Join us for our 4th Make it Click:Photography Shootout

Hosted by: Katie Myrick (Katie Myrick Photography) and Kelly Parnell (Photos by Kelly)

Date: October 22nd and optional ADD ON October 23rd

Time: 12pm- 6pm

Location: Nags Head, NC on the gorgeous Outer Banks 

The Make it Click:Photography Shootout exposes you to four genres: Child Model, High School Senior, Maternity and Lifestyle Family. Kelly and I both shoot and approach sessions entirely different than one another, we pose different, shoot different brands (I’m Nikon, she’s Canon), we edit different (I’m strictly Lightroom and she’s strictly PS)…so with all of those differences, you get to pick up bits and pieces from both of us. We are forever learning from each other and it’s pretty much the coolest thing ever.

We’ll show posing, directing, utilizing the light you have with each session. We both have A LOT to say when it comes to photography so just be prepared in the classroom/chill time….We will go over any questions, talk marketing, finding target clients, workflow and anything else that our attendees want to talk about. Kelly and I are open books. Both self taught and both have finally zeroed in on our target market/clients… (which is pretty much the best dang feeling ever) but we’re still evolving and learning just like everybody else.

Each Shootout that we have hosted has been a SOLD OUT affair 🙂 

 This time we are offering something TOTALLY different and we are SO excited about it! We are offering an ADD ON that features a one night stay with us, additional shoot and guest speaker the next morning. 

Our guest speakers are Luke & Ashley Beasley of Luke & Ashley Photography. They are an incredibly talented husband and wife team servicing Virginia and beyond. These two draw you in with their jaw dropping imagery, make you fall in love with who they are and what they believe in by reading their words and are truly wonderful supporters and encouragers for both new and seasoned photographers. We are so incredibly thankful to have them travel to the OBX and be a part of your photography journey. Please take a minute to visit their beautiful website and get to know them a little bit better. (Beautiful image of them below by Christina Barnaum Photography).

SO……What is a Shootout?? A shootout provides hands on learning and is specifically geared towards shooting. Because let’s be honest…Hands on learning is THE best way to learn. Whether you are a professional photographer wanting to expand your portfolio, a photographer just starting out and in search of direction and guidance or a mom with a camera who just wants to take better pictures….You will walk away at the end of the day seeing photography in a whole new light and having made new friends. We will be discussing issues that effect both hobbyists and business owners. The ONLY requirement is that you have to know how to shoot Manual Mode.

Make it Click: Photography Shootout is unlike most shootouts. Make it Click is 6 hours long in duration…..with 2 hours dedicated classroom time and the remaining 4 dedicated to shooting. When you attend our shootout, you will get to photograph 4 separate genres! Seriously…..FOUR! Everything you photograph, you can use in your portfolio, for advertising purposes and on your website/blog. We simply ask that you do not sell the images or submit the shootout images for publication. We also ask that you give credit to any vendors AND sponsors associated with the shootout as well.

AND because we love you guys SO much….We want you to send us your top 4 pictures from the shootout and we will provide you with a constructive critique. Along with the image critique, you will receive access to a private Facebook group for continued growth and support in a safe, learning environment. Our Make it Click attendees seriously LOVE having the private group! It is super active and just one incredible resource to have 🙂 


Images below taken by Kelly Parnell at last years OBX MIC Retreat

Here’s the skinny on the topics that will be covered, what you will take away from shooting and what you need to bring……

During the Classroom time:

*How to effectively use Social Media

*Contracts and the Importance of them

*Client Interaction

*How to find YOUR target client

*Model Calls/Portfolio Building

*Workflow of session and post session(not editing)

*Specifics on gear and what to use when


During the Shootout:

*We will be shooting on outdoors and using natural light

*Learn tips and tricks on working in varying light conditions 

*Learn how to effectively give instruction to your clients on posing and how to get that true emotion from your clients.

*Small shooting groups to give you ample time during each session and lots of one on one instruction.

You will need to bring:

Your camera
Fully Charged Batteries
SD or CF memory cards
Lens (We highly recommend a lens with a low aperture)

We will provide:

Lunch and Snacks (So COME hungry!!)
Pen & Paper
AND lots of fun!

For the ADD ON night:

One night lodging included

Breakfast in the am

Images below taken by Katie Myrick at the OBX MIC Beach Retreat.



INVESTMENT: $400 for the OCT 22nd Shootout (Limited spots)

ADD ON night’s stay, guest speaker and additional shoot: $200 (*Must attend Oct 22nd Shootout to be eligible for the Add on. Limited to 5 spots)

(nonrefundable but is transferable)

For seat to be secure, Payment is due in full and Contract must be signed. No spots will be held.

To secure your spot,  email and link will be sent to you.

With that said, whether you come to our Shootout or not, please know that if you ever have a question…please reach out to Kelly and I. We love people, especially photographers, and truly try to do all that we can to help each photographer on their journey! 

AND Just in case you missed our Open Question and Answer, you can find that here.  
Special THANKS to our AMAZING Sponsors supporting: WHCC (White House Custom Colors), The Snap Society, Thistle & Poppy, Adam Soaps, Hey Ya’ll Design & Co, Magazine Mama and The Camera Scarf. 


Make it Click Photography Shootout–Nags Head, NC–OBX Photography Shootout–Hosted by Katie Myrick Photography & Photos by Kelly–NC Photography Mentors–NC & VA Photography Workshops and Shootouts




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