The Optimistic Photographer

with Karlee Hooper


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

Learn how to make every moment a photo opportunity –
no matter where you are.

Through videos and pullbacks, you’ll follow along with Karlee Hooper across unexpected locations – from parking lots to driftwood beaches – as she uses props, humor, composition, color, and light to elevate her photos. Then watch how she maximizes her vision through simple editing techniques that you can easily apply to your own work & style. You will start to see photographic potential everywhere!

what you’ll get

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150 Page ebook filled with insights, tips, and gorgeous examples to show you how to create magic in any location


Bonus Behind the Scenes PDF that includes pullbacks and SOOC shots of 50 different images

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Short shooting videos from 15 different locations


Four of Karlee's favorite creative exercises that will have you maximizing the potential of every location

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Want to edit like Karlee? Now you can! These editing videos show how she polishes her images

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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


Descriptions and examples of many types of light, giving you the freedom to beautifully capture your life at any time of day


Importance of using a variety of compositional techniques to help you make the most of any location


Learn to consciously use color to enhance mood and aesthetics to maximize the impact of an image


Combine light, color and composition to create art that wows even in the most unexpected locations


Discover how to use humor, emotion, connection, and props to better tell the story of your family


Quick and simple editing techniques to enhance the positive and minimize the negative elements of any photo


Explore creative techniques that encourage you to play with light and help you stay inspired

about your presenter

Karlee Hooper is a Canadian expat who lives in Southern California with her Australian husband, labradoodle, and soon to be three daughters. Karlee loves creating art from everyday adventures and unexpected locations. She brings her camera everywhere so she never misses capturing the beauty that is right in front of her. Follow along with Karlee’s work here.



  1. marta_tururu_ June 16, 2018 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Thank you thank you and thank you for this happy days! I feel very good in this class. I have learned, you have inspired me andi have felt so accompanied and supported by the Karlee and the others alumns that I could not be happier for this class. Karlee, is a great teacher, she knows how to spread the joy of shooting, she spreads the desire to keep takig the camera every day and she makes all the tecnical info seems easy. I´m really grateful to have been part of this. And of course the videos are increible helpful!! I totally recomend it.

  2. Natalia June 15, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I LOVED Karlee’s breakout!!!! Karlee teaches you how to create incredible images with less than perfect conditions and how to turn ordinary locations into extraordinary photos. It definitely helps you look at your home, neighborhood and surrounding areas in a different, more creative way. She includes a lot of information in her shooting and editing videos and it was extremely helpful to see the bonus behind the scenes pdf with all the pullbacks. Thank you Karlee for taking your time and for helping us find beauty all around us!

  3. Sunnie Francom June 15, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what I needed. Not only did I learn a lot about light but I truly feel more optimistic and excited to achieve my photography goals. Karlee kept it very real and attainable.

  4. Ryan Elizabeth Ward June 15, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I was blown away and so incredibly excited after I got done reading and watching all the amazing material Karlee has included in her breakout – The Optimistic Photographer! I have admired Karlee’s work for quite some time and learning from her was a wonderful experience. Karlee has included terrific information, tutorials, and ideas to really get you thinking as a photographer. She shows that you can create beautiful images in so many places and you do not need to wait until your surroundings, light, etc is “just right.” Her SOOC and pull backs, in the bonus material, were so inspiring and really helped me to start thinking of capturing my sons in both my home and community in new ways. I cannot wait to continue to put into practice Karlee’s tips and ideas this summer and onward in my photography journey. Truly, this has been one of the best breakouts I’ve been a part of!

  5. Amber Didier June 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    This breakout is filled with so much wonderful information. If you are a new or seasoned photographer, you will learn something new and be inspired. This breakout is especially awesome if you have young children and can’t always shoot at golden hour. Karlee includes so many pullbacks to show you how she turns locations the rest of us might have passed by into gorgeous photos. She shares her full process from conceptualizing an image through to the final edit. This breakout will have you looking at your everyday life and finding new and interesting ways to photograph it.

  6. Rosa Clark June 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I love this breakout! The material is so simple and to the point. There’s is so much information both in the PDF’s and videos. I would highly recommend this class to anyone at any level of photography.

