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Last Giveaway!!! / For aspiring and amateur photographers / A “One on One” & more!

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Congratulations Stacee of Design Bin Studios!!!!  You were lucky number 19!!!

THANK you to EVERYONE that submitted…I am truly touched that you wanted to spend some time chatting with me.  I wanted to give this One on One to all of you, I really did.  I am planning to offer this again in the Fall!

“You give little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

(image by Simply Rosie)

It is with great humility that I offer this last giveaway.  I am in the continual process of improving my craft, and by no means do I consider myself a master photographer.  I don’t consider myself to be in any position to teach or hold a “workshop”, and I doubt I ever will.    It’s just not my style.  There are so many talented photographers out there “selling” their time to hungry amateurs, and trust me, I have been to a couple of amazing workshops.  In all honesty though, I gained SO much more just from sharing and talking with other attendee’s!

In my journey, I have studied and I have shot.  And then I shot some more. I scour the net and photography books, and I study the old masters. And then I shoot some more.

I have not had a mentor, or anyone to sit down with me and explain the technical side of things, or the business side of photography.  I have had to learn some hard lessons.  In a recent interview, I was asked “What advice would you give a photographer just starting out?”  Ummm…how much time do you have??  LOL  There is SO much that I have to share! However, I have the most amazing and supportive friends and family that have literally cheered me on to keep going…to keep persevering when I felt like all my efforts were futile. I would not be where I am today without their love, encouragement, and prayers.

Well, I want to be your cheerleader. I want to share what I have learned this past 5 years.  I want to help someone avoid the same mistakes I made.  I want to help someone find their own voice in this over saturated  market.

I don’t know IF anyone will even want to receive what I want to share, but hey, I know that there is at least ONE  person out there that could use a little inspiration and a little boost in the direction of their dreams.

This giveaway is not meant to “promote” my business, or to get you to “like” my business page.  It’s meant to draw out someone who would TRULY appreciate what I have to give. So, to enter, leave a comment below sharing a little bit about where you are on your journey.  The winner will be RANDOMLY chosen electronically on Monday the 28th of February at 5p.m. PST.

THIS is what you will win!!!!

TWO 1 hour ONE on ONE sessions with Amanda K

(via Skype, Phone, or in person)

I will share anything and everything you want to know from,

gear, processing techniques, resources, education links, manual shooting, etc. etc.

(local photographers may enter, but I will not disclose ANY of my own PROCESSING techniques)

AND…

…you will also receive

Rockstar Actions for Photoshop & PSE!
+ Camera Love Necklace with leather cord ($24 Value)
* Tibetan silver mini camera dangles beautifully on a 16-18 inch adjustable leather suede cord.
* Lobster clasp adds elegant touch to leather suede cord.
* Winner can choose rhinestone color: Signature Blue, Rockstar Pink or Pastel Pink!
* All materials are lead-free.
* Great for custom white balance. Just take a picture of the necklace in each lighting situation per session. Use the temperature dropper tool in Photoshop Camera RAW or Lightroom to select the gray area in the necklace and achieve perfect custom white balance!

(images courtesy of Seattle photographer Monica Wilkinson.)

(Thank you Pamela Topping!!!  Go check out her SITE and her Facebook Page!!!)

AND…

My Favorite Book on the business of photography.  This book changed my life.

Amanda Jaeger - I am on a ever changing journey…ups and downs like everyone else I guess. My goal is to nail my SOOC to cut down my time in front of this machine that always keeps me away from my family….I have been a self-employed photographer for about 1 yr. I have had a lot of experience with photography, but I want to be me, find me and show it to the world. So, I guess that’s where I am on my journey. Your work inspires me.

