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April 30th 2015

Giveaway: Eyes Open Creative Photography E-Course

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JULY_2014-3094If you’ve followed my blog or attended any of my workshops then you may have heard me talk about how much I love the photography e-course that Chris and I took together a few years back.  I’m a big fan of the e-course creator, Erin Wallace, who is also the creative talent behind bbb, one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.  I have always loved how her photographs capture everyday life in such beautiful, creative and compelling ways.

10138093166_43e91ef635_o-2Taking the e-course is what enabled Chris and me to have a massive breakthrough related to photography and really helped us get where we are today. Erin’s approachable style and flexible format made it easy for me to finally understand all of the photography terms that I previously found so intimidating and confusing. You proceed at your own pace and there is no pressure to hurry. I really appreciated how she was able to answer my questions and provide personalized feedback on all my practice shots. I found it to be a fantastic way to learn photography basics plus explore creative photography concepts. I recommend it to everyone who attends a Floret’s on-farm workshop and anyone who is looking to up their game when it comes to taking great photos. Really, I can’t recommend this course highly enough!

10138093776_bfb810e9c2_o-2openyoureyesfinal-2The next Eyes Open Creative Photography E-Course  starts in May and Erin has graciously offered free passes to attend her upcoming to THREE lucky Floret blog readers. To enter to win one of the the three free registrations to the Eyes Open Creative Photography E-Course, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. In it, simply share a little bit about your interest in photography and your favorite photography subject(s). The three lucky winners will be announced here tomorrow.

Ready to sign up for her class now?  Floret fans can receive a $20 discount on the already affordable class by simply entering the coupon code: eyesopenfloret at the checkout. The upcoming course includes a section on photographing flowers created especially with you in mind. So, if finally understanding your camera, learning to take beautiful photos or upping your photography game are of interest to you, be sure to check it out.

 

145 Comments

  1. Beth Linville on

    Hi! I’m in the planning stages of starting a flower farm. I have had an intetest in photography for years, and always had taking a class on my bucket list. I recently found your blog, and I’m gobbling it up! I really enjoy landscape pictures but love taking pictures of my children. I would like to be able to take beautiful pictures to help market my little farm!

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  2. Julie Davies on

    I can never decide whether to use my phone camera, or my point and shoot. And then the editing – yikes! Is it ok post photos without filters … so many questions. I love to photograph flowers, in particular dead/dying flowers. I enjoy watching the process from perfect bloom to compost heap.

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  3. Coleman on

    I have inherited a love for trees from my mother growing up in the Bay Area. Surprisingly it wasn’t until I moved to NYC of all places that I really say trees in an everyday way throughout the four seasons – something we lack in Northern California. I take pictures with my iPhone 5s especially in Autumn and Spring but I want to learn to capture them in a more vivid + genuine way…

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  4. Anna Mather on

    My photos capture the moment but not always the beauty, the detail, the timing. As a fledgling flower farm but also a fledgling stay at home mum I so want to ensure I can capture the story of our life in all its wonder so that in years to come my girls can re live those moments again and again. Flowers and our lives are my subject. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. Lynne on

    My favourite thing to photograph without question is flowers. I love them all! I live in Ontario and our growing season is short so I have to maximize photo taking over the few short months we have blooms. I’d love to be able to take photos that appear the way I see them in my mind!! :-)

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  6. Diane Miller on

    I am just entering the world of photography with a borrowed camera. I have been designing weddings for the last five years and always have trouble getting the photographers photos so have missed out on documenting my work. Time to learn myself! Would love the chance. Cheers Di

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  7. Klaus Hueskes on

    hello, a wonderful blog that’s here. Although my Pentax Kr and I do have nice pictures, but just the photographing of flowers is not as easy as one thinks. Light and shade and the right camera settings as e-course is certainly helpful.

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  8. Kari Schriever on

    Oh how I’ve been wanting to take this course! I have been told I take good pictures and I think I have a good eye, but I want to learn how to get my pictures to turn out the way I picture them in my head! I am a floral designer and so much of this industry depends on getting good pictures out there for the world to see. I want to learn to photograph my arrangements and also learn to take good portraits of people. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  9. LeAnn on

    Thank you for this opportunity. I would love to be able to work on my photography thru this class. It sounds like it was quite a game changer for you.

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  10. Terri Leamer on

    Taking photos has always been something I’ve loved doing. The most rewarding is taking photos of my kids and grandkids because I love them so much and enjoy remembering the moments. But as I think about it, whether people or animals, capturing the unexpected moments or most natural are the most rewarding for me. So much so that I used to take my old Canon AE-1 down to the barn at milking time hoping for a shot of a hen on a cow’s back, silly calf shenanigans, or maybe even the steam rising off the fresh milk pail on a cold morning, or the dust hovering in the morning sun. However, one early morning I slung my camera over my shoulder and when I leaned down to pick up the frothy milk pail the camera slid down off my shoulder and landed deep in milk. A big splash and a big “oops”! I love to be inspired by photos and yours surely do that for me. Learning how to fully use my new digital camera that replaced the “dunked in milk” one at the Eyes Open e-course would be a dream. Thanks for your generous spirit.

