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announcing workshop give-away!

I am thrilled to be able to give away one spot in 21 SECRETS Spring 2015! Just leave a comment below and I will randomly select a winner. Entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, March 31.

It’s been five years since I quit my job and started a photography business. At the time, I was blogging regularly and made a few online friends who I am still in touch with to this day. Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio was one of those people. From afar, our stories may seem very different, but take a closer look and we have a lot in common. At the time, we both were ready to take a leap – and leap, we did! She and I both started running our own businesses around the same time and had babies around the same time. Along the way, Connie has created a beautiful online space where she shares her artist’s journey and teaches some amazing e-courses for artists. She constantly inspires me as an artist and a friend.

One of the many talents Connie has is bringing people together. For the past couple of years, she has gathered teachers to teach an online art journaling workshop. But this isn’t just any workshop. It’s 21 workshops! Taught by 21 teachers! I have watched from afar, marveling at the community she has created. This year, she asked me to be one of the 21 teachers for the Spring 21 SECRETS Workshop. I am not an art journaler, but she wanted to include an artist that will push the participants to try something new. During the spring session, that new thing will be photography!

What is 21 SECRETS?

The 21 SECRETS eBook contains 25+ hours of inspiring videos, full color photos, printouts, and detailed instructions where you will discover new techniques, unique methods, and bold approaches to art journaling and embracing your creativity with more gusto and joy!”

One of my favorite things about this eBook is that you can go at your own pace and in whatever order you’d like. You don’t have to feel like you can’t keep up. You just download your eBook and it’s yours forever. You can dip your toe in when your schedule allows or dive in head first.

To learn more about the workshops being offered in 21 SECRETS Spring 2015 and to pre-order your copy, hop over here!

I recently sat down for an interview with Connie. She asked me about my journey as an artist and I got to reminisce about how I got here. I also shared a little about my 21 SECRETS workshop and how photography connects to art journaling.

So grab a cup of something warm and cozy up with me and Connie for this 21 Secrets Conversation. And if you are feeling the urge to get your creative juices flowing, I hope you’ll join us for 21 SECRETS Spring workshops.

21 SECRETS Conversations with Darrah Parker from Connie Solera on Vimeo.

*Note: I am a 21 SECRETS affiliate, so if you click over using my link to register, I receive a small commission.

springtime at the sculpture park | seattle family photographer

I had the pleasure of spending Saturday afternoon with a lovely family at the Olympic Sculpture Park. And what a beautiful afternoon it was! Spring has arrived prematurely here in Seattle and this family was ready to bask in the sunshine – or in the case of the 2 1/2 year old, RUN in the sunshine! The sweet toddler brought along her little sister, her parents, and grandparents for the adventure. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our time together.