Jonnathan Wight - I’m at this tension in my life and in my work. I started out as a graphic designer yet my goal/dream is to be a full time photographer. Having built a working relationships with my graphic design work that tends to be what I get called back to do pulling me away from the viewfinder. I also struggle with the deamon in my head that asks, “are you good enough?” It seems that regardless of what I hear from others I doubt myself and thus prevent myself from making that jump.This is only acerbated by the self-destructive habit of comparison and comparing my work to seasoned professionals. And feeling so far from what I see as “good art.”
I also feel lost in the dark about the business aspect and fear the unknown and spend time asking all the What if’s. “What if the client is unhappy”, “what if I get myself into a job that’s over my head.”
In all, I’m at a place where mentally I know that I just need to shoot a lot more, and I need to have the courage to make the jump. The knowing, however, is the easy part, it’s the doing that takes courage.

angela deldin - Just started my photography business in January after having many people ask me to take photos of their families and special events. I absolutely love taking pictures and absolutely hate sales! Ha ha….but I realize that even when I was an elementary teacher I was selling myself..to parents, administration, the kids…it really is just about putting yourself out there and showing what you are made of.
As a newbie I have so many questions and would love to have someone to talk to for some good advice and how to grow in my own niche in my own little section of the world…thanks for doing this! angela

Stacey Clark - I feel like I’m drowning in this huge sea of information and opinions and gossip. I want to learn. For me. I just picked up my first camera a year and a half ago and instantly became overwhelmed with an artistic drive I didn’t even know I possessed. I follow blogs of people I truly admire, and you are most definitely one of them. So, pick me. :)

Nadine - What a wonderful idea for a giveaway! I’m currently trying to decide whether to dive in and start a pet photography business. There are so many questions I have! How wonderful would it be to sit down and have a chat with you (well, over the phone in my case), talk about perfect timing! And to throw in PT actions (they’re AWESOME, I’ve looked at her site many times), a necklace (which girl wouldn’t like that) and an inspirational book… wow. Thank you!

Heather - I love photography and am would love to start as a business…but I need the boost to get started! A mentoring session would be dreamy! I would love the opportunity to pick your brain :)

katia hudson - I love photography since I was a child , had my camera stolen on a bus in Rio made quit my dream for about 13 years , untill I diagnostic with a disease 2 years ago that made me change my life around , I decided to buy a new camera and start doing things that I had long forgoten .
I have a part time bussines now , I came across your site and I was amazed how beautiful your images are , your edting is so clean elegant and fresh It would be a honnor to have you mentor me ,

Holly - your work is beautiful and i would be honored to be the recipient! :-)

Amanda Eaton - I would love to win a chat with you! Your work really inspires me and I’d love to hear how you handle your business. I got into this business accidentally and really love it but am struggling with balancing it all so I’d love to talk about that. (but mostly I just think you’re really awesome and would have fun talking to you! :)

Elizabeth Fraijo - I am just a Mama who loves photography. I am expecting my 4th girl in June, and hope to continue capturing every moment of my daughters’ lives . . . and do it better than I have before. I have a lot to learn, but these little moments captured are so precious to me.

Kathy - First off, what an amazing offering! Just found your work from The Maternal Lens and just am overwhelmed with the beauty of your images! I too am in Portland and want to learn where to find the light that you do!

I am a sporadic photographer….I have found that I enjoy it and have loved the creative and passion for it….but was scared to do it as my full time job – that I would lose that joy.

Then I discovered something else that gives me joy that I can’t get enough of that also lets me touch in the photography world. I’ve been doing virtual assistance for photographers for about a year now and loving it, especially since it’s giving me even more love for photography!

I would truly love to be able to take another huge step in my journey and learn from you!

Marcie - What a generous giveaway! I’m a amateur photographer with two years of experience behind me … but I definitely still feel like I have so much to learn. I would love an opportunity to mentor with you! Being able to ask you questions would be an amazing opportunity for me to learn! Thanks for the chance :)

Mary - Getting time behind my camera is normally the highlight of my day…it’s what makes me happy. I honestly love what I do, but it has been a challenging journey. I am working towards a photography degree in the Chicago area. Getting an education is important to me, but it has also been incredibly frustrating because I find that the times I have grown the most is simply from shooting and more shooting! Although I am working towards a photography degree, I find it ironic that sometimes I don’t have time for Photography because of my full class load. Math and science classes can be important, but all I want to do is grab my camera! :) For the past two years I have been slowly working towards building a business. I am confident that over time I can continue to grow with my photography, but the business end scares me to death. Your work has been such an inspiration to me. I can not even begin to express what a blessing it would be to get advice from you!