  7. Angelique June 15, 2018 at 2:09 am - Reply

    I loved this breakout. Although I wasn’t able to participate in the forum that much (forums just aren’t my thing) the class is TOTALLY worth it! The PDF is seriously amazing. Karlee explains everything in a very understandable way. I learned photography using studio lights and am used to that type of control so natural light can be a struggle for me. She really explains how to create interesting photos by finding the different types of light and what elements make the photo interesting when the light is good but not awesome. I will definitely be using all the info that she went over. I was worried I wouldn’t get much out of this class since it wasn’t a very expensive class but I would have paid more just for the PDF. I’ll definitely take another of Karlee’s classes!!!!

  8. Alison Myers June 15, 2018 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Karlee’s Optimistic Photographer class is basically a full course masquerading as a breakout. It is unbelievable how much of her talent and wisdom she shares for a mere $25. Not only does she provide an amazing PDF instruction booklet, full of amazing tips and ideas to help you see the potential photos all around you, there are also videos to walk you through her shooting end editing process. Beyond all that – she’s providing feedback on assignments and answering oodles of questions in the forum! I had no idea this was all coming to me when I clicked the “buy” button one night when I saw it in her IG feed. Best after-midnight decision I’ve made in months! I am so inspired by Karlee’s openness to share her knowledge. It lifts my spirits to be a part of a community of women helping other women find success.

  9. Paola Macouzet June 14, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I just want through the breakout, and I’m halfway through the videos. I just stopped to practice every time Karlee gives a tip on location, lighting or composition. She gives fabulous tips and on color as well. I never payed to much attention to my kids wardrobe and it surely makes a difference.
    I’ve purchased about 10 breakouts here on clicking moms and this one is one of my favorites for sure. Thank you Karlee for the amazing content.

  10. Christina Cline June 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    This is an incredible breakout, worth every penny and then some. I have learned so much about light, color and composition. She really breaks it down in a way that is easy to understand and so motivating!

  11. Laura Venes June 13, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Karlee’s breakout, The Optimistic Photographer is a steal for $25. There is an incredible amount of content including the behind the scenes PDF with pull backs. She really shows you that you do not need an incredible location to produce beautiful images. In fact she is a master at turning ordinary spaces into extraordinary photos (public bathrooms, business complex walls, shopping malls and even under freeways)! She was incredibly generous with her information and she taught me how she makes that Karlee classic editing style that I love so much in her work. As a mom of three little ones I appreciated the every day moments she shoots in as well as the fun activities that got me thinking how I could apply in my own body of work. You will also see that most of her photos aren’t in that beautiful golden hour light. She will teach you that beautiful light can be found anywhere and how she uses it. The day after I finished her materials I immediately applied what I learned in editing my daily 365 photo and I was just amazed at the difference it has made. She can make an image sing and you too can learn how to by watching her editing videos that are simple to follow and complete.

  12. Cami Turpin June 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    This breakout is so wonderful for the new or seasoned photographer. So many ideas and inspirational shots, your mind will be blown. I am definitely guilty of feeling like I can’t get a shot unless it’s golden hour, or perfect window light. But Karlee’s optimism is truly contagious, and I’ve been trying all sorts of new things, and remembering things I haven’t thought to utilize for years. Karlee’s shooting and editing videos are insightful, well put together, and so helpful. I would definitely recommend this amazing breakout to anyone who is feeling uninspired, uncreative, or unoptimistic! Grab it now and check out the awesome work in the forums before they’re gone!

  13. Jennifer Hadsell June 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I am so impressed with this breakout. Karlee shares so much information about her shooting and editing style in a way that is so inspiring. Her assignments are exactly what I need when learning a new skill. It really helped keep me focused and able to absorb more of the lessons. This breakout is a steal! Thank you so much Karlee! It has been a wonderful experience!

  14. Geneva Washington June 13, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I’m so glad I joined this breakout!! Like, this breakout is a GOLDMINE; $25 is a major steal for all the information Karlee gives you. From this breakout, I’ve been able to look for the beauty in colors and unique composition. If you need some inspiration then you’ll definitely want to do this breakout!!

