My Instagram/Facebook Summer Photo Challenge has come to an end!

Needless to say it´s been extremely difficult to choose ONE winner..sigh… so while walking puppy Conrad this morning, I decided that we needed THREE winners – yes, that´s right!

All Summer I´ve had the pleasure of seeing beautiful, creative pictures uploaded with the hashtag #christinagrevephotochallenge.

Over 1200 photos have been added!

Wow! That. Is. Amazing! 

Are you ready for the winners….here we go….

The three lucky winners are:

Eva Skubla

Kirsten Ashley

Gema Espinosa

All three participants WIN a FREE seat on my upcoming workshop! (value $597).

(winners please claim your seat within the next two days via: christina_greve(at)hotmail.com)

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in my challenge.

Much Love

Christina

PS. Very few seats are left now, so don´t wait any longer if you want in. Registration closes on Wednesday or before if sold out.

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Wow! The interest in my upcoming workshop is overwhelming! I´m so frilled and excited!

A BIG thank you goes out to those who already joined. I can´t wait to connect with you soon.

Over the last few days I´ve gotten so many questions about my workshop. So I made this FAQ list to help answer what questions you might have.

To secure your seat, join here – seats are selling out fast now!

Here we go:

Q: I wish to edit pictures just like you, will you show me how it’s done?

A: OH YES! I teach you EVERYTHING I know about editing photos. I show you all the must-know tools and tricks + how to edit with and without actions and presets. The training includes my personal step-by-step workflow in both Photoshop and Lightroom. The video tutorials are 100% SUPER easy to understand. You’ll learn how to create bright and fresh images + dark and moody images (which is very popular in food photography at the moment). You’ll dramatically increase your style. No more guessing – you can discover ALL the secrets!

Q: I lack confidence in my skills as a creative person: I always think I can do better and compare myself with other photographers. Will your workshop help me believe in myself?

A: Honey, I get you! You are not alone in these feelings. Many aspiring photographers feel this way. THIS is exactly the workshop you need. I will challenge your negative self-doubt and give you the tools to develop a mindset fit for a confident professional photographer!

Q: I’ve taken one of your workshops before and loved it, is this new workshop different – will I learn something new?

A: The new workshop is different. The focus is solely on lifestyle photography – specifically flowers and food. In my other workshops the main focus was female portraiture. Former students will have some repetition, but also learn a lot of new things and see a lot of new images.

Q: I have a full-time job, often times I work late at night which means I probably wont be able to join you live on some of the online classes/ discussions, is that okay? Can I access the classes/training at a later time convenient for me?

A: Absolutely! No worries! You can easily study on your own terms. There are no joint classes/live calls in the workshop. It’s a self-study course. You can ask me questions all five weeks of the workshop by email or in the private Facebook group. I will collect all Q&A’s and share them with you every week in an easy-to-print PDF. This way I make sure you won’t miss out on anything.

Q: I would love to take this workshop, but I’m not sure I really have the time to follow through and get homework done before the deadlines…

A: You have TWO FULL YEARs to access the program, so go at your own pace and enjoy the journey. No need to overwhelm yourself – you can make this program work for your schedule! I encourage you to make time for the creative challenges during the week, but there is no deadline on homework. You can share your work anytime you want in our private Facebook group.

Q: I’m a complete beginner, will this workshop be too difficult for me?

A: Not at all! This workshop is designed to help you get it right from the start. You’ll have full access to “The Toolbox” which is an exclusive bonus library within the classroom, filled with training to help you move to the next level fast. All you have to do is set time aside to practice.

Q: How long is the forum active after the class ends?

A: As long as students actively use the forum it will stay open. You’ll make new friends from around the world and inspire one another with your pictures long after the workshop has ended. Enjoy the endless support of like-minded creative people!

Q: How long is each module? How much time do I need to set aside for the training?

A: Each module consists of 3-5 lessons + 2 creative challenges. You need 1-2 hours a week to study + 2-3 hours to complete the creative challenges.

Q: What camera do I need during the workshop?

A: You can use any DSLR camera: any brand will do just fine. I personally shoot with Canon, so I use Canon as an example in my tutorials.

Q: What Photoshop program do I need?

A: You can use any program you have. I use Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 in my training videos. If you have an older version, no worries; you’ll be able to follow along just fine. If you use Photoshop Elements, the interface/workspace looks different from Photoshop CC, and certain tools are named or placed differently – but you are still able to do the same things I teach you.

Q: How will I receive the training?

A: I made it very convenient for you! You’ll get your personal login for our password protected site the day the workshop begins. Each Monday, new content will be posted in the classroom. You can then study 24/7 at home or on the go – no matter if you use a computer, a tablet, or your phone. Each lesson will be available inside the classroom and you can download it to keep and/or print.

