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. Chelsey LeCompte says:

    Just went “like” willette designs on facebook :)

  2. I am ALWAYS behind the camera. Very rarely in front. (which is ok with me but I know I’ll regret it one day)

  3. Already “like” Willette on FB.
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  4. I am ALWAYS behind the camera. Unless I hook up the remote for the camera and stage a photo-something I hate!

  5. I’ve been looking for this kind of home schooling.
    And yes! I’m usually most of the time behind the camera. My husband once said that I’m the family photographer.

  6. “like” willette on facebook. so happy to hear she is in ghent. lived there for a short time years ago.

  7. My husband and I really take turns documenting the events of our lives. I try to capture the day-to-day blessings that he doesn’t always get to see and he does a wonderful job with the special events and trips to visit relatives.

  8. I have ‘liked’ via Facebook :)

  9. Already Like Willette.
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  10. Amber Fischer says:

    yes, often behind the camera, unless my little ones are role playing and one is a photographer.

  11. ALWAYS behind the camera. ALWAYS…. (And I so want to take this class!!!)

  12. Just subscribed to Simple Homeschool. Excited about learning more!
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  13. “like” willette designs on facebook. Her stuff ROCKS.

  14. subscribed to email rss feed as well! : )
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  15. helen blumner says:

    yes, i am often the one taking the pictures of family life. that’s ok with me, but i wish my dh took better shots.

  16. helen blumner says:

    ‘liked’ on fb!

  17. Leah Schroeder says:

    I love this idea! I’m almost always behind the camera and if I’m in front of it its almost never when I’m aware so I usually look crazy.

  18. Yes, whenever I’m looking for a profile photo to post online I end up with some haggard looking shot that it a couple of years old! I take most of the pictures, but that doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing. This ought to help!
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  19. Leah Schroeder says:

    I “liked” willette on fb!

  20. I am the one behind the camera 99.8% of the time!

  21. Monica Bird says:

    Behind the camera about 99% of the time and when not the hubby is clicking the pics so fast that we are lucky if we get 1 or 2 decent ones.

  22. I am almost always behind the lens. My husband does the video sometimes, but video always adds about 30 pounds to me.

  23. I am already a “liker” of willette designs on Facebook.
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  24. Liked willette designs on facebook.
    Sarah’s latest post: photographing remotely

  25. Monica Bird says:

    Already “like” Willette on fb!

  26. Just subscribed via rss feed. Thanks for all the chances to win.
    Sarah’s latest post: photographing remotely

  27. I’m always behind the camera…in fact I’m trying to make it a point to be in more pictures with my children, husband and friends (even if that means handing over the camera and getting a picture that I might not think perfect) I know that I will look back and wished I had done that more in the future! Thanks for a great giveaway!
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  28. I “like” Willette on Facebook…Thanks!
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  29. Monica Bird says:

    Just signed up for Simple Homeschool by email.

  30. What a great give-a-way, would love to win.
    I am almost always behind the camera, but would like to learn how to do selfportraits.
    dea’s latest post: A paper addicted graphic designer

  31. I just signed up for Simple Homeschool by email – can’t wait! Thanks!
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  32. I am already a fan on FB :-)
    dea’s latest post: A paper addicted graphic designer

  33. And just Subscribed to Simple Homeschool by email.
    Cross my fingers and hope to win :-)
    dea’s latest post: A paper addicted graphic designer

  34. Yes, I’m *always* the one documenting our family’s lives. I want so much to be included in the photos, but feel that I have to pull teeth, or go through such a hassle to set up a tripod. :) Perfect giveaway!

  35. I’m also a Facebook Fan of Willette.
    Sarah’s latest post: Around the Town- Dallas World Aquarium

  36. I’m really excited to have found your blog! I just subscribed via my FeedBurner (Google)… and am looking forward to reading. I’m homeschooling my 1st born through Preschool this year. :)
    Sarah’s latest post: Around the Town- Dallas World Aquarium

  37. Jenny Freehardt says:

    I am definitely usually behind the camera. And, right now, that’s what I like- for many reasons. But I know I will come to regret it one day if I don’t stop it now!

  38. I use to take all of the photos but now that I have teens they want ‘control’ of the camera.

    I “like” Willette on Facebook…Thanks!

  39. Jenny Freehardt says:

    I like Willette on facebook!

  40. Jenny Freehardt says:

    I’m an email subscriber!

  41. sheilla turner says:

    I also am one of those people that stand behind the camera, In fact over the past 8 years of my life, my husband’s life and children’s life, I can look at pics that I have taken to document various blessings or day to day events and i am in about 10 of the pictures. We just got back from Maine, I had 774 pictures taken, in that amount I am in 2 pics. I love to take pictures to remember my children when they were young, one day i will regret not having any pics of me so that my children can remember me being with them when they were younger.
    Sheilla Turner

  42. i’m -most of the time- behind the camera….w. a few ‘camera held by myself in front’ close-ups w. my kiddos. (:

  43. just liked Willette on fb too!

  44. sheilla turner says:

    Liked Willette on FACEBOOK thanks for sharing and doing the wonderful giveaways

  45. sheilla turner says:

    Signed up for simple newsletter

  46. I love photographing and am almost always behind the camera. I realized not too long ago that I want my boys to be able to see more of me with them in the photos. It makes me sad to imagine them looking back through photos and not seeing me with them. (Even though I was right there snapping the shot…). I think this class sounds like a fantastic idea!
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  47. Yes, most of the time I am behind the camera because I’m working to improve my photography skill but I usually make sure my husband takes photos of me with my son every once in awhile :)


  48. I just subscribed to Simple Homeschool with google reader.

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  49. I already was a fan of Willette Designs on Facebook :)

    heather bain brandt

  50. I’m almost always behind the camera.