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I’m so excited to share the photography of Georgianna Lane with you.  Georgianna is an absolute sweetheart and you can surely see this in her soft, dreamy photographs.  She has the most AMAZING pictures of flowers I have ever seen, in my life.  And not only are just pretty flowers, but the photos are styled perfectly and she has such a vast knowledge about each flower she photographs as well.  Her shop contains many  5 x 7, 8 x 8, and 8 x 12 Fine Art Prints and each and every one of her blog posts are filled with such beautiful color and are sure to make you *swoon*!  And guess what??  One of my lucky readers (yes, that means you) will be able to WIN one of her lovely photos! But let’s get to know Georgianna just a little bit better before I give you the deets on how you can win…

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a freelance photographer, writer and designer, living on a wooded wildlife habitat in north Seattle with my husband. Although I love photographing anything, I currently specialize in flowers and gardens.

How did you start getting into photography?  What equipment do you use?
I got my first camera when I was about 8 or 9 so have been taking photographs my whole life. But I would say I’ve been pretty much full time for the last six years. I use all Nikon cameras and lenses and have been shooting digital since Nikon’s first digital SLR came out in 2002. Digital bodies go obsolete very quickly so I’ve invested in the best possible lenses. Currently I use 60mm f/2.8 macro, 105mm f/2.8 macro, 24-70 f/2.8 zoom, 80-200 f/2.8 zoom, 12-24 f/4 DX and 50mm f/1.4. I have bought and sold a lot of equipment over the years, but I still keep several film cameras for special circumstances!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration can be found in so many unexpected places. Nature is probably my biggest inspiration, my own garden and all the other gardens I’m fortunate to visit. I’m very inspired by memories and moods and emotions. It’s more important to me to capture an atmosphere rather than just record how something looks, and to consider how the image will effect the viewer and what feelings it will conjure up in them, from their own memories and experiences. I try to find elements of serenity that will bring peaceful moments to others.

Have any advice for anyone who is thinking about starting up a shop?
Take some care choosing your Etsy shop name. You can’t change it, although I understand Etsy is working on revising their programming to enable a shop name change. Keep your shop stocked with a variety of items, offer specials and most importantly, promote! Having a shop does not guarantee sales. Think of it as a storefront – if you had a little store in a town, you’d have to promote to get people to come in, not rely only on them walking in from the street.

I just love that everything in her shop is drawn from inspiration around her home and nature!  Don’t her photos just capture a certain atmosphere or show off an emotion more than just record a scene??  I think that’s the most important photography lesson that I can take away to grow in my own photography as well.  So on to the giveaway details, here’s what you can win, a print of this gorgeous photo to hang up in your house (or wherever you like)!

{To Enter}

1. Visit Georgianna’s shop and leave a comment below with the name of your favorite item from her shop.

2. (For additional entries) Blog, Twitter, or Facebook about this giveaway and leave a separate comment with each link. If you Twitter, please use @sandyalamode in your tweet so I can track them.  And to make things extra easy, feel free to use this tweet:

I just entered myself in a #GIVEAWAY to win a beautiful Plum Tree Blossom Print by Georgianna Lane on @sandyalamode! http://bit.ly/aGKd7j

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 5:00PM CST. The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be announced on this blog on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.  Thank you SO much Georgianna and good luck all!  Now don’t forget to hop on over to her blog and shop and get lost in all of her magical photos!

Entries for this giveaway have been closed.