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I am SO EXCITED! Okay, the caps might not be necessary. But, really. This sale is overdue because you guys are amazing. We recently hit over 81K Friends on our “Fan” page over at facebook and I just can’t say how honored I am. I know you are all so much more than “likes” on a social media website. You are people and you choose to come hang out with me. I adore each image share, your kind words and just really having you in my corner the past seven years. Basically, I see you as my friend. Yup. We are regular homies now. So please enjoy 60% off ALL Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets AND Bundles now through April 1st!! You just want to use the code Happy60. You can go shopping HERE.

And as a bonus surprise, I am working on a beautiful huge guide on how to get the most out of that iPhone and take better lifestyle images of your family! I will be choosing ONE lucky person that purchases during this sale to grab that for FREE when it’s ready! Yup!! Another perk. Don’t miss out! I am thinking that should be ready in April!

Also, I know Facebook posting has been hit or miss, but we just opened up our Spring Online Photoshop Processing Workshop. This is an amazing way to really define your style and learn what all those tools and buttons in Photoshop do. Come hang with me in May for a super discounted rate and let me teach you all my secrets. YES! I will show you not only how to use those tools and actions but how to process without them too! Note that while you can’t use the code above for the sale on Photoshop Actions and the like, I took the liberty to take $100.00 off if you register before April 1st. No code required! I have about ten seats left, so I would love to really get to know you and be a part of your journey!

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So that’s about it for now, folks! Don’t forget to check in with me on Instagram (I have a brand new one for business over @myfourhensphotography or you can check out a little bit of our crazy home life @my4hens!) and on the fan page as well!!

Thank you for being amazing!!
And don’t forget to enter the contest to win a full 1:1 in person mentorship for 2017 OR an online 1:1 Mentorship for late winter.

I have started this post in my mind so many times now. This is something I have been dreaming up for years honestly. As soon as I moved our older Project 52 into a facebook group (sadly on hiatus right now), I had noted all of the amazing photographers willing to share their very heart and souls. Some seemed to really embrace that, and there was of course just a bit of backlash because some felt they couldn’t handle all of those stories. It was deep and maybe even a bit murky sometimes, but the one thing that happened with the Project 52 I didn’t foresee, was how therapeutic it was. So many were willing to be candid and honest and supportive; so going forward with this project- I am finding the hardest part is really figuring out how best to manage it. There are so many directions one could go in. Because of the personal nature, I didn’t want to deny anyone the ability to tell their story or join in if they wished to. I wanted to really give everyone an open forum. And I knew not all of these stories would be sunshine and rainbows, which begs the question; Do I post these on my business blog? Does this need a whole new website? Will there really be THAT much interest for others to want to jump in? I have obviously let fear and really just my tendency to over analyze all of these things really marinate too long, and it sadly struck fear in my heart. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointing anyone. But now is the time to step out of those shadows and let the light hit my face. To create a project for us all to shed the notion that we have to be perfect to coexist. That we have to be neat and tidy and in some kind of box to fit in and be validated. All stories matter, because people matter- and all people have stories. It is simple as that. It is time for us to all really know that there are flesh and blood and feelings on the other sides of those computer screens.

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So What is Project Transparency?

It is YOU. It is who you are and where you have been. It could be a single experience, or a trial you are enduring or have endured. It could be your silver lining, the birth of your child or children, your decision to nurse or bottle feed.  It could be battling an illness, starting a business, buying a home, a move or pretty much all of the above. It could be ANY story you want to share… good or bad. It doesn’t even have to be huge. It could be your day. If you don’t have any one grand experience as of yet, but have something you just want to open up about– this is your opportunity.  The only requirement is it has to be REAL. You have to be real. That’s how this thing works. Your story can include images or just be text. I would personally recommend at least one photo or so, and taking new images just FOR your story is a bonus if you want to flex creatively and push yourself. Your story can also JUST be images. There are many ways to tell a story, so ultimately this is how you want it told.

Where will this be featured?

For now this will be on my blog for photographers where I previously hosted my project 52 (http://www.myfourhensphotography.com/photographers.) This will be out there so note that. It is important that you are comfortable with your story being on the internet for all to see. I am aiming for one story bi-weekly if there is enough interest. This will be an ongoing project with no beginning date, and no ending. Note* You do NOT need to be a photographer to participate.

If this does take off, I will absolutely consider creating a Facebook Page AND getting a website established. I want to be sure first that there is enough momentum. I may even create a group if there is help managing it.

Is there a limit to how many times I can submit? How do I get involved?

You can submit more than once, you can update your story later if you want to follow up. That is completely up to you, but that doesn’t mean all submissions will be featured. I will try to spread out the submissions so as many people get a chance to be heard as possible. I also want to note that submissions will be featured mostly at random.