Q: I do not want to be a professional photographer, but own a small business where taking better photos would help me. I love photography and want to learn more, can I still attend?

A: The workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to capture amazing lifestyle pictures – enthusiasts and professionals alike: it is designed for photographers of all levels. If you are a creative soul like a blogger, an online boutique owner, a web designer, a graphic designer, a stylist, a jewel artist, a florist or similar, and wish to capture beautiful photos for your business or blog – this workshop will be perfect for you.

Q: Are men allowed to attend?

A: Yes. My audience is 99% women as the workshop is designed for women and geared towards female photographers. However, men are more than welcome to attend if they can “go pink” and don’t mind joining the feminine universe of my workshops :-)

Q: My English is not so good, will I be able to follow your training?

A: I teach in an easy to understand English. Since I’m from Denmark and my mother tongue is not English, I don´t write in advanced language. I like to keep it simple and to the point – I write like I talk. If you can follow my writing on my blog + Facebook page, no need to worry, you’ll do just fine.

Q: You mention super exciting bonuses, what are they?

A: Good question. I’m not ready to reveal all the bonuses yet, as I’m still working on them behind the scenes. What I can say for sure is that they will be amazing! Some bonuses will be helpful to beginners, some perfect for more advanced photographers.

Q: Unfortunately I cannot join this workshop. When is the next workshop?

A: My next photography workshop will be held in March 2015. Join the waiting list here.

Q: Will you refund my money if it turns out the course isn’t for me?

Yes, absolutely! I have put my heart and soul into this program, therefore I’d rather not have anyone in my course who doesn’t love it. My aim is to have happy customers who truly benefit from my teaching. A complete refund will be given as long as you email me your complaints and/or reasons within 7 days of purchasing the program.

If you have a question for me, which is not on this list, simply email me: Christina_greve(at)hotmail.com

Hope to see you in the workshop!

Blessings,

Christina

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“I really want to follow my dream, but…first I need to go to work, then pick up the kids, then cook dinner, then…Ohhh I feel tired, I will do it tomorrow.” 

Does that sound familiar?

Then, tomorrow there´s a school meeting, a birthday party and you promised to help bake a cake…..and then the next day it will be the same all over again.

Time flies. You want more hours while you are waiting….and waiting…and waiting…for a chance to get that extra time to follow your passion, your dreams and goals.

But here’s the thing: NOTHING and NO ONE will suddenly come around and hand you those extra hours on a silver platter. YOU have to create it!  

If you don’t do anything about it, tomorrow will turn into never.

If you are not running your own life, it will run you!

You might wonder, analyze, judge and criticize yourself, while you worry about what might be happening and what others think of you. You think “I must do something,” and then you focus on chores and busy work, rather than STOPPING and FEELING what is actually important to YOU and your life.

It is only you, and no one else, who can create the best life for yourself and make time for what you truly want.

To change things around start making deliberate decisions. Decide what in your life is essential and non-essential. Cleanse your life from noise and distractions to create the mental space that is needed and to unlock time to create your dream life.

How to do it:

Take out a piece of blank paper or a journal. Draw a line in the middle of the paper.

On the left side, write down all the non-essential things that:

  • drain your energy or make you feel used, sad, angry and so on
  • you do to please other people
  • you do to impress other people
  • you do because you THINK you must do it, but you really don´t like doing.
  • you wish you had the courage to say no to, but still do because you are afraid of a conflict with a friend or family member.
  • are clearly time-wasters, like too much TV, too much Facebook, sleeping too long or getting up late

Now decide what on this list you can let go of right now!

Outloud say: DELETE AND LET GO. Then put it behind you. Stop wasting any more of your precious time. You must waste no more energy on these things.

Life is SHORT. The time you have is the time you have: use it well!

Now on the right side of the paper, write down all the things you would LOVE to do—all the essentials in your life, all that matters to you, all that you want to spend more time on!

Write down all the essentials in your life that:

  • make your body feel good and strong
  • make you feel utterly excited
  • make you feel good about yourself
  • make you feel rested and peaceful
  • make you feel happy and full of joy
  • will bring your dreams, goals and desires to fruition

Now go do much more of those things!

In order to be the best version of yourself and feel happy, change your behavior so you spend quality time on things that are important to you and to your life.

Opt out of all the non-essential things in your life. These non-essential things should not take your attention or use up your limited time.

If you allow the non-essential stuff to take over your everyday life you will simply not be happy. But if you focus on the essential things, you will find it easier to live wholeheartedly, to develop your goals and dreams and to become the best version of yourself. 

Take care,

Christina

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