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  11. Gail on

    I have had a DSLR for several years and I would definitely say nature and travel are my favourite things to photograph. Two weeks before a recent overseas holiday my DSLR gave up the ghost and what surprised me was how comfortable I had become using that one camera and the thought of having to buy another one which I knew nothing about was daunting because I hate the thought of going on holidays and not shooting at least a few wow shots. Whilst I would have liked to upgrade to a full frame DSLR it just wasn’t in the budget so I went for a micro four thirds camera which took amazing shots but I know looking at the hand book that for a little camera it can do so much more so would love the chance to give it a good workout by doing this course :) Thanks for such a beautiful and inspiring blog Erin, I am growing sweet peas from seed for the first time ever after seeing pictures of them on the blog, happy to say some are germinating already so busy planning where they are going to go in the garden :)

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  12. Hannah on

    I am excited to be working on a flower farm this summer (and am sore from lots of bed prep and transplanting!). This summer I plan to long-term borrow my boyfriend’s fancy camera to take pictures. I may need to buy a macro lens – I really enjoy taking close up pictures and playing with focus especially in photographing flowers

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  13. Jamie sammons on

    I would love to learn more about photography! I struggle with it every day. All the fancy terminology is really discouraging. I have an SLR camera that I try to practice with but I end up using it mostly on auto because I’m just so clueless. I want to better my business look with jaw dropping photos and this e-class could be just the ticket. Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  14. Erin mcmullen on

    Hope I’m not too late! I love taking pictures of little things, insects, buds, leaves, intricate, detailed little things :)

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  15. corinne on

    I love to take pictures of fungi, lichen and moss

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  16. Marcella on

    Huge fan of your work! Your pictures are inspiring and amazing!

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  17. Louise on

    For as long as I can remember, my reaction to any-thing-of-beauty is, “Oh, I wish I had my camera!” Next thought is always, “And to be able to actually capture what I see.” I have always wanted to study photography, but school/life/illness/family responsibility have always been the focus. This class would be the ultimate solution. I photograph my dog (past and present) and landscapes, with an emphasis on sunsets. Love your blog, especially the pictures. Thank you.

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  18. CJ on

    Thank you for sharing your flowers and photography…they are beautiful works of art. My favorite photo subjects are flowers, wildlife and water views.

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  19. Nicole Maloney on

    Wow, this would be amazing to win! I just recently got a DSLR and one of my newest joys is playing with it. Through the guides written by gracious strangers on the internet and my own trial and error, I’m slowly figuring out what works, why it works, and what I like. Taking a course, especially this course which seems to be exactly what I’m looking for, would help greatly increase my confidence behind the camera. About a month ago I started a food blog and my biggest hindrance is getting better-than-adequate pictures. Food, my equally beautiful as she is silly cat, and my passionate boyfriend in his little urban garden are my favorite subjects. Luckily, two of those things shine enough on their own that even my dodgy camera skills produce wonderful images of them, haha.

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  20. olen on

    I want to capture the defining moments in my new homesteading adventure with aspirations to get my own blog up and running by next fall.

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  21. Nancy Rabinowitz on

    My small business is event based wedding flowers and lanterns. The photos I take are always so bad that I just can’t post them to the business FB page, let alone think about a web page that needs updating regularly. Trying to grow my little business is my goal for this next year and I need all the help I can get. When I am able to get photos from a photographer, wow, the difference and the responses are so rewarding.

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  22. elizabeyta on

    I would love to get better pictures of my creations and travles.

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  23. Mindy on

    I have started my small flower farm and floral event design business. I am trying to build up enough photos for my website. I have always worked for someone else, so I can not use any of those photos. I struggle with capturing my floral designs the way I see them. I love photos taken outside in natural light.

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  24. Victoria Vitale {Scissors & Sage} on

    For the past eight months or so, I have been trying to teach myself how to use my sister Elisabeth’s DSLR camera. She is letting me borrow it indefinitely, and I am very grateful! I write a craft and recipe blog, and enjoy photographing my projects just as much as making the projects themselves. The photographing process allows me to reflect on my projects and determine what kinds of things I am inspired to work on next. I’d love to take this course to strengthen my skills and increase my understanding of Elisabeth’s camera!

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  25. Bonnie Thompson on

    My favorite subject to photograph was my little Yorkie, Annabelle, who just passed away yesterday. She would sit out with me in the backyard amongst the flowers and it was pure joy to see her enjoy nature.

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  26. Jamie on

    As a flower farmer, beautiful blooms are my favorite thing to photograph. I fianally got a quality camera but could really use some help on learning how to use it. I always say I’m going to take a class but schedules don’t seem to line up. Doing it online would be a dream for me! Thanks!

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  27. Leslie Emanuels on

    I love to take pictures of people in their sweet spot. One of my favorite shots is of a friend’s son jumping off a dock. Pure joy and freedom on his face. I would do the seasonal flower alliance but I can never get the shot I want. That wonderful look of the object in focus but everything blurred. I get a great shot with color and subject but the lighting is off. 1 in 100 or maybe 1000 of my pictures are great. If I could lower those numbers, it would be fun. Who knows, maybe I would start a blog and grow flowers and love the world!

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  28. Kim on

    I need help! I can never get the right angle/focus/lighting to capture the darling-ness of some florals! When I look at your site, I just drool over the coloring, composure, and clarity. But it’s still looks fresh and not fudy-dudy! keep up your amazing work-and when you need a break, take one! I will die if you burn out!!!!LOL…no pressure :)

    Kim

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  29. Katie on

    I would absolutely love to up my photography game and skills. I have a decent SLR and can take pretty decent shots most of the time, but I still find choosing the right settings so overwhelming and confusing and it just doesn’t seem to stick. Erin’s course sounds exactly what I need! Some of my favorite subjects are flowers and my garden, but I also love doing portraits too.

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  30. Jane Miles on

    I love photographing my home-grown flower displays but am aware that my photos aren’t that great. Would love to know more about photography in order to enhance my blog devoted to growing your own flowers. Would love it if my photos looked as stunning as some of the ones on this site! Thanks

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  31. Rachel on

    Hi Erin,

    I’d love to win the class! I’m a wine blogger based in Vancouver – I’ve got a basic DLSR but using it properly eludes me – at best my shots work, but they’re not awesome. If I win the class, I would be using my new skills to shoot wine and cooking tutorials, at parties and wine tasting events to help grow my business (plus lots of my family, friends & cat). Cheers, Rachel

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  32. Kathy on

    This is amazingly generous. A relative of mine was a professional photographer and he nurtured my interest at an early age, although I never have learned the technical side of things. My pictures are simply a creative outlet and I enjoy celebrating “ordinary” things, especially the garden, natural settings, and family. Now with kids in school, it would be fun to experiment some more with photography.