If you have a story and want to submit with images, I recommend creating a drop box or means of file sharing to upload a zip file and share a link.

The format to be submitted is:

-A text document with your story typed up, proof read and ready to be blogged. (I will be copying/pasting.)

-Any images you want to be included that are relevant to your story.

-A very short biography

-A headshot or candid image of you. Whatever you feel best represents you is fine. It doesn’t need to be professional.

I am SO incredibly excited to embark on this journey with you all. Thank you for considering to be a part of this. My goal is to humanize the internet and create a community. I will be sharing as well, so I don’t expect everyone to go this alone.

 

The best way to submit as of right now is the blog contact form on this website.:)My e-mail isn’t overly reliable right now and I don’t want to miss anything!

I hope to hear from you!

 

 

 

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It has been a blessing to watch my humble business grow. I don’t pretend to know all the answers; in fact I have so much growth ahead of me in my own journey. I do love to pay it forward when at all possible though and what I have learned over the years is something I love to share. Mentoring and teaching has filled a huge void I wasn’t aware existed. I always wish I could do so much more. There is always more we can do. As a mother of six, I wear many hats but the biggest one aside from being a wife and a mother is supporting my family with my Photography business. I am a full time professional photographer and the biggest lessons have come with time. They have come with trial and error and tears and heart ache and small victories. These lessons I want to share and teach. I want to maybe even inspire people to be themselves… to be the best versions of themselves.

With that being said, I am only able to take so many 1:1 in person mentorships and I feel blessed to admit the demand has grown. I hope to open more this fall BUT if you would like to win one for free (or a 1:1 ONE hour skype or phone session if you can’t make it to Colorado), here is your chance! Follow the widget below to enter. It is pretty easy peasy. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. You will be free to pick my brain on absolutely anything you like during this mentorship. Here is what the in person mentorship will entail:

-A Sit down one-on-one 1 1/2- 2 hour session where you can ask me ANYTHING. Nothing is off limits. I will buy you dinner and we will gab up our love for photography and even the love of family or whatever it is you want to talk about. For that time period, I am yours and I am a total open book.

-A one hour family session where we shoot side by side. You can ask me questions. I will share how I get natural connection in my images. I will arrange a real family to photograph at a pretty Colorado location.

OR if you can’t come to Colorado which I absolutely understand, you will win a 1:1 Skype or phone mentoring session. You can choose to focus on editing or use that time to talk about business/photography etc. I will be opening these for booking soon to take place in late summer and fall as well as winter.

So enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Be sure to also read all the terms and conditions in the giveaway widget for full details before entering!

Contest ends: March 31st, 2016.

By participating in your contest, entrants agree to abide by all of your contest rules and regulations. Facebook does not in anyway sponsor or endorse this contest.

 

Good luck, Friends!!

I will also have a sale on Photographer’s Tools such as Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets and Textures when I get back from teaching in Illinois next week AND I will have registration for our next Creative Online Processing Workshop to take place in May then too!

I am here with our week 52 eye candy for the theme “Rejoice.”

So here we are, friends. 52 weeks. You have done it. And even if you haven’t managed ALL 52 weeks (like myself) you started something good and you now have a fresh opportunity to go forward and give it another attempt if you wish. My resolution this year is actually just to photograph my family more and organically and ditch all the projects in hopes that I end up with more images that way. I personally am a stickler for starting these things and losing steam and then giving up all together and our family albums suffer for it. If that is you too, be sure to give yourself some grace and do what you can do and what works for you. Either way stay inspired and I will miss you all! It has been a privilege to host this so long. I have other special things in the works and will share. They are more mini projects as i get time so I can manage and not get over my head but they will be popping up on my fan page now and then and it is a fun way to keep a community going and share the love so if that sounds exciting keep an eye out. These will be more along the lines of inspirational “prompts” to follow in a VERY short term manner to keep you on your toes maybe. I also hope to have more tutorials and some fun educational tidbits blogged now that I will have just a tiny bit more time. I am admittedly always brain storming because being still isn’t a quality I have haha. Working on that though.

It has been an amazing four years of Project 52. That is 208 weeks of themes, blog posts, images, new friendships and more and come next Monday I am sure it is going to fill a bit empty with out my cup of coffee and the couple of hours I generally take to peruse our galleries and love on our images. I am still hopeful we will be able to resurrect things in the future but just having our sixth baby, I know this year somethings have to give to make extra time in my schedule for our little ones. I have to give my own memories a voice and a face and I truly appreciate all the kindness and the warm sentiments and messages I have received since we announced we were taking time off. Your little bit of kindness has gone such a long way. My heart is fit to bursting. I will continue to follow many of you I have grown attached to over the months and years. I am also coming away with SO many friendships I am grateful for. I am not taking the group down on facebook but we are not accepting new members and until we are able to come back it will be set so that only admins can post so that I don’t lost track of add to the workload and end up moderating. I am a bit of a control freak if you haven’t been able to tell yet lol!