  15. Sarah Seibert June 13, 2018 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I can’t explain how happy I am about this course bits the first I’ve purchased and I’m so happy I did. So much inspiration packed in and very easy to understand. I wish I’d had realized so much of the editing would be in Lightroom. Only have photoshop so that’s a slight bummer but doesn’t take away from the greatness that’s packed in. I live the many examples included in the PDFs as well.

  16. Alice M June 12, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    This is by far one of the best classes I have ever taken! Karlee’s photos are so inspiring and she really invites you into the process behind how she creates her images by showing you pullbacks, great editing videos and explaining her thought processes in both her shooting videos and pdfs. I have learnt so much in such a short time and am feeling really inspired to put into action everything she’s taught. She’s also incredibly friendly and helpful and quick to respond to any queries on the forum. Her feedback on photos is also invaluable. I highly recommend this breakout and as the person before me said, it really is a steal! :)

  17. Andrea June 12, 2018 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I am new to improving my photography, and I found this breakout to be a wonderful experience! As a beginner, the pdf guides are a treasure of information that is very easy to understand. Immediately, I am noticing new opportunities around me to create beautiful and unique photos. This breakout truly gives one a new perspective on light, color, and composition. The color information is something I haven’t given much thought to before, but after reading Karlee’s advice I have a better understanding of how to use it. A lot of care and knowledge was put into this breakout!

  18. Katy Wehbeh June 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    The Optimistic Photographer is one of the most impressive breakouts I have had the pleasure of reading through. A resource that is packed full of beautiful imagery, pullbacks, shooting and editing videos, walking us through Karlee’s thought process as she brings her artistic vision to life. She sees the potential in every day moments and places that we can all relate to, using her photographic knowledge, creativity and vision to elevate her work. Put simply, she shows us how and she makes it look easy. She outlines very clearly all the photographic elements at her/our disposal and how/why she chooses to use them, resulting in the beautiful imagery we’ve all come to know and love. She will inspire you! Don’t miss this one. It truly is a gold mine of info, and a feast for the eyes as well.

  19. Karolina Popovic June 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    An amazing breakout! You not only get inspired and encouraged to bring your camera with you wherever you go, but you also learn all the useful tricks that help you grow as a photographer. Money well spent!

  20. Karolina Popovic June 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I really love this breakout. You not only get inspired and motivated to bring your camera with you everywhere, but you also learn about all the tricks technical that can take you a step further in translating your vision into reality. Money well spent!

  21. Julia Bruzzoni June 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    This Breakout is amazing!!!. It really inspired me. Karlee helped me to see everyday scenes in a different way. I love the “”Behind the Scenes” PDF and the shooting videos; it’s so helpful to see how she achives so beautiful pictures.

  22. Prnny June 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    This breakout came at the perfect time. I’m on a slow journey with my photography and I needed help and encouragement. The creative exercises along with the amazing PDFs gave me exactly what I needed. This is a great investment for any and all levels of photography. Thank you

  23. Kelly Anderson June 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    This is my first live breakout session and it’s exactly what I was hoping for! Karlee is just a wealth of information – from the pdfs to the behind the scenes pullbacks (so helpful!) and the editing and shooting videos, just amazing. The way she began her introduction really hit home with me – I, too, always thought that ‘if only’ I had the perfect golden hour light, a house from architectural digest, the most amazing field of flowers … you name it, then I would be able to take pictures like I’ve been seeing but Karlee gives me hope that I can truly make the best of less than perfect situations and lighting in such a fun way. I learned a ton about lighting, color and composition, and the group has been very welcoming, supportive and inspiring to be a part of live. I need several more weeks or months to digest all I’ve learned and keep giving myself more assignments, but I am so much more optimistic after this breakout. The pullbacks alone and SOOC images help so much to see what is possible. Thank you, Karlee!

  24. Annie Villasana June 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Fantastic breakout!! I have loved learning from Karlee so much! She has obviously poured her heart and soul in to the materials for this class, and the content does not disappoint. There is so much information here that I know I will have to go back through the materials again and again in order to retain all that she has generously shared. I appreciate Karlee’s kindness and attention to her students in giving feedback and critique. She has given me a fresh perspective and a real optimism that has had and will continue to have an immediate impact on my photography. This class is truly a steal at $25!!!

