Eyes Open Creative Photography Giveaway

Are you a blogger, amateur photographer, or someone who just got a DSLR that is looking to take their photography to the next level? Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your photos because you just can't get them to look like you want?

The Eyes Open Creative Photography e-course is a 6 week course full of information, inspiration, and everything you need to take your photography to the next level! Erin Wallace, of a love supreme photography, has written six lessons packed full of information from the basics of photography and understanding your camera, lighting 101, creative living and nurturing the artist within, creative photography, portrait photography, and creative editing!

With personal assistance from Erin, an interactive forum to share photos and discuss the lessons from the course with other participants, weekly videos, giveaways, and inspiring guest posts by other creative photographers, this is one 6 week course you do NOT want to miss!

Once joining the course, the lessons will be available to you at your leisure for 10 weeks. There is no pressure to hurry through anything. Take your time and enjoy the experience of transforming your photography!

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I'm excited to announce that I will be one of the contributors for this round of Erin's eCourse! Erin is a friend of mine and one of my favorite bloggers. I can't say enough good things about her! She is generously offering a free spot to one of my blog readers  for the upcoming February 1st course, as well as a 20% discount until next Tuesday (Jan 29) using the coupon code "livewildly" See giveaway details below!
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So Erin, tell us... :)
Who will benefit from this Ecourse?
 Anyone with an interest in photography would benefit! It's not just for people hoping to take photography seriously and someday make a living from it, but it's for anyone with a DSLR that they don't really know how to use, or anyone with a blog they'd like to take amazing images for, or someone looking for a new hobby that will inspire them! It's such a great 6 weeks and I'm always amazed by the growth I see in the students; whether they are complete beginners, or already know a lot about photography but want to learn how to take it in a creative direction. Come join the fun!

Where are you finding your greatest inspiration these days?

My photographic inspiration comes from our life! I recently bought and renovated a church in Maine, and the light inside is unbelievable, which has really inspired a lot of my daily photographs. I also love researching photographers and images from the 20's through the 70's, so I always add a little bit of that into my work day. In terms of creative inspiration, my fiance Mark really inspires me. He puts so much thought and intention into everything he creates and I really learn a lot from him. Although he says I'm the one that inspires and motivates him! I think we're a pretty good creative team.
What is your favorite image you've taken in the last couple of weeks?
I recently started a portrait project for the year of my 6 year old daughter. She's really getting into it and I love photographing her. Mark and I were outside cutting panels for painting projects and she was inside peeking through the door making funny faces. I grabbed my camera and started shooting and I loved the images I captured.

Entries for this giveaway will be accepted through midnight (MST) January 29 (Tue).

Please leave one comment below...and tell me what inspires you when you are taking photographs! And don't forget to go "Like" the course's Facebook page.


Glittering Moments

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”

* Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life

* * * * * * * * I've been thinking so much lately about "moments" and what moments I will remember when our children are all grown. I am so thankful for my iPhone...an amazing tool to capture and organize all of those moments into one place. In 50 years, I will look through these with my grandchildren and smile as I remember all of these good things. It's not the chaos or the dirty floors that I will remember. It will be the magic. The glittering moments.

My sweet Lucy turned THREE yesterday! Her spunk...her style...her passion for life...I love her so. It's been so fun to see her personality develop over this last year. She wants so badly to be just like her big sister, and yet she has her very own way of doing things. Every day with her is a joy. Often challenging, but still pure joy.

We've been enjoying our Wednesday afternoons spent with our unschooling group. Such freedom and acceptance. It's a beautiful group of families and I am recharged by our time together. Play is so important!

Little Miss Emma is 6 weeks old already! Her arms and legs are getting rolls and she is changing every day. She loves her sisters. And nursing.  But not the car. :)  My sister and brother-in-law and Matt's mom are all flying out next week (along with my parents as well!)...and they get to meet her for the first time. Can't wait to introduce them to  this little pumpkin.

A delightful day on Pearl in Boulder with Natalie. Sushi to die for. Coffee. Thrifting. People watching. Reading greeting cards and laughing until we cried. I savored every moment.

My morning yerba mate ritual makes me SO happy. I look forward to it every morning. My new mug makes it even happier.

We bought a 1995 Palomino pop-up camper! We're looking forward to taking it out this weekend for our first "real" camping trip in a long time. We won't be remodeling...except for maybe a new floor and a little more color. Can't wait to get out around the campfire!

We spent an afternoon and evening with our friends Jen and Jarod, along with their 3 kiddos. They are the family who bought our last Class A motorhome. Super fun to connect again and swap stories from the road!

Life with littles. I never want to forget these days.

Our family of five! Still hard to believe...

I hope you're all having a great week...remember to CAPTURE THE MOMENTS!