We are excited to be taking part in a book launch this week for our talented friend, Rebecca Cooper and her newest eBook Real.Life.Photography: How to find magic in everyday moments available NOW at Ella Publishing! I absolutely love this reminder to look for and capture the beauty in the simple, daily moments of our lives with our families. It’s a subject that is important to me and that I need to be better at actually doing, because I know I will want to look back on those sweet (and not so sweet!) moments that make up our life. So I was very happy to receive a copy of Rebecca’s book and I’d love to tell you about it!

Real. Life. Photography

In her newest book, photographer Rebecca Cooper inspires us to pick up our camera more often and look for the magic in everyday moments! She shares 70 pages of tips and ideas for taking amazing photos in all kinds of real-life situations.

Illustrated by 127 real-life photos, this eBook is organized into six useful chapters, including: Photographing Real Life, Using Real Light, Capturing Real Relationships, Practicing Real Patience, Enhancing Real Photos, and Checklists for Real Life. Here are some samples of pages inside the book:

This book is AWESOME. Here are some things I loved about Real.Life.Photography.:

  • It is FULL of clear instructions, organized beautifully with lots of sample photos to illustrate her points. I’m such a visual person so I love to see examples. And Rebecca’s photography is a total TREAT to look at.
  • She gives practical advice that both beginner and professional can appreciate. I how how she says to “embrace imperfection” and allow yourself to photograph even the messy moments or temper tantrums. 😉 She shares strategies for success that are simple to follow but give you the results you’re after.
  • Rebecca explains technical things in a way that we all can understand. She shares her camera settings and she has a section almost on every page called “How I got the shot” that I totally love. You get the background story about the photo and tips on how to get a similar shot too.

  • I love the reminders to get in those pictures YOURSELF! Hand the camera over to someone so you can be a part of the memories too!
  • Rebecca shares tips on how to create BETTER shots even within the normal environment of home. You don’t have to be in a perfect studio or even have everything cleaned up–you can still take a beautiful photo by following her tips and tricks and paying attention to angles and your point of view.
  • I love her lessons on finding natural light. A MUST READ for improving your photography, it makes such a difference!
  • She also shares ideas on how to get natural smiles from your kids! And having patience! (something I just might need to work on!)
  • I love her checklists to remind us what opportunities we can look for in our daily activities that could be worth capturing! I LOVE THESE!

Rebecca also talks about ways to improve and enhance your photography, with some tricks in Photoshop (PS) or Photoshop Elements (PSE) that can really make your photos have that WOW factor. Like how to brighten up a photo or fix common mistakes. She mentions a set of actions (basically a shortcut for performing a series of photo-editing steps) called the Simple Fixes Action Set that you can also purchase at Ella Publishing. These actions were developed by Addy Lane Vintage Actions to help you to add an extra dose of magic to your favorite photos—you can fix common photo problems, punch up the color, or even create ultra rich black and whites in just a few clicks of the mouse.

I could go on and on because I honestly loved reading through this book. SO GOOD. It inspires me to jump right in and get those everyday moments recorded–I want to do it so very much. Rebecca sums it all up so well:

“Photographing real life isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s a lot harder than taking family portraits in a well-lit studio or outdoors at the perfect time of day. Real life passes quickly. It doesn’t wait for you to pull out your camera. It doesn’t wait for ideal lighting conditions. And it doesn’t wait for your house to be spotless. But I promise that capturing everyday moments is worth the extra effort. Capturing life as it happens helps me see things differently. Boring becomes beautiful. Ordinary becomes extraordinary. Life can get so busy and crowded with distractions that it’s easy to forget what matters most. Pausing to take photos along the way helps me slow down and just enjoy my life exactly as it is.” —from Real.Life.Photography.: How to find magic in everyday moments by Rebecca Cooper

So I have some good news! There’s currently an introductory special for the book + actions. Regular price for the book or the actions is $12.99 but they can be purchased now for $9.99 each. If purchasing the actions + book together you receive an additional 20% off using coupon code PHOTOFIX.

You can follow more of Rebecca’s beautiful photography and projects on her blog: Simple As That.


And even more good news! Rebecca and Ella Publishing are offering as a giveaway to one of our readers a copy of each of the three eBooks she’s written to date –  40 Top Tips for Better Photos and Don’t Say Cheese!,  and Real. Life. Photography. Plus the Simple Fixes Action Set for either PS or PSE!

To enter follow the steps in the Rafflecopter box:

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This giveaway will end on Friday June 22 at midnight EST. The winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.


This is a review of Real. Life. Photography. I was given a copy of the eBook for review purposes; my opinions and thoughts are my own, as always.




  1. Lorinda Says: June 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I’d love to be considered for the giveaway! Looks good!!

  2. This would be a great package! I’ve always wanted to learn ways to improve my pictures

  3. Kimberly Moberg Says: June 19, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I would love to learn how to use my DSLR the right way! 🙂

  4. I really would love this and use it!

  5. Miriam Prantner Says: June 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I also want to get better at using manual settings…..and do it FAST.

  6. I would love to learn how to better use light and become more proficient in manual setting.

  7. Heidi V Says: June 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I’d like to get better at capturing the every day moments that we always seem to take for granted.

  8. I would love to practice on the artistic part of the photography, getting the right light and composition of the photo.

  9. Danielle Says: June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I would love to learn more about how to take pics of those sweet everyday moments.

