Perfectly Imperfect: Creating depth and honesty in timeless family portraiture

with Bethany Sams


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

Photograph families in a way that excites you and stirs your heart!

Do you want to infuse your family photography with more authenticity? Do you want to feel more confident capturing the beauty while embracing imperfections? In this Breakout, Bethany Sams will walk you through her creative process for photographing families. She will help you see and take control of your own vision by exploring the use of light and composition to produce timeless, genuine connections. You will get an inside look, start to finish, at her client workflow before and during sessions and you will see how she polishes her vision for her images in post processing.

what you’ll get

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A PDF covering how Bethany creates beautifully honest family photographs

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Behind the scenes sunset family session shooting video


Bonus shooting video of a family of eight

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How to use the same light different ways Tips for completing a 365


Bonus Editing video

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Submit questions to the Presenter anytime during the program's duration, and receive acopy of the recorded Q&A video at the end of the breakout's run

what you’ll learn


How to see and expose you images for different types of light to control the vision of your photographs


How to use different types of light at family sessions


How to prepare clients for your session to set the tone to foster genuine connection


Tips on how to let go of perfection and see the beauty in the in-between


Tips on how to get connection and variety at family sessions


Bethany’s editing tips and tricks

about your presenter

Bethany Sams is a natural light family photographer based in Knoxville, TN who is most inspired by the imperfections of family life. She is a homeschooling mama to 4 little ones and wife to her hubby of 14 years. She spends most of her time at home adventuring with her family around their woods, riding bikes, building forts out of couch cushions, drinking lukewarm coffee, and living on Grace.



  1. Nicole Bailes February 8, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Don’t hesitate, purchase this breakout! Bethany goes above and beyond. You’ll feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to try out some new tricks and skills you learn.

    Bethany!! You are amazing, truly! Thank you for pouring your heart into this, its so obvious how much you care and want to share your knowledge and passion. I’ve loved your work for YEARS and it just gets better and better. Thanks for making all of us better. <3

  2. Laura December 29, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Loved, loved, loved this breakout! Bethany gives you so many tips on using light, posing, and getting more natural shots. The videos of her sessions were especially helpful. I took away so much knowledge on prompting clients from these videos! I feel like this breakout is truly going to help me become a better photographer and develop my style.

  3. Amy Wright December 24, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    You will be sooooo glad you bought this breakout! Bethany pours her whole soul into it and gives an incredible view of how and why she does it. Her work makes you feel all the feels and she helps you create work that sings to your heart. She shares with such grace and love that you can’t help but be motivated and inspired. It is a definite must buy!

  4. Samantha Degens December 19, 2017 at 4:27 am - Reply

    First off all, I would like to say a big thank you! Bethany, I feel so inspired by your work, by this breakout and I’ve learned so much from you. Thank you!!!

    I’ve been following Bethany’s work for quite some time. I was so excited when I found out she was working on her breakout via her Instagram. Her work is STUNNING and I just couldn’t wait to learn from her. When the breakout went live I read through the pdf and watched the videos in one go. I felt SO inspired!!! The PDF is filled with so much information, and of course her beautiful work! I’ve taken a lot of breakouts but this is probably one of the best breakouts I’ve ever done! Bethany is also very active on the forum which I love, and the creative exercises are very inspiring and make you think about your work. I highly recommend to sign up right now, while the breakout is still live! You won’t regret it!

  5. Jennifer Harris December 17, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

    An amazing breakout! I’m only half way through but Bethany has already taught me so much! I love her work and love how easily she teaches how she does things in the breakout. Definitely Recommend!!!!

  6. Caley Marston December 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    You will absolutely not regret purchasing this breakout. This was one of the most thoughtful breakouts I have purchased. I loved it so much that it literally brought me to tears while reading through the information. You can tell that Bethany pours her soul and heart into not only the BO but every photo that she takes. It was like a breath of fresh photography air and it made me long to let the same passion, emotion, and heart flow and weave itself into my own work. Bethany, I cannot thank you enough for being so real, honest as you lovingly approach your photography. You and your work have touched me deeply and is now how I long to be in my own photographic journey.

