The Illuminated Artist: Infusing Light and Soul into your Fine Art Photography

with Dana Leigh


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Infuse your photographs with light and soul!

If you want to infuse more light and soul into your photography, join Dana Leigh on a journey that will teach you everything you need to know to communicate with (and harness!) light. In a series of nine shooting videos (covering low light to golden light and everything in between!) she’ll show you how she captures beautiful images in any light. In six different editing videos she’ll teach you to achieve consistency in the post-processing stage. Along the way you’ll spend time exploring your own artistry while learning how to create art with both purpose and intention!

what you’ll get

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120 page eBook exploring Dana's process for creating beautiful images


9 shooting videos that cover many different locations and light, from golden hour to low light and everything in between


6 editing videos that show you how she polishes her images that were shot in all different types of light

The Illuminated Artist Presets for Lightroom (11 presets)

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Four of Dana's favorite creativity exercises that will help you create images with more emotional depth and meaning

what you’ll learn


Learn to find the light and then to use it to tell (or support) a story


Discover how you can connect your individuality to your art and create work that resonates with you as an artist


Learn what things hinder you as a creative and how to overcome them so that you can unleash your creativity


Learn vision-building elements that will help you to shoot with intention


Discover the different techniques Dana uses to harness light in playful and artistic ways


Combine movement, connection and other various techniques to create art infused with mood and emotion.


Learn how Dana sees, shoots, and edits in black and white


Discover editing techniques that compliment color, emotion, and light

about your presenter

Dana Leigh is an artist from Portland, Oregon. Inspired by emotion and beautiful light, she specializes in portrait and fine art photography. Her favorite subjects to photograph are her 5 children! In addition to photography, Dana enjoys homeschooling her kids, drinking coffee on the front porch with her husband, and traveling the world looking for new subjects and backdrops to photograph.


  • Dallas Denoo says:

    Wow! I am so happy that I decided to do this breakout session! I learned so much about shooting and editing from Dana! And, she was so helpful with tips that brought my photos to the next level. The amount of material you receive for the price was is so worth it! I watched the videos twice because they were so helpful. This breakout inspired me to get out everyday and search for light, even if I did not have my camera. By doing that, I saw so much potential out there in nature to shoot. Thank you, thank you for doing this breakout! Now, I advise everybody to purchase it and see for yourselves how wonderful it is!

    • Dana says:

      Thank you so much, Dallas! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and I’m so happy you enjoyed the breakout! <3

  • Charmaine says:

    This is such a great breakout.The PDF gives so much information on how to use light,emotion and numerous techniques to cultivate your artistic vision. It truly inspired me to think in a different way to capture the vision in my head. I was excited to watch her videos and was able to visually see how she creates her stunning images. Dana has created an amazing informative breakout that I will be able to utilize for many years to come.

  • Anne Jeschke says:

    I LOVE backlight, shoot it all the time, BUT I’m learning NEW things, seeing them in action in the videos and am already implementing them in my shoots! LOVE this breakout – want a sure fire winner of a breakout – get this one and you’ll score big!

  • Ann Marie says:

    Dana is the illuminated artist. I’ve admired her images from a distance and oooh’d and aaaah’d over the brilliant use of light but more importantly the way she captures connections and emotions. I haven’t gone through the entire course yet but the videos are short and easy to watch in a quick sitting and the exercises are forcing some brain power (which is a good thing). This is the first break out (BO) I’ve purchased and it was well worth it. Thanks for the boost of creative thinking and the education!

  • Jordan says:

    I purchased this in hopes it would give me and my photos a shove in a good direction. I was really struggling with my images and feeling discouraged. With kids at home and not a ton of time to devote to learning new things, I also needed something quick and to the point. Dana lays everything out very succinctly in her breakout and you get a ton of really great information – everything from fighting discouragement to actually shooting and editing – in a well put together and easy to understand package. 100% worth the purchase!