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  33. Alicia on

    Your shots are so beautiful! I would love to be able to take more precise, thoughtful photos. Currently, I love to take photos of the natural world and of first grade students. I would love this opportunity to further develop and hone my craft.

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  34. carey on

    You are so right- being able to take great photos of your own work makes a huge difference! I would love someone to walk me through how to really get the results I really want- and why what i’m doing isn’t working! I have photographer friends I can ask for favors once every few months, but I want to be able to go at my own pace, and shoot whenever something exciting or ridiculous happens in the studio or in the garden. Who doesn’t want to be a one-woman show?? :P
    Although i’m no good at shooting them (yet!) my fav things to photograph are quiet scenes/objects surrounded in lots of atmosphere. check out http://localmilkblog.com/ for some huge inspiration!

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  35. Chelsey C. on

    I would love to learn how to use my DSLR! Being able to take good pictures of my kids and flowers!

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  36. Monika on

    First of all thank you very, very much for this giveaway and the chance to take a part in it :). I love to take pictures and my favorite photography subjects are my daughter and the nature, especially flowers, animals. Yay, I would love to take this course, I am queuing patiently, crossing my fingers :).
    I wish good luck to everyone, have a beautiful 1st May (we gave fruit trees blooming right behind our windows :)) ).
    xxx
    Moni

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  37. Domineke on

    Gardening and photography are truly a way of life for me. My family owns and operates a sod farm here in the sunny Okanagan. I enjoy capturing memories from our daily lives… the property, the animals, the equipment and of course my family. I too am confused with all the terminology and settings available on my DSLR camera and tent to stick to auto setting or my trusty iPhone when it comes to taking pictures. I’m just afraid i’ll mess things up!?! (I probably empty my iPhone twice a month ha) I’ve been following you guys for a while now and have noticed a huge improvement in photography skills. I would love nothing more than to learn and gain a new experience through this e-course. I am in the process of putting in a new 20 x 20 veg garden and a few rows of sweet peas, dahlias and zinnias. Purchased your growing guides and am very excited for thing to start to take shape. The guides were sooo helpful. You are truly an inspiration to home gardeners like myself, keep up the good work you guys!

    Thank you Erin,
    love & light :)
    xx

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  38. chantal on

    The vast majority of my photos involve nature or other subjects in their natural environment. I would be thrilled to learn how to improve my photos. Thank you :)

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  39. Christa Mannisto on

    I have been wanting to sharpen my skills for so long! My skills are iffy at best! I want to take better pictures of my little boys! I want to document our busy and blessed life! I also am starting a new personal adventure in arranging flowers! This may be a second career and I want to know how to make my photos speak! I would truly throw myself into learning how to take better pictures! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  40. elaine on

    As a shy feeler, I am interested in capturing moods. That way when folks are suffering, perhaps I might be able to comfort them in my own introverted way.
    Peace & happiness.

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  41. Tamara P on

    I love how photography captures a moment in time and a memory not only for myself but for others to share in as well. I would love to learn how to capture more emotion and “real life” in my photos and not just planned shots. I want to be able to look back at my photos and remember all of life’s special moments just as they truly were. My favorite photography subjects are my children.

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  42. Lia Colapietro on

    In the fleeting world of flowers, I would need a staff photographer to capture it all! Or what about that one off arrangement that you couldn’t not make and couldn’t not photograph. Growing my camera skills is a goal of mine for this year, and have been waiting for spring to sign up for this course. As a florist with a new cutting garden, I can’t wait to get shooting!

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  43. jazt on

    I love photography and gardening and would love to be able to combine them to take better pictures.

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  44. Kirsten on

    I discovered photography in high school (25 years ago!) and pretty much skipped all my classes to hang out in the darkroom. I shot on a Pentax K1000 for the longest time, then, when digital emerged, I bought a point and shoot and used that for about 8 years to capture my kids. I’ve had my DSLR for 1 year now and have rediscovered my love of photography through Shelter dog photography and capturing the story behind our school Farm (which I coordinate) and workshops that pop up . I shoot mainly photodocumentary and have a particular interest in Farms and Farmers . I’m off to Nebraska this summer to shoot for a cattle rancher and speak about our school farm to a group of farmers.

    http://www.facebook.com/mscsfarm

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  45. Gina Hancock on

    I could really use this! I’ve taught myself how to photograph my family and farm, but my skills could really use some brushing up and expanding. I farm 10 acres of organic mixed vegetables and cut flowers, and I could really use to up my photography game right about now! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

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  46. deb voorhorst on

    I purchased a dslr camera 11 months ago and i am still intimidated by it! I would so love to spend this summer learning to use it, and learning to capture beautiful pictures!

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  47. Erika on

    I would love to take this course! I have had an ongoing love for photography since I was a kid. My first camera was given to me in 2nd grade (disposable) and I spent the entire day with it by my side photographing our house, the yard, friends.. anything that interested my 6 year old mind, I actually still have the pictures! In high school I was thrilled to take a course and learn darkroom, but to this day I am intimidated by the technical aspects. As a florist, I would love to revisit this old love and unite it with my passion for flowers not only as a hobby, but so that I can incorporate the skills into my professional life. Anyone who has ever tried to shoot a floral arrangement knows that it can be difficult to capture the essence and beauty without having some camera skill, the right lighting, and a proper setting. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

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  48. Amy on

    Oh, my love for photography reaches way back to my childhood when my grandfather gave me my first camera. I had big dreams of my own dark room back then. Now, forty years later, my favorite subjects to shoot are my two little ones as they make their way in this great big world. Thank you for the opportunity to evolve as an artist.