  10. I would love this! I love Rebecca’s site and all of her beautiful photography 🙂

  11. Although I feel like I’m copying Brooke’s comment up above, I really do want to use light better and use my camera more effectively with light.

  12. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I really want to move away from the auto mode on my camera!

  13. Thanks for the chance to win this new ebook. Would like to win and learn some new photo tricks!

  14. I want to take better pictures of my kids and get in the habit of taking more pictures.

  15. MeganM. Says: June 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I just got PSE and would love to learn how to use it more effectively to edit my photos. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. Thanks for this giveaway! I’d love to learn some tips on taking more exciting pics of my little ones!

  17. Michele Says: June 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Would love this book!!

  18. I would love to learn more about shooting in motion. I love photography and her books seem like they could teach ALOT!

  19. I just got a dslr camera and would LOVE to WIN Rebecca’s ebooks!!!! Thanks for a chance to win!

  20. I’d like to get a better handle on what kind of lighting I should be using in my photos… and/or how to fix my lighting mistakes in photoshop!

  21. I can’t wait to start taking great pictures!!

  22. moonsword Says: June 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I’d like to learn more about using natural lighting. Thanks!

  23. Andrea B. Says: June 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Wow, my pictures so need help!!! I really need to improve with lighting, and getting natural smiles out of my kids.

  24. Kimberly Says: June 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

    This book looks so helpful. I would love to have a copy!

  25. Jenny R. Says: June 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I want to learn more about shooting manually!

  26. Awesome! With baby on the way, this is exactly what I need! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  27. I want to learn how to take better pics of my kids! I’d like to make photo books, but my pics just aren’t that great to print 🙁

  28. GREAT give away. I’d love to learn how to take better pictures with my SLR camera.

  29. I need to learn how to use better light when inside. Outside is great, but all of my indoor pictures are dark!

  30. charissa Says: June 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

    catching natural moments with my kids

  31. i’d love to win! looks like an inspiring/educational read! 🙂

  32. Jennifer Petersen Says: June 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I want to learn how to take better candids of my two kiddos together.

  33. Amanda Smith Says: June 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I need to learn everything about photography!

  34. Maria Alvarado Says: June 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I would love to learn more about taking great pictures. This is a great giveaway.

  35. Megan Conway Says: June 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve never wanted to win a giveaway as much as I want this one!! I love Rebecca’s blog!! I need to improve the lighting in my pictures and want to be able to use the Manuel setting.

  36. My husband and I would love this book. We both want to learn the ins and outs of taking better pictures!

  37. I need help with lighting!

  38. I have photoshop elements and want to learn to do more with it!

  39. Would love to read all of these!

  40. I’d like to be able to take better photos in direct sunlight and low light.

  41. I want to learn more about catching everyday moments not just posed portraits.

  42. I’d love to take better pictures inside!

  43. oooh – i would love to get these books! I snap a bazillion pictures, but I really need help learning how to use my DSLR and how to make my photos look good.

  44. I’d love to learn more about how to make blurred backgrounds — and how to take photos of architecture and make the sky AND the building be in full color.

  45. Ruth W. Says: June 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’d love to have these books to help me in my “begin photography” challenge to myself.

  46. Stacy Hansen Says: June 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    What an awesome book!

  47. What I really, really, really want to learn about is Photoshop tips and help. I would love to know how to fix up all the pics I take.

  48. II want to learn about Photoshop as well as be brave enough to get out of autofocus!

  49. Katy Emanuel Says: June 20, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I want to learn how to edit photos

  50. I want to learn how to shoot without the automatic setting!

  51. Becky N. Says: June 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I only use photoshop to crop pictures, so there is a lot I want to learn!!

  52. This sounds like an awesome giveaway!! I would love to learn to use my SLR to take fireworks pictures!!

  53. What an awesome giveaway! I want to learn to take fireworks pictures with my DSLR!

  54. I want to be more comfortable shooting and editing RAW photographs.

  55. I want to get better at getting natural candid moments caught on camera.

  56. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  57. I want to learn how to take better candid shots…and I’d also like to learn more about lighting (what is the best lighting…what to do if you have too much light…etc.).

  58. GretchenP Says: June 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    i’d love to learn to find the light better.. it’s hard with moving kiddos! 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Melissa L Says: June 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Just found your blog.
    Love the actions!

  60. Melissa L Says: June 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I forgot to say that I want to add great color to my pictures.

  61. Shelley Says: June 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I would love how to actually use the settings on my camera so I can capture better photos! I’m sure I’m missing out from lack of knowledge! 🙂

  62. Shantell Says: June 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’d love to learn how to better photograph my kids. Especially when they are on the move 🙂

  63. I’ve always wanted to learn more about using speedlites on and off the camera.

  64. LaTanya Says: June 21, 2012 at 9:46 am


  65. I would love to be able to capture the amazing moments we find in our everyday lives. Right now I am not so good at taking pictures that do not look staged. Very excited for a possibility to win this.

  66. I want to get better at capturing those moments of fun without interrupting them.

  67. Bailey S. Says: June 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Great giveaway!!!

  68. everything! i use my iphone right now and would love to learn a dslr!

  69. would like to learn aperture and shutter speed better–and action shots!

  70. Jennie Bobbins Says: June 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I really want to know more about aperture and ISO and when to use the settings and how you know when!

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