Kristin - I am new to my passion for photography. I began by study architecture and landscape architecture in europe and my love for the camera began there. But once I had my babies, I wanted to be able to capture everything and I wanted each picture to truly capture a story, to remind me of these special moments when they where itty-bitty. I am now growing in my love for photography for I have been asked to shoot my best-friends maternity photos and my brother and also sister-law’s wedding and engagement pictures. I would love to learn all the tricks and information I can to pursue this love I have and one day make it my profession. This is an AMAZING give away and I would absolutely LOVE it!! Thanks for making this possible!! :)

Jana L. - Oh Amanda! Do you even know how excited this has me?! Just reading it almost brought me to tears because, seriously, this has been a dream of mine. If I won I would cry like a baby. LOL *blush* I can’t believe I just said that. I’ve been following your blog and your journey (online) for such a long long time. You were the very FIRST photography blog I started following. It has inspired me so much, and not even just your photos, but your little snippets of encouragement and uplifting messages throughout.

I received my first (film) camera as a graduation present in the 8th grade. That’s when I fell in love with photography. Of course I took classes in high school, and then I became a young mom. Hope and dreams faded because I had a failing marriage, which turned into divorce, and I was raising two young girls. I never ever stopped taking their pictures. Since then I had remarried, and divorced, again, but this time, I chose to find me again. And I’ve been finding my way through photography for the past 3 years. Self teaching through the internet, books, blogs, you name it! I see life differently now. I am happier than I’ve ever been. I’ve just recently decided to take a leap of faith and ‘go pro’ if you will. I still feel I am learning along the way, and I think it will always be a learning experience. I know that I have God to hold my hand, to uplift and encourage me on my journey….even now as a single mom of 3. I think I’m struggling more now than ever just to stay afloat. But at the same time I’m so thankful for my kids and my family/friends and all I do have. God is Good and ever faithful!

Thank you sooooo much for this opportunity and your giving heart Amanda!

Michelle - Wow…what an incredible opportunity! I found you today via the Maternal Lens. Your work is incredibly beautiful and inspiring! I’m continually in awe of the art created with light.

I started my photographic journey last year. While I’ve learned a lot in these past few months, I know there is so much more, both artistically and on the business side. Although I do not have a mentor, I have been blessed to gather information from some very wonderful woman through emails and facebook. I would cherish the opportunity to learn from you. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

kerry macLeod - Wow, what an amazing gift of a prize. Honestly! I started photography over fifteen years ago while doing my BFA and I’ve always been very sheepish about showing my art. Since starting my blog Snickerdoodles three years ago as a journey to follow my bliss I have made great efforts to pick up my camera and push myself to shoot and share more . I am challenged confidence wise and give my work away more often then not and although I do get regular bookings I am paying myself very little. I think a great part of that is my intimidation equipment wise. I have one camera body, one prime lens and my beloved 24-70 2.8 I use most of the time…..I don’t have the 50 inch MAC and a fancy lens kit. I work off Elements on an old Dell and an old version of Lightroom on my Mac laptop , I can’t update software on either as they don’t have the abillity to run new versions. I don’t use actions or presets as I don’t have any, I am intimidated by the extent of the offerrings out there and not sure where to start. At the Beyond in Banff workshop where I met you I had a great time but I did find the talks to be very general and some other female photogs to be very guarded with their sharing and at times catty.
I had no idea what a competitive world it is out there as I kinda keep to myself and work at my own speed.
We have a lot of families struggling financially in our community and I love sharing photos of their children with them for free when I can from school/church and local events but I do need to figure out a better plan for paying clients so I can start saving for the equipment upgrades I need to move towards. Having three boys to support paying myself always comes last to their stuff but I am confident I will find a balance someday.
thanks for your generousity and I will keep my fingers crossed!
oxo

Brooke Lowther - First of all…you are amazing! I came across you from TML. I am blown away by your images and the passion you have.

I am about three years into this journey of photography. I have a full time job during the day, two children at home and a husband…in the spare time I have I am constantly trying to learn as much as I can to grow as a photographer and a person. I have already learned a great deal, but know that I still have so far to go. I have looked for mentors around my area and have found that people are not very willing to help. I guess maybe I understand that, but I think that it is our job to continue to teach others what we know. I want to make an impact on those in my life, whether it is my kids, my friends, my clients, or just the random person walking by. I want to create images that touch someone’s heart and allows them remember that one little moment in their life and in that particular page in their story.

