Light, Love, and Lifestyle: Family Photography at Home

with Danielle Hatcher


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

What happens when you move your family sessions into the home? MAGIC.

The most beautiful moments happen right at home! In this course you will learn how to photograph consistent, memorable, beautiful lifestyle family photos right in the home, backyard and beyond! We will discuss all things lifestyle, including light, directing and connecting with your subjects, finding your voice, lens choice, staying creative, building a website that works for you, and much, MUCH more. Whether you already shoot some in-home work or you’re looking to shoot in-home work more often, this is the perfect course for you!


To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that all students are proficient in manual mode, can obtain proper exposure, and are somewhat familiar with LR or ACR.

what you’ll get

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing) + Introductory PDF

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Daily shooting and sharing is also highly encouraged. 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.


Over 4 hours of behind the scenes shooting, editing, and other videos, including weekly pullback videos of client sessions and homes with unique challenges


Learn tips, tricks and nuggets of wisdom from four other lifestyle photographers (one per week).

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Includes private, weekly, instructor led webinars, periscopes and Q+A sessions. Live sessions will be recorded for downloading to reference after class has completed. All participants will also be invited to Danielle's Facebook group.


Lesson One


Documentary vs. Lifestyle Photography

Your Why

"Selling" Lifestyle

Gear + Settings

Finding Your Voice

Building a Website that Works for You


One Scene, Two Ways

Lesson Two


Creating Impactful Compositions

Owning the Image

Adding to the Story

Creating + Capturing Connections

Building + Utilizing a Client Questionnaire


Gestalt Principle


Lesson Three


Seeing Light

Mixed Light

Use of Light Indoors

Modifying Indoor Light

"Light Flow"


One Scene, Three Types of Light

New Space Pull Back Video

Lesson Four


Lens Choice

Shooting Creatively

Culling + Editing

Image Delivery, Displays and Ideas

Personal Projects


One Scene, Two Lenses

Creative Shoot + Edit

Hour in the Life

as seen on instagram


"This workshop is invaluable if you want to shoot in-home lifestyle for your business, or if you just want to capture the daily moments in your own children's lives."

- Britt
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about your instructor

Danielle Hatcher is a natural light, lifestyle photographer specializing in capturing beautifully honest families. She’s a native Californian, currently living in the suburbs of Sacramento. Married to her husband for over 11 years, they have 3 kids and 2 rescue dogs. She loves cooking, working out, playing golf, shopping, traveling, Diet Dr. Pepper, and binge watching Netflix, but above all else… spending time with her family.

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. Kirsten Baker August 17, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    What a wonderful course! Not only does Danielle give so many valuable insights on how to take an in-home lifestyle photography business to the next level, but I also came out of the course seeing my home and day-to-day routine with fresh eyes. I can definitely tell that my personal work is so much stronger for it. The best part by far was Danielle’s presence and responsiveness throughout. She gave us video critiques on our assignments, which meant that a) we got much more detailed feedback on our images than if she were to write them up, and b) we got to watch her personally take our photos into Lightroom and see any little tweaks she’d make to an image to make it stronger. She was also great about answering all of our questions live on Periscope and then uploading the videos to the forum for those of us who couldn’t make it live. Seriously, take this class. And if you can swing it, go for full participation. Getting to interact with such a warm, kind, and talented mentor like Danielle is absolutely worth the price.

  2. Beth Venit August 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I just finished this workshop and I am so sad it is over. I am a hobbyist that may someday decide to turn this into a business. I think this workshop was great even if I never need the business side. And if I do go into business there will be so many things I can go back and reference. Danielle was an open book. Whatever you wanted to ask her about shooting and business she was happy to answer. I really liked how she would answer our questions via Periscope. I am a really visual learning so it was great to have her show us things instead of just typing all the answers. I also really liked the video critiques of our homework! This is really one to take full participation. You will just get so much out of it. I feel like I have a whole list of projects I have been inspired to work on thanks to this class!

  3. Molly Lynch April 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I took Danielle’s course as a study-along because I cannot commit to full participation right now. Even as a study-along, this course was SO worth the money and time I spent! Danielle is a great instructor — approachable, knowledgeable, fun. You feel like you are chatting over coffee with a good friend. Danielle’s course has given me the confidence boost I need to push forward with my slowly growing business. I feel like I have a lot of new tools to move my photo sessions more into the homes of my clients. Thank you, Danielle!

  4. Divya March 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    If you are on this page, sign up for Danielle’s next run immediately! She is beyond generous with her time and truly pours her heart into the course and into mentoring everyone through the four weeks. I am so sad the class has come to an end as it was the perfect course to help push my indoor work to the next level. Danielle was always there for advice and provided endless tips and tricks. I can see myself referring back to her workshop materials for years to come! Thank you Danielle!!!

  5. Britt March 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    This workshop taught me so much about my own shooting style and about how to shoot and edit to draw attention to the story I want to tell. I really enjoyed watching video of Danielle interacting with her clients and her own children. This workshop is invaluable if you want to shoot in home lifestyle for your business or if you just want to capture the daily moments in your own children’s lives.