  25. Heather Nowak June 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    This is just what I needed to crack open some creativity and think about all the opportunities around me. You can work in any light, any time of day with the right knowledge as to how to leverage the light in the right way. Definitely worth checking out!

  26. Jen Berg June 10, 2018 at 1:08 am - Reply

    I have always loved Karlee’s images on Instagram, and this breakout is such a beautiful summation of how she makes her magic! I love learning her thought process for how she creates her images — focusing on light, color, and composition. Her examples of how to include color and patterns into your images are some of the best that I have read. I also enjoyed learning how she edits to enhance her vision — particularly how she focuses on adding symmetry to her images to achieve her vision. And her “Behind the Scenes” PDF where she shows how she shot around fifty images, including pullbacks, was so helpful! Thank you, Karlee, for sharing your vision and your passion!

  27. Jamie Eilts June 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I have always loved Karlee’s work and love following her on Instagram for inspiration, so when I heard she was making a breakout, I knew it would be one I would want! I have just gotten through all of the material for this breakout, and I can say that I highly recommend it for all photographers, regardless of skill level. Karlee provides so much information, and her shooting and editing videos are so clear and concise. It is so great to hear her thought process and to learn how she uses light in her images and how she achieves such unique perspectives and compositions. You will definitely get your money’s worth with this breakout. I have purchased many breakouts from ClickinMoms, and this is definitely one of my favorites. You won’t regret getting this one!!

  28. Nina Nelson June 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    It’s day 4 of this breakout and I am a whole new photographer because of Karlee. I “see” things differently after her Behind the Scenes PDF, I’m thinking outside the box because of her shooting videos and I’m making myself shoot outside my comfort zone because of her “Creative Exercises.” The PDF itself is chocked full of helpful tips (not to mention gorgeous pictures that show what she means), the videos are fun to watch because she’s such a positive, fun person yet, you can see her wheels spinning as she shoots. I would recommend optimists and pessimists take this class–optimists because you will find a kindred spirit in Karlee, pessimists because this breakout will help you see every scenario and lighting situation as a glass half full opportunity.

  29. Angelica Loughrey June 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing breakout for beginners and a great refresher for more experienced photographers. Karlee covers everything you need to know to take amazing pictures: exposure and technical stuff, light, composition and color. She shows tons of pull out images of how she took some of her most beautiful images. She gives you a sneak peak of some of the ways she gets creative with her photography (I love that part!) including how to shoot and edit those images. I wish she had launched this breakout a few years ago when I was starting, it would have saved me so much time in my learning curve. I still see great value on all the material, it’s a great refresher and I feel so inspired that as soon as I finished the material I made a list of images I want to take for my “100 days of Summer”. Thanks Karlee!!!

  30. mickie devries June 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I’m so impressed with this breakout!! It shows that you do not need amazing locations to create fantastic photos. I love that Karlee not only tells us the elements that are important to achieving her gorgeous photos, but also visually walks us through her examples. This ebook is filled with inspiration, information, and tips & tricks. The bonus behind the scenes pdf alone is worth the price of this breakout, it’s 51 pages of pullbacks/soocs/edits! The shooting and editing videos are just icing on the top.

  31. Krista Taylor June 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    So happy I decided to purchase this breakout! Karlee’s photos are so inspiring! I love getting to see the “real life” behind those gorgeous photos she takes and to see how she thinks through the shot! This breakout definitely helps get the creativity going! For sure worth more than the small amount of money for so much information!

  32. Haley June 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Karlee is AMAZING!! She put so my heart into this breakout, there is so much information. No matter what level you are at in your photography Journey, you will learn something new. I was in the biggest rut! She had totally open my eyes, I can’t say it enough how much I loved this breakout! One of my all time favorites!

