The Dream Hangover

POSTED IN : Casa de Youngren, Sweet and Sour

I woke up this morning with a dream hangover…

Gracie the cat was licking the part of my cheek that was peeking above the covers, and the my phone alarm was buzzing itself to the edge of my nightstand.

I closed my eyes, shoved my feet under Jeff’s legs, and let it happen.

This coming Monday, March 7th, (if you’re reading this at the time of posting, that’s just four days from now), I’m speaking to a room full of photographers at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the largest conference of the year, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).

Jeff and I have attended WPPI for years, and we’ve spoken in various capacities there, but this time, I have a Platform Class. It has been my dream – ever since I sat in the audience at my first Platform at WPPI so many years ago – to be the one up on stage.

And in just a few short days, it’s going to be me.

The Secrets to Discovering Your Dream Clients
Monday, March 7th @ 4:00pm


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Holy beans. It’s going to be me. 

I’ve been working my tail off for the past two months to prepare my talk and perfect my message for this conference, and the past few weeks have been a lot of late nights and long hours. Because when you dream BIG, you need to make it happen.

Oh yeah. THAT.

But my friends, the message that I want to teach other photographers is so important. Jeff and I get to work with the most amazing couples that we love, but the reality is that so many photographers don’t work with couples they enjoy. In fact, they get burned out, discouraged, and filled with lies that they aren’t good enough.

I want to change that.

I want to help other photographers learn how to attract and work with clients that are perfectly made for them and that love their unique vision. All of us are made differently – everybody has a unique ideal client that is perfectly suited for them – but sadly, many photographers don’t believe that they are unique at all. They don’t believe they have anything worthy to offer the world.

It’s tragic. Because photographers have something that other people don’t – they have the capacity to create work that matters.

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This kind of heart work is not easy, and crafting a message of this depth to fit into an hour and a half has been hard work – but it’s going to be worth it.

So this morning, I opened my eyes again, I cuddled with Gracie who has been longing for attention during these days of long work hours, I got out of bed, and I sat down to write this.

Because this right here – speaking my heart – is the best cure for a hangover.



P.S. If you’re a photographer and you’re going to be at WPPI, will you join me at my talk? It would mean the world to me!

P.P.S. If you’re not a photographer, would you mind sharing this link to my talk with any other photographers you know? (Don’t worry – I understand that you probably have other photographers in your life besides just us… I suppose…)

I believe that every wedding photographer should hear this message so I’m praying for the right people to be in that room with me!



Hi there! We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey wedding photography team in San Diego. We shoot together. We travel together. We dream together. And we believe the best thing to hold onto in life is each other (+ a great glass of wine…)


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