 1:41 am - Reply

    I joined this breakout late and have still managed to get so much from the materials. Furthermore, Casey has taken the time to respond to my posts, even this late in the game. Her responses to everyone are thoughtful and I really appreciate how active she has been on the forum. My only regret is that I didn’t register sooner!

  5. Danielle February 1, 2018 at 12:44 am - Reply

    This is my first breakout and I am blown away! Casey has jam packed this breakout with so much great information and tips. It is so clear that she has poured her heart and soul into sharing what she knows. The conversations and sharing on the live run forum are great – wish I had joined sooner. Casey is incredibly active on the forum in both giving feedback and connecting with everyone. This breakout was the kick I needed to get over only having a phone camera to use right now (she’s got some awesome iPhone skills!) – thank you Casey!! When is your next breakout Casey?! :)

  6. Donna Coppin January 31, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    This breakout is worth every penny and more! It’s the perfect amount of inspiration and practical advice. Working through the exercises makes you think and challenges you in just the right ways. If you are wanting to photograph real life, THIS is the breakout for you!!

  7. Shelia Earl January 30, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I have taken many Breakout Sessions with Clickin Moms and this is one of my very favorites! I love all the practical exercises with this Breakout. It is like getting a Workshop Course — What a great value! Thank you so much, Casey!

  8. Natalia January 30, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I’ve been looking forward to this breakout ever since it was made available for preorder, and Casey doesn’t disappoint! The breakout is one of those reads where you just want to highlight everything, because there’s so much great info there. I love how Casey doesn’t mince words–documentary photography and DITLs aren’t easy, but she makes it all feel attainable with her tips and advice. Her style of writing makes you feel like you’re sitting down with a friend (who knows her stuff!) to talk about photography. I know this gets thrown around a lot, but this is hands down the best $25 I’ve spent!

  9. Manasi January 30, 2018 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I can’t thank enough to Casey for this amazing breakout. Got to learn so many things. The amount of knowledge you shared in this Bo is commendable. After this breakout I got a new vision to look towards my photography which was a game changer. Without wasting time I decided to document Day in a life of my family which allowed me to explore what Casey explained in this breakout. The exercise given in the BO are so cool. How can I miss to talk about the editing videos? Casey you actually chose challenging images for editing videos and I am so thankful for it. One day would love to attend a masterclass by Casey till then let me just enjoy and practice more and more whats been taught by Casey in this BO. Lots of love to Casey.

  10. Joyce Chien January 29, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    This is an amazing breakout. It’s chock full of information. The exercises are thought-provoking and have been really pushing to think more about how and why I shoot. And there’s so much eye candy because Casey’s photos are just stunning.

  11. Tracy Anderson January 29, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

    This breakout has come at just the right moment for me, getting me thinking about photography again after some time away due to ill health. I am enjoying it so very much, it is packed full of exciting things, I can feel my creative juices flowing again. Thank you Casey, X

  12. Drea Eisenberg January 29, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I didn’t want to leave this review too early, though I loved Daytripper right away. But I’ve worked through a little more than half the exercises in the PDF now, and I’m feeling more inspired and energized than I have in a long time. I love Casey’s approach to documentary family photography, and her outgoing style has really emboldened me to make some changes that I never imagined were possible in my own work. If you’re looking for inspiration in the everyday moments of your life, and in your client work, I cannot recommend this breakout enough.

    • Casey McCauley January 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Drea, this makes my heart want to explode! I am so pumped to see where your inspiration takes you! It’s been such a great pleasure having you join us this week and share your work. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

  13. Laura January 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    This breakout was an absolute steal for the price! I knew nothing about Casey heading into this and am very new to photography, so my expectations were minimal. She is warm, engaging, and real, which comes across in spades in her posts and the PDF. There is a lot to digest here, which is awesome because I came away with a bunch of lightbulb moments and ideas on how to proceed with developing my skills, which is exactly what I needed. Thanks, Casey!

