June 13, 2011

One Year Apart {+ a Clickin Moms Give-away!}

While I haven't made the leap into business yet, I imagine there are moments such as the following that make the juggling act of a work-at-home mom worth the effort.  On the rare occasion that my girls allow me 10 minutes of peace & quiet/editing time amidst the chaos that consumes our days, one or both often come up to "work" next to me, usually coloring, sometimes tracing my left hand while the right fiddles with the mouse.  On one such afternoon, I had my camera within reach, and captured my baby both on-screen and at my side.

"y is for one year apart
{Molly at almost 1 and just over 2-years-old},
Honorable Mention in this year's Clickin Moms ABC Challenge

On the topic of "one year apart"... Last spring, I had just wrapped up my first photography class, and knew I was hooked.  But I was left in a tizzy of 'the more you know, the more you don't', and unsure where next to aim my bazillion questions.  Upon the recommendation of a family friend {thank you, Karin}, I signed up for a one-week trial to Clickin Moms.  Now a Lifetime member, Clickin Moms has become a home to me.

The online forum ranges from newbies to the best of the best (the elite CMPros: a long-term, albeit lofty, goal of mine to be a part of one day).  I have made friends from around the world: taking workshops with girls from England, Japan, Australia; planning playdates with local inspiration just up the road.  These crazy ladies keep the same crazy hours as me, and I learn something new every.single.day that I drop in.  I feel blessed to be able to share my passion with such a talented, ambitious, and --most importantly-- supportive group of women.

Feeling left out? :)

One of you is in luck.

In celebration of all that I've learned over the past year, and in conjunction with a generous CM promotion, I am excited to be giving away one Clickin Moms Lifetime membership, valued at $195  (new members only, please)

To enter, check us out by clickin' above ↑, then come back and leave a comment below with a photography-related personal goal for the year ahead.

What do you want to try out/improve upon/accomplish with your camera by Spring 2012?  Don't overthink it; it can be something as simple as being *in* more photos so your children can also remember what their momma looked like on the other side of the lens. {note to self!}

You have until midnight EST on Friday, June 17th to enter.  A random number generator, based on the number of comments, will be used to select a winner.  Can't wait to hear from you!


  1. What an amazing offer! Is this part of PIF? {Love the photo and the b/w conversion!}

  2. Leslie, as much as I'd like to claim the generosity as all my own :), it's part of a CM promotion for Lifetime and CMPro bloggers!

  3. So excited! I too have not made that leap yet, but desperately want to. My goal by the end of the year is to have myself incorporated and promoting my brand. I also want to build up a portfolio of more than just my friends adorable kids and starting contributing to the household bottom line again.

  4. This sounds great! I hope that I am able to learn how to use my camera to its fullest potential.

  5. YAY :) So glad to be of help!! And what a great contest! BTW - love love love the photo - how hilarious that the expression of both Molly's are almost identical?!

  6. definitely would like to get myself in the shot a little more. also, this mother's day, i was trying to find a picture of me and my mom. the last one i have? my wedding. 10 years ago. definitely want to try to get together with her and get some pics!

  7. I want to get better at take pics of groups, mine always look to posed, a hard goal when I only have 3 boys under 6 to practice on.

  8. Ah... how i would love to win this. I want to learn to photos with emotions - we are getting ready to move abroad to volunteer in anti-trafficking project (late July) and i would like to do take good picture that tell stories.
    What an awesome giveaway!! Thanks~

  9. My children and I share a love for taking pictures. I would like to get out more with them and their new cameras. It is so cool to see their perspective. Of course, I would like to be in pictures with them, too.

  10. I have never gone there. I need to : )