Thursday, September 20, 2012

Katie Evans give-away



 
Hello my sweet friends.  I hope you are all having a great week.  While I'm away I thought you might like a little give-away.  I did a book review for photographer Katie Evans on her first book The Key to Taking Pictures in the Spring of 2011...read about it here
 
 
Since then she's written another one called, The Key to Natural Posing.  It's a great guidebook to help you take better pictures of your peeps.  Whether it's purely for pleasure or you run your own business it's sure to help your pics turn out better. 
 
 
 
I love that it's in a 5x7 format so that you can print it out and easily pack it in your camera bag. It'll give you great insight with how to interact with your subject in order to capture that perfect picture. 
 


****Katie is generously offering 3 FGP readers free downloads to her book.  To enter just leave me a comment telling me your favorite family photo memory.  If you can't wait to find out if you won, enter FARMGIRLPAINTS in the discount code box when you order and get 35% off your own copy now:)
 
 
 
 

These are my favorites.  This first one was taken in a field close to our house in MN. The cows just meandered over to where we were. They wanted to be in the pic. SO FUN!  We stomped through waist high weeds and muck with my tripod in hand to get to this perfect spot.  Giggling the whole time;)  Good times...such memories.


























This one was on the back of our Christmas card last year.  It was horrible of me, but I loved it anyway.  It showed each of our personalities.  The girls giving it their all. Honey jumping on board, and me hanging on for dear life.  Oh what wonderful things can happen in a year.  SO grateful for the ease, grace and mercy that happens when you just let go and completely trust.  God is so good!
 
 




Have a blessed day.
 


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41 comments:

  1. Oh, I have to have this! Have I told you that I think you and your sweet family are just the cutest? :o) Hope you are enjoying your time away. Hugs!

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  2. What an awesome book and I LOVE your family pic. I hope I win :)

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  3. I can use all the help I can get. This would be a wonderful resource.

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    1. My favorite family photo is the one we took at kaishon's kindergarten graduation!

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  4. I have NEVER like how I look in any family pic. I'm so tense in front of a camera. And it shows. This book could teach me a lot.

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  5. Favorite family photo memory...oh there are so many!
    I think our first REAL family photo had to be Bitsy's newborn shoot.
    It was just surreal to hold that little girl and know she was mine/ours!
    We are about a week out from our next family shot, for her 1 year and I'm super excited about that.
    It'll be a drastic change from what she looked like a year ago...where does the time go!

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  6. My favoite family photo memeory is a photo with me in it! I'm always the one behind the camera.

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  7. OOoo this is the perfect book - it is exactly what I struggle with when taking photos of people! I want them to feel comfortable and be natural but I never know what to say...oooo I hope I win! :D

    Okay, so favourite family photo memory would be last year. We spent the day at an apple orchard. The weather was perfect, the kids were happy and joyful and we walked away with a GREAT family photo, a beautiful drive in the country and some delicious apples! Bonus too: I'm pretty sure our newest addition was present in that photo even though we didn't know it yet! :)

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  8. Hi Becky!
    Anything that has to do with natural posing is where you'll find my heart!
    Love that!
    I have alot of favourite family photos, so its hard to tell just one. But I think one that stands out is when we were celebrating my Moms 75th birthday, we were having it up in my hubbys office where he runs his business and we were laughing so hard, and taking photos of each other and I fell down while shooting a picture and what a view that photo I took turned out to be!
    Too much fun!
    Hope you are having the time of your life sweetie!
    Enjoy every moment!

    Love ,
    Deborah xoxoxooxox

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  9. My husband recently took a picture of my 16 month old son and I as we watched some airplanes fly overhead. He caught our wonder and joy as we were just enjoying the moment. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Every year I try to get the perfect picture of our kids for our Christmas card. And as our family has grown it has gotten harder and harder. Usually someone is crying or looking away! Last year I smartened up! I took their pictures separately all holding the same chalkboard in the same location. Each kiddo had a word on the chalkboard spelling out "Have A Blessed Christmas. I love that their personalities showed through in their picture with how the held their word! In the end I put the 4 pictures into a photo design program and turned it into 1 picture of the 4 of them. My favorite!

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  11. I love are picture of us by some winding railroad tracks. I like to try to go each year at fall time.