  7. Andrea Pomilla December 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    I purchased this breakout earlier this week and am still plugging my way through the videos and pdfs but I have to say how much I just love it! It has really made me think about my work and the way I want to incorporate some of the poses and techniques into my family sessions as I shoot them. This came at the perfect time to get me thinking and reinspired to get out there and shoot some really great work for my clients. Thanks so much Bethany!

  8. Natalie Marotta December 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I was filled with SO much emotion within the first few pages of Bethany’s breakout! What she has written about creating your art and finding your way has hit home in so many ways. She is genuine and giving with her all her information. I love how relaxed and at ease she makes you feel ,its like we are sitting together over coffee! Invaluable information !

  9. Natalie Marotta December 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I was in tears within the first few pages of Bethany’s breakout! What she has written about creating your art and finding your way has hit home in so many ways. She is genuine and giving with her all her information. I love how relaxed and at ease she makes you feel ,its like we are sitting together over coffee! Invaluable information !

  10. Kendra C December 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I just purchased this breakout yesterday and I LOVE it. Bethany is so awesome she helps break down everything, she teaches you to look at the little things that make your heart sing and then shows you how to put that into your work. I don’t have any regrets about buying this, except that I wish I bought it sooner!

  11. Nikki December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    This is my first breakout and I am so thankful I took it! It was exactly what I needed in this season of my photography journey. Bethany does a wonderful job of explaining the how’s and why’s of what she does PLUS gives great examples to go along with it. I feel like I was at a stand still in my work and Bethany gave me the inspiration to help me push forward with a great game plan and I’m so excited to see how her advice and knowledge lead me over this next year! Highly recommend this class!!

  12. Jamie Rubeis December 13, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    First of all, I just adore Bethany’s work! Her use of light and family connection is beautiful! I haven’t even made it all the way through the breakout materials yet, but I just love learning from her! The videos are wonderful to see her walk through a session explaining her thought process and how she works with children. I am a seasoned pro, but still have received so many valuable tips already from her! This is definitely a breakout to get!

  13. Sarah Moan December 11, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

    If you have seen Bethany’s work, then you know she has an incredible gift in photography. But not only is she a talented photographer, she is a great writer and teacher, too! It is evident that Bethany has put so much heart and soul into this breakout. She has included many practical teaching points to help improve your technical skill–& a lot of wisdom to apply in your business. You will get to see & understand how she is able to capture emotion, connection and authentic imagery in the “beautiful chaos” of family photography. The wisdom Bethany shares in this breakout is invaluable. You need this breakout in your life and all of the treasures she has packed into her materials!! Thank you so much for your generosity, Bethany. You are a gift to the photography community!

  14. Jess Koehler December 10, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    When I first saw this breakout and Bethany’s work, I thought, “There she is!” I’d been looking to learn from an authentic lifestyle family photographer for awhile. Adore her style and am grateful to have come across this.

  15. Beth Corpstein December 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    As soon as I saw that Bethany’s breakout was coming and available to pre-register, I immediately signed up. I’ve been following her work for quite some time, and I just love her authenticity and ability to capture such raw emotion. The day the breakout went live, I completely dropped everything and read through the entire pdf and watched all the videos that very morning! The pdf is packed full of so many wonderful little tips and tricks and watching her in action on a shoot is such a great learning tool. The learning doesn’t end with the pdf and videos. There are many thoughtful posts in the forum that really get you thinking deeper than just the downloadable materials. She’s been so active in the online forum, and you can tell she completely puts her heart and soul into what she does. Sign up if you haven’t already!

  16. Stacey December 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    This is my first breakout session and it is because I am such a believer in Bethany’s work. This material was exactly like Bethany’s photography…authentic, emotional and full of beautiful light on how she approaches her art. Not sure if I will ever go into business, but I would LOVE to be able to capture my child, even if only one in 100 shots, the way that Bethany does. This breakout was inspiring, informative and worth viewing no matter your skill level.

  17. Ellen Schibley December 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I cannot say enough about this breakout session. Bethany is amazing! I have always loved her work and how she just captures a moment, a feeling and just draws you in. She is truly inspiring!! She has taught me so much and has truly changed the way that I look at my photography and my clients. I want to capture moments for my families that hold a feeling and emotion that they will truly cherish forever. I have so much to learn but this session has given me a huge step in the right direction. Thank you Bethany!

