Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CLOSED // A Sweet Giveaway: Win A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

CLOSED 

Winner: Vannesa

Congratulations Vanessa, I'll be emailing you in a bit.

xo



I'm so excited about today's giveaway! This past month I had the opportunity to check out my sweet friends' new project, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book, and I fell in total love. I've always enjoyed taking photos, but like anything, it's easy to get stuck in a rut. This book was exactly what I needed to feel not only inspired about photography, but inspired about living a life full of fun adventures too.

If you read Elsie and Emma's blog, you'll have an idea what to expect in the book, but that's not all you'll get. Every page is chock full of beautiful images, and as you go through the book chapter by chapter, you'll find not only photo ideas, but photography knowledge and tips that are useful for anyone. As I was reading I felt so inspired with every turn of the page, and I spent an entire night marking sections of the book I wanted to focus on over the next few weeks in my own photography. I'm feeling beyond excited to bring their ideas to life.

There were so many parts of the book I loved, but I thought I'd start with their section on taking macro photos, because I find myself loving all of the little details in Charlie's world and wanting to photograph them on the daily. Between his adorable baby toes to the new hair on his head, I loved reading the girls' tips on how to best capture them. Here's a photo I took after being inspired by this section, and I am looking forward to working my way through the book and broadening my photo-taking horizons!



And today, Elsie and Emma are giving away one of their books to one of YOU!

To enter:

Simply leave a comment below with your name and email address, and what you're most excited to photograph!

For up to two additional entries:

Share the tweet below, then leave a second comment letting me know you did so, along with your name and email.

I entered to win A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book via @danihampton, Elsie and Emma. Get inspired and enter too! http://tinyurl.com/ohp3wyz

And for a third entry, head on over to Sometimes Sweet's Facebook page and share my post about this giveaway with your friends, using the share button. Then come back here and leave one last comment letting me know you did so, along with your name and email once again.

So that's up to THREE entries. I'll randomly select a winner one week from today. This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only. Good luck!


122 comments:

  1. I am excited to photograph mornings now that I am waking up earlier.

    Corey
    butwewillstay@gmail.com

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  2. I tweeted!

    Corey
    butwewillstay@gmail.com

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  3. I almost feel awkward being the first comments! Also shared on FB

    Corey
    butwewillstay@gmail.com

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  4. I love how its like an instagram book in a way gotta have one. perfect for my printed out instagram pics with no album

    Junette A
    flipfonow@gmail.com

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  5. I'm excited to photograph jars of wet specimens, articulated skeletons, and anything else that's a little bit odd and a little bit scientific.

    Sarah Anne
    saharmon@bsu.edu

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  6. I'm most excited to photograph photos of the gorgeous fall weather that has graced the midwest :)

    Katie
    katie.mary.garrity@gmail.com

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  7. Of course, my kids!
    Alison
    alison.stroot@gmail.com

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  8. I am most excited about photographing my life around me. It will be good to view it differently with the help of this book. Fingers crossed!

    Callie R.
    rewc@sbcglobal.net

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  9. I'm most excited to photograph fall here in Prescott!
    Cam
    Cambercoury@gmail.com

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  10. Tweeted! :)
    Cam
    cambercoury@gmail.com

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  11. Shared on FB!
    Cam
    cambercoury@gmail.com

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  12. Excited to photograph my greatest creation ever, my kid!

    Lea
    Syane45@yahoo.com

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  13. I'm most excited to photography my 2 month old son who is learning and growing each day :)

    Vanessa
    vanessa.carey@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  14. Shared on twitter!

    Vanessa
    Vanessa.carey@gmail.com

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  15. Shared on facebook too!

    Vanessa
    Vanessa.carey@gmail.com

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  16. Erica elerma@hawaii.edu

    Most excited to photograph my new baby (coming soon).

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  18. I would love to capture more of our everyday moments. ktwhelan@verizon.net

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  19. I feel like I'm on a never-ending quest to see how many different way I can photograph my morning tea! mylifeasateacup@gmail.com

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  20. Hi! I'm Chrissy. I bought a new micro 4/3 camera recently and I am excited to get out ans explore the natural side of Florida more!

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  21. I'm a mother and avid photographer of my children. I've been doing a 365 project so I could really use some new inspiration so I'm not so stuck in my rut!!!

    rachel . deutscher @ gmail . com

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  22. Oh! This is a perfect giveaway, thanks! I am more excited to photograph our small daily lives and specially our precious cat Juno :P The macro tips sure will be great to capture her whiskers and paws.