Stacee - I have always loved photography, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really started to care about the techniques and details that made up a good photograph. I, too, have learned a lot from fellow photographers and deeply appreciate anyone who is willing to swap ideas, techniques and learning information. I’m on the never-ending journey of learning that is photography… and loving every minute of it. I would be honored to spend some time gleaning from you. [and I really appreciate your hear for the Lord. It makes it twice as fun!!] Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Beth B. - Amanda….I think your work is beautiful and I think that whoever wins will be lucky to learn from you (I hope it is me)! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Gracie Mills - This is such a great give away! I would be honored to win!
Myy plan is to travel the world someday as a photographer/ photojournalist. my love for people has really developed in the last two years into a passion for documenting unique and special people; both with words, and with images. I LOVE meeting new people, and exploring who they are, and one way I have been able to do this is through photography.

I have only taken a few real photography classes, and I am very much a rookie. I have a natural eye for some shots and images, but I still have VERY much to learn.
I am in LOVE with Amanda’s work, and have been since I first saw her images a few years ago. (I practically stalk this blogsite!)
This would be such an awesome opportunity for me!! Thanks so much!!
:)

Holly Stene - I have been following you for quite sometime now, and have to say if i can learn advice, i would definately love to receive it from you. I’m starting my 6th year in the Air Force and have been doing small family photoshoots for some military families for the last 3 years. I really enjoy the chance to capture the memories for families I serve along side with. But, since I do have a full time job, I dont have time to study up on techniques or photoshop. I would love any help that I can get one on one instead of calling some random person or reading a book i dont understand. Best of luck to whoever you pick :)

Christine - I would be thrilled to win this! You do amazing work, and I wish I had someone to give me tips about lots of things. I have started taking money for sessions, but I would like something to help me build my confidence and my skills. Thank you!

Christine

Michele Menier - Hi Amanda. How awesome and generous of you to do this. Fingers crossed that I win!!! So, I am somewhat early in my journey with photography )professionally anyways) but just staring the journey of being a stay at home mom AND a running a photography business. I was recently laid off after 15 years in my industry and feel this strong putt towards staying home with the kiddos and making a go of my one year old business. I am scared, excited and confused but CERTAIN that god is in on my plan and has provided me this amazing path in which to walk. Thanks again for your consideration and here’s to hoping we talk soon!

Warm Regards, Michele

Sarah beth - i am a photographer who has been dreaming of this for my whole life. Documenting beautiful people in beautiful light. I love looking at the ordinary in a very un-ordinary way. I only been in business for one year and am currently trying to work towards a consistent style and develop a client base! I work with children during the mornings where I take photos at preschools and daycares but ache to expand my business outside of that where i can be more creative and work primarily with seniors and families!

leanne - Hi, I really loved looking at all your beautiful images. I have been learning over the past year and half and would love to learn how you get such great lightening on your images without blowing them out, like I seem to do. And so much more. Thanks for the chance to win

Melanie - I would be honored and ecstatic to be select for this.

Adrienne Suarez - I’m a newly married, recent college graduate trying to make ends meet at a day job. I’ve got a mess of student loans and my husband graduated with a teaching degree this past December and has yet to find a job. I’m trying to grow a photography business so that can be my full time job. I’ve always been in love with art and images. I just never thought I could actually do it. Now I’m going against self-doubt and pursuing my passion. Other than a few college courses, I’ve been teaching myself photography through every available resource. Thanks for this giveaway! It would be soo helpful!

Ginger - Beautiful images, beautiful sentiment, and you have a beautiful savior. Glad you are bold to share him with your fans. Would love to be able to talk with you about photography.

Rachel Southmayd - AAAHHHH!!!! If I’m being honest, I totally freaked out in my head after I read what you were giving away! :-) Your work was one of the first to inspire me. I know I still have SO much to learn in my photography business and I would LOVE the opportunity to pick your brain…I know there are tons of nuggets there ;-)

