What Lies Within: Creating Images With Depth & Emotion

with Jen Bilodeau


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Go deeper with your work.

Learn to go deeper with your work, and create with intention across the entire artistic process. Strengthen your planning and visualization technique, refine your shooting approach, and practice impactful processing. Transform your work into emotive and authentic art that truly captures the depth and feeling of each moment. With this four week creative workshop learn how to infuse your work with depth and emotion, capturing honest and timeless images that truly express the feeling within the moment before you. Begin with the root emotion, visualizing it as a whole artistic expression to create timeless and powerful art. Transform everyday locations into stunning backdrops for capturing authentic human connections, and learn how to bring out the emotion within the moment before you through visualization, exposure choices and gentle facilitation. We will also practice effective self-critique to encourage your growth both within the class and beyond. In addition, learn the art of the creating timeless, emotive black and white imagery via in-depth discussion of the impact of light, contrast, shooting position and processing decisions. With this class you will move beyond the expected, create with intention and transform your work into emotive and authentic art that truly speaks to the heart of the moment.

BONUS: Class includes bonus reference tools including session flow guides, a technical reference sheet, three Lightroom presets and more!


To get the most out of this workshop, students should be comfortable using manual mode

what you’ll get

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1 Preassignment plus 4 weekly PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing). Weekly lessons also include daily shooting and discussion prompts designed to keep you movingthrough the materials.

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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.


Three technique videos to help you take full control of your shooting environment. Includes: Capturing Emotive B&W Images Indoors, Effective Outdoor Location Scouting, Using A Reflector.


Follow along with Jen through 6 sessions. All videos include audio so that you can hear Jen interacting with her subjects.

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Learn how to draw out the depth and emotion of your work through editing. All images(both color and black and white) are fully hand edited without the use of presets, to help you take full control of your editing technique and style.


Lesson One


Planning & visualization steps to create authentic art.

Creating with intention.

How to self-access your work & encourage growth.

Effective location scouting. The power of the personal project.

Bonus: Incorporating creative intent & vision into your business.

Lesson Two


Identifying the defining moment.


Working with different lighting to draw out the emotion of the moment.

Emotive exposure choices.

Effectively using a reflector.

Bonus: Session walk-through guides for family, maternity, newborn & motherhood sessions, plus Technical Quick-Reference Sheet.

Lesson Three


Facilitating connections between your subjects.

Working with confidence and patience.

Working with different lighting to draw out the emotion of the moment.

How to use different photographic devices to enhance your story.

Bonus: Capturing captivating black and white images

Lesson Four


Using editing to create images with impact.

Consistency vs creativity.

Effective and efficient culling.

Lightroom editing for emotion.

Using the tone curve.

Controlling color & the HSL Panel.

Polishing in Photoshop.

Processing tips for deep, emotive B&W imagery.

Bonus: 2 of Jen’s custom B&W presets, 1 custom color toning preset, and 4 of Jen’s custom adjustment brush presets for fine tuning your images.

"This course was perfectly what i needed. A push, a review, an encouragment and lots of information, tips and tricks I didn’t know yet! Jen is great!"

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about your instructor

Jen Bilodeau is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Massachusetts. Through her artistic use of light and shadow, and her commitment to capturing authenic organic moments, Jen creates beautifully timeless and powerful imagery. Jen is also a CPA and enjoys mentoring fellow photographers to help them take their business to the next level. Across all areas of her work, Jen strives to capture honest, emotive and timeless images that artfully preserve today’s moments that matter. Her portfolio is available here.

how it works


start learning

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.

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download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

Materials vary by program

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study & ask questions

Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


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.