with Lauren Grayson


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

We all ache to make our art come to life.

As artists, we want to express ourselves and find joy and be proud of the work we have created, but sometimes getting there is easier said than done. Join Lauren Grayson on a journey to discover your true artistic potential and creative abilities. Embracing the edge is for the professionals and hobbyists alike who know what they want to say, but can’t quite convey their vision. This breakout is all about finding our ‘edge’ in the photography world and letting go of our fears and jumping off the creative cliff. This educational experience will not only focus on bridging the gap between the work you want to create and the work you currently create, but focus on practical tips while shooting families and children. Learn to hone your abilities with posing, editing, styling and more, and release a side of you that you don’t even know you have yet. Embracing the Edge is taking who we are and becoming who we want to be…an unconventional artist. Along the way you’ll discover the key to being desired, needed and in demand (as well as happy with your work!).

what you’ll get

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a 150 page eBook

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Shooting videos showing Lauren photographing two different families outside


Three culling and editing videos (Lightroom and Photoshop)

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Bonus: Lauren's custom Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets

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Behind the scenes PDF showing a creative/styled shoot from beginning to end

Printable worksheets including prompts to inspire you to discover your artistic voice and define who you are as a photographer

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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


Learn how to find locations that are unconventional and see photographic potential anywhere, then learn how to maximize the potential of each location


Create and utilize light in various situations while creating beautiful, consistent imagery


How to shoot variety in a session and create emotive and intimate imagery


The importance of personal projects for creative breakthroughs and expression


Get a behind the scenes look at Lauren’s creative and personal projects, from her vision through editing and everything in between


Learn how to take an active role in styling and preparing your clients for a family session


Find out how to attract the clients (and look!) that is right for you as an artist


An introduction into shooting through various objects and freelensing


Get an in-depth look at Lauren’s editing workflow (Lightroom and Photoshop)


Lauren shares some of the most common mistakes that photographers make when shooting and what to look out for


How Lauren preps a family for a shoot, step by step, and why this is key to creating images you love.

about your presenter

Lauren Grayson is a lifestyle portrait artist who calls Ohio home. She is passionate about documenting emotional and meaningful moments and she strives to keep her work creative and innovative. While her background is in education and working with children and special needs, she always had a passion for photography. She started experimenting with photography taking self portraits long before her son was born. After she became a Mother, her passion quickly grew and she found that there was no better subject than a child. Lauren has been featured on many prominent photography blogs as well as published in various printed publications. Some of these include SELF Magazine, Lemonade & Lenses, NAPCP, Journey to Artist and many more. You can connect with her on Facebook or Instagram under Lauren Grayson Portrait Artist or view more of her work at



  1. Stephany Israel October 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Absolutely love this breakout! Lauren has poured her heart and soul into this breakout and you can tell! This is exactly what I have needed to refresh my creative side. It is packed full of useful information that I haven’t come across before. I am so excited to apply what I have learned into my own photography. Embracing the Edge breakout is worth every penny and then some!

  2. Claire October 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    This breakout is a gem! There is so much to get out of it, no matter where you’re at in your photography journey. As a hobbyist with no plans for going pro, I wondered if there would be enough in it for me. The answer is 100% YES! Lauren is inspiring, not just because of her gorgeous images, but because she pushes you to find your voice in a wonderfully encouraging (yet persuasive) way. I loved seeing her edit, both with presets and by hand, to really understand how she gets so much depth in her images. And the shooting videos, styling and prep guidelines she shares are thorough and extremely useful – even for a non pro like myself since, in the end, I am styling my photos of my family whether I’m doing it intentionally or not. Hands down, well worth the money. She’s one of those people that has the gift of encouragement that kicks your butt a little (in the best possible way).

  3. Silvia Calpe October 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    This breakout has been amazing since the start! It is a must for photographers at any level, whether you are a pro or just starting to work with clients like myself. Lauren not only is a great artist, but a wonderful teacher. Her PDF is full of amazing info to transform your whole process and help you in EVERY single step of the way. For me it has been eye opening. She is also very interactive during the LIVE breakout, engaging and always motivating the students. I cant recommend this breakout enough! Thanks Lauren

  4. Meg Loeks October 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    This breakout is incredible. It’s full of Lauren’s gorgeous and inspirational imagery… not to mention there is so much detailed information! It’s evident Lauren has put her heart and soul into this. The content is raw and real. It’s definitely a must buy!

  5. Lisa Sherrill October 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Amazing breakout. The worksheets are so helpful!

  6. Tiffany Magnuson October 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Lauren’s work is so AMAZING but having the opportunity to see how she works with clients is so refreshing. This breakout is so much more than watching her work or reading a few pages she helps you look within yourself for the answers. Lauren’s true nature of her soul shines through the pages and defines what our hearts try to create with our cameras. I believe no matter where you are in your journey this is a class you must take!!

