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. And I subscribe in reader. Thanks!

  2. Yes, I too am usually behind the camera. I have alot of pictures of my kids and my kids/hubby but not as many with me and the family, unless we’re doing a formal photo shoot. I’d love to have more pictures of me and the family.

  3. I’m an aspiring art photographer, so I’m usually the one wielding the camera. Funny… I was just telling my partner the other day how few pictures there are of me these days, like you could probably count them on a hand or two.

  4. I subscribe in GoogleReader too!

  5. I am behind the camera 99.9% of the time, my kids always look back at photos and ask where i was. I yearn for a photographic journey of every moment with my family. I was not blessed with a husband and children until I was over 40 and I feel like I have waited forever and want to preserve as many special moments as possible in a beautiful, memorable way.
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  6. I have liked willette designs on facebook and found out they aren’t too far away…..hmmm roadtrip for
    lisa todd’s latest post: Member of a Club…part II- The storms of life

  7. I am behind the camera 95% of the time!

  8. I subscribe to the newsletter.

  9. I am subscribed and I really want to win this
    lisa todd’s latest post: Member of a Club…part II- The storms of life

  10. Yes. I’m always behind the camera. Sometimes I have to remind myself to jump in the pix too.

  11. I am subscribed.

  12. Yes, I am usually taking the photos too! What a fabulous idea this is!

  13. Never, too critical of the way I look, also often the only one who is keen to take photos!

  14. Absolutely. I’m rarely in photos, since I’m the unofficial family photographer. When I can, I try to remember to hand off the camera, so we have proof that I actually exist!

    I have no training whatsoever, but I loving photography. This would be a great opportunity.

  15. And I subscribe in a reader.

  16. I am a subscriber!
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  17. Always the one behind the camera.
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  18. I am always behind the camera! I need to take her advise and start getting in front.
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  19. I am a subscriber :)
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  20. I subscribe

  21. I liked willette designs on facebook

  22. I am always behind the camera (unless my son wants to take a picture of me….which in that case my head is usually not included in the picture–HA! HA!)

  23. heidi sink says:

    I was just doing a card for my husband and realized that I had very few pics of myself to put on it.

  24. heidi sink says:

    I subscribe to SH through email

  25. I am ALWAYS behind the camera. Sometimes I worry that if something happens to me, my daughter and husband will have very few photos of me! (morbid, I know!)
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  26. i liked willette on fb.

  27. yes, i’m usually behind the camera, but i also pull out the old “holding the camera self portrait” bit or taking my picture in the mirror.

  28. i am a subscriber. :)

  29. I am usually behind the camera documenting life. My children are a bit young to start doing this, I am perhaps a bit insecure about my appearance, and I am a bit of a controller, and don’t think others can get the the shot I crave. I guess this course would be the start I need to lighten up a bit no? :) Great giveaway!

  30. I am a “reader” subscriber!
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  31. I’m never in front of the camera…….I forgot what I looked like!

  32. I “Like” Willette Designs on Facebook! Can I LOVE?!?!

  33. I subscribed to Simple Homeschool in my feed reader. :)

  34. I’m always behind the camera. Out of the hundred photos taken at my baby’s 1st birthday last week, my face was in zero pictures.

  35. I subscribe via google reader.

  36. I am always behind the camera, this would be a great excuse to get myself in front of the camera and document me!

  37. I subscribed in Google Reader

  38. Bridget Stevens says:

    I find that out of every 100 pictures I might be in 1, and that always bugs me! ha ha. I have been getting better with the self timer mode, but with three young squirmy kids it can be hard to get them to be in the pictures with me!

  39. Bridget Stevens says:

    I liked willette designs on facebook

  40. Bridget Stevens says:

    I subcribe through my google reader

  41. I’m often behind the camera, but even when I am not, I rarely seem to be in the photos. I needed a photo of me recently, and it was really hard to find a decent one of me. Sounds like a great class – I’ve been itching to doing some more photography lately.

  42. Christine Chaluisan says:

    I am a subscriber via email

  43. Christine Chaluisan says:

    I am always behind the camera, who else would document the beautiful lives of my children…………They are my favorite thing to shoot.

  44. I am usually the one behind the camera. Lately I have been trying once a week to take a photo with me and the kids or our whole family. I love having memories of all of us together.
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  45. I’m a subscriber through email.
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  46. I am almost always behind the camera. But I would love to change that.
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  47. I subscribed and like them on facebook
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  48. I subscribe

  49. I liked Willette Designs on Facebook

  50. I am usually behind the camera.
    I am slowly getting better to remind my older boys to take pictures of me though…