with Samantha McBride


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

When does a photo become art? How do you capture not just a subject but a feeling?

In this new breakout, Samantha McBride will reveal how Mood & Light make all the difference. You’ll receive practical techniques for achieving mood, a detailed outline of her favorite light, explanation of how she applies “intentional artistry” for meaningful imagery in both personal and client work, and walkthroughs of her entire process from concept to editing. This breakout will show you how to beautifully weave together light and story, challenge you to let more of your inner world out, and take your work to the next level, no matter where you are in your photography journey.

what you’ll get

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211 page e-book that demonstrates the concepts of Mood & Light, plus reflection prompts to encourage inner exploration along the way

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Golden Hour Session Video of Samantha photographing a real client at one of her favorite locations

Bonus Beach Shooting Video with two sessions (professional and personal)


Videos outline Samantha’s processing workflow

Bonus video on Underwater Editing

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“The Golden Collection,” an exclusive Lightroom preset pack available only to Breakout Participants


Samantha's “Masters of Mood” guide includes additional photos and insights from leading photographers

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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 to recognize the inherent story that lies within light and watch how Samantha uses light for storytelling in all of her work.


Walk through Samantha’s process for editing and see how and why she loves playing with tones


Discover the rules Samantha loves to break most often and why.


Get specific tips for posing, with emotion & connection as the goal.


Learn how to translate your inner world to outward artistic expression.


What is mood? Find out how to see it, how apply it, and the difference between “mood” and “moodiness” in imagery.


Samantha will share both her biggest mistakes and the game-changers along the way that helped her grow.


Understand how to distinguish “documentation” from “expression” while allowing room for both.


Separate fulfillment from success, and gain the confidence to avoid ego traps and insecurity.

about your presenter

Samantha is a photographer based in Jacksonville, Florida whose work focuses on life’s meaningful connections. A former writer and advertising firm owner, Samantha’s passion for storytelling comes through in her photography, which has been featured by Click Magazine, MILK Magazine, Lemonade & Lenses, Feature Shoot, Red Tricycle, The Long Way Home and many others. In addition to being a family photographer, she is a contributor to Offset and Adobe Premium, and a photography writer and educator. When not working, Samantha can be found chasing her twin toddlers, swimming with her older boys and getting out on adventures with them all as often as possible! Visit Samantha McBride on Instagram @SamanthaMcBridePhoto and



  1. Amy November 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    This was my first CM breakout, I was nervous to take the plunge & spend the money not knowing what to expect. There was no need to be, from it I learned so much more than I ever anticipated. It brought a huge awareness of shooting into the light, the golden hour etc but also about how to move during a family shoot, how to add family members to a group etc. I’m so happy to have it to keep referring back to over the coming years. Thank you

  2. Karen Holden November 15, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I purchased this breakout because of Samantha’s amazing beach photography. I learned so much that has been instrumental in taking my photography to the next level.

  3. Katie Oblinger September 20, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Having admired Samantha’s work for several years, I knew this was a breakout I had to purchase. Mood and the Story of Light is exactly that. As a photographer I have been glued to photographing bright images. This course reminded me that it’s okay to let go of the comforts of your everyday work and to dive deeper into what speaks to my soul. Some photographers, speaking for myself, aren’t born with that creative gene. So when someone invites you to let go of everything and photograph what you feel, you accept that invitation. Samantha’s breakout reminded me that I actually do have a love for moodier imagery and this course helped me to step outside my comfort zone and try something that moves me. The journal prompts throughout the breakout invite you to take a deeper look at how you create your own work and the intention behind it all .

    To me though, the beauty of this breakout isn’t just in the imagery, it’s in Samantha’s openness. She invites you into her world – the world of her children, her style, and her creative process. And it’s stunning. I loved every second of this breakout and will keep it close as a tool I will refer to time and again.

  4. Catherine September 20, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I hesitated to take this breakout as I am just starting as a Business photographer and have invested quite a lot this year in breakouts and workshop but I love Samantha’s photography and I am in awe of her underwater images and could not pass on this opportunity. She is really a master of Mood & Light. I am so glad I did her breakout live. Her pdf (more than 200 pages) is amazing, full of beautiful images and information. She shares the ‘why’ behind her images, tips on connection and light, her thought processes. Her shooting videos are so helpful and inspiring and love her bonus video regarding underwater shooting. I have really enjoyed seeing her editing AND she is giving away fabulous presets that are awesome for use on images taken during golden light. An awesome breakout that I will revisit often. Merci Samantha for sharing so much of your photography and your heart.

