Real.Life.Photography. e-Book: I’m Lovin’ It


Real Life Photography e-book

 Most of you know that I LOVE photography!

A few years ago I tried my hand at a 365 photo a day project (I made it all the way thru mid October!) and now I pretty much take photo’s every day with my iphone. I love capturing my family’s life as it happens.  Some of the photos I get are “print worthy” but many are not, and that’s ok, because they are pictures that remind me of  Allison’s first date, or the how our tongues turned blue from the candy we ate, or moving Heather into her first apartment.

Getting the “real life moments” is something I’d love to learn more about, so when I heard about a new e-book by one of my favorite bloggers/photographers, Rebecca Cooper I knew I need to get my hands on it QUICK!

For those of you who don’t know Rebecca, she’s talented beyond belief and blogs at Simple As That.  She is a professional photographer and mother of four children, who recently returned home, with her family to Alberta, Canada, after living on a tiny island in the Dutch Caribbean.  She is the author of two previous photography eBooks, 40 Top Tips for Better Photos and Don’t Say Cheese!, and has now has published her third, titled Real. Life. Photography.   She was recently chosen as one of ten bloggers who experienced a once in a life time trip as a Great Barrier Reef Queensland Blogger Correspondent hosted by Problogger and Tourism Queensland.

Rebecca’s latest photography ebook, Real.Life.Photography inspires us to pick up our cameras more often and to look for the magic in every day moments.  The 70 pages are jam packed with tips and tricks for taking amazing photos in all kinds of real-life situations.

Take a peak:

Rebecca Cooper_ Real Life Photography

Each page is full beautiful real life photos.  Rebecca shares exactly how she got the shot as well as her camera settings!  This book is easy to read and understand for the novice photographer, yet full of inspiration for those with a little more experience. 

The book even includes a chapter on enhancing your photos; quick fixes, Photoshop short cuts and even solutions to common mistakes!  Christy from Addy Lane has made a set of actions called Simple Fixes Actions that are the perfect compliment to Rebecca’s e-book.  They work for both Photoshop Elements and PS.  I  love that when  paired with Real.Life.Photography., they can turn your everyday moments into magical memories!

Here’s a shot I took of my mom with our girls, using some of the Simple Fix actions

Editing with Simple Fix Actions at TidyMom

Nothing crazy or drastic, just simple and sweet.



Win all 4 from Rebecca Cooper at

I’m Lovin’ Rebecca and her new e-book and Rebecca has generously offered to give one lucky TidyMom reader a copy of  ALL THREE of Rebecca’s e-Books as well as a set of the new Photoshop /Photoshop Elements, “Simple Fixes Action Set” to help you out! {total value $41.96}


CONGRATS TO THE WINNER! Comment #349 Linda Dale

(the first winner never responded, so Linda was the runner up!)

TO ENTER TO WIN:  Just leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite thing to photograph

FOR AN ADDITIONAL ENTRY:  Let me know if you “LIKE” both TidyMom & Simple As That on Facebook (be sure leave a comment telling me you do)

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to everyone . Must be over 18. Sweepstake begins on June 21, 2012 will end on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm CST. Prize value $41.96.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winner will be notified by email by July 2, 2012 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, Rebecca Cooper and Ella Publishing  are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails. Winner will be posted on this blog post by July 2, 2012.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  By entering this sweepstake, you have agreed to these rules. 

Good Luck!

Real Life Photography ebook

For those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on either of these items now, you can purchase them for the introductory price of $9.99 each (the regular price will be $12.99).

Or if you would like to purchase both the book and the actions together, you can receive 20% off  by using the promo code PHOTOFIX at checkout.

I'm Lovin It Party at every week!

I’m Lovin’…….Real. Life. Photography e-book

Now it’s your turn! Please remember to link back to

Let us know what you’re lovin’ this week!

*Don’t forget to come back over the weekend for the I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up post……where I feature a few of the great links!!

What is I’m Lovin’ It Fridays? get all the info, how to’s trouble shoot and button here


Big thanks to Rebecca for sending me + one reader a copy of her book and the actions so we can have awesome photographs!

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. I liked TidyMom and Simple As That on Facebook!

  2. I love to photograph my daughter!

  3. I love catching my kids when they aren’t expecting it. Completely posed and “say cheese” pictures are adorable. But some of the images you can capture in the moment are mesmerizing.

  4. I love everything. What a fun site to go to when I need a little inspiration.

  5. I like you, and very glad I did.

  6. I liked Tidy Mom and Simple as that on Facebook. And, I love to photograph my grandsons!

  7. I like to get pictures of my children when they don’t know I am taking pictures. Where I live I am surrounded by a natural wildlife reserve so I am lucky enough to get some pictures of very cool animals passing through my yard too. I am just discovering some of the features on my camera and love just playing around with it. I keep thinking I should take a class but with 5 kids scheduling can be difficult, would love to learn more.