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  49. A. on

    I always want to improve my skills and take better pictures of flowers. I would also love to learn how to capture jewelry.

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  50. Erin on

    A little over a year ago, I took a break from teaching music and started working on a flower farm. I’m addition to learning about growing, I became the designated photo document-er for our social media and workshops. Now, I am at a different flower farm and…they asked me to photograph the growing process and workshops! I love focusing in on the smaller details of a plant or quiter moments during an event. (URL included is a series I did for a workshop)

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  51. Sarah on

    My 3 year old and 6 month baby are my favorite subjects! I am sorry to say most pictures I take are with my phone and I know I will kick myself later when they are older. I would love to learn how to take proper pictures with my camera. I also love taking nature pictures. I have been wanting to learn how to take good pictures so this class would just be wonderful!!! Thank you for doing this giveaway!

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  52. Linda on

    This course sounds like it was made for me. The timing, the pace, everything. I love photographing my travels, my dogs and my people. Every day life. Making memories last.

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  53. Tess Pangle on

    What an amazing give-away! I would love to take this class in order to take better promotional photos for my small flower farm and the my hometowns new farmers market. Both got their start as of 2015! My favorite subjects to photograph include wildlife, scenery taken in along hikes, and flowers! I have been photo graphing my mothers flowers since I was three years old using a disposable camera. While my technique has progessed since then, there is room for improvement!

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  54. Kate, Goose Creek Gardens on

    I have always loved photography! Capturing nature’s beauty is my passion. I have to be surrounded by nature everyday, if I am not I feel lost. I try so hard to capture all the amazing images on my farm daily, including my 3 lovely little girls. This would be an awesome opportunity!

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  55. Chrisan on

    I’ve had a fascination with travel and nature photography for years. I’d love to take this course to improve my own skills. I’d especially love to use this course to improve photography for my farm.

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  56. Chrisan on

    I’ve had a fascination with photography for years, but with Instagram and the boom in everyone’s amazing photos, it’s hard to keep up with everyone’s skill! I’d love to take this course to

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  57. Amanda Welch on

    When you love nature, birds, gardening, raising kids, chickens, kittens and whatever else shows up on the farm the only way to make the precious fleeting gifts they offer us last is to capture them in a photo. I want to be able to capture those moments with more skill and would appreciate this opportunity greatly. Mandy.

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  58. Jillian McFadyen on

    AH! I can recall many times you talking about this photography class. To learn the little tips and tricks that can make a WORLD of difference would be huge!! Just like you were saying I love love to capture the simple, yet beautiful little moments that happen throughout the day. I am currently living at Wollam Gardens, practically a BUFFET of pictures out here to capture! The daily doings with harvesting, the chickens, and just being outdoors:) The little moments that happen through the day that would never happen if in an office… The random breaks to walk to the creek or swing on the swing. The Curiosities around every corner here!!—Were barely blooming and it is about to EXPLODE!!! I love taking flower photos too, and I’m sure this could greatly increase the aesthetics of my portfolio as I am also a designer!

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  59. Monica on

    This course sounds wonderful and I would love the chance to win a spot in it. I’ve always had an interest in capturing the magic of the world with my lens, but get frustrated at times that I can’t quite get the camera to see what I’m seeing. My favorite subjects are nature and our fun loving pets. With a baby on the way later this year, I’m sure he or she will be added to the mix. :)

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  60. Jennifer Reardon on

    I’ve been taking photos since high school and my favorite subjects are nature, especially flowers in my garden. This e-course sounds amazing. I absolutely love your posts and photos!

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  61. Barbara R on

    Taking the Eyes Open course is on my to-do list for this month. Thanks for the coupon code. In the past couple of weeks, I have come to fully appreciate the power of beautiful photos.

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  62. Shawn on

    I would LOVE to take this class with EYES OPEN :)

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  63. Shawn on

    I would LOVE to take the class with EYES OPEN :)

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  64. Susan Crawford on

    I love the way photos can capture the essence of a moment, beauty of a flower and evoke such emotion. Sadly, my photos need much help to do this. I enjoy the photos on this blog for their beauty, inspiration and smile they bring to my face. My favorite subjects are flowers, nature and pets.

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  65. Anna Taylor on

    I am a nascent flower farmer so my main interest is taking pictures of flowers and arrangements. Sometimes I just cannot capture what I can see with my eyes, and other times my camera captures light in a way I would not have seen ! I would love to learn how to harness its potential both in business and personal life. I like recording moments, capturing emotions, everyday beauty and enjoy my images to inspire myself every day.

    I am a single mum starting my own business with two small boys 4&2, teaching them about the joy of work that inspires and working hard outside, nourishing the soil. I intend to develop my blog to document this.

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  66. Laura C on

    Flowers and nature and my grandson are things that make my heart sing when I finally capture a great photo. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  67. Jo on

    I’ve always loved photography, and my pictures are more a case of ‘I got lucky with that one and it came out right’ (out of a hundred shots!). I update my flowery website with these pics and would love them to be able to convey what I’m trying to get across…my love of nature, bees, flowers, and soon, those sweet peas that will be in flower (no lucky shots of those to date!)

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  68. angela angel on

    I would love to take this course. I’m trained in BW analog photography but think it’s time I joined the digital possibilities. I love shooting nature in it’s abstraction and in the macro. I also love to shoot while I travel and in documentary style. Thank you!

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  69. Jess Fife on

    My interest in photography started young. It is a serious hobby. My teenage daughter has the bug, too. I enjoy a wide variety of subjects including flowers, nature and other things that hold still. @whathappiesnext

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  70. Sarah O on

    I can recall flipping through my mom’s Time photography series as a kid, and some of it sinking in to shape me composition. But I know I need a bit more guided help as I navigate my hand-me-down DSLR camera and lenses.