  5. Daidra September 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Oh my GAH, this breakout is FULL of tips to help guide you to find your style with the journal prompts throughout the pdf. Samantha doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to sharing her knowledge and experiences that make her the amazing photographer that she is. She offers all the information you need to make you think about what made you fall in love with photography, why you choose to create your art, how photography makes you feel and where your inspiration comes from to when was the first time you remember wanting to pursue photography. Then, along with all of that, she shows you how she prepares for her sessions and shares her client questionnaire. She tells how to advise the client in what to wear, how she shoots her entire session, culling and editing and she shares 6 presets. There are several videos you can watch to see how she gets her photos to reflect her style along with a bonus underwater video.

    She shares what she does to help her clients loosen up for the session and how she is able to show connection and emotion in her images! And, oh that light! She is a master at finding the most gorgeous light and teaches you how to find it and how to use it! You don’t want to miss this breakout if you love light, connection, emotion, mood and great tips for lightly posing/directing your subjects along with so much more!

  6. Claire September 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I was really close to passing on this one. It looked beautiful, but I’ve been on a breakout tear lately and was frankly a little burnt out. I’m so glad I crumbled and got it anyway! It’s been a wonderful breath of fresh air and it’s definitely helped me dig a little deeper into what kind of photos I want to take. This breakout helped me FEEL the reason I want to take better photos and have the feeling of the moment take centre stage.

    The e book is full of wonderful, inspiring images, though you probably already know that. But what you may not get from perusing the breakout information page is just how much effort she puts into helping you find your own inspiration. There are thoughtful journal prompts and just so many thoughtful little tips throughout the e book and in the shooting and editing videos. She gives you every opportunity to climb inside her head and walk around in there to see exactly how she creates her gorgeous images. And she’s sweet as a peach. You can feel her personality on every page. I’m so grateful I picked this one up! It’s definitely one to revisit again and again.

  7. Holly September 17, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Mood and Story of Light is amazing! Samantha’s work is stunning, and the videos provided in the breakout give so much insight into how she captures the images. The PDF provides so much inspiration to go out and shoot to capture and create your own art. What I am most excited about is the editing videos that give information so you can work to create the same beautiful tone and color. The whole breakout in so inspiring!

  8. Sharlene September 17, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Ok, first off, this breakout is worth it just for the presets alone! But it is so, so much more than that. Samantha’s work is stunning and she shares so much of herself, of her shooting and editing process, which I found incredibly helpful. This breakout is full of so much information and really is a joy to watch. Definitely worthy of your time!

  9. Lissa Watson September 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    This breakout is so inspiring and gave me so many ah ha moments, especially on focusing on “my” art, which I wasn’t expecting out of this BO. Samantha gives so many little tid bits of information to really help during your sessions and editing. I’m really glad I jumped in and bought this one.

  10. Tiffany September 15, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Samantha’s breakout is so full of eye candy that I could stare at it all day! Her work is so so stunning. I love the approach of this breakout and her discussion of mood. I also absolutely LOVE the journaling prompts and cannot wait to complete them. Her shooting videos are an awesome way to really hear her thought process and what she is looking for during sessions.

  11. Meg Loeks September 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    This breakout is incredible! It’s filled with inspiring and gorgeous imagery, and SO MUCH INFORMATION! Samantha truly poured her heart and soul into the materials showing you the how and why. We all know how crucial light is within photography. It’s everything. Samantha offers tips on how to shoot in certain types of light, tips on connection and color theory. She shares her editing process too and bonus… 6 presets are included in the materials! I needed this breakout and highly recommend it!

  12. erin September 13, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    As soon as I saw that this breakout was coming out I knew I had to be part of it and I am so very glad I did. I have been searching for a way to bring more feeling into my own work and Samantha definitely understands how to get you to think about what feeling you want capture and how to go about it. I love her editing videos and how she explains how she adjusts things and why. And the presets that she shares are amazing! She offers so many different ways to be inspired to create mood and be intentional. I love the journaling prompts and other exercises that are given to help get shooting and thinking. There is so much information in this you will not be disappointed!

  13. Cami Turpin September 13, 2017 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I am really only half-way through the breakout session, and already I am connecting on such a deeper level than I expected to. The journal prompts have helped me remember who I am as a photographer, and what I truly love. I think it’s so hard when you’re learning and following the new trends and what your clients want, to remember what you love about photography, and how to make it art. Everything about this breakout–from the gorgeous PDF booklet to the daily shooting prompts and personal feedback on your work–AMAZING. I’ve taken a lot of much more expensive online courses, but this is by far the most inspiring and best value. I love it, I love it, I love it. Can’t wait to watch the videos.

