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Embracing the Storm: Editing for Emotion

Everything you need to know about efficient workflows and breathtaking editing in Lightroom and beyond.

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There’s no preset for your eye.

It is in you. The desire. The fire. The call to create.
To transfix them with the magic you’ve conjured.

Except your photos aren’t what your eyes see.

They’re lacking the allure, the enchantment, the charm.
They’re flat, silent.
And, worse, they feel like everyone else’s.

The Golden Hour is never long enough and you struggle with imperfect light.

One look at your RAW images and you know the magic is there, but hours in Lightroom leave you frustrated.

You buy more presets but they keep you locked to your computer, wrestling with someone else’s style.

You long to:

  • Break free from the presets and let your individual style shine through
  • Spend more time shooting and (way) less time editing
  • Get paid exquisitely for producing art that makes your heart sing

That’s exactly what Embracing The Storm will do.


Module 1

Feeling Exposed

Stirring art starts long before you log into Lightroom. In Module 1, we’ll go over everything you need to do before the very first edit.

  • You’ll master the ability to expose for your conditions so every desired detail remains dazzling while your images stay sharp
  • The 3-2-1 System will ensure lost cards or corrupted files don’t stand in the way of getting your shot
  • Staying organized may not sound sexy – but neither is losing that perfect image. This method will keep your photos in check so you can spend more time with your family and less time searching for lost work.

Module 2

Shedding Some Light

Module 2 will dive into the tools you have at your disposal and how to use them to perfect your work. You’ll cover:

  • Show & Tell Every single module in Lightroom is broken down with screenshots to show you specific examples and explanations.
  • Secrets To Live By Time honored shortcuts that will save you hours and make editing a dream
  • Bringing It All Together This series of watch-while-we-work videos has you sitting in on editing sessions so you can see exactly how these techniques and tools are applied in real time.

Module 3

The Art of Editing

Editing is an art in itself. This is where your eye shines. Watch and edit-along with examples of different lighting, skin tone, and environments to master tricks like:

  • The secret to shooting in harsh light (that has nothing to do with your camera). Because editing can’t save a poorly shot image, this one trick will save harshly lit sessions again and again.
  • How to synchronize your session images to save you hours (and hours) of time so you can create gorgeous deliverables clients remember
  • Customizing your own presets not only further impresses your look, but generates a profit source with the click of a button

Module 4

Finishing Flourishes

It’s all in the finish. In Module 4, you’ll dive into the finishing details of both portraits and process that will set you apart, including:

  • The beauty of combining Photoshop with Lightroom and tips to improve the performance of both
  • The must-have plugin that will save you time and money while boosting your customers’ awe
  • The pro’s process to posting on social media without being glued to your phone. You’ll be able to share your work and live your life.
Embracing the Storm is the step-by-step, show-you-how, won’t-let-you-down guide you need to sink into the heart and soul of Lightroom.
It includes lessons on:
  • Conducting Intimate indoor sessions
  • Shooting in direct sunlight
  • Dappled & filtered sunlight
  • Handling overwhelming green tone casts
  • Hazy sun flare tips
  • Twilight & blue hour sessions
  • How to speed up the culling process
  • Software the pros depend on – and how to use it
  • How much time you should spend culling
  • Why, when, and how to keep rejects
  • Choosing the right image for the right reasons
  • Lightroom shortcuts that rock
  • Speeding up your editing
  • How to make presets work for you
  • Editing for better skin tones
  • Tone curve – How it works and how to use it
  • How to make the most of HSL
  • When and why it’s good to crop
  • How split toning works and how to use it
  • When to (and not to!) use lens correction and why
  • The when and how of noise reduction
  • Adding grain to boost your work
  • Taking a good image and making it GREAT
  • Spot removal tool – A thorough walk-through & live edit
  • Surprising uses of graduated filters
  • The save-the-day power of range masking
  • The art of Portraiture
  • Exporting like a pro
  • Speeding up your exporting
  • Resizing & exporting for web
  • Optimizing images for faster website load times
  • How to easily deliver images
  • Staying motivated & getting shit done
  • What a polished photographer delivers to clients
  • A completed, client-ready slideshow
  • Access to a family session gallery to see the finished product

Your Instructor


Twyla Jones
Twyla Jones

Hello! I’m Twyla! I’m a Kansas born biologist turned photographer and educator. I currently reside on the beautiful east coast of Florida with my husband and three little boys. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and the way I see the world with other creatives.

I've been a photographer and educator for over 6 years now and have taught thousands of photographers all over the world to find their voice, gain confidence in their work and discover a truly unique photography style all their own.

You already have the tools you need to create breathtaking work. I will guide you the rest of the way to make sure you connect your heart to your eye and produce the work you feel inside.


Course Curriculum


  FREE LECTURE! Adding a Dramatic Sky in Lightroom
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  Hello!
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  Exposing for the edit
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  Importing, organizing and culling your images efficiently
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  How to safely backup your files to prevent data loss
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  Bonus Lectures
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  Goodbye
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you sign up! New content is added as Lightroom evolves and as students request! You will have lifetime access to the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What is included in this course?
Embracing The Storm delivers: More than 10 hours of video tutorials so you can see exactly how it’s done 13 Presets for Lightroom to speed up your process while allowing you to maintain full, artistic control A Preset Installation Guide because, sometimes, technology needs an easy-to-follow map Exclusive Discounts to save you money More than 40 lessons to cover every inch of Lightroom’s power Downloadable tools to keep by your side so you’re never lost in the editing process Email support for those my-god-what-do-I-do-now moments Personal instruction and answers in the Facebook group so you get the one-on-one attention your business deserves Access to a highlights slideshow so you can see a shining example of next-level deliverables Embrace the Storm allows you to sit in on editing sessions, speaking directly to you as you edit-along the provided files. It’s like having an expert next to you while you work. It’s the most powerful way to harness the potential of Lightroom.