Making Magic in Minutes: The Art of Capturing Playful Connections

with Amy Salessi


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

Learn how to take control of sessions in order to create magic in a short period of time.

Amy Salessi believes in keeping her photo sessions playful and fun and connecting and engaging with her audience in real ways. Whether she’s photographing her three young daughters or her family session clients, she’s learned how to take control of her sessions in order to create on-camera magic in short increments of time. In this breakout, Amy walks you through her simple steps for making her sessions fun and EASY and sets you up for success so that you’re seeing more intentional and productive shooting within minutes! She shares her go-to tricks for connecting with children of every age, how to direct posing to get the most natural connections, how to recover sessions that aren’t going so well, and how she uses color to make her images pop. She also shares a year-long blueprint in planning and executing successful short sessions with your children as well as mini sessions to complement your business growth. >Whether you’re a mom looking to most effectively capture those precious fleeting moments with your kids or a photographer working with young families and wanting to maximize the minutes you spend with your clients, this course was created for you.

what you’ll get

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An 87-page exclusive eBook

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Two family client sessions

A session with Amy's own daughter


How Amy edits in Lightroom and Photoshop

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Bonus Guide to marketing, planning and executing mini sessions throughout the year

Bonus printable - How to successfully plan out your own year of photographing your children and/or clients


Bonus Style Guide to help style your own children and guide your clients toward the right clothing choices​

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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


How to be successful in just a short amount of time (this is so critical when working with children!)


How to create colorful images that capture the natural joy and personality of your subject


How to shoot in one simple location and capture several different perspectives


​Why YOUR unique perspective is so important to your art


The importance of continuing to photograph your children as they get older


Technical tips for shooting indoors and outdoors

about your presenter

Amy Salessi, a self-taught photographer, found her love for using the camera to help capture life after the birth of her second daughter. As she spent her days juggling work and her home life with young children, she relied on her pictures of the everyday moments to remind her of the beauty in the chaos. Amy soon decided to invest all her time and heart into what she does best; capturing those everyday moments for others. Amy lives in Southern California with her husband and three young daughters (and two grown sons nearby!) and has spent the last seven years helping others capture the moments that make up their life.



  1. Kristy July 11, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    This is one of my most favorite breakouts ever! I felt so incredibly inspired by it, I just couldn’t wait to pick up my camera and go shoot! it’ll be one that I refer back to time and again.

  2. Monica Riojas December 27, 2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    This is my first breakout and I am very new to Clickinmoms. I have to say I am loving all these brilliant tips. I really appreciate how much insight Amy shares in this breakout and at such a great price! I can’t wait to finish going through this and I’m so excited to put these tips into action to improve my photography skills!

  3. Christin Couvreux December 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    This is my first course/breakout and I’m loving it. The book is helpful and the videos are very informational. I’m looking forward to going back to my last shoot to try some of Amy’s editing techniques. This was definitely a great buy.

  4. Deb Wisker December 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    When I saw this breakout, I jumped on the opportunity to learn from Amy. I follow her on FB, and I am a fan of her work. I love that I can jump in and out as time allows, and catch up on the reading ( I am a full time pediatric OR nurse). This breakout has really helped me make some concrete decisions on marketing, client relations and finding my “niche”.

  5. Natalie December 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I just purchased this breakout yesterday and really enjoyed watching the videos of the two sessions. I learned some tricks to getting clients to not look so posey and more playful which is what I love.

  6. Kim Saavedra December 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    When I heard Amy was coming out with breakout session I was beyond excited! I’ve had the pleasure of being a client of hers and have the beautiful images she’s taken of my family in my home. I can speak both as a client of hers, and someone who enjoys photography as a hobby myself, that getting any kind of advice, insight or tips from her as been such a treat. You can really tell how much heart and soul she’s poured into her breakout and it has been so much fun to read and watch!

  7. Melanie Crawford December 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    This is the first breakout I have purchased and wow, I could not be more thrilled with these materials! The pdfs are chock full of helpful tips and information, as well as gorgeous, inspiring images! And I absolutely loved the videos! With respect to the shooting videos, it was so awesome to see Amy in action with not only 2 different families but also her own daughter, I loved seeing the different strategies that she used throughout her shoots. The editing videos were very helpful as well, I love her bright, colorful style and learned a lot from those. I highly recommend this breakout!

  8. Daisey Lim December 18, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I’m thrilled to have purchased Amy Salessi’s breakout session! Making Magic in Minutes is so awesome and Amy is nothing short of amazing! I’m learning so much.

  9. Lisa Sherrill December 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I’ve taken quite a few breakouts and this one is my favorite! I love Amy’s style and how she is able to make her sessions fun and fast. The break out materials are beautiful which makes for an easier read. Thanks Amy!

  10. Kylee Rulason December 18, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Awesome Breakout! So much information on mini sessions and planning them. Love the editing videos! Really helped me to edit some photos I had been having trouble with.

  11. Cami Turpin December 17, 2017 at 12:57 am - Reply

    This is a great breakout with a lot of information! I always love watching other photographers shoot and edit, and the images Amy produces are so beautiful, you’ve got to want to see how she gets them! The bonus information about mini sessions was super helpful in helping me decide if and how I should do mini sessions and if they are right for my business. I’ve done many sessions like the ones Amy shares, and it would have been SO helpful in the beginning to have had all this information and inspiration. Sometimes I get caught up in trying to be so artsy or moody in my images, and it’s great to remember just to get some HAPPY sometimes!! This is a happy breakout for sure.