Jolene - Why or how I didn’t find you sooner? I too found comfort/healing in my lens after loosing my youngest brother! We were best friends! It was actually 6 years ago this past Tuesday it feels like yesterday, but photography is my outlet, my way to give “Life” to families. Something they can treasure. I know I treasure my throw away camera snapshots of me and my brother. I still have so much to learn but I just pick up and keep going and practice on my son. Thank you for this opportunity>

mandy - hello amanda, i’m mandy. i have 4 kids. limited time. and no patience. i know photography. but not as well as i would hope to. and my processing is awful.;P i’ve muddied up my knowledge and need a refresher course. here’s to a wing and a prayer that i win, and thanks for the shot!

juliana collett - I fell in love with photography when I was a college student with a summer job at a camera store. For years I was a Mom with very good camera equipment , but generally used as a point and shoot. I very reluctantly switch to digital a couple of years ago and started blog stalking and soaking up every bit of knowledge I could.This year I started a business ( mostly to support my never ending wish list of new photography stuff) and the spring will be my first wedding season. I still have so much to learn. I have followed your blog since I first saw you mentioned on Rosie’s last summer, I would love to learn from you.

Leah - Wow! It would be a HUGE blessing to win this!! This is an amazing gift to someone!

adore your work amanda!

Nicole Schmidt - It would be amazing to talk to and learn from you. Your photos touch your soul with a spirit that shines. Thank you for this opportunity. :)

Corlana M - Hi amanda! (rosie’s neice here!) I am definately an ametur and would be absoultly honored to get a one on one session with you! My journey is very fresh… i have loved photography since i was 14ish and pursued it as much as i could while being in high school and now university. I have recently i have been blessed with a canon 5D mark II and am constantly reading the manual… I have a lot to learn and and very willing and eager to do so. I think i want to have a business some day, but more so i just want to find out where i belong and whether i even belong at all.
i hope i win:)

Krista Campbell - Wow, I could get lost for hours looking at your beautiful images. My journey began about a year and a half ago. I’ve been an elementary school teacher for the past 15 years and was feeling restless and unsatisfied with my career and in my journey as a single mom raising my young daughter. I began praying about direction for my life and soon after… PHOTOGRAPHY found me. Photography has given me direction, purpose and a new zest for life. I am in love with documenting my daugther’s life through my lens and helping others to see the beauty that I see behind the camera. I have recently started my photography business and I am contiuing to learn and grow each day. I am so thankful for all that photography has brought to my life. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

Mayra - Hi Amanda! I’ve always loved taking pictures and I started doing this professionally a little over a year now. I want to learn all there is to know about the business…making your clients trust you and feel comfortable with you, finding the perfect light and everything in between. I always enjoy talking to other Photographer’s and learning from them. I am doing photography as my second job and hoping within the next year to be able to focus all my time on just that…and my wonderful family. I would LOVe to hear everything you have to share because you truly are amazing!
XX,
Mayra

Lexi - I just started my journey in august of last year and only being 22 It seems like a lot of people think I’m crazy for wanting to take the path Im on. I enjoy making people smile with my photos and somehow know that this is what I was ment to do with my life. Amanda you have been a huge inspiration to me and I just a conversation about coffee would be a treat to me let alone an hour. Who ever wins is a very lucky person.

Shannon Burns - Hello Amanda :) Your photos are incredibly inspiring. I would love to win a mentoring session w/you.
I’ll keep my story short and sweet. I started my photography business on the side in ’09. I became pregnant with twins in ’10 and had to put my business on hold as I went on bed rest in the hospital and then delivered my twins 2 1/2 months early. It is now 2011, my twins are healthy and nearly 6 months old! I am ready to get back to photography and get back to my creativity. I hope I win!!!

Tara Daukas - I’ve been shooting for a few years now. I am finally starting to feel truly comfortable with using my camera in manual mode. I dove head first into photoshop and have learned so much over this past year. I however haven’t mastered any of these and know I never will! It would be AMAZING to sit and learn for someone like you. I particularly need much help and encouragement with the business side. It’s not a strength of mine. Whether I win or not I’m grateful to have found your blog, your work is truly inspiring!

jenny - It really is a journey, isn’t it? I recently moved from Virginia to Seattle with my husband and our two little girls… 6 months ago. In the midst of adjusting to life in the PNW (love it!), I am slowly building my brand out here. Starting over with new friends, new clients, new scenery, new weather, new everything! I’m happy with my equipment for the time being, and I am confident in my style, but I am always looking for ways to improve. Thanks so much for sharing yourself!

