If you’ve ever experienced a swell of happy tears followed by a fervent wish that you could press pause on your life as it is in this very moment, this is the breakout for you. Life, in all its vibrance of colors, sounds, and smells, is heartbreakingly beautiful, but sometimes our images fail to fully encapsulate the memories and emotions associated with the moment. Andrea Moffatt will show you how, like masterfully written literature, our photo stories need fully developed character, setting, and theme in order to have staying power. She will give you explicit instruction and concrete examples around the development of character, setting, and theme so that each of your images will forever carry with it the feeling of what it meant to be alive on that day. Growing photographers will find valuable exercises around uncovering hidden themes of their work as well as their personal style, while advanced photographers will find an in-depth, thoughtful guide to turning their artistic eyes and hearts onto their own stories in order to make more meaningful personal images that sing.

Every little story you tell has the potential to become a small contributing piece to who your child will someday become, as well as an important part of your family’s shared history. So what do you want those stories to say? “You were kind.” “You were curious.” “You were brave.” These are the stories that make us. So let’s make them count!

If you’ve ever experienced a swell of happy tears followed by a fervent wish that you could press pause on your life as it is in this very moment, this is the breakout for you.


• How to breathe life into your personal images so that, years later, holding them will evoke long buried memories, emotions, smells, and sounds
• How shooting in the gray (that is- between documentary and lifestyle photography) is warranted, and how to fully embrace this middle ground
• How to paint true-to-life, memorable pictures of your subjects, your story’s characters, by making a character sketch like an author
• How to use the story setting as a living “third character” that holds just as much meaning and memory as your human subjects
• How to figure out what story themes (such as change, joy, childhood, balance, etc…) are most prominent in your work currently. You’ll be given exercises to help you do this!
• How to intentionally grow the present themes of your work through composition choices
• How to plan and shoot longterm character, setting, or theme-based projects ( called “heirloom stories”) that your children will cherish forever
• How to develop a workflow to easily and regularly curate & print your images so that your stories surround your family and become a part of your shared history

“You were kind.” “You were curious.” “You were brave.” These are the stories that make us.


Andrea Moffatt is a stay at home mom, part time family and stock photographer, elementary school teacher on extended break, and literacy advocate who lives a happy, crayon & picture-book fueled life outside Pittsburgh PA with her husband and 2 young sons. Since her own childhood, Story has been a unifying theme threading its way (sometimes unexpectedly) throughout her life. From her early love of reading and writing, to her Masters in Children’s Literature, to her literacy outreach work, her love of Story goes beyond photography. Andrea wholeheartedly agrees with one of her favorite children’s authors, Kate DiCamillo: “Stories are light.” Our world NEEDS more listeners, more storytellers, more stories. She hopes you’ll join in- let’s make some light!



  1. Jenn Convey July 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    This was an amazing breakout! I was hoping for some direction for carrying out my vision for my images better and thought Andrea’s breakout might help me on my way. What I’ve loved is that the class has kind of come up under all of my shooting. It feels a bit like a rebuilt foundation and has truly been a game changer in taking what’s in my mind’s eye and seeing it come through in my images. I’m so glad I jumped in!

  2. Kati June 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I adored this breakout. It is definitely among my favorites I’ve taken. It spoke to my heart and was exactly what I needed at this point in my photography journey. I have been feeling very much in a slump lately and have barely pulled out my camera. Andrea’s breakout has inspired me to take a different approach and look at why I’m doing this in the first place and what my personal goals are. She also inspired me to finally begin a personal project I’ve been thinking about for months. The pdf was very well written, organized and helpful. It was a fantastic investment, and one I will come back to often.

  3. Francesca DiVecchio June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I am so incredibly happy that I purchased this breakout. Andrea’s ability to read the light is so phenomenal to me. She will take such a small pocket of light and create a gorgeous image! I am a big fan of Andrea’s Storytelling Images. This breakout is exactly what I needed to take my photography to the next level. This is a breakout that I highly recommend. Many thanks to Andrea Moffatt for creating these materials. I am very appreciative! :-)

  4. Missy Knight June 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    This is a MUST DO breakout! It has changed my way of thinking about the photographs I take before ever clicking the shutter all the way through to the legacy the photos will leave behind. I didn’t want it to come to an end when I was finished. I can’t wait to take my photography to the next level by through the stories my photos will tell and what messages it will leave behind for my children about their childhood through my eyes.

  5. Elizabeth June 28, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

    The Stories that Make Us breakout is so amazing. The PDF’s and videos are packed full of valuable information and Andrea has been so active and giving of herself to everyone on the forum. I will am excited to keep going back into this breakout to keep learning and growing.

  6. Angela Grace June 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    This Break Out is such a breath of fresh air. the time and effort Andrea has put into this project is obvious. This BO has spurred me on to use my camera to tell stories instead of 100 frames trying to get the “perfect shot”. I thoroughly enjoyed the materials and will continue to refer to this BO on my lap top, rather than relegating it to the dusty halls of the external hard drive. Andrea has a fresh approach that got the creativity flowing again. This break out is a great deal for the money!

  7. Crystal Dever June 27, 2017 at 3:54 am - Reply

    This breakout has already helped me to be creative and try things I wouldn’t have otherwise, and to really think about the story I want to tell before snapping the shot, and what would help me tell that story. Loved the exercises as well. I learned a lot about my photography just from that. So much great info! Lovin’ it!

  8. Elise June 26, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    i love love love this BO. What I love the most is that there is no fluff. While the examples used are Andrea’s own work, it is not all about her and her style. I don’t want to be her, I want to learn from her and this is exactly what this BO delivered.

