Finding Your Joy Giveaway from Willette Designs: Back to School Week

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Our previous two giveaways focused on materials to use for our kids, but today’s giveaway goodness is all. about. you.

Can you believe it?!

I probably don’t have to point out to you that as homeschooling parents we sometimes become so caught up with the busyness of teaching our children that we forget about ourselves. This is dangerous, as it leads to burnout, frustration, and even resentment–not the homeschooling atmosphere we’re trying to create!

So that’s why I’m pleased to share the details about a new photography e-journey from Willette Designs, called Finding Your Joy.

Here’s a description from Kelly of Willette Designs:

When you really look at all the photos you have of your family, how many photos are there of YOU? I discovered, after printing my family photos for the year, that I was only in a handful of over 1000 photos.

Finding YOUR joy is my personal quest to better document my own life (and my quest to help you do the same).  I would hate for my children to see all of our family photos and wonder where I was (when in actuality I was there…just behind the camera).

This three week online e-journey will help you explore how to capture your own life in photos and how to escape from always being behind the camera.

Class begins September 7, 2010, and the lessons are emailed once a week and presented on a private class forum website.  Along with weekly lessons are free template downloads, video tutorials and photoshop and photoshop elements video tutorials.  The class is a do-it-at-your-own-pace class….you can download the materials and do them later.”

Willette Designs provides all levels of photographers with tools such as the popular set of seven posing guides, the keepin’ it real workshop workbook, and other on-line camera workshops. Kelly’s blog also includes free tutorials and downloads weekly.

Today Willette Designs is giving away three spots in the upcoming Finding YOUR Joy e-journey to three lucky readers!

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: Are you usually behind the camera when it comes to documenting family life?

2. Visit and “Like” Willette Designs on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here to let me know you’ve done so.

3. Subscribe to Simple Homeschool by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway will end at noon EST on Saturday, August 21st and is open to commenters 18 years or older. The winners will be announced on Sunday–good luck!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. Christine says:

    It’s hard to find the time for any focus on myself with homeschooling and all the research and planning that goes into it.
    Yes, I’m usually behind the camera.

  2. Christine says:

    I subscribe by e-mail.

  3. Are you usually behind the camera when it comes to documenting family life?

    I have actiually been trying to get my associates in photography for YEARS…taking a class here and there as I can finance it… This would be AMAZING!!
    Jules’s latest post: New York Day 1!!

  4. I subscribe via e-mail 😀
    Jules’s latest post: New York Day 1!!

  5. I now “Like” them on facebook!! 😀
    Jules’s latest post: New York Day 1!!

  6. I subscribed and yes I am hardly in any family pics :(

  7. I’m usually the one behind the camera, not the one in the pictures.

  8. Rebecca S. says:

    I am usually the one taking the photos and I almost never am in them!

  9. Rebecca S. says:

    I “Liked” Willette Designs in Facebook!

  10. Rebecca S. says:

    I already subscribe to I love reading it in my Google Reader!

  11. I’m ALWAYS behind the camera! I went to go look for a good profile pic for facebook and had to go back over 6 months ago!

  12. I just became a fan of Willette Designs.

  13. I’m subscribed to the newsletter.

  14. Oooh. This class sounds awesome! Yes, almost always behind the camera…rarely in front of it, though that’s slowly improving as my boys are getting more competent with using the camera themselves. 😉

  15. I am already a subsrciber to simple homeschool
    sophie’s latest post: school of the air sitter

  16. And, btw, I’m already subscribed…read this blog on Google Reader and love it!

  17. I “like” Willette Deigns on facebook.

  18. I am ALWAYS behind the camera in family photos. We leave to go on our bi-annual family holiday next week and it my goal to be in at least half of them this time! I don’t avoid photos, I just love taking them!
    sophie’s latest post: school of the air sitter

  19. my husband usually takes the photos, but i’d love a good photography challenge! thanks for the chance!

  20. i subscribe through google reader. thanks again!

  21. Tracy Wallace says:

    I am always behind the camera….always. Would love this course!

  22. Tracy Wallace says:

    I liked Willette Designs on Facebook – lots of great stuff on there, thanks!

  23. Tracy Wallace says:

    Okay, now I finally have you on my reader feed too, thanks and keep up the great work!

  24. I’m always behind the lens, but I do try to occasionally hand the camera off to my hubby or one of the kids.

  25. I am almost always behind the camera! This is definitely a course I need!

  26. I am subscribed by a feed burner.

  27. Oh, yes, I am usually behind the camera though I try to get in one or two so children know they did have a mother.

    jennifer @

  28. and I am a subscriber :)
    Jenn @ Beautiful Calling’s latest post: EcoMom Review Giveaway

  29. I think I’m going to win!
    Jenny’s latest post: All About Me!

  30. noblinfamily says:

    Yes..I hate having my picture taken

  31. Yes, I am regularly running to get the camera to catch that moment i want to be able to look back on when all my precious ones are old and gone from this place. I have enjoyed doing more photography since I got a new Nikon. Fun fun fun!!

  32. I am a subscriber!

  33. Yep. I’m always behind the camera. I have been getting braver about just switching it to Auto and handing it over! Sometimes they even turn out ok!
    Angela Tomczak’s latest post: Michigan Day 2 – Yum

  34. I am always behind the camera , no doubt. I may have about 10 pics of me in the past 3 years :)
    Sarah M
    Sarah M’s latest post: This Moment

  35. Liked on FB!!!
    Angela Tomczak’s latest post: Michigan Day 2 – Yum

  36. Yes! I am always behind the camera and have a hard time getting the whole ‘self-portrait’ thing down. :) Great skills to then teach my kids:)

  37. I “liked” Wilette Photography on FB, too!
    Sarah M
    Sarah M’s latest post: This Moment

  38. I also already subscribe to Simple Homeschool via Google Reader!
    Sarah M
    Sarah M’s latest post: This Moment

  39. Subbed in Reader! Thanks for the chance!!
    Angela Tomczak’s latest post: Michigan Day 2 – Yum

  40. I am a fan on wilette photography FB:)

  41. Also receive email about simpleshomeschool….’cause it’s amazing:)

  42. This is a cool giveaway. I am almost always behind the camera and rarely in front of the lens.

  43. Usually behind the camera

  44. I subscribe

  45. yep… I’m the photographer. If I didn’t take pictures, none would get taken.

  46. and I subscribe to simple homeschool!

  47. Meghann P. says:

    I’m definitely behind the camera – I’m the only one in the family who remembers to bring it. I’d love to be in more of the pictures, but it’s hard to get my husband to take any. :)

  48. Meghann P. says:

    I subscribe via my Google reader.

  49. Meghann P. says:

    I like Willette designs on FB.

  50. Often it’s my husband behind the camera. Maybe 60-40 him-me.