Emma Brown - mum of two beautiful boys who inspire me everyday. For them to trust in me as a teacher to them I need to set them the best possible example. I need to believe in myself to follow my dream and I know you can help me.
amateur -Yes
business – No, still finding the courage.
learning – all the time but this is exactly what I need. I need direction in so many areas.
faith – in God oh yes!
thanks.

Amber Ellis - What an awesome and totally inspiring giveaway. You are a blessing to other photographers! I would love to devour an ounce of your amazing knowledge and talent.

Kari lovequist - I’m a mom to 3 little ones, told I’m pretty good at taking pictures, but need a push to take my hobby to the next level. I’d love the opportunity to learn all your tips to save me from “learning the hard way”.

Kristin - I’m a mommy to 3 and I love taking pictures of my kids. I’ve had a 20D on “green” since it was brand new back in 2004. Only since my middle child, have I taken a chance and taken the plunge to manual. I’ve taking one online class, read countless blogs, belong to forums and I’ve learned a lot, but I crave to learn more. My husband surprised me on my birthday with a 7D (actually it’s soon to be purchased) and a new lens, and I can’t wait to have it in my hands! I’d love to be able to one day capture the images that I spend countless hours admiring. I have so much to learn and it makes my life richer, capturing the special moments of my children. I want to make them great! I did not know about you before TML, but whether I win or not, you’re certain to have me as a follower-your work “speaks” volumes-it is stunning! Thank you for this opportunity :)

Kristen McLellan - I purchased my camera almost a year ago, and I spent as mush time as possible researching and studing as much as I can to try to get the best I can out of my camera. At the same time I am also teaching myself Photoshop.. I actually took family shots of neighbourhood families last fall. LOVED IT! I loved that I could help them capture time! I can wait fo the weather to change and get back out there! I have learned so much even since the fall!

Christina - What a lovely idea for a giveaway. i love photography but have no idea where to go with it- should I go into business? should I not? how can I improve? I’d love to get a second eye to look at my work and give me some direction. Thank you for this chance!

jamye - I’m “just” a mom photographer with three little subjects (sometimes unwilling), but I truly enjoy photography and want to capture portraits of my boys as well as everyday moments. Your work is beautiful and it would be an honor to talk!

Chesney - Amanda, your work is inspiring. I would love to pick your brain. I’ve been learning photography for the past 4 years, practicing on my 3 little girls. Now I’m considering turning my hobby into a business and I would love to have some advice from you.

Diane Hamilton - I would feel honored to win this give away and have the opportunity to talk shop with someone with so much talent and experience. I am stationed overseas and find it somewhat difficult to keep up my momentum and continue to expand, update and keep a current business, not to mention the processing tips! Thanks for putting yourself out there for others!

Toni Gale Combs - I am just starting out after two years of being asked by family and friends to photograph their little ones.. their babies.. their seniors and I love it. I am a momma of 3 who put aside her creative side to be a provider and then I found the love of life 8 yrs ago and he’s given me the go ahead to be me- to follow my artistic dreams~ so here I am shooting, living and do all that I can to learn this crazy business but I am LOVING every minute of it. I would love to be the receipient of your guidance and knowledge. I simply want to give my little piece of the world something beautiful to remember their moments … through my photography. You are an inspiration!

Bethany J. - you truly do amazing work and i would love to learn anything i can from you! i’ve always had an interest in photography and it wasn’t until recently that i was able to purchase my first camera. Right now i am in the experimenting stage and i’ve been trying to learn all i can about photography. any knowledge you have to share would be happily welcome! :)

Kymberly Janelle - I am just about to launch my business in June 2011. I am a former model turned photographer. Lover of God. And have a mothers heart. I love capturing life. And would love all the advice and wisdom I can get!

