An Instant Love Book and Camera Give Away!

More Instant Love news today…

As I mentioned earlier in the week, Ryan Marshall video extraordinaire shot and produced the book trailer for Instant Love. To coincide with the book trailer release, we are having a fun give away. Head on over to Ryan’s blog for your chance to win a copy of Instant Love and a restored Polaroid land camera!

The wonderful Cory at Rare Medium in Seattle (one of our book retailers) and Land Cameras has been super awesome to provide the winner with the fabulous Polaroid land camera. It’s the type of camera that uses peel apart film (just like the image I shot for the book above) and has been completely refurbished. If you need your Polaroid camera fixed or refurbished, Cory and the team at Land Camera are the people to see!

To enter this fantastic give away, head over to Ryan’s blog and leave a comment. If you want a second entry, all you need to do is repost the trailer and post about the book on your own blog. The contest starts today and closes next Wednesday.

Once again, thank you to Cory at Rare Medium for helping out and giving away a camera to our lovely Polaroidy friends! You are awesome!

Pacing The Panic Room: Enter here! // Follow Ryan on instagram  @ _ryanmarshall

Rare Medium Store and Gallery // Land Cameras Repair Store // Follow Rare Medium on twitter

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Pretty Polaroid Notes Give Away

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to share a little of our Pretty Polaroid Notes with you today. It’s been such a joy to work with Chronicle Books on the production of our note cards and our book, Instant Love. The past year and half of shooting and writing the book and compiling our images for the note cards has been such a blissful time in my life and I am so gracious that I have been given the opportunity to present my photography and writing with the world. I still find it hard to believe that I have a book coming out and feel very humbled when I see my Polaroids staring back at me from a shelf in a book store.

To say thank you for all your support and love on this journey, I am giving away a pack of Pretty Polaroid Notes to one lovely reader. Just leave a comment below to enter the give away. I will draw the winner next week.

And if you would like to pick up a box yourself, you can find them here and here. They’d make great stocking stuffers!

p.s. If you spot our Pretty Polaroid Notes in stores, I would love to hear about where they are in the world! I’ve spotted them in one store here in Vancouver so far. =D

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This give away is now closed. Check back on Thursday for the winner announcement.

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Give Away Winner!

Thank you to all the people who entered to win a spot in the Autumn session of Shoot By Design. I wish I could have you all!

The facebook winner is Stephanie Ricketts! Stephanie, please email me at a@mocking-bird.org so that I can set you up! Congratulations.

Thanks everyone. I hope I can do it again sometime.

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These beauties were in bloom back in Sydney and I shot them from every angle. I’m such a flower harlot. How pretty are they?

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New Beginnings

Drum roll please….Congratulations to Sarah T who is the winner of the spot in Irene Nam’s Simple Soulful Photography Workshop. You have been emailed Sarah! Thanks to everyone for entering and for all the comments.

I hope you are enjoying this holiday time. I am feeling that thing I feel every year at this time…possibilities, change, new beginnings. Do you feel it too? Now I just need to decide what I’m going to do about it.

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Christmas Tidings and a Photography Workshop Opportunity

As the year winds down, I’m finding myself caught up in a lot of mixed emotions. As you may have heard around the traps, the first draft of our Polaroid book is done. I am quite exhausted but very relieved to have come to this point. It’s been an emotional journey but one that I’ve loved being part of. We are happy to be at this point and ready to move on with the next step. Between now and then we have a little time to relax and spend some time with loved ones.

I’m finding that living in another country means I have to let go of some of my usual Christmas traditions. Vancouver is very Christmassy indeed and I love having Christmas in a wintery place. It just feels right. However, I’m away from my family and the usual Christmas happenings are not as they always are this year. One thing I’ve noticed is that going to look at Christmas lights is far more comfortable in 25 degree (celcius) weather. The Canadian tells me that feeling like your toes are going to fall off is all part of the experience. I’m not convinced.