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  71. Deanna on

    Erin’s class has been on my wish list for too long now! The moments wih my sweet little boys growing up on our tiny (hopefully someday) flower farm are passing so quickly. Even though I can see in my mind’s eye exactly how I want to capture these moments, I’m so aware that my limited understanding is holding me back. I would love, love, love to get to take this class!

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  72. Janis on

    I would love to take the course. I have a ‘fancy camera’ but I really don’t know how to use it other than on auto mode. I would love to learn what my camera can really do!

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  73. Liv on

    This year I’ve found flowers to be such a comfort and a pleasure. Just starting small with a little farm shop in front of our home gives me a way to offer comfort and pleasure to others too. Photography is a way to broaden the happiness – to spread more loveliness around. Because I’ve realized, beauty is a bridge from sorrow to joy.

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  74. Lili Tova on

    My father is a photographer but as a child I never took much interest in his art. Now I own my own small farm and have realized how important a photograph is in conveying our story to our customers. I love taking pictures of everyday events on the farm, our adorable animals and of course our produce!

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  75. Zoe McNair on

    Oh what timing! Was looking up this e course only last week (from your blog) and REALLY want to do it. I have a dslr but need so much help with perspective. I’ve also just started my own flower farm, inspired by farms such as yours. I’d love to be able to take fab photos of my flower babies!

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  76. Carolyn Thompson on

    I have always taken photographs – I love photography. My boys were my photographic projects as they grew up. Now that they are teenagers they are less obliging. I love landscapes too and I think I have a good eye but when it comes to photographing my flower arrangement something is not meshing. What angle to I shoot from, what light, backdrop….many unanswered questions that I’m sure this class would help me answer. Thank you for the opportunity to learn – as always.

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  77. Melanie Harrington on

    What a wonderful oppertunity! I am always so inspired by Floret and am attending the workshop this weekend! I have a new DSLR camera that totally intimidates me and I am hoping to step up my game for my market gardening business. Besides my obvious love of taking flower photos I also love capturing my sweet Newfoundlander dog and our farm life. Thank you for the chance!

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  78. Sarah Neal on

    I would love to better capture and hold onto what I see and make.

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  79. Ginger on

    What an amazing opportunity. Thanks for sharing it. My favorite things to photograph are everyday scenes. Whether it’s my breakfast in the kitchen or what’s popping up in my garden. Fingers crossed, I’d love to win a pass.

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  80. Emily on

    I’ve been interested in photography for a couple of years, but only recently have I enjoyed the results. My favorite subject is my daughter, but I love lifestyle shots of life, restaraunts, the growers market etc.

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  81. Jodi on

    Thank you Erin & Erin! I am one of those people who is always taking pictures, so my favorite subject is whatever is in front of me! Mostly though, it’s nature – flowers, sunsets, critters I stumble upon. I also sell vintage goods online, so am forever trying to improve my product photography. I’ve long been a reader of Erin’s blog and am certain her course would be incredible. Thanks again to you both!

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  82. Bethany Maloney on

    Hi, Thank you for this opportunity. I guess first thing is I love your leadership in the industry! My mom and I are planting a cutting garden right now, and all of your info is perfect.

    Photography has been something I’ve wanted to get better at for a long time now, I have a website that I’m trying to get set up and my skills are definitely lacking. Plus I have an 18 month old that I love to photograph. So if I could get some handy skills for this I would feel a lot more prepared for all of my ventures!

    Thanks again!

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  83. Julia on

    This is lovely! I love photographing my family….and cows! They make the best subjects and it’s fun to capture their personalities!

    ~Julia

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  84. Skyler on

    I am a landscape design student and would love the opportunity to learn the skills to push my photography further. I love photographing landscapes, my parents garden, the night sky, my sisters and friends, and pretty much anything. Thanks for the opportunity! I love your blog and instagram account. Please keep posting often, your flowers make my day every time!

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    • Skyler on

      Woops! I thought my first comment didn’t work, so I posted another. I guess I was wrong, sorry :)

  85. Skyler on

    It would be great to learn how to get the most out of my dslr from Erin! As a landscape architecture student I am obsessed with gardens, design, and architecture. I enjoy taking pictures of my garden, nature, the stars, and pretty much everything.

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  86. Briana on

    Hello! I am a recent finder of Floret and am so appreciative of your beautiful site! I operate a small vegetable farm in NJ and am incorporating flowers into my operation for the first time on a real scale this year. I am so excited! Truth be told, photography is a newly discovered interest of mine. I always found it so intimidating or figured i would be terrible at it since I can’t even draw a stick figure for the life of me! As I have grown my farm business over the last two years I have tried to take as many photos as possible to capture the growth and beauty of everything in the field so I can remember the “starting years” of something I hope to have for a long time. I like trying to find new and interesting angles of something that would otherwise just be ordinary. Thanks for the opportunity! If you want a glance at my photo attempts thus far I am @coylefarm1876. Best of luck all – Briana

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  87. Chris on

    I love your flowers they are beautiful! I love taking pictures of nature, and family especially my grandson. Outdoor photography is my favorite and would love to learn more about proper light settings. Thank you for the opportunity to win this course!

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  88. Saralyn Bellmer on

    In every day there are endless visual frames that inspire: comceptual and concrete, micro and macro. Photography just recently has become a way of saving those inspirations and stashing them away for later. Plants, landscape, and abstractions of color and form are are among the more frequent captures. I would love to know my camera and photography concepts more intimately so as to find more success with these as well as the technical toolbelt to take high grade photos of my ceramic art and floral work.

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  89. Kel on

    I stumbled onto your farm and blog while researching how to grow some flowers. I recently purchased a renovators delight, perched on a blank canvas of 30acres in Australia . I love documenting the change my little home is going through, but my photography skills are limited to ‘point and shoot’, something I would love to remedy!