  • Manisha Patel says:

    This breakout is amazing and has illuminated sparks in me to look out for creativity with a new awareness!
    Dana has genuinely poured out her soulful thinking process in this breakout! The way she makes you think the “why” of your photography journey is remarkable!
    Love her perspective of how she covers the communication with light, building a vision based on mood to be captured, her story telling images that speak to you, and observing what makes a good black and white! Also, blown away by her active involvement on the break out forums, friendly and kind responses, and detailed suggestions!

    • Dana says:

      Manisha! I so appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed the breakout and I enjoyed having you such an active part of the live run!

  • Melanie Crawford says:

    I am absolutely loving The Illuminated Artist breakout! The pdf and videos are jam-packed full of information (not to mention gorgeous inspiration)! and Dana is so helpful and encouraging in the live breakout forum! And the price of the breakout is amazing for all that it includes! I know I’ll be referring back to the material again and again!

  • This was my second breakout here at Click Photo School. I took this class to be inspired. I felt that my photos were not “good enough”. I am always afraid of showing my work. This breakout allowed me to explore other possibilities. The Creative Exercises encouraged me to pick up the camera and just practice shooting. Photography is an evolutionary process and everyone starts their photography journey as a beginner. Dana is kind, encouraging and genuine at giving compliments and suggestions to help you improve your photography skills. I felt illuminated. The PDF download includes shooting videos, beautiful images showcasing her talent and passion, presets and thorough instructions. You can’t get that anywhere for $25. I am so glad I signed up for this Breakout. Thank you Dana!

  • Alice M says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed Dana’s breakout. She has put her heart and soul into this and it is chock full of amazing material, inspiring and easy-to-do creative exercises and of course her own beautiful images. Dana was also so incredibly involved in the forum, replying to people’s questions, giving feedback and encouragement and she even made many little editing videos to help those of us requesting CC! I highly recommend this Breakout. It’ll inspire you to find magic in your every day and it’ll most certainly illuminate your photography! :)

    • Dana says:

      Thank you so much for your review, Alice! I’m so happy you enjoyed the breakout! Thank you for your kind words! <3

      • This was my second breakout here at Click Photo School. I took this class to be inspired. I felt that my photos were not “good enough”. I am always afraid of showing my work. This breakout allowed me to explore other possibilities. The Creative Exercises encouraged me to pick up the camera and just practice shooting. Photography is an evolutionary process and everyone starts their photography journey as a beginner. Dana is kind, encouraging and genuine at giving compliments and suggestions to help you improve your photography skills. I felt illuminated. The PDF download includes shooting videos, beautiful images showcasing her talent and passion, presets and thorough instructions. You can’t get that anywhere for $25. I am so glad I signed up for this Breakout. Thank you Dana!

  • RONDA says:

    I am loving the breakout. My favorite part so far is the part on “perfectionism” it really spoke to me and I needed that .I don’t post near as many pictures as I take because of this. It give me a new sense of freedom in knowing that it doesn’t have to be perfect and to not be afraid, that others wont like it or see my vision in the photograph. When it really comes down to it, every photo I take is ultimately for me I’m just sharing myself through my photos with everyone else. If they love it and it evokes some sort of feeling in them great…if not it still means the world to me! As you mentioned Dana I too am drawn more towards the imperfect when looking at others pictures, it seems to evoke a more “real” feeling. Thanks Dana so much for reminding me of why I love photography and to not be afraid of being “imperfect”. Looking forward to more from you!

    • Dana says:

      Rhonda, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a nice review! I’m so glad that bit on perfectionism helped you! It’s been a learning process for me to let go of perfect. Best wishes to you on your photography journey! <3

  • Heather says:

    This was my first breakout at Click Photo School and it is amazing!!! Dana is so personalized and helpful. I am loving the PDF book, videos, creative exercises, LR Presets, the CC and suggestions on how to improve my photography and really search out specific beautiful light and scenarios. Love, love, love!!!

