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Photographer & Creative Resources & Education


Photographer & Creative Resources & Education

Resources for photographers 

Well hello there fellow photographer. I see you. I hear you. I am you.

I love nothing more than connecting with other photographers and helping them find meaning in their work and business. I offer free weekly advice directly to your inbox as well as online workshops, in person learning experiences, and so much more. I can't wait to connect with you. 

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Lifestyle Workshops

Family photography online workshop with Click Photo School and Elena S Blair - The Art Of Family Lifestyle Photography.

Lifestyle Workshops

Family photography online workshop with Click Photo School and Elena S Blair - The Art Of Family Lifestyle Photography.





Next run May 15, 2017

I have retired Going Beyond The Pose in order to write an intensive lifestyle family workshop, called The Art Of Family Lifestyle Photography. Here is the thing: you want your photos to say something; to be connected and interesting. You want to feel comfortable guiding and directing all subjects that make up a family and feel confident leading a family session. Lifestyle family photography is in high demand and photographing families can be very challenging at times; you have to know how to work with light, the environment, and the characters in your scene. You're in luck! I am going to teach you everything I have learned about lifestyle family photography from posing and guiding, to capturing authentic moments, to staying true to yourself as an artist, and all the vital business practices, too. Not in business? Not a problem! This class will help you work with your own children and family to capture genuine, beautiful photos. I hope you will join me! 



  • Private online forum
  • Weekly 40+ page detailed PDF instruction
  • Weekly instructional videos
  • Daily interaction with instructor and alumni helpers
  • Weekly assignment and detailed critique provided by instructor and one teaching assistant
  • Daily shooting and peer interaction and critique
  • ALL questions answered by instructor within 24 hours 


  • Private online study along forum
  • Weekly 40+ page detailed PDF instruction
  • Weekly instructional videos
  • Daily shooting and peer interaction and critique

* Study Along participants do not have access to any teacher, teaching assistant, or alumni. However, Study Along participants are able to join the full participation forums and benefit from being able to read the interactions, ideas, and feedback.



"This course is a WONDERFUL introduction to Lifestyle Family portraiture. Elena is incredibly generous with her time, knowledge and encouragement. The materials are thorough and in depth and Elena has also included these incredible video extras – true value for money. No topic is left unexplored and questions are readily answered.
If you’re looking for a way to loosen up your sessions and inject them with rich emotional connection then Elena is just the person to teach you how! You’ll come away embracing genuine emotion and connection and loving the life it breathes into your sessions."

~Aimee Glucina


"So you’ve had your camera a couple of years you’ve mastered manual exposure and you can take “nice” photos. But yet you feel like there is something lacking and your left wanting more out of each session……..then T H I S is the class for you. Elena provides a crazy generous amount of material to get your photos to the next level. From PDF files to videos of full photo shoots to editing, she will hold your hand and pull you up the ladder to a place you only dreamed your photos could go. You and your clients will be thrilled with their galleries like never before after you have taken this course. In addition to Elena’s guidance, she also calls upon some of the BEST CM Pro’s in the forum to also critique and challenge you to stretch your creative legs like you may not have had a chance to before.

I highly recommend the full participation, but you must commit to shooting and sharing daily to get the most from spending the extra on FP. It does require dedication and the daily shares are crucial to learning and growing. By critiquing your class participants work each day you begin to see your work in new and unexpended ways, so you do yourself and your other class participants a disservice if you are not ready to commit to this every day for four weeks. I have certainly reaped the rewards 10 fold for the 45 min to one hour I committed to this workshop daily.

This was my first CM workshop and it has probably been the most transforming one I have been on yet. I finally feel in control of my photo sessions and that really shows in the final product.

So go ahead and book this class! You will not be sorry!!!!"

~Amanda Hilfer

"So, I was a “study along” and therefore not allowed to make eye contact with Elena (haha!) (the full participation was full), but I really feel a need to express my thanks. I have been shooting on and off for about 20 years and it’s only been recently that I’ve gone full force as a business (such a DUH, WHY AM I NOT DOING THIS moment), and I have realized through her workshop that my heart has ALWAYS been with lifestyle, but I have never really known what it meant to go down that path – to have the permission to do so (what? NOT do a smile photo?!).

Even when I shot headshots in Los Angeles, I would always give the actors scenarios to get the emotion that I wanted, something that would connect them to my camera as if it was a scene partner, another person.

And as I’ve been shooting families loosely for the past two years and more seriously the past 10 months, I have said things like, “just play” when I didn’t quite know how to direct. My heart explodes every time I see a great connection/lifestyle shot. It’s like Elena said, people FEEL, they don’t SEE.

Because of her workshop, I feel my vision is focused and that’s so exciting. I have always felt that I’ve had a portfolio of good images, but no voice, no consistency, wondering IF I even HAD clear vision, when/if it would ever come to me. Every page of her pdfs had me going YES, YES, THIS.

I have redone my website completely during this course and I have four unbelievably amazing families lined up specifically for my first official “lifestyle only” shoots to populate my portfolio in the next couple of weeks.

Week 3 of her course I was at the beach with my family and captured more connection and more photos that I love than I have on any family trip before. (I cheated and added a couple to my portfolio for now!)

She truly validated everything that’s been in my heart for so long. She unknowingly took it and said, “Yes, what you are feeling is right and wonderful and here’s how to take it to the next level.”

~Liza Hippler 


Photography Workshops Seattle - Lifestyle Family

Family Photography Workshop in Seattle with lifestyle emotive photographer Elena S Blair. 

Photography Workshops Seattle - Lifestyle Family

Family Photography Workshop in Seattle with lifestyle emotive photographer Elena S Blair. 




Seattle (Exact Location TBD) | August 24, 2017 8:00am - after sunset shoot


This is like a newborn and a family workshop all rolled into one. Family photography can be so much more than a stiff and boring portrait.  You can turn your passion for family and love into deep and emotive portraits.  These portraits will be pieces of fine art for the families who you capture.  Your work can be meaningful and powerful for both you and your clients.  I will not tell you what to see, but I will tell you where to look.  In this full day workshop we will discuss everything from personal artistic development to guiding, posing, and interacting with families. There will be two interactive shoots, one family newborn session and one on location family session. You get to see first hand how I execute a lifestyle newborn session AND a lifestyle family session.I will take you from inquiry to delivery of client galleries and show you how I edit one session in under two hours. Editing will be taught and delivered via video after the workshop. You will see me edit entire shoots on video and you can keep the videos for life.

***You must be proficient in shooting in manual mode as this is not a beginner workshop.  

Lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided. Are you ready to make a huge change in your work?  Good!  Lets do it! 

Want bullet points. Here is what you get:

Session preparation

Lifestyle newborn shoot

Lifestyle family shoot

Marketing tips including social media and email marketing

Business coaching

Shooting with vision and intention

How to work with families to execute family lead posing 

Newborn led posing 

Creating moments and connection with families

Finding your dream clients and client relations



Editing videos delivered after the workshop. 

$300 Non-refundable deposit due to reserve your spot. Remaining balance of $400 is due one month before the workshop date. 

I will only run this workshop with a minimum of 5 attendees and a max of 10. 



My Favorite Tools

My Favorite Tools

my favorite photographer resources 

I adore Shootproof and all that this rad company does for my business. They have stunning online galleries, easy desktop uploading capabilities, email and contract templates and so much more!  Check it out yourself by clicking HERE. 


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I am happy to partner up with Artifact Uprising for all my printing needs. Their products are high quality and their style is clean and modern. I send all my families to AU if they decide to print on their own. Click the banner below to check them out. 

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