  7. Erika October 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    This breakout is packed with so many great tips! I loved learning how Lauren styles her clients and can’t wait to be more involved in styling mine.

  8. Amanda Taylor October 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Wow. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this break out. The amount of knowledge and passion she pours into every single page of this really changed the way I photographed clients, and life. It changed the way I saw things. It encouraged me to be MORE creative, and take more risks during sessions. It’s been a few days and every single session I’ve done since the break out has been published by well known blogs and magazines. She really helped me find myself as a creative.

  9. Becci ravera October 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Lauren’s break out is by far one of my favorites. True to her personality and shooting style she shares the rawness of her artistic journey and why it is so important to embrace who you are as an artist. She shares a ton of little tips and tricks that are beyond helpful and her pullbacks of locations help you really grasp what to look for in your own location scouting adventures. There is a reason that Lauren is such a celebrated educator in the photography community and her break out absolutely does not disappoint. If you are on the fence about purchasing a break out or struggling with your own personal journey as an artist this is the break out for you.

  10. April Kraus October 11, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I wish I had found this breakout years ago! It is just what the creative photographer needs to get that extra push into finding their voice. Lauren gives everything she’s got into this breakout. I found it to be incredibly inspiring, informative, helpful and eye-opening. She covers so much material, it’s worth so much more than $50! Even as a seasoned photographer, I am overwhelmed with inspiration by Lauren’s breakout! I just want to go shoot now!

  11. Jessica de Perio October 11, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    To sum it all up in three letters, WOW! The amount of information and materials in this course is worth way more than $50. The lessons I have learned from Lauren already are invaluable. She has literally covered everything from the first moment a client books you to the edited gallery at the end. The help she has provided in this course and time she has spent is much appreciated. I was so excited to watch the behind the scenes at her photo shoots, so great! I can’t wait to put all of my new skills to work! Thank you Lauren.

  12. Morgan Kinzel October 9, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    This was a life changing breakout. It helped me to not only branch out in my photography but to also view life with those I love differently. To not forget to breathe in the details and learn that touch evokes emotion that I could only dream to capture through my lens. I have been in a rut since I moved to a completely different state and trying to get back into photography professionally and this is just what I needed. Lauren breathes new life into the photography community with such raw and relatable content! Why are you still waiting to get this? BEST decision I have made for myself was to buy this breakout! <3

  13. Julie G October 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I purchased this breakout because I just love Lauren’s work! It feels like there is always so much depth and she conveys connections and emotions so well. I knew I wanted to learn more about how she evokes those emotions and translates those connections that she see to an image. So far this breakout has been simply fantastic! She shares so much and it is clear she put her all into this. So many tips and tricks, and don’t get me started on the videos! It is so wonderful and helpful to be able to watch another photographer work and to see the realness of family sessions. Please do yourself a favor and get this breakout! You made a great one Lauren!!

  14. Jules Tollison October 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I have been in a total, creative funk. For me, the self-discovery worksheets were huge! After thinking I have no common thread or specific style in my images…I realized (after analyzing my 15 favorites) that I actually do! The Breakout was packed full of great information from shooting to editing to styling and so much more .I’m excited to pick up my camera again <3

  15. Melissa Helmick October 7, 2017 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Lauren’s ebook completely changed my whole perspective on my “why” and just how I have been going about my work for my clients. Not only do I feel like I’m about to embark on a path to become a better, more aware photographer, but the knowledge I’ve gained is outstanding. Highly, highly recommend this to EVERYONE!!

  16. Patti October 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I love this break out! So much great information. I love how she shows you past work and where she started from.

  17. taryn shultz October 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I’m learning a lot, from styling, to location, and lighting. It also feels wonderful to know that I’m not alone in the “rut” and that I can fill in the “gap” if I keep working. I’ve admired Lauren’s work for a while now and what I’m getting from this makes me feel like I can do this…. I can create the work I know and want to create. I’m only halfway through but I already know that it was money well spent!

  18. Brooke Hamilton October 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I purchased this break out just because I love watching Lauren grow in her online work, and wanted to see her in action. I loved every single aspect of this beautiful breakout. She has something for the beginner and the more experienced photographer in this breakout. She is inspiring and so giving in her work. I love that she knows the value of hard work and you can see it in her work. I loved watching her shoot, even a more challenging family made it even better. We have all been there when a little one is less than enthused to be at a photo shoot, but Lauren keeps working and create amazing emotional imagery despite the challenges. You would never even know their was a challenge. This is a no brainer – buy this to find your edge & if you are hesitating, please don’t <3 You will love it!

