Do you want families to be comfortable and natural in front of the camera while learning to use beautiful light? In this Breakout session, Danielle Navratil will discuss with you how she uses natural light to bring her photos to life. She will share how she captures natural interactions among families and how she brings out the family connections during a session. She will show you she embraces the imperfectly perfect moments during family sessions. Danielle will walk you through her session flow with families as well as her post processing workflow.


• How to use different natural lighting to make it work for you
• How to capture authentic connections and interactions
• Tips and tricks for getting the family involved
• How to help clients choose clothing to enhance a session
• Post processing editing tips


Danielle Navratil is a photographer based in Sonoma County, California. A mother of two and a wife to her best friend of over eleven years, her biggest inspiration comes from her family. With a specialty in portraits and family photography, she is passionate about her art. She enjoys connecting with her clients to understand their passion and who they are so she can best bring their visions to life with her camera. Grateful for the opportunity to do what she loves every day, Danielle has combined her passion for people and her love for photography into one to bring honest real emotion into her photography.



  1. Maggie Rechkemmer March 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    This was my first breakout and I was beyond amazed! Danielle is so very generous with sharing her knowledge and I saw an immediate difference in my work and sessions! I have a full new workflow to try out with my family sessions and my clients already love the style of sunset photos I have delivered! The next break outs I purchase have big shoes to fill!

  2. Amanda March 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Best breakout I have done. I loved watching the live video of editing.

  3. Madeleine Imogen March 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I’ve been following Danielle’s work for a while now and when I found out she was doing this breakout I jumped on it and am so glad I did! I have already learn’t quite a lot from the pdf & haven’t even started on the videos yet. Definitely worth the money!
    Thank you Danielle, your work is truly inspirational!

  4. Melissa March 21, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Lots of info! Loved watching the videos of her doing a shoot.

  5. Bronwyn Blodgett March 21, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    What an incredible breakout! Danielle Navratil’s work is so incredibly inspiring. She shares in depth information on her pre-session prep work, shooting a session, and editing all while being concise and to the point, which I greatly appreciate! I know the knowledge I’ve gained taking this will make a huge difference in my work. If your goal is to learn how to photograph natural connections, while capturing beautiful light then I highly recommend this breakout!

  6. Chloe March 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Extremely helpful breakout from a incredibly talented instructor. You learn so much about how to become creative with any kinds of lights. I highly recommend this breakout. It will definitely help bringing your photography to the next level.

  7. Crystal Caldwell March 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Worth EVERY penny! I saw immediate results in my work after taking this class. Danielle is a wealth of knowledge and she gave so many great tips. I felt like I was in a little bit of a rut, but after taking this class that fire to shoot more and continue to learn is back, full force! Highly recommended to anyone specifically interested in light work!

  8. Meghan Hicks March 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I highly recommend this breakout! The PDF is extra informative and Danielle is willing to answer any questions you have in the facebook group dedicated to this breakout. This is the best breakout I’ve ever purchased!!

  9. Elena March 17, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

    This is my first Break out and I really love it. I love this style of shooting and editing and can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  10. Dunia Acauan March 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    It’s my first breakout and I’m in love with it! Danielle Navratil is such generous and talent, all the material is amazing and she gives so much information on the Facebook Group. She makes me want to enjoy more breakouts and classes. Thank you so much for share so many amazing tips Danielle!

  11. Abby Steurer March 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    This breakout was simply, incredible! I had goosebumps watching the videos and left so excited and inspired to go out there and create with my clients! Danielle is so incredibly sweet and I did not feel the slightest bit of intimidation when asking her questions. Her work is breathtaking and this breakout is worth every cent!

  12. Jessica C. March 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I will admit I was not sure that a breakout would help me much as I am not a beginner but actually 3 years into this. However, I adore Danielles work and I was curious about what magic she uses to get such connections in her images so I had to get it. I am proud to say I was very wrong! haha I have learned a lot of little tricks and tips to create better work along with of course amazing info on getting connections. My most recent sessions after the breakout have had great feedback and the coolest thing was lots of comments on how I captured the families connection, so cool!! Aside from all the great info in the breakout Danielle has taken so much time to answer questions and share more info in the forums and fb group you get to join upon purchase. I really feel I will be going back again and again to review the breakout to get even more out of it and just for inspiration when those days come you feel uninspired. I can not recommend this breakout enough. Thank you Danielle for sharing so much and being such an amazing support!

  13. Leah March 16, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    This breakout is amazing! I have learned so much already and I can’t wait to put it to use tomorrrow at a session!

  14. Emily March 15, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much to Danielle for this breakout, What perfect timing for my business. I was really feeling a slump and was a bit unenthusiastic in my work and my approach but I’ve had a full 360. I cannot WAIT for my sessions now after doing the breakout and in the last 2 shoots I’ve done since purchasing it, I’ve gone back in and refreshed and gone into my sessions feeling pumped and excited to bring out beautiful connections with my clients. Thank you so much.

  15. Katie March 15, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Danielle, for opening yourself, your skill, and your talent to us! In reading the PDF and watching the videos, I’ve learned many tips that I’ve already incorporated into my family shoots. But I’m absolutely LOVING the Facebook group. You give so much real feedback. Truly an open book and a gem at that! Great breakout!!