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  90. Rachel on

    Hello! I would love to learn more about the best techniques to take beautiful pictures. I co-own 2 small flower shops in San Francisco, and while we work with the most beautiful flowers on earth and create breathtaking arrangements, my photos don’t do them justice. I love capturing special moments in nature, on my travels, and with my loved ones. If given this opportunity, I will put the knowledge to great use to help capture the beauty in our flower shops and my life adventures around the world.

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  91. Krista on

    What a generous offering! The subject of my photographs tend to be my daughter, my animals (chickens, geese and ducks), and snippets of my day where I see beauty, whether in the garden, or on a hike, or at home.

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  92. Celeste on

    I have recently started following floret and love your blog. I have always enjoyed photography and now I love to photograph our farn produce and my children.

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  93. Betany Coffland on

    Flowers and kitties are what find their way in front of my lens most often these days. I just recently invested in a “good” digital camera for my new floral design business and I’ve already taken almost 8,000 photos in 6 months. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to use the ISO setting and exactly what it does.:)…seriously. Here’s hoping to learn from someone who knows and thanks for the opportunity Erin!

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  94. Killoran Moore on

    Wow! So generous! I’ve always loved taking photos (I still have DOZENS of rolls of undeveloped film in the cupboard – ack) but I don’t think I get that from anyone. From a pretty young age I was into family history and genealogy (still am) so I think it’s just the documenting that I really like.

    As for my favourite subjects: my bb who is a total ham, and the environment (very loose category! haha). I love trying to get flowers and trees and catching the evening light on the arbutus trees. The cats (who, like the baby, never stop moving), bees, otters, seagulls, the bay. I love candid photos and nature (especially wild things in unexpected places, ferns in brick, blackberry in water pipes, etc.).

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  95. May on

    I love taking pictures of people, places, and food, and would love to be better at it!

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  96. Canda LePage on

    I just bought a new camera and I’ve been using it on auto because I have no idea how to use it. I’d love to take this course and venture into the manuel mood. I mostly take pictures of my cats, the mountains and the beautiful beach that is my back yard.

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  97. Kata Seng on

    If your pictures are the product of what you learned from taking the creative photography course, then I am definitely interested. I always like the concept of photography. It was once told to me that we only see snapshots of people’s video of life, so we should never judge anyone even if their actions may seem outrageous, because we only see a snapshot of it. From then on I enjoy collecting beautiful photographs of people’s lives and what they love. I enjoy taking pictures of things that stand out in a crowd. A single green blueberry among the ripe ones. A dandelion that protrudes out from a pile of cherry blossom petals. Things like that. I’m not very good at it and would love to learn how to enhance and bring life to my snapshots of my video of life.

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  98. Tracy on

    Love the first photo in this blog- looks like my backyard! (And right where my kids love to climb.) I’m camera shy, not knowing what any function is on my camera, but hoping for the best when I snap a shot. My children, and our adventures would be my keepsakes forever – if I could just capture it the right way!!! ;)

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  99. Sam on

    I enjoy taking photos & capturing moments to remember forever, I’m just not that great at it! I’m working on it, I have a tiny little DSLR I like to play around with — but I’m no pro, or not even close!! I love looking back on photos & seeing fun times with friends, or the beauty surrounding the landscapes, & I’d love to get better at it!!

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  100. Dani Graham on

    Oh this sounds like a WONDERFUL opportunity! Thank you! I’ve recently become a “Floret Groupie”. My adorable SIL introduced me to your blog earlier in the year and I can’t stop dreaming! ;-) We are each planning our flower farms and the creative ways to market and share flowers and other garden bounty in our small (ish) towns. The seeds are started, weeds removed, fabric laid, and I’m just hardening off and awaiting frost free nights. I’ve loved photography & flowers / dirt for as long as I can remember. I hope to document this entire process and having the opportunity to take this course would be a wonderful way to enhance my creative eye for my favorite thing to photograph! Thanks again for all your inspiration & tips here on your blog!

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  101. Zoe on

    I live on a little flower farm in NZ. The first frosts have hit and as things begin to slow down on the farm I couldn’t think of a better way to wind down from a busy season! I have a huge passion for photography, and have self taught myself little techniques here and there, but for the majority of the time I’m just guessing. I love taking photos of our farm, and the flowers we grow! :)

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  102. Kerri Boland on

    I take a lot of photographs of my knitting, but also around our farm. I would love to have some professional advice on how to get the most out of my pictures – thanks for the chance to win!

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  103. Michelle J Stenson, Chartreuse Flower Works on

    Hello,

    I am loving following Floret! I recently bought your growing guides and have loved every word and every bit of advice. I own a flower shop in Kingston Ontario Canada. I have a big back yard (My house is right beside my shop). This year I am intensively flower farming with your help!!! I am really big into film… recently aquired new camera gear and I’ve been making all kinds of How to Videos, Mockumentary style infomercials for products available at the shop as well as time lapse photography. My Youtube channel is growing. As you know… having photos of your work is everything. I would love to learn some new tips and techniques!!!!

    Thanks so much…. keep fighting the good fight!

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  104. Allison on

    This is an amazing offer. First off, thank you. I have been passionate about photography since I was in college. When I studied photography, I really enjoyed photographing derelect land, abandoned building, the earth enveloping an old car, or dynamic contrasts of human/nature interactions etc.(usually black and white) These type of images seem evoke strong emotions that are different for everyone, and yet tend to stick with most. Now, as a flower enthusiast/grower, I am always looking for a fresh perspective, the right angle/f-stop/shutter speed to capture the feel that overcomes me when I see that perfect flower or arrangement. It is so hard for me to capture the beauty of flowers in a photograph. I hope to learn techniques that will help me share what I see to my audience. Thanks for this opportunity!!!