  18. Stacie Dugas December 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I love this soooo much. Bethany is so relatable, you just want to sit and have coffee with her! I love that she gets these authentic moments without over-complicating the situation. She encourages you to not be afraid to make a change if something’s just not working. I got lots of great tips but one of the biggest things I loved about this is how relaxed she is with her clients, which allows them to relax as well. Very liberating!

  19. Liz Terry December 10, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Bethany is just amazing. Plain and simple. The depth and emotion in her work is awe inspiring. I am just digging into this breakout and I am already learning how to push myself further and go deeper in my family photography work. I can not wait to go through all of this material. So super excited!

  20. Beth Cagnoni December 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    This breakout is just what I needed for my photography right now. The pdf is so full of good information and gorgeous, emotive images! It teaches how to show authenticity and deep connection in your images. Bethany’s prompts during her sessions are like gold, and she teaches how to capture the beauty of every situation, every family, and every situation. I adore how she creates and documents connections.

  21. Patty Carratala December 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I just love this so much<3 this is exactly where I want my work to be headed. Capturing imperfect moments, connection, Light. So glad I took this breakout.

  22. Justyna Charette December 8, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Plain and simple; this breakout is just good for the soul. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or beginner, Bethany shares her heart with you, and in turn, makes you want to do the same with your clients, and them with you! She reminds you that being the observer is like gold, and knowing your lighting will help you achieve the mood of your imagery and storytelling. Anyone who takes this breakout will feel fuelled and ready to embrace the beautiful imperfections and magic of family portraiture.

  23. Ann Marie grocholski December 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    This breakout was like coming home for me! Bethany’s down to earth style and honesty make you feel like you could sit and talk over a cup of coffee for hours. She opens the doorway to her work and allows you to see every detail from start to finish. You learn how she connects with her clients, troubleshoots problems during her sessions, culls her photos and processes them – everything from start to finish. This breakout is not only inspirational, but incredibly encouraging. It has allowed me to more clearly see my vision and increased my confidence.

  24. Sarah December 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    When one of your most favorite photographers makes a breakout that is relatively inexpensive, you buy it! Well, that’s what I did anyway. Her ability to grab emotion filled shots is such a gift, and she shares ways that she is able to do it. The list of example questions that she asks her clients during her sessions to foster these types of connections is so helpful! I am a visual learner, so getting the opportunity to see her in action in not just one but two session videos was so great. Also, seeing how she edits her images was such a special treat. I have come away from this breakout with extra confidence and an eagerness to shoot my next session!

  25. Nicole H. December 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    This breakout was just incredible! The imagery is pure eye candy! The way Bethany captures moments and light is in a league of its own. I have been so burnt out on client sessions and I now feel SO refreshed after reading the PDF. I feel ready to try new things and approach my family sessions in a different way. I also loved seeing how she processes her images. I have been such a fan of hers for so long and it was awesome to be able to see exactly how she edits!

  26. Sasha December 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    In the middle of “Christmas card season” Bethany’s breakout has been a breath of fresh air. The way she approaches her sessions and delivers such raw beauty has left me fully inspired. She has always been one of my all time favorites and so as soon as I found out she was offering this class I wrote down the day it started on my calendar! Not to be disappointed in the least she fully lays out her heart and gives such a wealth of information, from the soul down to the practicals. And her Southern accent makes everything even that more wonderful. ;-) Go and get this breakout–you will be so happy you did!

  27. Dusty Lindstrom December 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    This was my very first BREAKOUT as I am new to click’n moms, and I couldn’t be more impressed! I knew I wanted to learn from Bethany after seeing her Instagram page so when I saw this breakout I did not hesitate to sign up, and I am SO glad I did. Bethany is very generous with her materials, and her time. Her ebook exceeded my expectations AND SOME, and watching her behind the scenes allowed everything to come together full circle, and click. This breakout is a game changer for my photography, and anyone who wants to create emotional images. As Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” He created Bethany to, well, create beautiful memories through photos for families, and how privileged we are to be able to learn so much from her. If you are still wondering if you should take this course, just read the other reviews, they say it all- nothing but amazing and wonderful things. Thank you, Bethany!