  33. cayce wegman June 8, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Man I LOVE this break out! As this is the first break out I have signed up for since becoming a part of this amazing clickin mom’s community, I’m happy to say that you have yourself a big fan! I love how Karlee thoroughly explains her reasons for how she shoots different photos and her pull backs are so helpful! She has been nothing but a strong teacher in the forum as well and even took the time to do an extra editing video for a gal looking for some help. Honestly, this break out is under priced and I hope Karlee creates some more in the future….I would NOT hesitate to sign up! I’m already thinking differently and seeing improvement with my personal photography that I will incorporate into my Photography Business. THANK YOU KARLEE!!! YOU ROCK!

  34. Jantina June 7, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    This breakout is amazing. It has so much information in the PDF alone. I am so glad I purchased this breakout.

  35. Tara Herron June 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness!!! I just loved this BO! I have been in such a creative rut lately and this break out was just what I needed to feel alive again! I have come way inspired with so many new ideas to implement. I literally stopped one hour in and went to take photos! I immediately saw pockets of light in my home that I had not focused on earlier because I was unsure of how to photograph them. I learned to use light patterns to help tell and story with meaningful composition. Honestly I struggle with strong composition and this was eye opening for me! I love how Karlee tells her story through photography. The behind the scenes are awesome. I enjoyed seeing the pullback and how she transformed it into something magical! I highly recommend this BO by Karlee! She is wonderful and I loved viewing the world through her eyes!!

  36. Johanna Kim June 7, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    This breakout inspired me to think about my pictures with more intention and consider how light, color, and composition can change what pictures portray. It was great to see how Karlee uses real life situations to make beautiful images. It was also fun to see how in the behind the scenes videos she is just like me with kids who have their own mind and a house that might not be perfect but still is able to see the beauty and experiment. I’m so glad I decided to buy this course and am definitely becoming more adventurous in my shooting choices. Thanks for putting so much into this course. Definitely worth more than the cost.

  37. Vanessa Grausam June 7, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    This breakout is wonderful for experienced photographers and would also make a great breakout for beginners too. I’ve learned about light, composition and color before but Karlee breaks it down in a way that is easy to understand and explains well how to incorporate those elements into your photography for more well thought out photos. Karlee has been an excellent teacher and her behind-the-scene explanations and pictures are very enlightening. This breakout is definitely well worth the cost and full of priceless information for any photographer.

  38. Meghan June 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Only day 1 and enough creative juice explosion to leave me with some of my favorite images of my son. I am SO happy I took the leap and spent a mere $25 on this breakout. The amount of information in this breakout is worth so much more. Karlee has been efficient and available to the participants in the workshop. My only regret is not knowing about it from the very first day (I signed up a couple of days after it began). I cannot wait to learn so much more in the time we have left together. I know I will be referencing her downloads even after the class has ended. If you do one thing for yourself, sign up!! You will not be disappointed.

  39. Jamie Messier June 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful and well thought out breakout session. The materials are plentiful and give many details that can be used for any level of photography student. I especially appreciate her pullback videos and shooting guides that help to really get a feel for how she crops and finalizes an image. Its quite helpful to see AB and then how she ended up with C. Very well done and well worth the $25!

  40. Dana Leigh June 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    The Optimistic Photographer Breakout is amazing! Karlee has packed this breakout so full of information! It’s so amazing to get an inside look of how she captures her magical photos and it’s nothing short of inspiring to see all of her pullbacks of the locations! The creative exercises really help you to think and shoot outside the box and this breakout pulled me right out of my own creative rut. I love seeing Karlee’s simple and beautiful approach to editing and her carefree shooting style in her shooting videos. I highly recommend this breakout for anyone who wants to feel more optimistic shooting in any place and at any time of the day. Thank you Karlee for pouring your heart into this breakout and helping us all to see the beauty in our lives!

  41. Liz Bradley June 6, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Karlee’s breakout is absolutely incredible! It is jam packed with information for photographers of all levels, and she shares so many details of how she achieves her gorgeous images. She is so creative and uses light so beautifully, and this breakout has really been amazing in making me think outside the box. I just love her bonus PDF with all of the pullbacks, SOOC, and final images; it was really great to see what was going through her head as she worked toward achieving her final product. She also includes so much information in her shooting and editing videos. Seriously this breakout is a steal for $25, and it’s been one of my favorites thus far. Don’t hesitate to jump in and get it!

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