You can find me on Clickin Moms - An announcement & review

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I am very excited to share that you can find me on the homepage of Clickin Moms! I am thrilled!

Midway down the page, under {LOVE for clickin moms} you will find a slideshow of several forum members, myself included, talking about what it is we love about the forum.

I should admit that this has maybe been up for a couple of months, but I put off sharing until I could put together my thoughts on the forum. I finally sat down to do that this afternoon.

What is Clickin Moms?

Clickin Moms is an online forum for photographers, now a part of the overall brand Click & Co. As the name suggests, the forum is mostly women, but I can assure you that men and women, parents and non parents, experts and beginners are all welcome! I joined as a beginning photographer, and well before I was a mom-to-be. I used to joke that I was clickin, but I wasn’t a mom.

Clickin Moms is an amazing social network, an educational resource, and a source of inspiration.


As I share in my little blurb on the site, my favorite part of the forum is the positive environment. The members of clickin moms are far more supportive and positive than any other online community I have seen. Amazingly, at the same time, the members of clickin moms will never hesitate to provide kind and honest feedback. So many members are generous with their time and talents, and I constantly find myself filled with gratitude for such an amazing community.

What were your hesitations before you joined?

When I think back to before I joined, I remember having two reservations about moving forward.

I really hate to admit this, but I will fully own up to it. Based on the name, I was afraid that the forum would be too ‘fluffy’ or 'watered down.' I cringe to think that my impression was that it was for the ‘semi-serious’ photographer. I could not have been more wrong! This forum is for those who are dead serious about mastering photography on a professional level. Through the forum and Click Photo School classes, I built a strong educational foundation, and I can see that I have a long way to go to get to the level of the other professionals on Clickin Moms. These women (and men!) are far more technically adept than some of the ‘professionals’ on other sites and forums! To put it simply, it’s legit.  

My other reservation about joining was whether I would ‘get my money’s worth.’ I remember registering for an editing course, and I was terrified that it was going to be a waste of money. Again, I was so wrong. As I shared before, the feedback I got from peers and the instructor were invaluable. If I was just rating the value of the course based on the materials alone, I definitely came out ahead on that investment. There were so many bonus videos and materials, that I still haven’t watched everything! And I’ve since taken countless other workshops and breakouts. Be careful, it’s addicting!

Why join when there are so many free resources available?


Education wise, you can find thousands of tutorials within the forum. There are also online breakouts (mini classes), and workshops (full classes) available through Click Photo School. The value in all of these, is that they are interactive. Meaning, not only do you read and watch the materials, but you participate in exercises, post questions on the forum, and most importantly, share your work, and get the feedback you need to grow.

The best example I can give for this, is learning to shoot in manual. I started with the gold standard of photography education, Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure. I read the book, cover to cover, and I was so proud that I taught myself to consistently expose an image manually. It wasn’t until months later when I found Clickin Moms, and registered for Mastering Manual Exposure, (as a “refresher” because I already “had it down”) that I learned that I was consistently under exposing all of my images! Whoops! Understanding Exposure is one of the best resources out there, but no book is ever going to tell me if I am exposing correctly! This perfectly summarizes the value of the educational resources available through Clickin Moms. Growth through feedback and community. So worth it. (Side note: If you are just starting out on your photography journey, you should absolutely check out Understanding Exposure. Just make sure you seek feedback on your results afterwards!)

The other thing I love about Clickin Moms is that they offer a perspective from which to learn photography from. You can go on just about any site to learn what slider does what in lightroom. Clickin Moms photographers will tell you when to employ each slider, and more importantly why you would use one tool over another. The perspectives offered are so valuable.

How Do I Join Clickin Moms?

You can join directly on Clickin Moms, or click here to register using my affiliate link.

Questions? If you are considering joining the forum, and you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me and I'll do my best to answer them. You can reach me at mrsm@charlotte-mandrier.com.