  • Nicole Kost says:

    Dana’s breakout is so inspiring!! She is so genuine and thorough in her breakout. I love her writing style and this course is just jammed pack of incredibly useful information for any skill level!! She shares all of her tips on how she uses light so magically! I have definiteky enjoyed this breakout and the inspiration it provided!!

  • I took this class to help me get out of a creative rut. I love the exercises that come with it. It really makes you think and look at light as magic again after getting used to just missing it! Sometimes you just need to be reminded of the beauty that all light brings and be okay with not putting yourself in a bubble when it comes to light. It’s been a breakout that has allowed me to find healing through light. I love the PDF. It comes with videos and presets! Dana is really wonderful at answering questions and giving suggestions to help improve and see how to take a photo. I’ve been shooting for years. This is an excellent class for any photographer, beginner or professional.

    • Dana says:

      Jenny! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad you got so much out of this breakout and it was wonderful interacting with you on the forum! Thanks for the review!

  • Sarah J Mceachern says:

    I just finished reading the material and watching all of the videos and already it is making a difference in how I take pictures. This breakout has helped me to be more aware of light and to look for and seek out unusual light that I can capture in beautiful ways. It has also helped me with different ideas of how to capture the best shots of my son. It is definitely making me into a better photographer.

  • Karlee Hooper says:

    If you want to infuse your photography with beautiful light and genuine emotion this is the breakout for you. Dana is so generous and detailed in her description of her photography process. She has inspired me to embrace all kinds of light and to not shy away from moodier images. I The icing on the cake is the whole set of Presets that are included. Such a great deal for only $25!

  • Michelle says:

    This is an excellent value and an incredible breakout. The shooting and editing videos were so helpful, and the exercises helped me bring a more critical eye to my shooting. Absolutely recommend!!

  • Stephanie Ostler says:

    Dana….Okay! I am just a couple of videos shy of having completed the material. I have to say, you’ve taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary. The video’s build upon themselves very well from your shooting technique to your outcome and the overall edit seems to explain all the “why” behind the entire process. I am not a Lightroom user because frankly, I’ve found it intimidating and didn’t think I had as much control within the program as I do PS, you’ve simplified it to where it’s possible to maybe even become a convert. Where other artists aim for pure perfection you’ve admitted and shown the reality of fine tuning, and sometimes unintentional settings, I’m thankful for your showing that because it made teachable moments and made you realistic. THANK YOU FOR BEING NORMAL! IT MADE ME FEEL NORMAL,

    I sit in regret of some of the images I have washed up to being nothing when I really didn’t have the tools and knowledge in how to make them extraordinary. I look froward to what you offer in the future to further educate the community.

    • Dana says:

      Your words truly mean so much to me, Stephanie! Thank you so much for this gracious and kind review and I’m so happy you are enjoying the breakout!

  • Celia Sloan says:

    I’m so inspired after reading Dana’s breakout! There’s so much good information on lighting and shooting creatively. Her photos are beautiful and I’m in awe of how beautifully she captures her children. The videos are so helpful too and Dana is just so adorable in action. This breakout is one of my favorites. I highly recommend buying it!

  • Debra says:

    I freaking love this amazing breakout by Dana. It really resonated with me, especially her insights on perfectionism and fear.
    Dana has poured her heart and soul into this breakout, which you can feel throughout the PDF, and all the videos.
    I’m still a very amateur photographer, but Dana has helped me to pay more attention to light, and how to infuse mood and emotion into my images. She is very hands on in the forum, which has been a privilege to be a part of.
    Dana truly is a beautiful soul, and I highly recommend purchasing this breakout!

    • Dana says:

      Debra! Your kind words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for this review! I’m so glad you have enjoyed it!