    • Casey McCauley January 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Laura! Thank you so much. I appreciate you being there and sharing your thoughts. I hope you continue to have those “lightbulb” moments. xo

  14. Brittany Osgood January 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Wow! Casey has clearly poured her heart and soul into this breakout and has held nothing back (I mean, hello! The PDF is 134 pages!)! There is so much information here and I feel like her exercises alone on digging in to who you are as a photographer are worth getting the breakout! You won’t find information on just shooting a Day in the Life but also shooting documentary photography in general. If you’ve been interested in shooting the every day in your family life (or for clients), get this now! Awesome tips, tricks, and how to’s. Definitely worth the $25!!

    • Casey McCauley January 28, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Brittany! I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Loving having you with us during this live run!

  15. Lucia Vaquero January 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Join us if you want to learn how to observe, document and enjoy the little moments that your heart wants to treasure. Documentary photography is a challenge and a great satisfaction. And you can learn tons from Casey!!!

  16. Heather Knox January 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    What a GREAT Breakout! I am SO glad I decided to purchase it. It is PACKED! I am slowly making my way through, doing the exercises and savouring every moment. Casey is so generous with her information and her time during this live portion of the Breakout. She is a true inspiration and I am excited to be learning from her!

  17. Emily January 26, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    This is my fifth breakout, and it stole the show, hands down. I’m new photography, and I’ve been focused on the technical aspect. A few of the other breakouts have been a good bridge for me between mastering technique and creativity, but this? There are just so many things that Casey says that are so simple but that I’d never thought of before. For example, she pinpointed how essential it is to know WHY you’re photographing, and it was a game changer for me. I’m guilty of taking photos that feel empty, but her approachable perspective helped me see where I’ve been coming up short and makes me eager to dive in and tell better stories. My second favorite part? There is no emphasis on perfection. I’ve been TOTALLY guilty of trying to make photos “perfect,” and Casey has helped me understand how totally unnecessary that is. This breakout is worth every single penny!

  18. Katherine C January 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I bought this breakout on a whim since I’m always trying to find new tips and tricks to photograph my kids indoors. But WHOA- this was a game changer. I not only learned some amazing lifestyle photography skills, but I made some critical personal insights that change how I want to approach photography. Typically mundane moments in and around the house have taken on new meaning- I can better see the moments I want to capture.

  19. allexandra January 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    This review is honest and comprehensive and inspirational. The PDF is full of great exercises and phenomenal photos. Chock full of videos, this is well worth the price!

  20. Samantha McBride January 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    This breakout is AMAZING and I’m so in love with Casey’s real and wonderful voice — in both her work and this workshop. She dives into the why and how of every aspect of her art — and art it is, while being uncontrived and authentic. The imagery is inspiring on Every Single Page — a master of composition she shows how to change your perspective rather than the scene and to interpret the world around you in the most compelling, emotional and moving way. No matter the light, no matter the mess — there is a story of beauty in the moment and Casey is the best person to learn from when it comes to capturing it. This breakout is truly a trip you don’t want to miss!

  21. Kim Peterson January 26, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I love breakouts, and this one is no exception! What this particular breakout has done for me is inspired and motivated me. I feel excited to work at the techniques described in Casey’s detailed, beautiful, and inspirational pdf. As she is just so funny and authentic, she is a joy to watch in the live videos that she is doing for the live run. Honestly, I just LOVE this breakout and her work as a whole.

  22. Missy January 25, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    This breakout exceeded my expectations. I have been thinking about transitioning my work to documentary, but felt lost & scared. This breakout has opened my eyes to what steps I need to take, how to approach my thinking & shooting and so much more. I am eager and excited to continue to put Casey’s words and exercises to use in my daily shooting. I would highly recommend this breakout if you are interested at all in shooting documentary or DITL. Thank you so much Casey!

  23. Jessica January 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    So, I’m not all the way through the pdf yet, but I am picking it up every chance I get. It’s so so beautiful and well-written. I’m taking the time to do the exercises, and even though they don’t all “seem” like they’re photography related, I’m finding my creativity sparked and my finger itching for the shutter with every one. Someday I’d like to be able to do this for clients, but for now, I’m very happily practicing on my family. I’m excited to make my way through the rest of the material and explore all the goodies. If you’re thinking “maybe…” go ahead and grab this breakout!

  24. Betty January 25, 2018 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Casey has an incredible ability to show up as the real deal! I didn’t know Casey at all before I bought this breakout but after just one day I can tell you that she is open and honest and raw in how she lives and how she shoots. And that’s pretty awesome if you ask me. This is the perfect breakout both for moms photographing their kids and the business owner alike.