The trees here are what Christmas is all about. I have felt like I was walking through a scene in a Christmas movie many times in the last month. Real Christmas trees in Australia come in one variety and choice is mostly about how tall you want it and which one has the smallest hole. In Vancouver, we have Noble and Grand Firs, Nordic Spruces and Scott Pines. So many to choose from. I am partial to the Nordic Spruces but we went with a fat little Grand this year because she smells so sweet. I absolutely adore my little tree despite her lack of decorations and garland which we are slowly collecting.

I’m spending the next few days catching up on Christmas movies, wrapping presents and making cookies. If you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and for those of you that don’t, I will see you back here next week.

As it is the season of giving, the lovely Irene Nam has asked me to host a give away. Irene is teaching a photography workshop called Simple Soulful Photography starting January 3rd. Along with some talented people, I will be sharing some of my experiences with photography in the workshop. Irene is giving away one spot in her amazing workshop to one lucky Mocking Bird reader. The class runs from January 3rd to January 29th.

From Irene…

The Simple Soulful Photography workshop (January 3-30) is a four-week online course complete with lessons, exercises and interviews that will inspire you to grow creatively, give you tools to achieve your vision and encourage you to express your authentic self. In a supportive and like-minded community of professional, aspiring and every day photographer, you will explore the connection between creativity and self-care, learn basics but essential techniques on composition and lighting as well as tips to help you discover what you can do with your camera and how to create the images that you want. The weekly lessons, exercises and interviews will also help you work the delicate balance between periods of growth and more challenging times, and encourage you to do what you love, and in doing it, to embrace, cultivate and express your most authentic self.

I’m beyond excited and honored that Amanda has accepted to be one of the guests for the January session, and happy to give away one registration spot to one of her readers.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me one reason why you would like to take a photography course. Leave your comment by Wednesday December 29th as I will announce the winner on the 30th. Thank you to Irene for offering such a wonderful opportunity to the Mocking Bird readers. Good luck!

EDIT: This offer is now closed. Thanks for entering! I will announce the winner tomorrow Thursday the 30th December. Stay tuned here and on twitter.

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CSN Giveaway!

To coincide with Decor Week, I’m hosting a give away from CSN stores this week. CSN Stores is a website comprised of over 200 online stores and has an array of home decor, cooking and fashion items such as Dwell Studio bedding, Alessi kitchenware, cute bar stool and fabulous cookware.

The give away that CSN Stores have so kindly offered to Mocking Bird readers is a one time use $55 gift certificate to use at any of the 200 + stores online. The winner must be located in the US or Canada as CSN only ships to those 2 countries.

As you can see above, CSN Stores have lots of gorgeous items for your home and cupboard. As I was taking a look through the stores, these were some of the gorgeous items I found that I’d love to have in my home. I have a Bodum French Press just like this one above and I plan on getting one of those cutting boards for my own kitchen. I love how it has a hang over to fit over the edge! The perfect thing to cover up my hideous pink counter tops. I also use Le Sportsac bags for my smaller make up and beach bag. Love this spotty grey design!

To enter the give away to win the $55 gift certificate to use at CSN online stores, just leave a comment below telling me which room in your house you love best and why. I will choose a winner by the end of the week using a random number generator. The winner will be announced here on the blog and notified by email. You have till Friday to enter!

Please remember that CSN is offering this give away to those located in the US or Canada only.

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EDIT: This competition is now closed. The winner will be announced next week. :)

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Mocking Bird 1st Birthday

Even though I’ve been blogging for many years, today marks the first birthday of this here blog!

I could never have imagined that Mocking Bird would have brought me so many wonderful interactions with new friends and offered me new opportunities like it has. To celebrate this mini milestone, I would like to share some pressies with you for supporting me on this little journey.

I am giving away one of my Cherry Blossom Polaroid prints (shown above), a set of note cards and another little surprise. If you would like to receive a little thank you package, leave a comment below and I will choose someone from the list of comments.

This 6″ x 6″ print is a lustre matte, bordered print made from an original Polaroid which was taken with a vintage Polaroid SX70 camera. The image itself is 6″ x 6″ however with the border it is 8″ x 8″ inches in size.

I am offering this now, however I won’t be able to post it out until I get back to Vancouver in about 10 days. I’ll leave the comments open until the weekend. :)

Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments, emails and conversations. You lovelies are the best!

Amanda xx

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