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  23. I'd love to start photographing any adventures I go on but also look at photographing people and trying to express their emotions.

    cgramsay@hotmail.com

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  24. My littlest is going through separation anxiety and lights up like a lamp when I'm around. My oldest is becoming a girl and does a spot-on imitation of me. I'd love to capture both of these events before they move on to new phases.

    Mara
    maraviajera@gmail.com

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  26. I would be so excited to take pictures of my upcoming trip to NYC! And macro images as well :)

    Sarah
    sarah.a.fischbach@gmail.com

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  27. I'm so excited to capture my youngest sister--she's four--in photographs. She'll probably be my last little sibling and I don't want to miss this time!

    Rebekah
    make(dot)some(dot)noise2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. The thing I'm most excited for is capturing people. Sometimes I see people and I just know they have a great story behind them. I just want to go up to them and take a photo. Some people move me just by the way they look or the way they move.

    Saar
    Saar.Dockx@gmail.com

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  29. I tweeted too!!

    Saar
    Saar.Dockx@gmail.com

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  30. I hope I win!! My 13 month old daughter is a challenge to photograph, but we try daily anyways. Love having images of her to look back on.

    katyerinhill@gmail.com

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  31. And I shared on Facebook too :)

    katyerinhill@gmail.com

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  32. I love photographing my 23 month old son, and am excited at the possibility to find new and better ways to do so!

    Jenna

    Jennab714@gmail.com

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  33. and I shared on FB too :)

    Jennab714@gmail.com

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  34. Ooh, I've had my eye on this book for awhile!! I want to get better at photographing food. Thanks for the great giveaway Dani!

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  35. kari

    kari.hartnett@gmail.com

    my doggy!

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  36. kari

    kari.hartnett@gmail.com

    my doggy!

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  37. Such a lovely giveaway! I am always looking for some photography inspiration. I especially love macro shots and nature.

    Alex Clark
    aharlan.313@gmail.com

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  38. My name is Tara O. and I photograph pinup portraits so I'd love to get this book to get some more ideas!

    xoxo,
    Tara O.
    tara at taraophotos dot com

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  39. I've been very excited to pick up this book! I love photographing little moments with my husband out & about :)

    amyrenepowell@gmail.com

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  40. Emily Burgess
    emily.lauren.burgess@gmail.com

    I am most excited to take photos of my nine month old. His world is changing so fast and I love capturing it for him. Especially, knowing that he won't remember these moments and I don't want to forget them!

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  41. Jessica Holoka
    jessicaholoka@gmail.com

    I am excited to have my baby niece to photograph. In her tiny little world, there are so many big memories to capture.

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  42. Kayla Neve
    kayneve@gmail.com

    I love photographing nature - the sunset, sunrise, flowers, and the changing of leaves. I also love taking photos of my best friend and boyfriend. Though he may not always like it, I enjoy cherishing moments I get with him so that I can always remember them.

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  43. laura podlich
    laurapodlich@gmail.com

    i'm most excited to photograph my new baby niece!

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  44. I love photographing little moments of my life, and i love Elsie and Emma tips!
    luminacherry@gmail.com

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  45. I am excited that it is Fall and I can start photographing all of the Fall festivities!
    Natasha
    lana756(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/Wild4Wednesdays/status/380334549667815425

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  47. I would love to win this book! I need some creative ideas for my honeymoon pictures. It was the most beautiful vacation I've ever had and I'd love to do something special with the images.
    Sonal P.
    patelss10(at)gmail.com

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  48. tweeted https://twitter.com/Teh_Sonz/status/380336378095349760

    Sonal P.
    patelss10(at)gmail.com

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  49. I'm most excited to photograph adventures in my new home of London, England.

    xx S.
    sarah.h.lambert [@] gmail.com

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  50. I tweeted (@becoming_sarah)

    xx S.
    sarah.h.lambert [@] gmail.com

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  51. Jessica Cooper
    Jcooperblvd@gmail.com

    I am having my first baby at the end of December, and will be getting a nice camera in the next couple months, so this book would be super handy to help me capture tons of special moments!

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  52. Right now I'm most excited about taking photos of fall - my favorite season!

    Thanks for the giveaway, sounds like an awesome book!

