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. I subscribed!!

  2. I am ALWAYS behind the camera unless I ask for my husband to take a picture of me and the kids or if we set it up on timer for a family picture (which isn’t often).

  3. It’s me or hubby behind the camera. Either way there are not many photos of us. They are mostly of the children. Thanks for making me think about this!
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  4. This is TOTALLY me – I’m rarely in a picture! What a great way to correct that!
    Ashlee’s latest post: Confession 3

  5. Oh, I am always the one taking the pictures. I’d love to find creative ways to later show my kids that *I* was here, too!

  6. I’ve subscribed! :)

  7. YES!!!! We just moved, and I discovered I have so few pictures of me with my kids! Must change that…

  8. I’m almost always behind the camera.

    And, I’m about to subscribe.


  9. Yes, I’m ALWAYS behind the camera. I have a blog and there are very few pics of me on it. Kinda sad :( I would love to have some pics of me WITH my family.
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  10. I *liked* willette designes on facebook – and I really did like her. So cute!
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  11. Of course I’m subscribed to Simple homeschool. I love reading it! Sometimes I jump right to it when I see it in my inbox. Sometimes I savor it and don’t open it till later :)
    Denice’s latest post: Missionary Mail

  12. YES! I am always behind the camera! I made the same discovery that Kelly describes — there are very few photos with me in them and that’s not what I want in my girls’ scrapbooks!

  13. I “like” Willette Designs on Facebook.

  14. I’m subscribed to Simple Homeschool — and I love it!

  15. I am always behind the camera, and when I do get in pictures, I feel kind of silly, or not candid enough (too posed). I want to feel like a part of everything.