  25. Chelsey January 25, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    If your a documentary photographer, get it. If your a portrait photographer, get it. There’s a wealth of knowledge in this BO for every niche & so much self-reflecting. The exercises are personal and really make you think “outside of the box” to really understand who you are as a photographer, therefore, knowing what is in important to you to capture. The messes, the details, the story, etc. I put the BO in a virtual binder so I could reread and do the exercises again!

  26. Diana H January 25, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I dived into Casey’s PDF and videos right away as soon as it became available and I just want to say her materials are fantastic! Casey’s down-to-earth manner and truthful honesty – she shares a lot of ‘home’ truths in her photography – was so refreshing to read. She literally walks you through the elements of documentary photography and provides useful tips (golden nuggets) on how to create stronger storytelling images that will not only make your home snapshots more compelling photos, but also creating images your clients will love because they are moment-driven. Honestly, I can’t wait to share these next 10 days with Casey and something tells me it will be a fun ‘daytripper’ ride!

  27. Linsey Davis January 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Yall!! This breakout is so much more than I ever expected! Casey McCauley must be a writer! It is so well written. And captivating….can I say that about a breakout??? The Creative Exercises are plentiful. These exercises are not your routine photography exercises, they go much deeper than the technical. The editing videos are just as awesome! I took notes and immediately started shooting. This breakout is worth every penny spent! The amount of inspirational content blew me away. Even the business side of a DITL is covered. When my kids have flown the nest, these daytripper images will be such a treasure for my mama heart. I hope we get to see more of Casey McCauley in the CM Photoschool lineup!!!

    • Casey McCauley January 25, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Linsey! Thank you. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed your voice. You’re awesome!

  28. Sabrina Roden January 25, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    This breakout session is wonderful. I have always loved photographing our everyday, but at times have felt a bit stuck and this is helping me see thing past the “perfect” light. I’m also getting braver in my decision to start offering and focusing on documentary sessions for my clients. Thank you so much Casey for taking the time to put all of this information together!

    • Casey McCauley January 25, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Sabrina, thank you for buying this breakout and for sharing your thoughts! I am so happy to hear you are loving it!

  29. Amy Salessi January 25, 2018 at 12:13 am - Reply

    This breakout was so much more than I even dreamed it would be! I had so many “aha” moments reading through the PDF. Casey is real and honest and I just wanted to keep reading because it is so well written! The editing videos are full of great tricks. I especially enjoyed watching her black and white edits. This breakout certainly lit a fire in me to get out there and photograph the real and honest moments of our everyday life, and the exercises provided are going to help me do just that. I couldn’t have been more happy with this breakout. Thank you so much for your insight, Casey!

    • Casey McCauley January 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Amy! That means so much to me! I am thrilled you have enjoyed it! xo

  30. Elizabeth January 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    This breakout – simply put – is a total game changer. The way Casey presents her ideas and the content immediately captured my attention and had me reaching for my camera when I was only 1/4 of the way through the PDF so I could begin implementing these new ideas into my own work. This was huge for me as I have been in a bit in a rut lately and I have not found anything that has reignited my desire to shoot like this breakout has. As a professional photographer who shoots clients in very intentional, posed ways, I am grateful for the encouragement this BO has provided me to begin shooting my own “daytrip” to tell the personal story of my family. The self-lead exercises Casey has thoughtfully included throughout the PDF are things I would have never considered exploring before participating in this BO and I’m so excited to participate in the live forum as we further explore documentary photography as a group. Casey’s editing videos are incredibly helpful and she makes you immediately feel like you are hanging out with her rather than listening to a recorded video. The way she connects each idea and concept to going on a “trip” is just an extra element that makes this breakout go from great to exceptional. I’m so happy that I purchased this breakout and I’m so thankful to have a new way to approach my photography during these dreary winter months. Casey’s outdone herself and I could not recommend this breakout more.

    • Casey McCauley January 25, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

      I am speechless, and that rarely happens! Thank you for such a heartfelt review, Elizabeth. I appreciate your words. Thank you so much for taking the time to go on this “trip” and dive into this breakout! XOXO

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