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  105. Laura on

    Oh my goodness, I have been waiting for this! I just invested in a Canon 70D camera and have sooo much to learn. I’m a small scale veggie farmer in NY state. I love documenting the little wonders and blessings of daily life. I’m usually wandering around the garden snapping photos on my iPhone, but I’d love to be more intentional and capture the season’s bounty with better photos! Thank you for this opportunity! And thank you for sharing what you do through your blog, it’s inspiring. It honestly brings me so much joy to see photos of your beautiful flowers and life. Your blog and Instagram are my favorite! <3

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  106. Randi on

    My sister gave me a DSLR camera for Christmas and I would love to use it more but the photos I am taking are AWFUL! I need to learn how to use the camera so I can take better photos of my flowers. I know that it will really help my floral design business once I learn how to take better pictures.

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  107. Heather O on

    I’ve loved playing around with my dad’s cameras since I was a little girl, but have never taken an actual photography class. I would love the opportunity to learn how to better my skills – especially floral photography and capturing the everyday moments in unexpected ways. This e-course sounds like it would be just the thing!

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  108. hannah ross on

    I have no training in photography and have been taking photos with my phone and basic point-and-shoot for years. However, I was recently given a beautiful hand-me-down camera by a new special someone in my life, and I’m excited to strike out into the world with the knowledge and equipment to capture the simple beauties around me. Photography to me is a form of meditation. I love to photograph the various textures and patterns we see in nature and gain inspiration from the design genius with which we are surrounded. Fingers crossed I will be chosen to take the Eyes Open e course! With the skills I gain I promise to be a conduit of the beauty around us to those who may not often stop to notice it.

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  109. Anne Anderson on

    Oh wow. This would be perfect. My two favorite things to take pictures of are people and flowers. I am currently jumping into the floral design world and starting my own wedding flower business. I need to brush up on my photography skills! I would love this opportunity to learn how to capture beauty!!!!!!

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  110. Jessica on

    On occasion I luck into a solid shot of scenery, my arrangements, or my kids (my three favorite subjects) but I lack the technical skills to consistently achieve the quality I desire. As I build my business and website I am learning that I need to have the option of documenting my own work with quality images since professional images are not always available.

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  111. Annette on

    Greetings, I have been using my camera on Auto for a couple of years now, I think I need to expand my comfort zone a little. I love to shoot nature, but am trying to focus more on fiber related projects, lighting for yarn is tricky business. Have a great night. A~

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  112. Stephanie on

    I love taking photos of family and nature. Or family out and about IN nature.

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  113. Laurie Garza on

    I feel like this is such an important step in promoting one’s own work. Nobody knows it like we ourselves do. I love flowers, and taking photos of them has been a lifelong love as well. I’d like to further up my game by getting a chance to win this course!

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  114. Jessica p M on

    This is such a neat giveaway! My fave subject for photography is probably flowers and dogs- my cocker spaniel especially! Lately I have started a little side biz selling vintage gowns and this class would certainly help me in maximizing my photog skills for the purpose of showing these pieces in their best glory.

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  115. Anjelica Lena on

    It’s one of those things where you are so inspired by something and it stops you in your tracks and you think to yourself “I want to do that”. I get that feeling everytime I look at your stunning photos. Mixing that with the undeniable natural beauty of spring, my yearning to take better photographs has really peaked as of late. I am drawn to nature photography and street scapes and it would be a dream to pursue it more deeply.

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  116. Yuliya on

    Photography is such a big part of documenting and sharing your experiences beautifully. Unfortunately, I am very intimidated and confused about using and setting the camera so that my subjects are properly and beautifully captured. I would love to learn at this workshop and would like to view my camera as my friend not my biggest nightmare. My three favorite subjects are: nature, flowers, and my family.

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  117. Lizzy Wolff on

    I would love to take this ecourse. I have been photographing food for almost five years and have struggled to learn what I have, but I feel like I’m missing technical training. I hope I win!

    L

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  118. Jason on

    I love taking photos of three main subjects. I love the golden light in the evening for taking landscape photos and beautiful sunsets. Also, I love taking pictures of flowers in my friends dahlia farm as well as spring wildflowers. And my favorite subject is early morning light reflections. I keep my camera with me at all times and never hesitate to stop and take any interesting photo I find randomly as I travel around. Either to work, or just running errands. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  119. Brenda broughton on

    Landscape designer by trade. I also am passionate about painting (flowers of course) gardening and portrait painting and photography. The visual world and light make my life worth living and I would love to master the skills needed to share my vision of beauty with others.

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  120. Lisa Yu on

    Herro! I’m in the process of establishing a side small business of selling terrariums and floral designs with preserved flowers. I’m doing everything out of my tiny apartment in NYC and would love some help especially in the photography field! I own a dslr and lumix camera with leica lens but not too positive how to make the most of it. My favorite subjects are actually doors! I love photographing unique doors especially doors of people’s homes when I have the chance to travel abroad. Right now my focus with photography is succulents and my terrariums to help grow my passion. Please pick me, thanks :)

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  121. Anna on

    I’ve become frustrated with my inability to translate what I see in to a photograph that let’s other people in on that view-point. I love colour, and I love discovering things that shouldn’t go together, yet somehow do. Every time I put a filter on an image I’ve taken, it makes me a little bit cross that the original wasn’t enough! I’d like to go on an adventure in real photography, and get braver in what I capture.

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  122. Nancy on

    What a treat this would be to take this course. My favorite photography subjects are my sweet Golden Retiever, Iris, and gardens I visit. I belong to The Garden Conservancy and love going to their “open days” and attempt to capture the beautiful gardens and details… I actually majored in floriculture production in college, a million years ago, so I kind of feel like my life is coming full circle, coming back to my love of flowers, photography and of course, my doggies.

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  123. Paula on

    Your continuous commitment to encouraging other entrepreneurs and women is simply and humbly one of a kind. You are such an inspiration! I love capturing natural light in my pics – whatever the subject may be – kids, flowers, animals or landscapes. There is something about light that is so captivating, mesmerizing. Id love to learn how to play up those skills even more! Thanks again for the opportunity.