    -Chrissie
    chrissie[dot]webb[at]gmail[dot]com

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  53. I love to photograph all that inspires me. I'm excited to find a book to inspire me to find even more inspiration!
    Best, Anne On
    bestanneon@gmail.com

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  54. I'm excited to take photos of fall leaves and my son's first official trip to the pumpkin patch, as well as photos of our daughter who arrives in November.
    Heather
    hmshoberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I photograph my kids all the time, so I'm excited to get ideas for other photos. But, honestly, I'll probably just take a million more pics of my kids! :)
    Amanda Maddox
    acobb33@hotmail.com

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  56. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/amaddoxfamily/status/380349807971168256

    Amanda Maddox
    acobb33@hotmail.com

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  57. I shared it on Facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/amanda.maddox

    Amanda Maddox
    acobb33@hotmail.com

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  58. I'm excited to photograph the new little baby joining our family :)
    karolina@chefkarolina.com

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  59. what a fun giveaway! i'm excited to take photos as my husband and i decorate our first place :)

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  60. Michelle, michellejunco08@gmail.com

    I am most excited to take photos out in nature now that Fall is on it's way!

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  61. i'm most excited to take candid photos...especially with the holidays coming up!

    arodr91@gmail.com, ashley

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  62. I've been reading Elsie & Emma's blog for years now. They're really inspired me me to grow in terms of my photography but I can always use more inspiration!
    I love taking pictures of my friends at parties and gatherings so I hope they can help me make my pictures that much more meaningful!

    jennelizhow@live.ca, Jenny

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  63. I also tweeted about your giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity for extra entries!

    jennelizhow@live.ca, Jenny

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  64. I'm most excited to photograph good pictures of my baby!

    SaraBell2010@yahoo.com

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  65. My name is Shilah, my email is shilahkahree@hotmail.com

    I'm most excited to photograph my baby boy, due in december, and his big sister together!

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  66. EEE!!! YAY!!!
    Name: Cara H
    email: Caraahoward@gmail.com

    I'm excited to photograph SUNSETS! I love photographing sunsets by the beach. xo

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  67. My name is Haley Sekel and I've been following Elsie for a long time, and I am so excited about her book! My email is haleyjfry@gmail.com
    I am an amateur photographer who LOVES to take photos of mushrooms and flowers :)

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  68. My name is Karen Lamb and I'm from Cape Town, South Africa.
    I'm most excited to photograph our glorious summer which is starting to unravel here right now and of course I have the most gorgeous godson that will be turning 4 this October 2013 and I never need an excuse to photograph him
    Holding thumbs

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  69. I LOVE A Beautiful Mess and read it daily. I can't wait to get this book! I would love to use it as inspiration for photographing my new home :)

    Name: Melissa Burant
    Email: melissa.burant[at]gmail.com

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  70. My name is Chantal and Im from the Chicago Burbs. I have 2 boys, Charlie and Ethan and am pregnant with Twins. I LOVE taking pictures of my kids and cant wait for the twins to come so I can have fun with double trouble pics! I also love fall and love taking pictures of the changing leaves.
    Name:Chantal Schweizer
    Email:ckred27@gmail.com

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  71. Everything! phil and lacy @ gmail. com

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  72. Hey been a huge fan of hers for a while and now thanks to Elsie I found your blog! Thing I am most excited to photograph is actually a full on shoot. I'm pregnant and will be doing a photoshoot with our kids and my husband. I am making this adorable flower crown for my daughter for it.

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  73. My favorite things to photograph are my jewelry creations, because once they are photographed I can share them! but my most favorite creation is my two year old son, and he is so much fun to photograph because he always makes faces!

    Celena
    anelec@hotmail.com

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  74. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/AnnleaArtsy/status/380421132035182592 names melissa email is mmisenheimer@yahoo.com

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  75. I also tweeted!

    Celena
    anelec@hotmail.com

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  76. I shared melissa misenheimer mmisenheimer@yahoo.com

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  77. and I shared :)

    Celena
    anelec@hotmail.com

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  78. I'd LOVE to get my hands on this gorgeous book!!

    Allie
    alliewhitney@gmail.com
    6000milestohome.blogspot.com

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  79. I tweeted too - @6000milestohome

    Allie
    alliewhitney@gmail.com
    6000milestohome.blogspot.com

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  80. Kimberly
    kimcakestwenty2@aol.com

    Between work and school my schedule can get pretty hectic. But when my fiance and I go for a bike ride, walk the dogs, or even on the rare lazy days at home I would really like to capture all those moments that in the middle of everything seem small but are really the moments I want to look back on.