  6. Erin Kunysz March 26, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I am still a hobbyist but I took this class hoping to gain some confidence and skills to take the step and shoot someone other than my kids and it was exactly what I need to push me out of my comfort zone. For me posing people seems so intimidating and I felt the lifestyle would be a great way to capture genuine moments of families in their element so I wanted to learn more about this as I aim to take the next step in my photography journey. She covered how to sell an indoor lifestyle shoot, composition, lighting, and how to get creative. She gave great video critiques on the final assignments which was so helpful.

  7. Alison Dallon March 26, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply

    If you have any interest in Lifestyle photography and want to take your images to the next level, take this class!! Danielle completely blew me away. I knew this class was going to be good because I love Danielle’s work, but I had no idea it was going to be this incredible.
    I highly recommend full participation because her feedback is invaluable. Seriously, sign up for the next run. You won’t regret it!

  8. Karra Cappelli March 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    This class is AMAZING! I will never do a “study along” class again. This was my first “full participation” class and I believe it was worth every penny! The feedback you receive makes you feel confident in your work. Thank you Danielle for an amazing class!!!

  9. Margaret Nissen March 25, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Indoor shooting was one area of my photography that I did not feel like I had a good grasp on. Not anymore! Danielle gives you the skills and confidence to walk into any indoor space and photograph any group of people. From lighting and composition, to editing and staying creative, Danielle covers it! She is very active in teaching this class, and gives fun and honest critiques (you feel like she is a friend you have known for years!) If you are looking to shoot indoor, take this class!!

  10. Danielle Dobson March 24, 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I’ve always struggled with in-home sessions, things like finding variety, handling different indoor lighting, and even just getting my own enjoyment out of it, so I signed up for this course and it has completely changed my attitude towards these sessions! I’m now excited to do them, I can approach them with confidence & know that I’m going to have some great images for my clients! Every week was so helpful, I particularly enjoyed the website video which explores how we can set ourselves up to book in-home sessions, while I also really enjoyed learning about different lighting and how to be creative with it and use it to enhance our sessions. Also, some really helpful tip on creating connections! I was never bored, and every week walked away excited to start shooting and practicing what I’ve learnt. Danielle’s feedback was also particularly helpful and super encouraging. If you are looking to do more in-home sessions, or have even been doing them for years but need to rediscover your joy in them, I’d definitely recommend you to do this course! No regrets here!!!

  11. Camilla French March 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    My business is just starting out and I really want to include inside lifestyle in my sessions, I was just going to wing it, but … then after I said no more workshops for a bit so I saw Life Inside and it sounded to good to pass up. I was right, this workshop was amazing and exactly what I needed. I feel much more confident in everying a new enviroment and coming away with great photos, all thanks to Danielle. Don’t miss the opportunity, if you have any desire to do this workshop – just do it!!! By the end of the 4 weeks (whichs goes SO fast) you will see an improvement in your indoor lifestyle photos, which will benifit both your personal and profesisonal work.

  12. Andrea Johnson March 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    This class was so good!! From learning how to sell indoor lifestyle photography, to learning new ways to be creative, and getting great feedback on weekly assignments. This class was the extra push I needed to start portfolio building and I’m really excited to see where my photography will grow from here!

  13. Kirsty Hamilton March 21, 2017 at 3:18 am - Reply

    I have loved every minute of Danielle’s excellent course, she has been extremely inspiring, encouraging and very generous with her time and expertise. Videos of her actually doing a shoot were incredibly useful and there was a wealth of information in written and video form for each lesson. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to hone their lifestyle photography skills!

  14. Kelly Mort March 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    This class was amazing!! I was on the fence about in-home lifestyle, but I really wanted to know if I should pursue it for my business or not and I have fallen in love. In-home is so special and intimate and Danielle is a wonderful teacher. I loved her live critiques, the pdfs, shooting videos, editing videos, and even presets. I hammered out four portfolio building sessions during the class and all of them will be perfect for my website. If you are on the fence on this one, take it!!

  15. Lisa Burnes March 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    We’re wrapping up the Feb 2017 run of Life Inside: In-Home Lifestyle Photography with Danielle Hatcher.

    You guys – this class was SO good! I’ve learned so much in the last 4 weeks – selling lifestyle photography, composition, connection, light, editing, and even some different creative photography techniques! Danielle’s critiques were gentle, but also thoughtful and she really pushes you to improve and find YOUR own style.

    I loved this class and recommend it 100%, whether you are interested in in-home lifestyle photography for your business or for your personal photos

  16. Jo Shannon-Little September 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    It’s week 4, my last submission has been made and I’m so, so sad to have come to the end of this truly amazing course! I can’t even begin to tell you how utterly wonderful Danielle is. Learning from someone who lives and breathes lifestyle photography is so inspiring! It has complete transformed me as a photographer.
    The wealth of information (new learning, ideas, tips, tricks) and heart poured into this course by Danielle is invaluable! From the moment the forum opened, she was so incredibly generous with her wealth of knowledge, time and support. Really, I would recommend this wholeheartedly to any lifestyle photographer or lover of lifestyle.

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