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  12. my favorite family photo memory was when I was in college and we were taking a photo with Prague in the background for my parents' prayer card. It was back in the days before digital and we had to take three rolls to hopefully get a good capture of each of the five of us. This particular photo was snapped spontaneously. The entire photo taking session I was self conscious of a zit on my chin. While the photographer was switching rolls we were goofing around, waiting. I covered up my zit with my hand, and posed like The Thinker. My little sister, covered her chin with her hand and posed like me. My mom grabbed my dad and gave him a big hug, she with a mischievous smirk and he with a delighted smile. My brother, with his hands in his pockets, looking at the sky as if questioning how he got to be here in this family. And that is how the photographer captured my favorite family photo of all time.

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  13. I love family photos!! We take one every year for Christmas and honestly they are all my favorites. Would love this course. Thanks!!

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  14. I love both of these photos of your family.

    One of our favorites growing up in Viet Nam was a photo of just he kids (me and my 3 siblings) each with a different gun. Weird, I know. And I mean guns ... AK 47's etc.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  15. I think last years Christmas card photos were the most memorable I've had in a while. Involved a tripod and timer. Check. ;)

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  16. Fun! We're getting family photos this weekend and I am so excited! My favs are always the ones I don't know are being taken. Where my body is relaxed and my smile is genuine :) xo

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  17. I love every picture I've taken with my hubby and my boys... my husband doesn't let me take many pictures of him, so the ones I have of my guys together are cherished!

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  18. My favorite photo taking experience was when my kids were really young , my sister in law and I decided to have a christmas photo shoot. We were trying to get a great posed shot but we found ourselves getting frustrated with the kids for not cooperating. We ended up with pictures of a bunch of little ones who looked like they were in trouble. We looked at each other and realized we weren't being "very Christmasy" and started laughing at the end result of Christmas pictures of kids who looked like they were being punished so we gave up and let them play. We realized how much fun they were now having so I actually got the best candid shots. I don't think I've ever gotten better pictures to this day. Lesson learned. Still have the "posed" pictures which make us feel bad and laugh at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  19. Both of your photos you've shared are each so unique and great in their own way...life the one with the vows inadvertently adding to the shot. I remember when you were taking that a couple of years shop back in little Minnesota..... :)
    My favorite family photos of the 3 of us are while at an ocean vacation destination. One I love of Emily and I alone on her Senior trip of just Emily and I together in Mexico, is a fav. Another I love is of my Dad, Mom, Emily and myself, when she was 3-4 months old. My Mom died when Em was 8 1/2 mos. Old, do that picture holds a special meaning. Wether it be extended family or intimate with just the e of us, photos are such an important interest in my life.
    Heres to maybe just ounce getting lucky and being a winner of this awesome giveaway.
    I hope you are having a blast! Missed you at Junk Bonanza last weekend. It was awesome and just wild...best ever.
    Gretchen of Mimi-Toria's

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  20. My favorite photo is of my dad on my wedding day. It was early in the day and he was sitting in his recliner at our house in his ratty/chore clothes.He looks so relaxed and happy. Most people that knew him wouldn't have known that he would wear clothes like that because he was a professional during the "day" so it was unusual to see him not in a suit and tie. Little did we know at the time but he would be killed in a car wreck a little over 3 years later.

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  21. Love that cow she is totally posing with you!

    My favorite family pic is in the hospital after Alex was born number 2 of 2 kids, Bruce and I looked like what are we in for with two kids under 18 months! It all worked out still intact after 25 years!

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  22. Hi Becky,

    Lovin your blog!! Last family picture??? It's been a while. But I have to think it was when the kids were little and they were all piled up on their Dad, all six of them! Have a Blessed Week-end.

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  23. My Favorite Family Picture...hmmmmm when I am not a subject in the picture :)
    I love all of my photos of my kids! My favorite is a picture of my girls holding hands while staring at the Christmas Tree.

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  24. There is photo of my family with my grandparents and my grandpa spontaneously grabbed my granny and kissed her. My mom has it and it always makes me smile.

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  25. these are FANTASTIc tips....so inspired over here!
    big thanks for this wonderfulness:)
    -Jennifer

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  26. I'd love to win this. I just checked out some books at the library to learn more about taking better pictures. When my first born grandaughter was a toddler all of got dressed up including my husband and played. We took a bunch of fun pictures. My husband had on my green silk robe and a white scarf wrapped like a turban on his head, hilarious! We had roses in our teeth and the baby was covered in long necklaces. It was a blast and all captured on film. Yeah, that's what I'm talkin bout.

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  27. Thank you for this opportunity! Favorite memories - finding this old abandoned house last year.