  28. Lisa Lombardi December 7, 2017 at 6:16 am - Reply

    This has been my favorite breakout so far and I have been taking classes since 2014. I was feeling in a rut and Bethany has inspired me to get out there and pick up my camera. Her work is beautiful and her interaction with her clients is so natural.

  29. Elisabeth December 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    This is my first time signing up for a breakout session and to say i’m pleasantly surprised would be a huge understatement! It’s only a couple of days in, and I feel like i’m learning so much! from Bethany. I’ve loved being able to watch her behind the scenes with her clients, and have her discuss how she navigates through a session. From finding the best light, to directing families and making them feel comfortable, to capturing natural connections and raw emotions from them. I’m so glad I stumbled across this opportunity to help me grow as a photographer, and would highly recommend it to everyone!

  30. Hali December 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I have admired Bethany’s work for awhile now, gosh i can’t even remember when i stumbled upon her feed on IG, but I do know she is pretty amazing and I have been waiting for her breakout to come out since she gave a sneak that it was coming out months ago!!! AND it is simply AMAZING!! I am not even half way through the PDF and I had to stop and write about it. It is so full of knowledge, Bethany is seriously an open book! From lighting and shooting tips, to preparing for sessions, to working with clients, Bethany pours her knowledge and heart into it. The imagery is stunningly beautiful of course too. It will make you want to keep reading, to learn how to shoot with your heart. To look at your work, and find your vision. So, if you are considering this breakout, I highly highly recommend it! And the best part, it’s just getting started;)

  31. Jenny Rosenbring December 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I loved going through the materials in this breakout, its awesome if you want shoot families and connections. I found the shootingvideos very helpful, I learned so many tricks and I cant wait to start practicing more!! Very inspiring!!

  32. Marion Hinkley December 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    So much of what Bethany says in her PDF resonated with me. I found myself nodding along – but the difference is that I can feel the same way and completely agree, but she has the ability to make it happen. I already feel more prepared to do this after reading the Workshop and haven’t even gotten to the videos yet! The forum is also a FANTASTIC way to grow and I’m so excited to be actively participating. I highly recommend purchasing ASAP to take full advantage!

  33. Brittany December 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I’m still working my way through the material and oh my word, this is going to impact my photography so much. To be able to “look over the shoulder” of such a talented photographer is wonderful. Bethany is so easy to follow and understand. She has conversational style to her writing that is the next best thing to her being right in front of you. Im so thankful for this session!!

  34. Cami Turpin December 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    So, I’m just in actual tears right now after finishing the PDF. Bethany’s work and approach is just so beautiful. I can’t wait to watch all the videos and participate in the rest of the breakout, but I wanted to leave a review RIGHT NOW! If you are interested at all in lifestyle photography, this is the breakout to get. Bethany inspires not just with her gorgeous images and instruction, but by encouraging you to find out what you truly do well and how you can do more of what you love and what makes you feel alive. I will be revisiting all the materials for years to come, I’m sure.

  35. Elise Meader December 5, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    You’ll want to stop everything and grab your camera after you’re finished with this inspiring breakout. Bethany completely opens up and shows you how she uses light, gets authentic connection from her clients, and creates the most beautiful images while maintaining an authentic and dreamy aesthetic. It’s inspiring, informative, relatable and so easy to follow. One of my favorite breakouts yet!

  36. Tracie Ancelet December 5, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

    This breakout session ROCKS! I have been a photographer for 9 years and I adore Bethany’s work and wanted to see behind the scenes of what she does. I learned so much… from how she prepares, to what her focus is during sessions, how she captures the sweetest moments… and how SHE USES LIGHT (which is what I am most drawn to in her work). My teenager is also invested in photography and I can not wait for him to get his hands on this session as well. From beginner to pro … this WILL TOTALLY improve how you do your sessions… giving your clients images that they will cherish for a LIFE TIME! I have been using what I learned and have seen such a difference in my work already! THANK YOU BETHANY!!!!

  37. Gianna December 5, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Bethany is one of the best photographers in the industry right now. The way she sees light and captures such genuine connection is a gift! She’s so generous in sharing her knowledge through this breakout and does it in a way that is easy to understand. If you’re a photographer in any field you absolutely need this breakout. You will learn so much and truly walk away a better photographer! Don’t miss out!

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