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  1. Hi there,

    I just wanted to let you know that I am mentioning your blog in my next post. I am nominating you for a One Lovely Blog Award. I hope you don’t mind. If it’s not something you are interested in, (It seems to be a lot of work to accept said awards), there is zero pressure for you to take action. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog!

    Enjoy your day. : )

  2. Are the photos you post taken by you? I have seen one in particular of Devil’s Bridge in Sedona, on someone’s Pinterest board. May I re-pin giving you the photo credit?

    Bill Shattuck/Canada

  3. Hi Paula
    I have just been reading about the I-phone photo academy and Emil Pakarklis, and this all sounded really good , until I read your message to the effect that you could no longer recommend it to people. I was thinking about parting with these funds in the hope of learning a lot, but am very interested in your own change of heart. I realise that your wording in the last message us carefully chosen etc, but the asterisk doesn’t lead anywhere. Can you possibly elaborate ?
    Thanks in anticipation 🙂

    • Dear John, it would be difficult to lay out in an email all the events that led to this change of heart – but I will say, I was not alone in this issue. Let me see if I can summarize: After purchasing and taking part in 14 months of a monthly module series – from the beginning of Emil’s photo school programs – I was informed that if I did not pay in an addition $200 for the class series they had decided to cancel, I would loose access too all the 14 months worth of content that had gone before (which I had paid for on a monthly basis). I was given this information with two weeks left to watch any content in those modules I had not been able to watch yet – which of course I did not have time to do and thus lost all as I felt paying in the extra $200 was not a respectable option. While nothing they did went against contract, I still felt it was bad business practice and felt cheated/extorted/lost confidence in the organization. I will add that while others were also informed they would have to pay the same amount in order to continue to have access to the modules they had already purchased – some were offered the same deal for less money and even free. Plus the entire 14 months worth of modules had just previously been offered to new students for less than a fourth of the cost I would have paid in. All of this was respectfully brought to their attention, but no change in decision was made or alternative offered – I was basically told that was the deal, take it or leave it. Having been a student from the beginning, having paid in quite a bit of money over the years, and having brought many students to the program, I felt particularly slighted – like a slap in the face. I could not in good conscience now ever devote more funds to the program, nor could I confidently recommend to anyone else. I am not going to say I did not learn from the programs. However, the content in the classes is also on the website – free and risk free. Hope that helps and is not vastly confusing!

  4. Hi I had been thinking of signing up for Emils photography course but was reading your blog and noted that you no longer recommend the course.Can i ask why? Need to find a way of improving my photo skills.many thanks x

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