  • Maice Scott says:

    I am so inspired and thankful to be part of this breakout. Dana is genuine and a joy to learn from. I am relatively green in my photography journey and love her advice to trust that my voice will come and not to force it. That and also that the artistic voice is part trial and error and part instinct. I have so much to learn but her breakout had been the most inspiring thing yet. Thank you Dana!

    • Dana says:

      Maice! Thank you so much for these kind words! It was so wonderful to have you as part of the breakout and I appreciate so much you taking the time to leave this review!

  • Tania Fragoso says:

    This is such a great breakout, I have been enjoying the materials and enjoying so much the creative execises that Dana proposes that I feel that I have gained a lot of knowledge in such a short time.
    This is one that I’m sure I wilk keep of coming back over and over again.

  • Jennifer Santry says:

    This has been my favorite breakout so far and I’ve taken several (don’t get me wrong, they are all great!). Not only do I love Dana’s photos and communication/writing style, the content she provided really spoke to me and is exactly what I needed to boost my creativity and push me to the next level. I’ve been more engaged in this class and my photography over the last week than I have in a long time. It makes me want to be a better photographer. I also remembered why I started this journey in the first place.

    • Dana says:

      That means so much to me, Jennifer! Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that you got the creativity boost you were needing! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  • Denecia L Lagundo says:

    This breakout has been an incredible experience. I’m not normally comfortable sharing my images on forums but Dana has made it a really pleasant experience. The pdf, videos & conversation are worth way more than the course costs. She goes above and beyond with sharing her best tips! I tend to play it safe by sticking to the shady spots but she has given me the confidence to play around with the sunlight some more. Really glad I signed up for this course!

  • Terri says:

    This is such a great breakout. I’m always on the fence about breakouts because I want to save for workshops. However, this breakout came at a great time, and I’m so happy I splurged. Honestly, it’s a steal for the price. Dana’s images are so inspiring, and she’s really active in the forum. Her e-book is filled with great tips, and her shooting/editing videos are so helpful. The creative exercises will keep you shooting, and at such a great time of the year-Fall!

  • Molly says:

    This is an amazing breakout! Dana’s walk through videos are so incredibly revealing to watch–to see her interact with her subjects and the light. One of my favorites!

  • Kim Peterson says:

    I honestly just can’t get enough of Dana’s work, and her pdf and shooting videos just leave me wanting more. For me, getting lost in her pdf chock full of tips and inspiration is just as emotive an experience as is getting lost in her beautiful and compelling imagery. How amazing it is to get a look inside her shooting, editing, and creative process for just $25! I am truly itching to get out there and shoot in some amazing autumn backlight and may just have to hire myself some subjects to satisfy my creative yearnings.

    • Dana says:

      This review means so much to me! Thank you so much, Kim! <3 If you hire yourself some subjects, I want to see the results! :)

  • This is one if not the BEST BO I have purchased. From the heart, practical and filled with depth in imagery and emotions. I loved Dana’s way of writing where she shows you her process and then provide you with practical instructions on how to shoot in different lighting situations. She doesn’t cover light only which is a HUGE subject be itself but she goes on to provide many other creative tools you can use to elevate your artistry. Highly recommended! Loved this BO

  • Amy says:

    This mini-class is a steal! Dana’s e-book is filled with her gorgeous work (of course!) but she also walks you the whole creation process from pre-shoot plan to final edit. The shooting and editing videos are fantastic- she holds nothing back- the class includs several Lightroom presets, which I’m already enjoying. If you’re looking for inspiration, wanting to shoot and use light more intentionally, trying to sharpen your artistic voice, or just wanting to see behind the scenes, it’s all in there, in a user-friendly way. Great breakout.

  • Jyotsna says:

    It’s always so interesting to see how other artists create. How they see light and use it in their own way. Dana is a wonderful artist and I have come to admire her work for a very long time now. The way she creates magic through her work with light and beautiful storytelling is remarkable! Her breakout is packed with not just her beautiful imagery but excellent tips for any artist to grow! I have thoroughly enjoyed it!!