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  124. Katie on

    Wow, another great giveaway!! I love taking photos of my garden, my kids and husband, and our everyday, simple, small town life.

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  125. Jessica Chavez on

    This sounds like so much fun!! I would love to learn from your flower module!! I’m a landscape photographer who loves styling things :) it would be a nice refresh to my photography eyes! Fingers crossed!

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  126. Emma Fitzpatrick on

    After moving across the country to the beuatiful Pacific Northwest, I started my own flower business recently! I so want to capture the beauty of this region and the beautiful blooms I create better. My mother and brother (both photographers) used to help, but now I need to learn to do it on my own. Looking forward to fine tuning my photographing eye! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  127. Erin on

    We are trying to build a customer base for our small market garden and would be honored to be considered for this scholarship! What you do is such an inspiration and I would love to learn how you pull off a little piece of it.

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  128. Wanda Fox on

    This seems so appropriate just now. I just finished putting my sweet peas in to soak that I bought from Floret! It was an article about Erin in 2008 that started me on this flower filled journey. I can’t imagine anything better just now than learning how to take amazing photos of all the beauty that is coming from the earth on our 8 acres! Thanks for the chance to enter!! Wanda Fox

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  129. Katie on

    Photography is one of my most enduring loves and I’ve long dreamt of doing more with it. I’ve vowed this year to start documenting my photos more professionally and to actively work on photography on a daily basis. I love photographing animals, produce and flowers on the farm, capturing light, and I enjoy taking portraits. I would love the opportunity to take this course and continue to hone this craft.

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  130. Sarah W on

    I live in the Northwest Territories of Canada. I am a second generation green thumb who is thinking about starting a blog about the challenges and rewards of growing my own food and flowers in the arctic. I recently moved into a new home with a large back yard. Last summer I documented through photography the first steps of my gardening adventure. I would love an opportunity to improve my photography and take beautiful images like I see on your blog. Hopefully these images will inspire my kiddos to be third generation green thumbs:)

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  131. Kate U on

    I’ve always wanted to take a course but never had time in school. Amateur photography is so fun but if love to become even better. People are my favorite to photograph, especially candidly in those rare perfect moments. Patience is key to those shots, as is everything worth doing in life, eh?! Love your blog :)

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  132. Christa Morrill on

    I love to photograph pictures of my three darling boys, flowers in my garden and my floral designs. I bought a beautiful new camera recently and I have no idea how to use all the fancy features on it, but would love to learn!

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  133. Jenn H. on

    Flowers and the garden are my favorite to photograph. (With candid portraits mixed in- but I find those so challenging to capture!) The flower love stemmed from a hobby which I aim to make into a career as a floral designer. I now understand the importance of well composed and exposed photographs and the world of a difference they make when trying to compile a portfolio!

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  134. Farrah on

    Love capturing the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley that I call home. Favorite subjects are my three daughters, all our farm animals & anything outside!

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  135. Morgan Wilson on

    I love taking pixx around town and on the weekends at my farm, and most especially of loved ones. Would love to continue to hone my landscape skills! Thanks for the chance!

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  136. Carroll Candler on

    After attending the most recent farmer florist workshop I know my husband and I must take this course so we can photograph our flowers this season. We hope to have a website up and running for our new flower farm by next spring!

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  137. Melissa M on

    I wish I had more time to explore photography. Despite having a nicer camera must photos I take are on my phone! My favorite photography subjects are 1. my 100lb mastiff/hound pup; 2. Family; and 3. flowers and/or food.

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  138. Joan on

    I’ve read BBB since it was BlueBirdBaby and absolutely love Erin’s photographs! Many times I’ve tried to recreate that feel/look and many times I’ve failed! Choosing from all the different selections for what in front of my eye NOW is the most confusing. Most often it’s photos of the garden and my family (husband and 6 yo daughter). But sometimes it’s a row of knitting, my bees or a skyscraper! Would love to take this e-course!! Thanks for this opportunity Erins!

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  139. Gretchen on

    I’ve picked up a few things here and there, but I’d really love some help improving my photography and getting the most out of my (very standard) camera. (Hmm, the class doesn’t require a fancy camera, does it?) I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, but it’s going to take some saving up first! My three favorite subjects would be my children, everyday life and flowers (a shocker, I know!).

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    • Kristine on

      I feel so fortunate to have such good friends that help me in my 1000 plant dahlia farm. I would love to learn how to photograph them working the farm along with learning a new approach to photographing the blooms, the arrangements we make, and the weddings we supply.
      I have a background in art but have never taken a photography class especially one that has a section on photographing flowers. This class sounds fantastic.

  140. Susan on

    What a fantastic prize to win! I have a wonderful DSLR camera that I am completely intimidated by. This course would help me get out of my own way and finally just let myself explore with my camera once and for all. I live in a lovely spot on the Swedish countryside just outside of Stockholm and I’d love to capture my life both at home in the boonies (the chickens, the lake…) and in gorgeous, photogenic Stockholm. It’s crazy I live someplace so beautiful but never take a decent photo of it! I am creative in many other areas of my life but photography has truly eluded me and I’m currently the reigning Queen of Bad Pictures. I’d love to win!

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  141. Shelley Yoshiwara on

    Plain and simple I would love to be able to take better photos of my flowers!! Right now I do the best with what I’ve got, but I can never quite get that right photographic look. Always enjoy your sharing of your journey! Thanks Shelley

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  142. Marguerite Gray on

    Hi! This is so exciting! I am a huge fan of yours and have always had a passion for photography. My favorite subject matters are people, nature, and everyday life. I enjoy shooting film the most, but want to learn more about digital photography. I am an Alabama native and am starting a flower farm myself. I would love to learn tips on documenting my flowers!

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