Savouring Life Intensely- A Giveaway Xx

 “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
- Ansel Adams
Camera Craft Photography e-course www.galiaalena.com/cameracraft

Photography is one of my first loves. I love the way it holds moments tenderly and how it can express what is precious, I love the way I am able to open a book of photos and suddenly I am holding my new born child again, I love the way I can be looking for something on my computer and am suddenly swept back to a magical day. I love the way it speaks that which has no words while leaving room for the mystery. I love the way it allows me to breathe in the moment, to drink it deeply, to savour it...

Camera Craft Photography e-course www.galiaalena.com/cameracraft


I've put together an e-course to honour that love of photography and share it with others. It's part technical, part inspiration, and fully soulful AND I have some amazing collaborators joining me sharing their love for the medium (pop over here to see who these wonderful women are). To celebrate I'm giving away a spot in Camera Craft.
Camera Craft Photography e-course www.galiaalena.com/cameracraft
To enter, all you have to do is tell me how photography has touched your heart, pop it in here in the comments and I'll write your name on a slip and toss it into my singing bowl from which I will draw a name in a week.
To increase the number of times I write your name you could do any or all of the following to spread the love, just be sure to pop back and let me know in the comments:
☆ share this competition or the class on your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, facebook page or other social network platform
☆ subscribe to my newsletter in the side bar here.
☆ like my facebook page (or invite some friends to)
☆ Tell me why this class is calling to you
☆ subscribe to this blog
I will pop back in a week to announce the winner, thank you and good luck. And if you want to join in this amazing journey click  HERE. We will be starting at the end of the month and I can hardly wait :)
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud
Camera Craft Photography e-course www.galiaalena.com/cameracraft

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  1. Galia - photography was my passion many moons ago - I had a darkroom in my home. But, it was a long time ago and I have forgotten so much. I would love to rekindle the flame.

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    1. I always had darkrooms in my house, even as a child, a fragmented memory from another time. I miss some of that alchemy. Xx

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  2. I love photography and as I am in my later years, I also value learning new techniques and exposure to new ideas. I would love to win and I thank you for the opportunity!

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    1. The joys of learning and being the eternal student, yes, keeps us fresh.

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  3. When my uncle passed away I got a box of his photos (he was an avid photographer) and I realized we took very similar photos with a lot of the same subjects and places. It was an amazing discovery!!

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    1. Ahhhhh, the connections are curious, those ties to lineage that we don't even realise.

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  4. These images appear - as if by magic - speaking deeply to the nectar of one's soul, reaching tendrils all the way down to the heart's depths. I'd love to learn the secrets of sorcerering a few sacred images of my own!

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    1. All images born of the soul's attention are sacred Xx

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  5. I have a camera but never use it because I am a lousy photographer. They are boring photos, so boring I don't even put them into albums, I usually just delete them. Needless to say I don't have many memories recorded so would love to learn and be confident with my camera.

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    1. The recording of precious memories is such a gift, being able to use images as a touchstone to sweep you back... I wish this for you.

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  6. I first found my love of photography when I entered the world of branding and marketing. I would make collages of photos to show the creative directors what I wanted people to feel with the brand. I learned to collage with photos mainly when I had no words - in all areas of my life. Then two years ago I bought a Cannon e3 and fancy lenses and now I go out alone and take photos for hours - like a meditation. It is trance like for me. Languagedisapeers and some other form of communicating emerges. Some say this is what a hobby is - just joy. for me - it is essence of soul communication between me and the universe.

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    1. Yes, images have a deep language beyond words. And I understand that "meditation". For me "to pay attention, this is how I prey", photography can be a moving meditation and honouring.

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  7. Ohh I am somexcited anout this blog, please choose me!! I am obsessed with taking photos, of anything and everything, no faves here, BUT I have no idea what all the things written on the dials mean!! So I keep all my cameras on "auto mode" boring!! In September we are going away for two months across the desert to WA, its before the course starts, but I STILL would love to win a place, please pick me Galia.. I am off to blog about it... Kimlhine.wordpress.com and will share of FB and Twitter.. Please choose me.. Yes I am begging LOL

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    1. Wow, the desert sounds like an amazing adventure, and a great opportunity to take control of your camera.

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  8. Grace MorningstarAugust 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    I used to try to take beautiful photos but they were lifeless and flat. When I started to take photos that illustrated my inner knowing, they sang. My art springs forth from within me. It is not something I can capture from the outside and bring in.

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  9. When my father passed away I went to clean out his apartment and to my delight found a huge box of photos from his boyhood up to his time grand parenting my children. It was such a sweet gift to see so many moments of his life, some I had shared with him, some I didn't even know had occurred. Those pictures were a huge part of healing through grief and I became aware of how I wanted to create photos of my own life and my children so we could all treasure the memories we make together. That was my intention, and yet when I started taking pictures I noticed I was seeing things in a different way than when I wasn't behind a camera. I noticed different details, shapes, colours and time seemed to slow down a little when I took care to be present with the subject of the picture. Somewhere along the way of mothering I set the camera down and life sped up and I have missed photography and the gifts it brought me. I'm really really looking forward to beginning again.

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    1. Yes, the gift of seeing is one of photography's gifts to give. And I know that putting down the camera to parent and juggle life :) I also know the picking up of the camera as a portal back to both self and creativity.