    • Dana says:

      Jyo! You are such a beautiful soul and I appreciate this review from you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the breakout and thank you for your kind words!

  • Lisa says:

    I cannot tell you how much I’m enjoying this breakout. Dana covers such a wealth of topics in her materials and she talks not only about the technical aspects of photography but also the emotional aspects as a photographer. She is also super engaged and helpful in the forum. Anyone wanting to capture more light and emotion in their photography needs this breakout!

    • Dana says:

      Thank you so much for this review, Lisa! I’m so glad you are enjoying the breakout. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! <3

  • I have long been inspired by Dana’s work so as soon as I knew she was writing a breakout I knew I had to get it! What I particularly admire about Dana’s work is how soulful it is. You can feel her images, the joy, the sorrow, the intensity, her work definitely encompasses a range of emotions. I love how she has translated her process in her breakout. She concentrates not only on how she achieves her images with light, emotion, movement, etc, but also her artistry and her connection to her images. She encourages us to find our “why” so that we can connect to our own work on a deeper level, to find our voice, and to listen to our voice.

    • Dana says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Mickie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the breakout and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave this review!

  • Kristy Floyd says:

    The first time I “met” Dana I will never forget how gentle she was when I approached her about printing her photography. Often times people will treat you very skeptical when you approach them about the idea of complimentary prints. Dana didn’t. Since that first encounter I have grown to truly love everything about her and I always come back to this one element about her that radiates so deep from her core and that is this: Genuine. Dana is the very definition of genuine. She genuinely loves life and more specifically they people in her life and birthed out of that has been her desire to capture and see so much beauty and instead of selfishly keeping her secrets and her talents to hidden instead her passion is to share, teach, encourage, build up, impart pieces of herself into trying others to truly be an Illuminated Artist. For me personally, I was so involved with photography once upon a time and I experienced some hurts that made me put my camera down. I am so excited to be going through this breakout of Dana’s her inspiration and heart are like healing slave to my creativity. Dana is a talented artist and her hearts desire is to take time to pour herself into a course. She will be there in a moments notice if you need support.This truly is the course to take because she wants to see you arrive at your own place of creativity and art. I highly recommend learning from Dana any chance you can get as the original Illuminated Artist.

  • Holly says:

    Dana’s breakout is just what my soul needed! This class has helped me to slow down and be observant of the light and beauty all around me. I have a new found confidence and urge to go out and photograph anything and everything that is bathed in gorgeous light. Thank you, Dana, for sharing so much amazing content in this course!

    • Dana says:

      Holly! I’m so happy to hear that this breakout has helped you to slow down and see more beauty (and light) in your life! <3 Thank you so much for this review!

  • Oh this breakout is fantastic! Dana’s work is superb and she does not hold back…This is just what I needed to help me out of my rut. She’s so sweet and encouraging and she does wonderful in teaching you to include, light, movement, emotion and story. Oh and she includes her amazing presets!! The!!

    • Dana says:

      Tanya! Thank you so much for this review and your kind words! It made me smile! So glad you are loving the breakout and the presets! And yay for moving past a creative rut!

  • Amelia Barrows says:

    This breakout is just what I needed to move past my shooting rut! This course reminded me just why I became a photographer in the first place and I am so motivated to pick up my camera!

    • Dana says:

      Thank you so much for your review, Amelia! <3 Hearing that this course helped you remember why you became a photographer in the first place is just about the best compliment I can imagine!

  • Saranya says:

    I absolutely love everything about this breakout. It speaks to me at so many levels. I love how her shooting videos expresses her thought process, the technical changes she made and the final result she achieved. It showed me what points am missing while shooting. Am also super thrilled about her presets. Anyone looking to “see” light should buy this because it helps you do that, with Dana’s clear instructions.

  • Bianca says:

    I bought this course and love everything about it. I had some questions and Dana answered right away. Super happy and can recommend to everyone who is interested in beautiful portraits.

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