I want to personally thank everyone again that has participated this past year and ALL four years of our project. If you haven’t learned of it as of yet in the group or in the past blog posts, this coming year we will not be hosting Project 52 for a fifth year for personal family reasons and to really find a better work/family balance (I am a one woman show and a mother of almost six children), so our group has now been moved to “Secret.” Since we are now in Secret we won’t be accepting new members. There may be a return in 2017, but I will mostly be playing it by ear. My hopes are for sure being able to resume this though because I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to do host this group. Either way I will keep you updated at the end of 2016 if we get to resume. I also have some other things in the works so please do keep an eye out though. Once I know for sure how things will go I will make a huge announcement via fan page and get the group buzzing again (hopefully haha).

SO much love to you all!!

Our last Eye Candy Post. (For now);)

By: Eileen Critchley

Story:
52 of 52: Rejoice. Rejoicing over friendships. My daughter and I love to get together with Melisa Anger and her children. We don’t do it nearly often enough! But both my daughter and I are thankful to have them in our lives. We met online through the photography community and happened to live close enough to get together! And we always have a great time when we do.

I have really enjoyed being a part of this group this year. Thanks, Sarah, for hosting. I wish you all the best for the New Year

By: Sarah Gates

Story:
P52 – Week 52

Theme: Rejoice

[ri-jois] to be glad; take delight.

Simple, delightful, black and white.

I have participated in this project for four years and have loved every minute of it.

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By: Jennifer Chase

Story:
52/52 – Rejoice
My kids always rejoice when we get to go to this hour-away discovery center where they can paint on the windows to their hearts’ content!

By: Elena Trodden

Story:
52.52 “Rejoice”
2015 was undoubtedly quite a year. I battled pancreatic cancer, tried to make time for the things and people most important to me, and I literally stopped to smell the roses. I also took some time to spend some time with my camera and see the world in a new way. Thank you for an incredible year and many blessings to you and your families.

By: Amanda Moorehead Trent

Story:
52_52 {rejoice} What an incredible theme for the last week of this project. After a tumultous day of labor complications our sweet grand baby Evelyn Rose arrived safe and sound by c-section last night. I can think of no better way to celebrate the end of 2015

By: Mark Hughes

Story:
Week 52/ P52 – Rejoice – Final submission after two years (I don’t think I missed a week) – Sunset in the mountains after a day of skiing, no better way to rejoice the start of a new year. – Thanks a lot Sarah

By: Elizabeth Willson

Story:
Rejoice (52/52)
It’s the end of an era. A consistent participant since it’s inception. 4 years of one photo per week (ok, I missed a few when I gave birth to my 4th
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. Flickr tells me 240 photos posted to the M4H group. With a bit of nostalgia, I rejoice. I am a different person. A changed photographer. I’ve expanded and enhanced my vision yet I’ve also developed relationships. I’ve felt challenged. Inspired. Encouraged. I’ve experienced beauty. So, with thankfulness, I celebrate. Sarah, it is with appreciation and joy that I thank you for your dedication in facilitating this project, for your endless hours you pour into creating such a loving, inspiring community, for your kind and generous heart, for your care and concern for others and your craft, and for sharing your expertise and gorgeous art to fuel our passions. May God richly bless you as your nurture His gifts of your family and your talent as a photographer. And thanks to the fellow photographers who have made this space incredible.
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Rejoice with me!

By: Katrina Lear

Story:
52/52 {rejoice}
I honestly thought she might never get the hang of the bike but today something finally clicked and she was flying along with the wind in her hair.

By: Staci Miller‎

Story:
Rejoice…Today and every day I rejoice in having 4 beautiful girls under 6 who keep me on my toes and make me strive to be someone they can be proud of. I stumble everyday in my journey as a mom but I hope to show them how to be kind, true, and brave. For everyone who says “wow 4 girls, your poor husband” There is nothing poor about these girlies…rather something very magical and blessed!!!

By: Laura Polito

Story:
52/52 Rejoice.

Rejoice in the simple pleasures, for they are some of life’s greatest gifts…

By: Coleen Hodges‎

Story:
I can’t believe this is the last week….Although it makes me a little sad, I Rejoice in the fact that I’ve met all of you and hopefully I’ve become a better photographer because of this group. Sarah, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to this inspirational task. I know we all appreciate you.

By: Nadia Moreau Stone‎

Story:
“rejoice” Nadia Stone Photography …. I was wondering how my little girl will be with the arrival of a new little one .. she amaze me ..She is such a good helper , changing nappies , cuddles .. she is a little mama and she is so proud to be a big sister