  16. Rebekah Vos March 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Danielle’s breakout has been absolutely incredible. The videos – a shooting video and an editing video – have been amazingly helpful. Danielle has such an eye for capturing the emotional connection between people and it shows in her powerfully beautiful images. If you’re at all considering taking this breakout, please do yourself a favor and go ahead and sign up! You won’t regret it!

  17. Joy March 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure I could say enough good things about this breakout! The content Danielle gives for the price tag is absolutely perfect! While there isn’t sound of her interactions with the family while shooting she gives plenty of information in the included PDF and she also does explanations of how she was interacting with the family/children during her editing video! I love that Danielle has made it a point to be very active in the private Facebook group offering even more information as people ask questions and pick her brain! For $50 this is such a great learning tool if you need some new ideas for family sessions and what to say to get the families active in their session allowing for opportunities to capture true connections!

  18. Rebekah Vos March 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Danielle’s breakout has been just amazing. Her editing videos and online interaction have been so incredibly helpful. Danielle really engages people in the breakout, which is a huge, huge blessing. One of the things that has been most helpful is to see firsthand (through the videos) how Danielle interacts with her clients to build the emotional connection she’s looking for in her images. I have just loved this breakout and highly recommend!

  19. Kristy Lee March 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Changed my world sitting at my computer! Not only was this breakout incredible but Danielle has been so amazing and generous with her time and help afterwards on the Facebook group. Sharing her beautiful talent and knowledge and answering all questions when really we paid $50 so the value was already there in the PDF and videos. As far as the comments of no dialogue in the video doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to watch it and then watch the second video and get the dialogue out of the editing video as to poses etc. I have been photographing for 10 years and this was invaluable to me and has encouraged me to buy more breakouts. Thank you Danielle you are so amazing x

  20. Danielle March 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I was really excited for this break out based on Danielle’s work. I have bought many CM Break Outs in the past and I feel like this one falls short. There is no sound in main video, only music. I feel like so much could have been added after the fact, why did you switch positions shooting, what are you telling the family, what are your settings, etc but the music and no dialogue I found extremely boring and not helpful. The “extra” video is the same way, music only no dialogue. I did not find the editing video to be much different. There was dialogue at in the editing video but batch editing & using presets is nothing new. Maybe this is geared to complete beginners but I feel like I wasted $50. I do not feel connected to the photographer like I have in other breakouts such as “Lightseekers” or “The Messy View”. I would not recommend this break out.

    • Mary March 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      I feel the same way. I would not recommended.

    • Cynthia March 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the honest feedback.

  21. Kim J Peterson March 13, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I love Danielle’s work and appreciate this peek into her process. It is such a treat to see her in action and follow her through an entire editing session! I am certain you will add some new tricks to your lifestyle sessions bag of tricks.

  22. Melody Arredondo March 13, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I jumped at this course as soon as I saw Danielle Navratil was teaching. I am in love with her work and the way that she shoots families. I have been drawn to her natural, messy posing, so unlike my stiff, Pinterest planned poses. For the first time, I feel like I can capture what’s been in my head. I had several ah-ha moments about lighting which made the purchase worth it in itself. I have a shoot tonight and I can’t wait to get out there and play!

  23. Melissa Schoen March 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    This breakout is a must have for family photographers, highlighting the importance of not just the image, but the connection you capture within it. Danielle is easy to understand and is an open book for using natural light to your advantage and tips and tricks for capturing those authentic family interactions.

  24. Morit March 13, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Danielle is my favorite photographer and I’m so glad that I purchased this breakout!
    This breakout was a great gift to give myself, since I get to see how Danielle captures those beautiful touching photos, I learn a lot and am truly inspired!

  25. Alejandra Paladino March 11, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I am absolutely in love with this breakout! The information is so easy to follow and has inspired me in so many ways! Can’t wait to photograph my next family and capture those genuine connections as opposed to the standard stiff images with fake smiles. Love taking this breakout live as Danielle is available to answer questions. I highly recommend this!

  26. Geraldine Bien March 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    So happy I got this breakout! Its perfect for what I needed. Danielle is very specific and yet describes the most importation thing which is the connect with her subjects. She shares her secrets on how to handle this flow and lovely interaction all with grace while she nails it technically. She makes it accessible with this breakout. Plus – since it was a live breakout (she made herself available to be responsive to very specific questions form the class). Ill look for more of her tips and tricks in the future. Thank you Danielle!

  27. Shay March 10, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Looking to try new things and becme the photographer I want to be! – What a great breakout to get me started!

  28. Shanna Parker March 9, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I am so glad I purchased this breakout! It has given me the direction I needed to get away from stiff, posed images…lots of tips on session flow. Gave me renewed excitement!

  29. Katherine Woron March 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Hello, I just wanted to let those of you, who are considering taking this session, know that it is amazing. As I watched Danielle’s videos, i started to actually cry because her work and images are so beautiful. Her work evokes so much emotion that even the viewer gets affected by the images. Its a three part breakout that is detailed but not too lengthy. For those with children, you will appreciate that. I highly recommend it. Danielle is truly talented.

  30. Linda March 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    This breakout is amazing! Danielle really digs in and shares the steps she takes to capture these head turning images! I am so glad I purchased this breakout!

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