  12. Charlotte December 16, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I just purchased this breakout today and have only read PART of the information and already I know this was a great choice! So much helpful information for me as a photographer just launching my business.

  13. Lourdes Minaya December 16, 2017 at 2:17 am - Reply

    This is such amazing value for $25. It’s likE HAVING A 1-on-1 mentoring session with Amy but I get to watch it or read the materials over and over as much as I need. I had just commented that if I won a mentoring session I’d want to learn how to follow the light, and learn editing techniques to make a photo pop. The videos included go through just this stuff. The editing video just shows how much work gets put in to one of her amazing images. I loved watching it to see what Photoshop can do. It looks so easy when Amy does it. :) So thrilled with this purchase and I want to share it with everyone I know who wants to learn photography. This is so fun!

  14. Jeanette Wagner December 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Wow, love this breakout! The shooting videos give so many helpful tips and I love how she shows how she adapts and redirects. I learned how important lens selection is. The pdf is so helpful and reminds us to not forget to photograph our own children (which I’m going to go out to do tomorrow..) Such a great deal for so much information!!!

  15. Katie December 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    This was my first breakout to purchase. It’s full of amazing information on connecting with clients and beautiful images in the pdf book. I haven’t gotten through all of the information yet but I’m loving it and so glad I purchased it. I’ve already got a calendar full of ideas for next year as result of the planning section.

  16. Alicia Wilson December 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    What an amazing learning experience! Amy is both informative and motivating, and I LOVE the videos capturing actual family photo sessions! It’s the perfect breakout for someone looking to go to the next level in portrait photography!

  17. Wendi Heaton December 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I cannot say enough about this Breakout. There is so much valuable information in a way that is direct and easy to understand. Amy’s put a great deal of thought into the format to accomplish this and I am naming this my “Favorite Breakout” to date!

  18. Ashley December 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I purchased this breakout as a reference to inspire real, authentic responses from children within my business but received that and so much more. Amy’s PDF offers so many useful tips to work with children, create interactive moments between families, and direction using color and space. The live shooting videos provide an opportunity to watch Amy interact and make her sessions fun. This breakout was a great investment and I would highly recommend!

  19. Stephanie Gustafson December 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Amy has outdone herself!!! All this information is truly amazing!! Thank you Amy!! I have learned soo much from her already and am excited to learn EVEN MORE!!!

  20. Jenea December 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I purchased this breakout because I wanted to learn how to step up my game when photographing my kids. This breakout delivers- it’s AMAZING! It’s jam packed with tips and tricks in an easy to understand format. It’s perfect for moms, professionals and everyone in between. My camera has been sitting in it’s bag because I’ve been so intimidated but this got me excited!

  21. Mindy Tanimoto December 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed the videos so helpful to see how it compares to what I am currently doing and how I can improve.

  22. Kim December 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    This breakout is amazing! Amy has a great way of captivating us with her photos as well and her mentoring. This breakout has given me so much information that I feel I’ve been needing to take my family photo sessions to the next level. Sometimes I can feel a little awkward when trying to get things going and I feel like her video really helped me with learning how to break the ice. I love how REAL she is. Reading this beautiful e-book and watching the videos has been inspiring. I’m looking forward to putting all of these great tips to use.

  23. Erica Barrera December 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I was a new mom that wanted to capture my sons first everything’s and all the special moments in between. So i began with Amy’s beginners workshop. It was a great way to introduce me to my camera. Still a bit unsure on how to re create her magic i purchased her Breakout Making magic in minutes and i am so glad that i did. It’s not just for professional photographers it’s also for moms just trying to capture those special moments you don’t ever want to forget. Totally recommend this and so glad I️ have it now. Can’t wait to start taking more pics of my little guy.

  24. Jessica evans December 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a Great way to learn so much in a manageable form. I am so excited to put into practice all the tipsI have learned from Amy in this breakout session!

  25. Becky Hoschek December 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Amy shares her heart and ALL her tricks in this fun and revealing breakout. So full of amazing info from connecting with little ones of all ages, to using color and light to achieve her candid and colorful style, to keeping sessions for children and families alike FUN! Watching Amy shoot live in videos is so helpful – it’s fun to see how someone else works. Love the bonus Styling Guide, and love that I can apply this content whether I’m sneaking in a quick shoot with one of my three little ones, or working with clients!

  26. Alison Winterroth December 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    This e-book, Making Magic In Minutes, is full of color and energy- just like Amy’s photography. I was so excited to see that she gives great ideas on how to bring out your child’s personality and photograph them in ways that allow them to be excited for the process- not dread it. Plus, Amy breaks things down into child friendly manageable chunks so nobody is overwhelmed. Watching her shoot gives me confidence in achieving images full of joy!
    I think my favorite part was watching how Amy achieves her gorgeous edits and signature color pops! This was such a worthwhile purchase!

  27. Jennifer Kielich December 6, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    This breakout is FULL of amazing information! From pre-session planning, to connecting with clients of all ages, to shooting techniques and location choices, Amy covers it all! The shooting videos are so honest, and I enjoyed watching Amy deal with client families in real time. I’ve been in business for a while now, but have always found it beneficial to watch how other photographers work. I learn something new every single time, and this breakout was no exception! Whether you photograph clients or prefer to capture your own kiddos exclusively, you’ll definitely find this breakout to be worth every penny!

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