Connected: Images with Heart

with Virginia Greuloch


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Whether you are a photographer in business or the family historian, learn to deeply connect to your work, your subjects, your audience, and yourself though an introspective and interactive exploration of the different avenues of connection.

This unique workshop is about discovering who you are as an artist when you peel away everything that holds you back from creating your best work while incorporating the things that truly matter to you. Through exploring your fears, your values, your motivations, and your goals, we will work on building your confidence – allowing you to shoot from the heart while identifying how to share your work and engage with different audiences that will connect with you. You will learn different ways to interact with your subjects using strategies to create beautiful connections and bring your vision to life. And you will explore ways to incorporate different technical, visual, and sensory storytelling elements that allow you to further the narrative in your images. Whether you are a photographer in business or the family historian, this class will help you on your journey to finding your own unique voice.


To get the most out of this workshop, students should be comfortable using their cameras in manual mode and should have a solid understanding of exposure and composition principles.

what you’ll get

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing); Bonus Power of Play Connection Games PDF; Supplemental Worksheets

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


Client, Personal, and Self-Portrait Shooting Videos; B&W and Color Processing Videos using Adobe LR; Audience Discussion Video; Additional Supplemental Videos

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Weekly office hours on the forum to get real-time answers to questions. Weekly live video discussion to talk about the week's materials, student Q&A, general photography chat, or other topics chosen by participants.

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Full participation students receive a portfolio review pre-assignment with video feedback where Virginia will identify common themes in your work and help set personalized goals for each student. Study along students have full viewing access.


Welcome and Pre-Assignment


What to expect

Goal setting


Compile a gallery of your favorite images for instructor and peer review. These images should be those that speak most closely to what you want your work to become, not necessarily which images are “the best” or those you would use to impress anyone. Can be shot on any medium, including mobile photography.

Lesson One


Your "Big Why"

Identifying your values

Exploring your fears

Letting go of expectations

Building confidence

Curating your visual world


Make an image that speaks to what you've uncovered in your Week One exercises.

Lesson Two


Defining your audience

Exploring different audience choices

Identifying how audience choice changes your image creation

Communicating with your audience

Different avenues to ship your work


Make an image for yourself and one for a specific audience.

Break Week

Office Hours + Live Chat

Lesson Three


Different types of portraiture

Passive vs Active involvement

Working with your subjects

Connection games & prompts



Create two images: one with active involvement and one with passive involvement.

Lesson Four


Storytelling with technical, visual, and sensory elements

Using light, composition, and processing choices

Furthering the narrative

Putting it all together


Using everything we’ve learned, create an images that is entirely YOU. Identify your audience, make technical and post-processing choices that satisfy both you and the audience you’ve chosen.

"I created some of my favorite images in this class, and not so much because I was focusing on technical things, but focusing on what truly made my heart happy. "

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about your instructor

Virginia Greuloch is a very loud and enthusiastic connection photographer and owner of The Good Life Photography. When not photographing her children, she takes modern, natural portraits of clients that focus on their unique connections. Virginia is a three-time finalist in the VOICE competition with a 2015 winning image in the “Connection” category, and has been featured in various mediums including Click Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Family Photographer Podcast. Virginia can mostly be found with a camera in one hand, Diet Coke in the other, and a child clinging to her leg. A Nebraska native and DePaul University graduate, Virginia now lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and their two children.

how it works


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.