Photography is such a powerful too. I love having the ability to capture the events that make up my everyday. They are cherished memories. Naturally, I started taking lots of pictures after Cora was born. Back then I remember being so concerned about everything looking perfect in my pictures. And I often didn't want to be in the pictures if I didn't look perfect too. Silly, I know. It wasn't until after Cora died that I realized how many of our everyday moments I had neglected to capture. Those were my favorite memories...the everyday mundane moments and routines. I am so thankful for the pictures we do have, but I so wish I could go back and capture those moments.
When Levi was born I was determined to capture the everyday things we did. I didn't want to worry so much about how we looked, or how clean the house was, or posing the perfect picture. I take lots of pictures now, but I still have so much to learn about my camera. I knew I needed to learn to shoot in manual, but didn't really know where to start. I finally decided to just go for it and have been shooting in manual since February. I have learned a lot from friends and by reading photography blogs, but there were still so many things I didn't understand.
Enter Ashley Ann's online SnapShop course. I have been dying
to take one of Ashley's SnapShop classes ever since I met her at Megan's craft weekend
. But I was never fast enough to register and could never get in!! I was SO excited to get the opportunity to take her August online SnapShop course. It was FANTASTIC! Ashley does such an incredible job of explaining photography in easy to understand language for a beginning photographer (like me!). And she includes tons of pictures and examples. I learned so much about my camera and feel much more comfortable shooting in manual now. Of course I still need lots and lots of practice! I think my favorite part of the course was Ashley's tips on how to tell a story with your photos and how to capture moments not poses. Loved it! I wish I had known all of that when Cora was here.
Registration is now open for the September online SnapShop course. SnapShop is an introduction to photography course. It is a self paced course and you will have access to the material for three weeks. All you need is a DSLR camera. You can even take this course in your pajamas!! You can find out more information about SnapShops here
Here is the best part...Ashley is offering a spot in her September online course to one of you. Thanks so much Ashley! Here is how you can enter to win:
(September 5th-26th...a $200 value)
ONE winner chosen at random
One entry per person
Giveaway ends Sunday, August 28th at 9pm (CST)
To enter leave a comment on this post.
Bonus: What everyday moments do you want to capture?
You can find daily inspiration, DIY projects, and photography tips at Ashley's blog Under the Sycamore
. It is one of my favorites!
You can read the story behind SnapShops here
. So cool!
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As I thought about capturing the precious moments with my kids I just had to share this with you...
There is a family in our little town who had to say goodbye to their 19 month old daughter, Tatum
, this past Saturday. Sweet Tatum was just five days younger than Levi and she spent 10 days at the same hospital Cora was at. She fought hard for her little life after a drowning accident. My heart has been breaking for this family even though we have never met. Tatum's celebration of life service is today. I know so many of you prayed for our family and sweet Cora and I would love it if you would pray for this family today...that they would sense God's indescribable love and comfort as they celebrate their daughter's precious life this afternoon. Thank you!