Happiness is Elevating the Everyday + A Photography Class Giveaway

We document important days. As a mother, I feel like it’s one of my most important jobs: I’m in charge of making sure my kids have evidence of their childhoods when they are adults.

And so of course I make sure the camera is charged and ready on the first day of school.

first day of school collage

“Your camera is working really well,” Jared says.

And I don’t even punch him, which I think is pretty cool of me.

What my husband doesn’t realize is that a) I am clearly a creative genius and b) two days before my kids went back to school, I stayed up well past my bedtime poring over a photography book. Thanks to that book, I woke up on back-to-school day not only inspired, but empowered and confident that I could do the day justice.

How a Photography Book Is Helping Me Be a Better Mom

When I asked Tracey Clark if I could send her a copy of my book, she asked if she could return the favor and send me a copy of her latest book. Of course I said yes, and Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood arrived in my mailbox a few days later.

I looked at the great big, beautiful book and immediately felt like I was in over my head.

elevate the every dayBut I love taking pictures, and I really want to take better pictures, so I took a deep breath and dove in.

I was met with encouragement, as well as practical advice. This book isn’t about how to become an award-winning photojournalist or a professional photographer. It is, instead, about how to capture your family’s story. It is about how to see what makes your story special and unique. It is about helping you recognize the details you’ll want to remember long after the current chapter has ended, but also celebrating the phase you’re right in the middle of before it passes you by.

It’s not just the special occasions and milestones.

everday collage

I reached out to Tracey initially because her “elevate the everyday” philosophy resonated with me. It reminded me of my own passion for practicing gratitude. At the core, I think they are the same.

Elevate the Everday, I think, is a belief that a life is full of small moments and that it is our responsibility to recognize those moments. It is our gift, our privilege to hold up the seemingly insignificant so that they can be recognized for what they really are: the very essence of happiness.

You Can Learn to Elevate the Everyday

You don’t need a fancy camera to make the seemingly mundane remarkable. And you don’t need a book, or a class, or lessons to be mindful of the tiny moments that light you up.

But sometimes a book, or a class, or a lesson can give us a nudge. They can help us recognize the tools we have and make us feel better qualified to use them. They can teach us how to take what’s in our hearts and transfer them to papers that can be touched and passed down through generations.

Tracey is teaching a new 7-week course, Picture Everyday, designed to help you learn how to better elevate your everyday.

From the website:

Through 30 surprisingly powerful photo prompts, dozens of inspiring images and videos, and eight weeks of gentle encouragement, Tracey will help you elevate your everyday—and fill your soul with gratitude along the way. You’ll be focusing your lens on topics like Routine, Spaces, Places, Details, Connections, and Affections.

Your final week of class is an exclusive pass to Tracey’s upcoming self-paced class, A Photographer’s Guide to Project Life. Throughout the week, you’ll be inspired to select photos from the past seven weeks to display in a keepsake photo album.

This class is NOT just for parents. It’s for anyone who wants to learn more about elevating their own everyday. It’s for anyone who wants to turn their camera into a tool for recording gratitude.

Class starts September 12th and is $80. (Click here to register or find out more.)



I am so excited to be able to offer this. I know this experience will make one of you very happy not just during the class, but for as long as you continue to notice what’s special about your everyday life.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good luck!

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Tracey didn’t pay me to offer this giveaway. I received a free copy of her book and sent her one of mine. She is giving away a copy of An Amateur’s Guide to Happiness on her site today. Collaboration is a wonderful thing! :-)

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  1. Linda says:

    Hi Britt,
    I found your blog through Simplicity in Action series over at Courtney Carver’s be more with less.
    I am completely hooked on your writing.
    I also believe in elevating the everyday – finding beauty in our day-to-day, and have recently started photography as a way of capturing these moments. Would love a spot on this photography course, it sounds perfect!
    Thanks for hosting! :)
    Linda’s most recent post: The last of the August break

  2. Shannon says:

    Elevate the Everyday. I LOVE this idea.
    Shannon’s most recent post: Beat the Heat in NJ/PA with Wind, Water, and Wax

  3. Sarah says:

    I love the every day shots.

  4. Jen Madole says:

    I have yet to be disappointed in anything that you have suggested. I have been trying to find time these past few months to pick up my camera and get better. So excited about this opportunity.

  5. Jessica says:

    So cool! Would love, love, love to win this spot! Thanks so much for a chance!

  6. Jessica says:

    P.S. I want to take the class because I love the everyday! I took another class in which Tracey was one of the instructors. Love her style!

  7. Marisol Bonilla says:

    Oh my food life and photography. Can it get any better. I love this.would feel happy for a spot

  8. Laura BC says:

    Would love some inspiration to capture those everyday moments. For example, I can’t believe how few photos I have of my daughter’s room – something I didn’t realize until we transitioned her to a new room and I don’t have much to compare the old and new for this milestone.

  9. Julia says:

    I love the work of Tracey and the idea behind elevate the everyday! My photography style changed and I’m looking for more inspiration!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  10. anngeedee says:

    Tracey’s classes are fabulous. I’d really love to be a part of this one!

  11. Noel says:

    I love the idea of elevating the everyday. And I want to become a better photographer. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  12. angi says:

    I love the idea of taking pictures, but I’ve never found myself to be very good at it. I want to start taking classes. Now I just have to follow through.
    (step one, win a class so you can’t back out)
    angi’s most recent post: Visiting Hours

  13. Lily Sheng says:

    I’m a big fan of the Shutter Sisters and Tracey Clark’s photos as well as, and especially, her writing, are very inspirational. I’d love to have a chance at this class. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. That is such a wonderful idea! I will definitely try to elevate the everyday things, thanks!

  15. When you are inspired to do something to better your family, it is always a good thing. I’m obsessed with pictures and love the ease of camera phones. You can take as many pictures go back to look through the photos over and over again. It is always a highlight for my niece and nephew to look at all the pictures on my phone.
    Janine @ BreathOfOptimism’s most recent post: Love to Laugh

  16. Renae says:

    I’ve been having trouble HAVING an everyday life to elevate. I feel like I spend all my time and energy writing or otherwise working. It’s less about needing to work that much and more about not knowing what else to do now that we’ve downsized and simplified our lifestyle. Well, that and the fact that the youngest doesn’t need near as much of my time now that the college is educating him instead of me :)

    I could really use a reason to think about my new reality – as it is and as I want it to be.
    Renae’s most recent post: Hunting a haunting Halloween on Etsy: artisanal, hand-crafted tricks and treats to order now.

  17. Laura says:

    This is exactly the kind of thing I have been slowly working towards on my own. This is a wonderful Idea for a class! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  18. Chris says:

    Hi Britt. I am so happy to have found your blog by way of a link on FoodieCrush. I love the concept of Elevate the Everyday! With my crazy busy life, if I can find one moment each day to savor, it will make it all worthwhile. Thanks for sharing!!

  19. Naomi says:

    I had “revel” as one of my 2013 words … because it reminds me to “elevate the everyday” — revel in the normality and the seemingly mundane.
    Naomi’s most recent post: There is beauty.

  20. Peggy says:

    I love Tracey’s book and taking this class would really help me to get back on track with taking pictures of the everyday moments and capture my family in a whole new way.

  21. I have been eyeing this book for a while and just got an email about the course!! Both would make me insanely happy…!

  22. Sandie Conry says:

    I have taken other classes of Tracey’s and they are always awesome! How could I possibly miss this one?!

  23. [...] photo of my coffee canister represents the first prompt in Tracey Clark’s Photograph the Everyday class that I signed up for. It started last week and I’m excited to stretch my creative muscles a [...]

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