  8. I would LOVE to have this book. Like many of your followers, I love to take pictures of my daughter and I love to try to capture everyday moments and her childhood. I am not as good though, at printing them and putting the in my project life albums… Can’t wait to check out your book!

  9. I have three grandchildren that I love to photograph. And now…I have another new baby grandson! Can not wait to see him and photograph him!!!

  10. We have our first granddaughter! I would like to capture memories for her and future grandchildren.

  11. I would LOVE to have this book. I have gone to two classes to learn how to take great shots with my Nikon D7000, but they were not very helpful and they only really knew Canons…This would be great! I have a new grand-baby and LOVE to take great shots and edit them!!

  12. I would LOVE to get more education on taking great shots and how to edit them. Can’t wait to check this out some more and get great shots of my granddaughter!!!

  13. I love photographing my kids….if they’d stand still long enough. Lately I’ve been working on my food photography, mainly my decorated cookies. Still have ALOT to learn.

  14. I love to photograph my daughter!

  15. I liked Tidy Mom and Simple as That on FB!

  16. I love photographing food. It never runs around while I am trying to take its picture. 🙂 I also liked both Facebook pages. I started a photo/food blog six months ago. It is such a great way to up my game in the kitchen & to share recipes, stories & pictures. I’m interested in learning all I can on how to take better shots of my son/kitchen/garden/etc. Check it out my blog if you get a chance!

  17. My favorite thing to photograph is food. I am a new food blogger and trying to learn as much as I can about it 🙂 Its a lot of fun though!!!

  18. Fave thing to photograph: something creative.

  19. My favorite thing to photograph right now is my 1mo nth old nephew.

  20. I liked both on facebook

  21. Since I don’t yet have children, I love to photograph my pets and all of the adorable things they do!

  22. I love capturing the silliness of my girls on camera. It makes my heart happy. 🙂

  23. My favorite thing to photograph are sincere and unscripted smiles.

  24. My boys & all the things they love & the things they love to do, everyday moments 🙂

  25. I love taking picture of my two very cute puppies but one day hope to take pictures of my children!

  26. I like both Tidy Mom and SImple as that on Facebook:)

  27. Right now I’d have to say I love taking pictures of my puppy. And hopeful someday in the future that will change to pictures of my kids.

  28. I love to photograph my miniature dachshund Jessie! She is always so sweet looking when she sleeps. I also love to take pictures outside when the sky is a beautiful blue or the sun is hidden behind the clouds just right. I just went and liked both of your links as well! Discovered this blog today and I LOVE IT!

  29. I love to photograph my 3 year old!

  30. I liked both Facebook Pages

    My favorite thing to photograph would really have to be anything and everything macro- There is something about having one object in full detail and surrounded by Booker that i just love. I especially enjoy it with more colorful objects, such as fruit or against a neon colored wall/back drop, its happy, uplifting, and I just can take enough of them! another aspect of Macro I enjoy is up close shots of eyes and faces, it’s amazing the emotions you can seen on such a small faction of the face,

  31. Love this giveaway. My favorite thing to photograph is my new daughter Paige!! I am wearing my camera out this month 🙂

  32. My favorite thing to take photos of is my new boston terrier puppy 🙂


  33. I liked both of your facebook pages!


  34. I love taking pictures of my 15 month old son!

  35. I love taking pictures of my two sweet boys – A is 2 years old and C is 5 months.

  36. I also like TidyMom & Simple As That on Facebook! Thank you!

  37. I love taking pictures of My kids…there is the mom in me! 🙂

  38. I also “liked” Tidy Mom & Simple as that pages 🙂

  39. My favorite thing to photograph is my daughter!

  40. I like both TidyMom & Simple As That on Facebook.

  41. My favorite thing to photograph is my kids, animals, friends and family. We lost a good friend at age 40 last year and when the family asked for pictures they had lots from when she was young but the older she got and the more they took pictures of their twins and not her and her husband the less pictures they had. I make it a point to take pictures of friends and family everywhere I go (and always take pictures of my kids). Thanks for the chance.

  42. I love to photograph my niece!

  43. I like Tidy Mom and Simple As That on Facebook!

  44. I love to take pictures of my nieces and nephews…my favorite are the candids when they don’ realize that I am there.

  45. I like Tidy Mom and Simple as That on FB.

  46. We adopted our wonderful son almost 9 months ago and there is no one I like taking pictures of more! You can just ask my facebook friends. 🙂

  47. Love to photograph the fam on vacation!

  48. My favorites are my pets, 2 dogs & a cat!!

  49. My favorite thing to photograph is like many others said, my family. I LOVE pics of my kids sitting all around the house. My three kids are very close in age so I didnt have a lot of time to take pics as they were all going in three different directions at once and I was just trying to catch up with them. I love my iphone…it is always around to snap a photo! 🙂 I love your pics on Instagram by the way. 🙂

  50. I like Tidy mom and Simple as that !

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