Winner of Rise and Shine Workshop Scholarship

Rachel and I wanted to thank you so, so much for all the amazing and inspiring stories we have received in response to the free scholarship that we are offering for our Rise and Shine workshop. We got so many emails and we wanted to tell you that we were moved and inspired by each and every one of your stories. We wish there was a way to have everybody be part of our workshop.

We made sure we read each and every email over and over to make sure we pick the person that will most benefit from this amazing workshop. And one email really spoke to our hearts and here is a little insert from the email that really touched out hearts:

“Hi.. My name is Brian Bornick and I am writing this on behalf of my wife Michelle. Michelle just went through a major knee surgery on November 15th, hence the reason this is so late. Michelle was injured during her second deployment to Iraq and this surgery was done to hopefully fix her right knee. She is the most amazing, caring, wonderful woman I have ever met and when she walks into a room, no joke…it lights up!
Michelle and I were married 3 years ago, we are both Army officers with multiple deployments and we are parents. Michelle is a stepmother to my children and a blessing to our family. I could go on all day about my wife. She is compassionate, trustworthy, generous, selfless and everyone who meets her falls in love with her. With all these wonderful qualities comes a strong spirit, faithfulness in the Lord and a will to get through anything.
Since finding your Facebook page and blog, Michelle has talked about getting back into photography and I am beyond thrilled. Let me explain why this is such a huge blessing for us. Michelle is school trained with a certificate in digital publishing and has a photography style that is both photojournalistic and creative. Since Michelle’s first deployment in 2003-2004, she stopped taking pictures. There was no explanation, she just quit…blame it on PTSD or depression, all I know is her family misses it so much. As her husband it breaks my heart that such a huge part of her is missing. Michelle has had so much of her interests taken away because of her dedication to this country. Because of her knees she is no longer a runner, a kickboxer, or an athlete of any kind; because of PTSD, her photography is gone. This new interest has been incredible. Michelle talks about it, is making plans to get things moving and saving for a new camera. She has even named her business and purchased a webpage…she named it Michelle my Belle Photography. Then this scholarship opportunity came up and I think this may be the answer to her prayers, not to mention the one thing that puts all the pieces together for her.”

I think after reading this, each and everyone of you will agree that Michelle Bornick really deserves this scholarship!!!

For all of those that have entered for this scholarship, know that your stories were incredible inspiring, you are all fighters, survivors and will do amazing things in life. Even thought we have to pick just one person for the scholarship we would like to offer you 25% off the Bohemian Symphony Collection that I have for sale and Rachel will be offering 25% off the newborn posing guide. Please email me at for the Bohemian Symphony Collection discount and Rachel at for the Newborn Posing Guide!!!The 25% discount will only apply to those that have not purchased the Bohemian Symphony Collection or the Newborn Posing Guide.

The 25% discount will only apply to those that have not purchased the Bohemian Symphony Collection or the Newborn Posing Guide.

Again thank you so so much to everybody for taking the time and emailing us your inspiring stories!!!! We will have other workshops as well as scholarships that you will be able to apply for!!

Jessica Helton - December 4, 2011 - 8:45 pm

Wow! I’m so glad that she won! Such a deserving person!

Alicia H. - December 4, 2011 - 10:14 pm

Congratulations michelle!!! You sooo deserve to win!!! Can’t wait to see ur work!

Aubray Deckard - December 5, 2011 - 8:43 am

Great choice! I wouldn’t have wanted to be the one that had to decide! You guys did good. Congratulations Michelle!

Nichole Keffer - December 5, 2011 - 3:45 pm

a note to Michelle…all that I can say is thank you for your service. You are an incredible woman.

dawn butts - December 15, 2011 - 9:48 am

My daughter graduates this year and wants to go to college for photogrhy. this would help so much. moneys tight. i want her to have a chance for a good be able to support herself. thank you.

dawn butts - December 15, 2011 - 9:50 am

Eda Johnson - December 15, 2011 - 9:59 am

Thank you for the giveaway. Love your blog!

Eda Johnson - December 15, 2011 - 10:00 am

Thanks for the giveaway. Love your blog!

Katie Pieroni - December 15, 2011 - 10:19 pm

Your photographs are amazing. I only hope that one day I can be where you are in your life with your work. Thank you for allowing me to see them


Katie Pieroni - December 15, 2011 - 10:21 pm

Your photographs are amazing. I only hope that one day I can be where you are in your life with your work. Thank you for inspiring me to be better.


Jenica Schulz - December 16, 2011 - 11:50 am

I posted mine on twitter! I’ve become a little obsessed with it lately :P Anyways, Merry Christmas! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I tried doing this last night but wasn’t sure if it worked…

Tonya mays Russell - December 17, 2011 - 11:32 pm

I am a real big fan of your work I love Nikon camara s and I am sorry about your heartaches thru your life and GOD BLESS YOU for helping others and seeing the good ppl have

Lilian cuevas - December 17, 2011 - 11:35 pm

Yes! I attempted twice but wasn’t able to comment! lol finally could. anyway, thanks for this opportunity! God knows how much I want this but to whoever wins, congrats!!! Once again, thank you sooo much for doing this :) God bless

Michelle Morehouse - December 17, 2011 - 11:43 pm

Thank you so much for doing this giveaway, and giving one of us lucky people the chance at starting something great! I love your work.

Jessica Insley-Greene - December 18, 2011 - 12:06 am

First of all, thank you so much for having such a huge heart and sharing all you do with your fans. I’m always checking your page to see what new posts you’ve shared with us. Your quotes that you share are always inspirational. Second, thank you for creating the Bohemian Symphony Collection!! I use your actions in every session I edit…indoor and outdoor shoots…you have an action for everything I need! Third, thank you for this amazing giveaway! Unbelievable how generous you truly are! Happy Holidays to you and your family! ? Good luck to everyone who has entered!!

Gina - December 18, 2011 - 12:26 am

I was one of the first comments on the original post! I will repost this giveaway on both my personal facebook and my fan page! Would love to win a better camera! as i am a beginner photographer and really want to upgrade! good luck everyone!!!

Katelyn Thompson - December 18, 2011 - 12:40 am

Yay!!Your such a fabulous lady!!! Thanks SO much for this giveaway!!!!! I’m a new photographer who has been pestering the hubs…and stealing his camera CONSTANTLY! I drool over your blog constantly! hahaha Hope I can win this one!!! Save the hubs and I BOTH the frustration! LOL!!!! <3 Thanks again!! Good luck to everyone!!!!!

Asun Olivan - December 18, 2011 - 5:07 am

Hi Lidia, thank you so much for this opportunity of winning such a great price. You’re such a great artist but more importantly such a great mum and such a great person. Thank you for your generosity. I just pray that God will keep blessing you so you can keep being such a blessing to those around you (and overseas!)
I hope I can give back just a portion of what you give everyday. You’re an amazing example. Keep up your wonderful work.
Much love, Asun.

kim barter - December 18, 2011 - 6:40 am

Love your stuff!!!!

Denise - December 18, 2011 - 6:55 am

thank you so much :)
Good luck everyone and merry christmas to you all :)

Denise - December 18, 2011 - 6:55 am


Ally Elliott - December 18, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Love your Bohemian Sympony Collection!!!!

Katie Lamb - December 18, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Thanks for doing this! :) You’re great!

Kelly Bartsch - December 19, 2011 - 11:53 am

Your Pictures are awesome! I am a Nikon girl too!! That is really awesome of you to do that! Merry Christmas! :)

Lisaann Waldner - December 21, 2011 - 11:09 pm

wow! merry Christmas!

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