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  10. Such an inspiring offering! Life is up in the air at the moment and with no way of knowing which way it will go, the title of your workshop is a beautiful reminder of what I should be doing instead of fretting and worrying myself into knots! This in itself is a gift for which I am profoundly grateful. Thank you!

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    1. You are welcome Sophie, I wish you ease through this stage of limbo, I know them all too well, and I wish you many moments to savour Xx

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  11. Hi Galia, I've only really started to get excited about photography the last few years. I love to wander out in nature and in botanical gardens and to capture beautiful moments in time. More recently I've enjoyed experimenting with taking pictures of sunsets & sunrises, reflections in water, swans & cygnets on lakes and close ups of flowers. I particularly love to capture images of water lilies and lotus flowers - they speak to both my heart and soul. <3

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  12. My first photography class in high school hooked me. I loved working in the dark room and watching images emerge! Nature and capturing moments in nature is my first love. I'm not as skilled in setting the functions on my camera to capture the best technical image, but I am good at using my gut, intuitively feeling what looks good...I'd like to be able to do both and up the ante on my skill set.

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    1. I miss that quite (although there was sometimes loud music or literature, Anais Nin read to me in the dark room) time in the dark watching the images appear, the magical alchemy.

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  13. Oh .. how has photography not touched my heart. Photos have a way of taking my breath away. When your able to relive a perfect moment in time of a loved ones expression or a field of beautiful wildflowers moving to the rythm of the breeze. Sigh ...

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    1. Yes, sigh, and drinking in the moment, and the gift of being swept back again and again.

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  14. Liked your page .. because come on .. really .. what is there not to like about it. :)

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  15. Wow, I can't believe that I hadn't already liked your FB page.... I've done it now... and I'll be sharing on my page as well! <3

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  16. shared on FB and signed up for the newsletter. Liked your FB page quite a while ago....cuz I like you. <3

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  17. Hi again Galia, I've shared the class on my FB page (Journey2Bliss) ... I think I'm already signed up for your newsletter? <3

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  18. hello, i liked your fb page, i subscribe to your newsletter/or your blog. I like your photos your style.. your art is very inspiring.
    i like taking pictures (auto program :( , but i dont know nothing about taking it, i am a total beginner, i was drawn to your e-course - course description.. i would be so happy if i got this spot, thank you for this opportunity :) i wish i could take some awesome photos of my family and framed it ;)

    thank you, alenka xo xo

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    1. :) I'm sure you can take beautiful images of your family. Just begin...

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  19. And I shared the course page and the give away page on my personal FB page as well! :) x

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  20. I am absolutely thrilled to have found your blog through this giveaway. I'm a new reader, and think your site is quite lovely. I would love to participate in your offering. For some time now, I've been resetting my boundaries to let go of negativity and those who come with it. It's been horribly difficult, sad, and lonely, but during this time I've picked up my camera, and reconnected with an old best friend. Shooting photos has brought me solace, mindfulness, and safety. I would love to learn how to drill deeper into the craft. Peace and Love

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    1. Thank you Carrie. Photography, creativity in general, sound like a perfect way for you to blossom through the transition and help process the journey. Blessings

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  21. Ooh this could not of come at a better time in my life and the journey thru my Art. Photography has always been a part of my life. When I was seven, I asked for a camera for my b-day. I will never forget watching those pictures come to life from my Polaroid! I always loved being the one in the family to take all the photos for celebrations and gatherings. Capturing the essence of our experiences and lives.
    As I grew older I took photography in high school, I loved it! I even entered some of my photos in our school exhibit and won! I never went on to pursue anything with my skills but I was also never without a camera! Still to this day, as an artist I take all of my own photos of my paintings . My children love taking photos and it so much fun seeing them rush with excitement to capture that shot!
    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Blessings,
    Jen

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    1. Ahhhh, the magic of watching a polaroid appear...pure joy

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  22. I love photography and playing with my photos, this course sounds very interesting and I would lo win a spot in the class :)

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  23. Photography is my first love and the one that nourishes my soul. I can hear the stories as I look the images. I connect with people through their photography and mine as well. I felt very drawn to your class to get myself more connected to the inspiration helm. To dive a little deeper and expand my heart over it! I shared it on FB and subscribed, subscribed!

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  24. I would love to learn more about photography...thanks for putting together the class :)
    Mary aka joyfulploys

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  25. Hello to you beautiful Galia, I subscribed to your email mailing list; I am excited to learn more about your offering. This class calls to me so much. I love the inside out approach that your class has. I feel as if haven’t been able been able to get into photography or to cultivate it as a habit and practice because I’ve been focusing outside in-such as on technique and then hoping the photographs would ignite a passion for photography for me. Watching the documentary Finding Vivian Maier motivated me to leave this comment. Have a enchanting day today. Thank you for organizing this class. Love, Jenny

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    1. I love that- the inside out approach, lol. The technique is there as a tool, but should never come between you and inspiration :)

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  26. Galia your course looks divine <3 ... September is already packed with goodness for me but I'll share anyway, will you be giving it again in the future? xoxo Laly

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  27. I am a very visual person and love looking at color and details....I love photographing sunflowers during the summer months. A picture says a thousand words...I love to photograph and open to learning more...

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