  9. Gell June 25, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

    There is lots of inspiration in this breakout as Andrea weaves in examples of story telling in literature with that of photography. I had not considered the colour wheel before and my theme. The exercises are great.

  10. Nasreen June 24, 2017 at 2:51 am - Reply

    I am loving this breakout! It is really well thought-out and digs into what story you are already capturing and how to tell it better. The videos are beautifully done and do a fantastic job of putting the theory into practice – you get to hear Andrea’s thought process while she shoots and how she is intentionally making shooting choices based on the story she wants to tell. She also walks you through how she edits while keeping her story in mind, and how and why she chooses images from a shoot. I’m sure most of us want to tell stories with our images and this breakout really gets to the heart of our storytelling. I’m not only inspired but now have some great tools to move forward with intention to develop my storytelling through imagery.

  11. Gina June 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    This is the breakout I’ve been wishing and hoping for. I try to document (photo and video) my family as much as possible. This is mostly out of fear that one day, one of my loved ones may not be hear. I wanted to create memories that were more than snapshots and this class taught me how to do just that.

  12. Elizabeth June 23, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I am really loving this Break Out! Andrea, you are such an excellent teacher and so involved in the forum!! I LOVE this!! One of the big points you’ve made has really helped me with what I want to capture-it’s that I add my own story to my kids childhood and their stories–it’s exactly the disconnect I have been feeling. That and shooting at the scene instead of developing it deeper. Such good timing for all of this. There is something for everyone-at any stage of their photography journey. So GOOD!

  13. Sarah June 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Andrea is such an inspiration. Her background in education is clear as she pours her heart into encouraging her students to dream big and believe in themselves while generously providing motivation, tools, feedback and support to get us there! The breakout itself is worth WAY more that $25 (even with the insanely sad Canadian exchange rate) and I am so happy to be a part of this group during the live run. The forum is full of thought provoking discussions, invaluable exercises and an amazing group of photographers! Curious about your style or voice? Looking for inspiration on lifestyle, narrative or storytelling photography? Love interacting with like-minded photographers?

    Jump in, seriously… you will not regret it!

  14. Leah McLean June 22, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Go spend the $25 and get this BO. It is obvious Andrea has poured her heart and soul into this workshop and the education you are going to receive is worth far beyond what you pay. Her PDF is packed full of useful information and incredible inspiration. It is well laid out and edited and I can imagine that she has spent plenty of time proofreading and crafting each word. Her videos are some of the best I have seen in a workshop. Often the instructional videos are just happy music played over a photographer shooting a session, I always feel bit disappointed with this style of video because it is hard for me to figure out the photographers intent and thought process. Not so with Andrea’s videos, she has the happy music but she also has a running commentary and dialogue mapping out her choices and intent. The included text and professionalism of the videos is an added bonus. I appreciate that the videos featured two totally different situations and that she showed us challenging photo opportunities that were outside of golden hour. My only issue so far is that I had some trouble getting the MP4 files to play on my windows platform although I played fine on my Mac. Awesome BO and I hope to see Mrs. Moffatt offering more educational resources in the future.

  15. Angela June 22, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Wow, I am smitten with Andrea’s way to capture and pull the reader into her work, both written and in her photography! I tried explaining to a friend of mine what it is I so desperately wanted to be able to capture on my son’s journey in life (he is special needs) and she sent me this breakout. I have been having such trouble trying to explain what it is I wanted to capture and after each page I read in the breakout I kept saying, “Yes, YES, this is exactly what I want!”. I love that she has “homework” in the guide too so you apply what you have learned and there is even an open forum right now with the breakout (all this for $25!!!!). If you are wanting your photos to tell a story, to provide a feeling that words cannot capture, to invoke the smells/tastes/etc that were felt in that moment….do not hesitate to purchase this breakout!

  16. Rachel June 22, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

    This is a great breakout and has got me thinking about my photography in a new way – and I’m only halfway through the pdf! A definite bargain at the price and I’d really recommend doing it during the live run, there is so much going in the forum!

  17. Kristina Dominianni June 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I have been a huge fan of Andrea’s Storytelling images for years. When I saw that she created a breakout, I new it was a must have. As someone that sometimes struggles with making pretty pictures vs making making meaningful photos – Andrea gives numerous tools and instruction on how to find a happy medium in both worlds.

    This breakout is exactly what I hoped it would be – filled with detailed information on how to really focus my efforts on being the family historian and creating heirloom images that bring you right back to that specific point in your life. Photos that really capture the stories and essence of my family. The details that actually matter.

    I have to also include that this breakout is beautifully written and flows well. The content makes you think, ponder and plan. The included exercises also give me amazing insight on who I am as an artist and what themes are important to me while shooting, that I never even realized before.

  18. Chrissy Walther June 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I am so happy I saw this breakout on Instagram when I did. Andrea has a heart for teaching and a heart for capturing memories. After reading the materials, I have come to realize how important it is to have someone like Andrea, who is truly genuine, teach the rest of us who are finding our own way. Her perspective is awe inspiring, the way she explains things is very clear and articulate, and her work is incredible. My next goal is to participate in the discussions she has set up. I love that she encourages critique/feedback to promote growth among those who take this break out. Thank you, Andrea!

  19. Mariah June 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! I just finished reading the PDF and what a great breakout! Andrea speaks about the ways we choose to photograph our children can later tell (and show) them who they were as children. Our photographs will shape their memories of their childhood into adulthood. It’s very powerful stuff and gave me all the feels! A very well written breakout that I highly recommend!

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