  14. Laurel Critti September 12, 2017 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Samantha has pulled me right into her Mood and the Story of Light break out! I love that she has me looking into what I feel mood is and what it means to ME. In just a week, I have taken so many pictures of my children that tell a story and give a sense of mood. I am beyond obsessed with her presets as well! They work so well with all of my images. I love that in her editing videos she shows you how to tweek the presets and make them set the scene for what you are going for. I honestly think I will be purchasing ALL her presets because they are beautiful! Until, this breakout I was consistently blowing out my images and her tips on underexposing a bit were beyond helpful! Samantha, is also very involved in the forum! Which to me is priceless and truly shows her love for sharing her passion with others.

  15. Ginger Livingston September 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Mood and the Story of light is helping to stretch me as a photographer. Samantha is insightful ,experienced, thoughtful and honest in her approach as an instructor.I feel a bit like i’m in photographer therapy with someone whose deep understanding and ability to ask soul-searching questions is finally leading me to find my own love and make it my own voice. I have only just begun to absorb all of the insights and guidance she has to offer. Loving this course!!!

  16. Rachael September 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Samantha’s Breakout has been so encouraging so far and we’re still only in the first week! Since reading the materials, I find myself searching out the mood and light of each photograph I take more purposefully! The PDF was chock full of great information and the journal entry questions Samantha included have been invaluable for me to step back and assess myself and my photography. She has been super helpful in answering questions and encouraging as we test the waters & try new techniques. Also, I’m loving the Presets that were included as well! I’ve gained so much from this peek into Samantha’s creative process and it has been truly inspiring!

  17. Laura September 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    You guys, I seriously cannot say enough good things about this breakout!! Samantha is so real about what has worked for her, and what hasn’t, with lots of helpful advice. She discusses mood, and light and white balance and everything in between!! Seriously, I am feeling SO refreshed going through this course, and I am just beginning!! AND, as a fellow journaler, I am super excited about her journal prompts. I truly think it is so important to not only learn, but to learn FOR ME, and these are so helping me apply so many things from this class to myself, so that I can in turn learn, grow and effectively change within my own work. Seriously, if I had two words to describe this class it would be refreshing and inspirational. It is inspiring me in so so many ways through my own work. And Samantha’s honest vulnerability is so refreshing. You just don’t always get a class where the teacher just shares it all and is truly genuine in the process and this is it! AND…. She is giving us 6 of her presets! That alone is worth more than $50 in and of itself. Goodness, I am so glad I signed up for this class!!! And I hope you will too, because guys, you will not regret it!

  18. Casey McCauley September 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Guys! This breakout? Holy gorgeous! Let me tell you, Samantha’s “Mood & The Story of Light…Mind. Blown. First of all, I would claim to be a breakout junkie, and I am literally blown away by how much she shares. I always find it most helpful when an artist shares so much of their own process, shares WHO they are and WHY they are drawn to create the art that they create. Samantha shares her thought process, her mistakes and what she has learned from them, and really gives you the tools for asking yourself the right questions to push you further in your art. It’s always great to hear the mistakes someone else makes and how they learn from them. I am in a personal place right now where I am digging, soul searching, and constantly asking myself these same questions. No matter what genre of photography moves you, the journal prompts that Samantha shares are so helpful and enlightening to the process of creating your art. She shares so many helpful and practical tips to actually creating the mood and connecting to your photographs. Her go-to poses, tips on connection, color theory, design, and her editing process all gave me some light bulb “ah-ha” moments and for that, I am grateful.
    Oh…and the LIGHT…I personally feel that struuuugggle, still, with golden light shooting. As a documentary photographer who never “places” my subjects in light, I haven’t really cultivated any tips over the years, and frankly, I kinda shy away from it (aka SCARES me still) and prefer full sun. (I know “oh the horror”) The moment has always trumped the light for me, but I will occasionally take a few clients in the fall when golden light shooting is ideally what my clients would want. Samantha’s Golden Light shooting tips and video is EXACTLY what I need!!! (and, oh my gosh, her picnic basket!!!?? It’s GENIUS) Now…The editing videos are literally my favorite! I am one who has loved editing from the start in my photography journey, and I always feel like I have learned so much from watching other artist’s processing. I hand edit my images and use/tweak presets, so the process which Samantha uses on her own images is so helpful! She really covers why she edits the way she does and how her process really connects with her art. Oh, and she shares 6 presets, yes SIX, presets in her bundle. That’s freaking awesome and I can’t wait to try them!

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