  19. Wendi Matt October 6, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    What an amazing breakout!! I am slowly getting through the materials because there is so much! I REALLY needed this because I have been feeling uninspired and Lauren has given me the confidence, and honestly, some super practical creative homework, to go out and try more. It’s so funny, I wasn’t sure what was missing in my work until taking this breakout and now, I have a clear view of what I want to go after. This breakout has also helped me realize my style, what I love, where I want to be, and how to get there. I am so grateful that I signed up and can’t wait to finish digesting everything included. Lauren is also so encouraging and responsive. I would encourage you to sign up for this breakout now so that you can get the benefit of her interaction because she’s great.

  20. Laura October 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    I told myself no more breakouts for a while (I’m an addict), but then I watched the promo video for this one and I just HAD TO. And I am SO glad I did. I am in one of those lovely photography ruts we all know so well. I’ve been sitting around feeling sorry for myself for a while now, not really knowing how to get un-stuck and after reading through the PDF and watching the videos, I feel myself finally starting to move again. The PDF is so inspiring and I really, really connected to it. Lauren shares her journey and how she broke free from her creative rut and has me doing some seriously deep soul-searching (something I really needed to do but didn’t even know how to start). She also gives practical advice for shooting family sessions. The shooting videos are SO helpful – I just love watching other photographers shoot and really appreciate that I can hear what Lauren is saying to her clients. In addition to this just being an awesome breakout, Lauren is very active on the forum and amazingly supportive and honest. I’m very, very excited to keep digging in deeper during the live run!

  21. Ashley Carroll October 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    I have always loved how Lauren has captured her subjects. She tells a beautiful stories with subjects with you always wanting more. She shows you how to step out of that cookie cutter photographer and find your edge. You will love her!!

  22. Kayli Smoley October 5, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I have not completed everything but WOW! I am loving how Lauren is honest about everything. Her words connect me to her. I feel like through her work, I am getting to know who she is as a person, and also as an artist/photographer. Her advice is perfect and exactly what I needed to hear. I have always loved taking pictures but have strayed away from what I enjoy doing to do what other people want. Not any more. I am definitely going to be embracing my edge from now on! Looking forward to finishing this and getting back into doing what I love. Thank you so much Lauren!

  23. Jessica October 5, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Lauren’s creative view is raw and beautifull and creative, and she put her heart and soul into this breakout. This breakout is so inspiring, along with all the tips and tricks she gives you too in the gorgeous PDF. Absolutely a must have- Lauren put her everything into this and it shows.

  24. Maria Podojil October 5, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    This is my FIRST breakout I have ever bought and I’m SOOO glad I did! You can tell she put so much into making this and it shows! I loved everything but the videos on how she works with clients is really helpful. If you are thinking about buying, don’t hesitate, just do it!!

  25. Kate October 4, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I am loving this breakout! The shooting videos alone have been worth it to me! I love seeing an artist at work and being inspired to grow and find my own changing vision! So excited to be a part of the live run!

  26. Cristen October 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I have been looking forward to purchasing this breakout from the moment Lauren started posting about it and it has not let me down. I have already read through the entire 100 page PDF and it has caused me to face myself creatively, to figure out where my creative blocks are coming from, and inspired me to look deeper within myself instead of looking to others for inspiration. I have just started watching the videos and I am so inspired to begin putting into practice what I have learned so far!

  27. Nicole Harnois October 4, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I LOVE this breakout. Lauren is awesome and SO raw and real. She gives tips and tricks to help truly get incredible and emotional imagery. She is a true artist and her honestly in teaching is refreshing.

  28. briana hardin October 4, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    seriously the best eye-opening breakout i could’ve found! i absolutely love lauren’s teaching style & photography style as well. such great content! you won’t regret getting this one!

  29. Celena October 4, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I bought this the other day and I absolutely love it. It is so inspiring to watch Lauren at work.
    I am learning to not be afraid. To try new things. To be brave and to be me. When you have a creative block, this will help you find your way again. Lauren is so real and genuine. Breakout will do so much for you! The videos and workbook is put together so well! It will make you sit and think of all the wonderful things you can accomplish. I can’t wait to try out some new shoots, and to shoot for me, no-one else.
    Thank you Lauren!

  30. Kate October 4, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    This breakout is a must buy!!! I love Lauren’s work and this breakout is packed with page after page of eye candy, but it’s also packed full of real-world advice and tips on finding and being yourself in what can often be an overwhelming industry. She walks you through, step-by-step, ways to discover your true style and completely own it!

  31. Elise Meader October 4, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

    This breakout is EVERYTHING. Lauren is such a creative, such a uniquely beautiful artist and this breakout goes deep into her soul and pulls out all the little things you wish you knew. She lays it all out there for you in this detailed PDF. Her shooting and editing videos are so inspiring and helpful. You will take SOmuch out of this breakout. Lauren, you are a true talent<3

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