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  28. I have another of Katie's books. Fabulous! - great information! Favorite memory: at age 18 (many, many moons ago!), sneaking 7 younger brothers & sisters (including a 1 year old) out of the house all at once, changing clothes in a '67 Chevy, and trooping everyone into the only photography studio for miles so I could have a family portrait done for my parents as a Christmas gift. They cried. It was always my mother's favorite picture - and it now hangs in the home of the 1 year old, who is now a grandfather!

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  29. Our last family pictures were taken just the other day we are moving out of state and wanted a picture of all of us in one of my favorite locations. I can't wait to hang one of the photos is our new house.

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  30. My favorite family photo was taken last christmas eve. Just the four of us in a big family hug--and they're teenagers!! Love it! Would love to have the book for myself and my daughter as she is the more talented photographer.

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  31. I have a favorite album from my mother. It is a vintage album with pictures from the 60's. Photos in Venice, London, Berlin, Kopenhagen, Paris, friends, parties, dinners, events, art galleries ... all in black in white. It is absolutely fabulous and really captures the zeitgeist and feel of the 60s.

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  32. Even though I love taking photos of my niece and nephews....I have decided I take better pictures of the farm life. I don't have to pose it. :)
    I can't think of a story for my entire family, but one of 2 of my nephews. The little guys were about 2.5 years and a few months old. My sister-in-law sat the littlest guy up between the legs of his big brother. Things were going well, until big brother decided to reach down and pinch the cheeks of little brother....just like he would see others do. I laughed. It was cute.
    If you want, the picture is in this blog post: http://farmgirlchaos.blogspot.com/2012/03/iowa-boys.html
    The 5th picture. But then I LOVE the 6th picture as well. :)

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  33. I'm so interested in this book! Ummm my favorite would have to be the three of us on the beach when we moved to California

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  34. We have a pic of my husband, our girls and I at our kitchen table. It was taken by our wedding photographer who came back with several other photographers while he was facilitating a class. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. Wow. Happened upon you on Instagram and remembered someone mentioning you before. Had to visit this morning and so glad I did. What a special space you have here. Just from the short time I've been on your blog I can tell you are most definitely a blessing, encouragement and inspiration. So grateful for beautiful people like you who shine His light. Your family is precious. Artists can have a family. We are living proof. Thank you for blessing me with your light today. Your photography is amazing! Have a beautiful day, Becky. :D Shan from Family Brings Joy P.S.: Love David Crowder Band

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  36. Wow. Happened upon you on Instagram and remembered someone mentioning you before. Had to visit this morning and so glad I did. What a special space you have here. Just from the short time I've been on your blog I can tell you are most definitely a blessing, encouragement and inspiration. So grateful for beautiful people like you who shine His light. Your family is precious. Artists can have a family. We are living proof. Thank you for blessing me with your light today. Your photography is amazing! Have a beautiful day, Becky. :D Shan from Family Brings Joy P.S.: Love David Crowder Band

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  37. I've thought and thought about this; I don't have a favorite family photo memory. We've taken very few family photos over the years and the only memorable moment I can recall (and it's really quite stupid!) was: our church was doing a photo directory and had a company come in to take the pictures. We have a large family (there were maybe 7 of us then) and of course they are used to posing fewer people, so we presented a bit of a problem. The saleslady was trying to talk us into buying a package 'for the grandmas' but there wasn't a single good picture! And I didn't hesitate to tell her so (They were sooo bad) and she quipped, "Well,that's what memories are made of." (what?!?) We've used the line a lot over the years ;-) but we still didn't buy any pictures.

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  38. My favorite family photo is actually one of my dad. He was standing on a corner in SanFrancisco, and with all the people and activity around him he was just very still, taking it all in, and the photo just really captured his essence and attitude, just the look on his face and in his eyes. I will always treasure that picture. I'm new to your blog and love it! I will be your newest follower. It's so nice to meet you. That favorite view picture is so beautiful it makes me want to visit. I'm from Wisconsin by the way, almost neighbors!
    Hugs and blessings,
    Julie

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  39. I don't think I have a favorite - I have 100 favorites - LOL. I love pics. Mine are not the quality of yours but I love them anyway :) Thanks for the opportunity. xoxox

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  40. my favorites are always those that were taken spontaneously and when no one was looking.... someone showing someone else how to do something, helping each other, playing... makes me smile just to think of it.

    i just did two shoots this past weekend and am tickled with the results... and both had to do with getting the subjects to feel at ease. it was such a good weekend! :) now to learn photoshop! ;)

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