Big Picture Classes is rerunning my Design Challenges workshop for a third time beginning September 26! Each time we've added a little more content—the second time around, Stacy Julian joined in and completed the twelve design challenges and recorded a series of videos to explain how she interpreted each one. This time around, Stacy's videos will be included but a new feature will be added: a live blog with 24 new pages, commentary, and tips. My partner in crime for this live blog is my friend and fellow scrapbooker Erica Hernandez, who is one of the sharpest page designers and clever memory keepers you'll ever see. I'm really excited to see how she demonstrates the design principles in each challenge.
a few sneak peeks I shared on the Big Picture Classes Instagram feed (@bigpictureclasses) this week, where I'm the guest Instagrammer of the week. Come say hello!
I'm not going to lie: it's been a while since I've scrapbooked properly. The first eight months of this year were all about The Phone Photography Project, photography/design work in Cheyenne and selling our stuff at the Urban Legend Garage Sale, and exactly zero scrapbooking took place. It's been super-fun to get back into it and see how differently I approach prompts I wrote for myself more than two years ago. Challenges never really get old that way because time, perspective, and experience tend to shake things up just enough to make it fun all over again! There's another twist, too: all the new content will feature phone photos. Erica and I will convince you that the photos you take on your phone should NOT be allowed to waste away on your camera roll.
You can read more about Design Challenges here. There will be a special low alumni price for anyone who has already taken the workshop and wants to play along again with all the new layouts/commentary, and registration will be open through October 2.
Want to win a spot in Design Challenges? Just leave a comment and tell me when you last scrapbooked! As per usual here, I'll leave comments open until... I close them. Maybe Friday night? Hard to say for sure, since I've spent the last few Friday nights conked out on the couch by 8:15 pm, sleeping off five day blocks of middle school wake up time : )
Thank you to everyone who left such nice/funny/thoughtful comments. I read them all with chacteristic Willis Smiling Disorder : )
Here's the random.org picks before I go to bed:
Christi in MA and sherri, you're the lucky winners! If you haven't emailed by the time I show up in Wichita, Kansas tomorrow night I'll find you to send the redemption code then. And everyone else--you can register all the way up until July 10 but the class goes live July 1. I cannot wait!
Random.org went to work this morning and chose lucky number 13!
Which happens to be sweet long-time reader Sarah:
Hooray! I'll be in touch, Sarah.
Don't forget, two more chances to win—there may be more out there, but these are the two I know about for sure!
Both unrelated and related: this little baby, who will be six years old in just two weeks, still loves to be in the middle of whatever mischief her sisters are into at the moment. I love taking pictures of relationships and personalities : )
Thanks for entering, everyone! Don't give up the good fight to make your camera work for you.
I've been working the last few months on two Big Picture Classes photography workshops I'm extremely excited about (and no, you can't know the second one yet... but SOON). Today I have a seat to share in the first workshop, Finding Your Photo Style. I know just from working on my portion of the content that even if your
style feels fairly comfortable and established, you'll still gain some
very valuable insights into what your goals/strengths as a photographer
actually are. It's going to be good. Really good.
Looking for some incredible photo ideas? Look no further than Finding Your Photo Style, a 6-week online workshop packed with creative photo tips, tricks, and insider secrets that will help you find (or refine) your own signature photography style.
In Finding Your Photo Style, you'll get to know six premier photographers who take stylish, stunning, and unique pictures of their families and their everyday lives—while also working as professional photographers in their own corners of the world.
These photography pros are ready to spill some of their best secrets and challenge you to try their favorite photo ideas for yourself! Through inspirational videos, downloadable challenges, and hands-on exercises that cover photography tips and post-processing tricks alike, you'll discover the looks that suit you best.
As with all Big Picture Classes workshops, you'll have "forever access" to the classroom and all materials, so even if May is a busy time for you like it is for me (hahaha she laughs crazily) you can always revisit if you fall behind!
You can enter twice: once by leaving a comment on this post with either a few words that describe your style or a few words about what you'd like your style to be, and once if you share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. If you've already registered and paid for the workshop, you'll get a full refund if you win : ) I'll close comments and pick a winner sometime in the next few days, so, you know, hurry and enter!
The first of two big upcoming photography workshops at Big Picture Classes is open for registration! (The other one isn't open yet. But insider tip: it is going to be amazing, too. You aren't going to want to miss it). When I was asked to be one of the six instructors for Finding Your Photo Style I wasn't sure I had one, exactly... and then I started to go through some thousands of images looking for the style that the folks at BPC thought I had and guess what? I guess I do have one. Ha. The more I've been working on the assignments for this class the more excited I've been getting about it, too, because all the photographers participating are bringing something very different to the workshop. I haven't even read the details of their assignments yet—but knowing what I'm working on from my end and knowing their work is enough to know that this is going to be a Really Good Workshop. We talk so much about composition and technical skills as photographers—essential elements, no doubt—but this is kind of different. It's all that plus a lot of thinking about what kind of photographer you want to be, and how you get there. Super valuable.
Check out the other photographers involved:
Andrea Jenkins, blogger at Hula Seventy, frequent contributor to UPPERCASE magazine Kate T. Parker, owner at Kate T. Parker Photography Rebecca Cooper, blogger at Simple As That and general crafty/photographer superstar Maggie Holmes, owner at Maggie Holmes Design Tracey Clark, founder of Shutter Sisters and author of (most recently) Elevate the Everyday
You can read more about the workshop and the instructors here!