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  81. victoria :)
    xthevicx@yahoo.com

    This book has been on my amazon wishlist since I first heard about it!
    I think taking pictures of my home- beautiful Salt Lake City would be my inspiration.

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  82. Tara
    tara.scolire@gmail.com

    I am very excited to photograph my first baby in just a few short weeks! I would love the part on macro photographs to capture of all of his/her tiny parts!

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  83. Eww, I wouldn't want that junk even for free. I can't believe you 'fell in love' with it. You're funny.

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  84. I'm excited to photograph all the fall leaves! Fall is my favorite season!

    Rosalinda
    rosa_linda_girl@yahoo.com

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  85. I love this giveaway! I'm excited to learn how to photograph our new-ish home beautifully. I feel like I haven't done it justice!

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  86. I am excited to photograph my family during the fall! Love the changing leaves.
    I also would love to photograph all the vintage finds I've been collecting...
    cayla73@yahoo.com

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  87. Lauren Becker
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

    I'm excited to photograph my niece and nephew. :)

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  88. Jess
    jess.gustin AT yahoo DOT com

    I love capturing moments of my littles!

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  89. Um... photographing EVERYTHING but especially Arizona skies!

    Jessica

    jessie357@hotmail.com

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  90. Photographing my daughter, who will be born in November <3

    Trishelle
    trishelleblackwell@gmail.com

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  91. and shared on fb

    Trishelle
    trishelleblackwell@gmail.com

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  92. Excited to photography my little almost-3 year old!
    katherine dot bremer at gmail dot com

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  93. I would love to get creative with photographing books.

    Erika
    eka0022@yahoo.com

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  94. I tweeted the link to my followers!

    Erika
    eka0022@yahoo.com

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  95. I'm excited to start photographing the little moments that seem insignificant at the time, but have the potential to become incredibly powerful memories.

    impeccablykaili@gmail.com

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  96. I tweeted the link
    Kaili
    twitter: kcslytherin433
    impeccablykaili@gmail.com

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  97. I tweeted!

    Gladis DeBeneditto
    gladisdeb24@gmail.com

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  98. I'm a professional photographer but I get stuck in ruts easily.. especially with my own family. Our second child is due in just over a month and it would be nice to have some new inspiration!

    Emma
    emma.fiala at gmail dot com

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  100. Shared on Facebook!

    Emma
    emma.fiala at gmail dot com

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  101. I'm always taking pictures, and when I go back to browse through them, I'm most excited that I was able to capture the moments! I'm such a photo hoarder, i just don't have the heart to delete pics from my phone, not even the double takes!! This book looks INSPIRING for sure.

    Gladis DeBeneditto
    gladisdeb24@gmail.com

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  102. My tweet comment seems to be missing! I tweeted... :)

    @bymyelf
    Emma
    emma.fiala at gmail dot com

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  105. I would love to start capturing some special moments with my hub. We're wanting to start a family (very)soon and so these *just us* times are seeming more precious every day!

    Paige Baker
    pbaker8488@gmail.com

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  106. tweeted that business too! @watchherwalk

    Paige Baker
    pbaker8488@gmail.com

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  107. I'm most excited to photograph the changing of the season and everything that fall brings!

    Mallory Vorse
    breakthestatic@aol.com

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  108. I can't wait to take photos of one of my best friends wedding!!

    Jane
    siberia06@gmail.com

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  109. Tillie Stevens
    tillie {at} thepoppycreative {dot} com

    and boy oh boy, I am excited about photographing my whole new life. I am moving countires in only 8 short weeks, starting anew with my boyfriend and I am so excited about capturing it all! Oh yes I am.

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  110. Melinda Buttich
    elle_melinda@yahoo.com

    I can't wait to photograph all the upcoming holidays with family and friends!

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  111. I just shared on my Facebook page as well!

    Melinda Buttich
    elle_melinda@yahoo.com

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  112. I really want to start capturing little moments in my day to day life. With sad things going on in my family, it has reminded me how short life really is and I want to remember it all and photos will help me capture those moments in time.

    Katie - kad914@yahoo.com

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  113. I would love to better capture all the recipes I try out. I have an SLR and really want to pull it out and start photographing everything again.
    lzrihen83@gmail.com

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  114. Shared via tweet.
    lzrihen83@gmail.com

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  115. Also shared on fb!
    Lili
    lzrihen83@gmail.com

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  116. I'm eager to photograph the beautiful changes fall will bring. I'd love to grab some ideas from their book!
    Jill
    jillnachel@aol.com
    http://alittlelostatsea.blogspot.com/

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