Nanette Gordon-Cramton - Dear Amanda, I feel you would have so much to offer to me if we had a chance to chat. I am a 51 year old mother of two lovely teenage girls. I had a film photography business for several years doing portraiture and am struggling to find my way in this new digital world with new technology, internet, post processing, etc… so many things I did not deal with in my portrait photography business in the past. I also, at this age, feel that I have something to offer through my photography. I am not exactly sure how or what but many ideas are surfacing and I would love to bounce them around with you. Your work is beautiful and your story is “real.” I feel your outlook on life and photography could help me on my next step along this path. Thank you.
Nanette

Natalee - The journey for me hasn’t started, unfortunately. Let’s just say, I’m too afraid to put my coat on and head out the door. Let’s face it; It’s cold out there in the real world and I’m insecure! I already have my job, as an anchor. But, I truly love the photography aspect of my career–videography, that is. I always have. And I became further inspired after my engagement session with Amanda. People catch me looking at photography blogs all day at work, and I wish I could just own the fact that I want to embark on this journey. But I need the skills to get there, even the most basic. Hopefully, once I have those, I can have the confidence to say, yes, this is me. And, yes, I can do this.

But in the end, Amanda, I thank you for sparking this love of photography in me! Your art has inspired me, and I just thought you should know! <3

Elisenda Castro - Hi! I know it may be too late, but nonetheless I still hope a bit of chance may come my way one day!!
My name is Elisenda Castro and I am 18 years old. I started shooting landscape three years ago, and as of recently have branched to portraiture. It took me two years for my own father to support me, and still he questions my abilty to photograph. Thankfully, I have a mom, siblings, and close friends who support my endevor. However, I have been tossed back and forth with various opinions. Some telling me to run with it and others telling me, no, no,no! I will never make it. I have no idea what business looks like, nor the quirks about photographing events or people. Any advice would be appreciated. I strive to be one a photographer who makes an impact through images and what I can give using the talents He has offered. Anywho, even if I am not picked perhaps one day we can get together on a shoot. You are an inspiration!
Have a lovely day :]

Tonya Poitevint - Hi Amanda…
We’ve “met” one another before through an email I sent you! You were so kind and encouraging to me then and I find this offer equally as kind! I am a fellow Southern Oregonian, and would love to win some mentoring time! I, like you, have self taught myself what I know about photography, and spent hours investigating questions and answers. to this craft! It would be so nice to hear from one who’s “been there”. I am a stay at home mom and hairdresser who is starting a photography business and would LOVE a jumpstart! Thank you in advance for this opportunity!

Monique Nielsen - Amanda, I’ve spoken with you a few times to get adive on photography, and you’ve always been SO helpful and kind. I admire you and always follow your blog/facebook/etc.
I’m still starting out, but I have such a strong passion for photography, I can’t imagine not taking pictures. It would be such an honor to be able to talk to you about your journey. I’ve taken a few classes at the University of Oregon, but as far as photo processing, I’m not interested in what the photo journalism classes have to offer. It would mean the world to me to get to learn from such an amazing photographer, whom I absolutely respect and admire.

Wenda - I came across your blog for the first time once in the last few months. I think I probably spent the next few hours engrossed in your beautiful work.
I have always loved photography and am quite passionate about it. I have been taking photos for a few years, and love to find new inspiration. Your style and stunning photoart is just that for me.
Right now, my young kids are my main focus, but I also look forward to the day when I can make my photography more of a career..
Thanks for this opportunity, I would love to chat with you about it all! :)

Gabriela Koekkoek - I’m in my last year of college and for me photography is a great escape from all my science courses. I absolutely love taking pictures of people. People are my passion! I want to produce photographs and memories that touch their hearts. It’s not only just about giving them images, but I also look forward to the relationships that I form through photography sessions. I decided to make a business out of it a couple of years ago and it’s hard to really be encouraged since the economy went bad and I would love some tips of how to grow in this great industry! This would be such a great opportunity to have and thank you for your inspiration.

Stacie - Hi, I am a pretty young photographer. I have done dozens of sessions with people and came to just love the art, people and creativity. I am a mother of two and really dedicate my life to them. Especially now as they are still youngsters. Doing photography works out great if you have a family and do something on the side. I really want to expand my views and my knowledge. Grow to be something greater. Yet something simple. I would love to win this because I think your an amazing photographer and I really respect that you are a lover of God. :)

amanda - i received my camera a year ago, after many years of begging, and many months of saving. i have really enjoyed taking pictures the last year and am still very much learning how to use it in manual mode. in the last 6 months i have come to loooooove taking pictures. after hearing many positive things about my photos i have very recently decided to give this business a go! having a one on one with you would be amazing! i have so much to learn :)

Laura - So, I might have to move away so that you can mentor me :) hehe.

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