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. Also, I’m already a subscriber!

  2. I would say that most times I am behind the camera. I do try and come out from there from time to time, so that we do have a few family photos. A person sometimes forgets though because they are caught up in the moment.

  3. I am often behind the camera, but recently my son has developed an interest in photography… so most of the photos of me are terrible or blurred. ; ) I hope to share my love of photography with him.

  4. I am a subcriber.

  5. I have “liked” Willette Designs.

  6. Yes, I’m usually behind the camera. And, when I try to let someone else take a picture of me – I get all goofy weird. :( So need this!

  7. liked them on Facebook!
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  8. already a reader subscriber!
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  9. Catherine says:

    Yes, I’m almost always behind the camera, which is where I like to be. But I’d also like to have some lovely shots of my children with me.

  10. Catherine says:

    I’m already a subscriber.

  11. Guilty as charged.
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  12. “liked” it.
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  13. I am always taking the pictures! Everytime I go to order pictures I think my children are going to wonder where I was when I was always just taking the pictures. The class also starts on my birthday. It would be a great present! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  14. I subscribe by email.c
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  15. I am a subscriber. Thanks.

  16. I have “liked” Willette Designs. Thanks.

  17. Recently I had to make a post on my blog proving I actually exist precisely because I am never in front of the camera:)

  18. I “liked” Willete’s facebook page!
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  19. I subscribe!

  20. I am usually behind the camera!

  21. I already subscribe to Simple Homeschool’s feed and I love reading it every day!

  22. I am almost always behind the camera! When I’m not, I’m trying as hard as I can to get out of the shot.

  23. I “like” Willette Designs on Facebook.

  24. I subscribe to Simple Homeschool.

  25. I’m almost always behind the camera- I don’t like being photographed, but I’d like to have more pics of me with my kiddos!

  26. I am a subscriber!

  27. seems like this e-course would be good homework for ME.
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  28. Already a subscriber.

  29. I am always taking our pictures. The past 2 summers we have taken a cross country/national parks trip. I can count the number of photos I am in, on 1 hand. It’s always disappointing.
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  30. I am “the” picture lady and I am never in front of the camera.

    We were just at the funeral of a beloved aunt this week and her son, an only child, could not find a picture of him with both his parents… I don’t want that to be me someday.

  31. I subscribe via email.
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  32. I “like ” Willette!

  33. Am I the one behind the camera? Um, yes! I’m the one that takes the family portraits for my sister-in-law. I’m the only one that brings a camera to family functions. I’m the only one that has a camera that isn’t on their cell phone or a disposable (yes, they still make those). So all of the photos that I have of me with my family are usually from my husband grabbing the camera really quickly when I set it down & snapping a shot of me from behind. NOT the most flattering photos. I’ve got one good set of self photos with my son when he turned 10 months. I LOVE those photos, but haven’t been able to figure out a way to recreate them. It’s like I had an out of body experience. *sigh* I would love to be able to get more. I would love to have photos of myself with my husband, with my step-son (who is now bigger than I am), with my mom, with my grandpa. I really wish I had one of me with my grandma, who has passed on. I have wonderful photos of these people that mean so much to me, but none of me with them.

  34. *LIKE* on facebook! (wish there was a “love” button!)
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  35. I’ve been subscribed to Simple Homeschool (well, the whole group) since I discovered you! It amazes me how my mom was able to homeschool myself (a middle-schooler) & my brother without the internet…while working part-time!
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  36. I already subscribe.

  37. I am normally in the pictures because my husband takes much better photos.

  38. Already subscribe

  39. I’m either behind the camera or my husband is, but when I”m taking photos, they’re usually of him and the kids. I notice when he takes photos they’re just of the kids! Not many pics of me, that’s for sure…

  40. Already subscribed. Thank you! LOVE this resource in my life!

  41. Yup, always behind the camera!

  42. My hubby is a photographer by hobby but I still take most of the kids photos with my Cannon G7 or my cell phone! That’s all I really know how to use…

  43. Email subscriber

  44. This rings so true for me! I can probably count on both hands the number of pictures I have of myself! I’m always behind the camera!

  45. I am always behind the camera! but do try to get one of the kids age 9 and 7 to get a shot of my husband and I. we started doing this after my husband was making a photo album for me for our anniversary and had a hard time finding any photos of him and I together.

  46. also an email subscriber as of about a week ago!

  47. Jessica Young says:

    I am usually behind the camera. I have realized that based on the photos of the last 2 years vacations, you would not even know that I was there! :(

  48. Jessica Young says:

    I am a follower on Google Rss.

  49. Chelsey LeCompte says:

    As a mom who loves to takes pictures, I’m always behind the camera. Makes me a little sad when I go back to look at the pictures because it’s almost like I’m not there, looking for a way to change that :)

  50. Chelsey LeCompte says:

    I’m a RSS feed subscriber :)