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{Friday Finds} Celebrating Extraordinary Creativity

 And a Start to Finish Give Away Opportunity


Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

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Today's find.....Gob-Smacking Gorgeous... Amazing Talent... Be Still my heart....

But first... a quick story.....

I posted my gorgeous colander on IG the other day... along with this Winner's/TJ Max story..... Here it is.. slightly edited.... cause I'm revealing my sweet milk bottle today as well.

Time for a Quick Story? cause if there’s a prop…there’s usually a story…. Right?

My sister in law and i were out walking the pups yesterday…
she says.. ‘there was some good stuff at winners today!’….
Me ‘like what?’ …..
Tara ‘lots of nice clothes, nice sweaters… and oh there was this bench you would love…’ We finished our walk…. I came home to get back to work…but I kept thinking about winners….
So I say to John… ‘i have to zip into town… ‘
John.. ‘for what’…. Me … ‘i need to pick up some things’….
John ‘like what? I can go for you?’…
Me...long pause. 'honestly.. I need to go to Winners… it’s calling me’…
The funniest thing... this didn't even phase him....
And so we went…. I didn’t buy the bench (too pricey, but really fabulous)…. but I found 2 gorgeous sweaters…and some great props… this white stoneware colander and the milk bottle were two of my finds…. White love… Oh and the apples…are from John's 2 year old apple tree that’s been sadly neglected….but blessed us with apples anyways...  ♡

Onto the main attraction - Or I should say Mind Blowing Talent

Start to Finish Student Features.... Enjoy....

Check back ... there are more to share.

Image Credit - Start to Finish Student Michelle Mollinga

I've mentioned that I will be running anothe round of Start to Finish this fall.

I'm excited to say registration will open Monday! Class begins..... September 23rd.

Today I was browsing the student gallery in the Start to Finish classroom...... I wanted to feature some of the amazing artwork...... and Oh my gosh...... I was gob-smacked.

Almost as if....I was seeing the photos for the first time..... So many gorgeous images...... It made me teary..... and so grateful...Oh my.... 

Today I'm sharing just a sprinkle of the amazing images... So many more to share..... 

Image Credit: Start to Finish student Sylvia Houben 

Start to Finish covers everything I know about styling and still-life photography.... from conception to completion.....

I put it all out there....It's jammed full of info and inspiration..... I always give 110% in my classes.... cause quite honestly... I can't not. : )

The work that came out of the first session.. is truly amazing.... I will also be additional content to the already packed full course.....


Image Credit: Start to Finish Super Star....Beverlyl Cazzell


Image Credit Start to Finish Student: Donna Hopkins


Always love to see you here...

Thank you for sharing your finds.....for being a part of this space...... So grateful.

Start to Finish Early Bird Spot Give Away

Registration does not open til Monday..... but I'm giving away a basic spot in Start to Finish to one lucky commentor on today's post ....

Winner will be announced on Monday when registration opens..... 

Good luck... lovelies....

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 










Reader Comments (132)

I love the composition in that last shot with the madeleines... beautiful!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuckeroomama
So inspiring it makes me invigorated. It makes me want to pick up my camera again.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
Oh my - such beautiful photos - and we are all learning from YOU - thank you Kim - you are always so generous!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercathy @ ma vie trouveec
I am overwhelmed by the Start to Finish student's work. Amazingly creative. I would love to be part of this class.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpat
Such a great find, Kim, love the white against the pretty colors of the apples !
So nice to see all the lovely images, thanks for featuring mine :-)
Start to Finish is a great course, packed with creative inspiration and all your loveliness ...
Happy Friday,
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
I love your find Kim, love the white and I miss our little group on s2f even though we still get together on Be Still and on the internet s2f was really special. The work here from these girls is wonderful and only a small part of their beautiful selves. In fact I featured one of these lovely ladies today as my Friday Find. :)
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara HurstB
Wow!! congrats to all featured artists - truly stunning work!!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
i love your story. and i LOVE {swoon} that colander. and tjmaxx, and of course, especially, your images...
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpatty
Such beautiful work! What a delight it would be get back to nurturing and growing my creative side!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
I love your work Kim. I have been following you for a long time. I also took one of your classes a number of years ago.
Your work is inspiring.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Breining
Winning would be lovely!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Gertz
What beautiful images. Kim, you are a great teacher and an inspiring photographer.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy from PA
I so love your work Kim - every shot is beautiful! I hope to be joining you in Start to Finish this fall! :)
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynne
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim
Your start to finish class looks wonderful. Such talented ladies. Would love to win a spot in the class.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Darling
Styling. Now that's an area that needs more attention from me! Some really gorgeous images here. Inspiring as always.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLindy S
i love your work and would be estactic to be a part of "start to finish".
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterissa w
Friday is my "catch up day". Glad I could catch up here!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Vogel
What amazing photos! Such talented photographers and a great teacher!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne
It looks like they learned a lot from you...I'd love to win a spot in your next class. Thanks for all the inspiration you share with us each week!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill
You have come thru a lot and you are very talented. Thanks for letting me resign up for your light room class. I have last weeks to finish yet but learned so very much. No where can a person find a class like that. Thank you very much. Kay Geraghty
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKay Geraghty
Kim, you find the loveliest treasures and moments of life. Winning a spot in Start to Finish would be a treasure to me.. Grateful for the chance. ox
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelody
To be able to win this class would be amazing!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarrin Hurd
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August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
wow, thanks for sharing these awesome images and inviting me for this exciting class!
would love to join!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrakusribut
Your images are always a delight for the eyes, Kim! :)
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKia
Even if I had taken photography classes in art school, I find that I now know next to nothing about it except to point and shoot--maybe zoom in or out =) I find so much joy in looking at the photos you post--thank you for sharing so much beauty and calm. Your students' photos are wonderful too--wish I could frame and hang them on every available wall space!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMonette Pangan
OOO! This would be so exciting to take! I think it would really jump start my creativity again! I'd love to do it
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Littlebird
What gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKari
I've LOVED taking the Lightroom Begin class and would sooooo love to win the Start To Finish giveaway! ALL your students images are...wowza! Happy Friday!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLenore
Oh how I would love to win a spot in this class. I have so enjoyed all the other classes I have taken from you. To learn how to create such artistic beautiful layouts would be over the top for me!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaser
Kim, the shared student S2F pics are incredible. I would love to win a space in your session 2. Particularly interested nowadays with styling and lighting effects.. I have been working hard recently to finish up a few projects around the house, like refinishing a long neglected dining set...updated look. And refreshed curtains and art on the walls so now I can say I am in a good spot to get back to learning and practicing my photo passion. After taking your Lightroom class, it too has been calling me, much like winners called you in.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Please, oh please pick me! I have wanted to take your class for the longest time but don't have the extra cash right now. Would love to learn. Thank you :)
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjodi renshaw
I would love the chance to be picked...
Your work is truly an inspiration.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatti A.
well, these are just gorgeous. i'll be visiting some of these blogs! thank you!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterd smith kaich jones
Would love a chance to be picked by you...
You and your work are truly an inspiration!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatti A.
I Start to Finish class sounds interesting, but, I don't trust my ability to put together still-lives.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnita Bower
I would love to win a spot in your class! My biggest challenge is the staging for still life compositions.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.
Awesome giveaway. Have a great weekend!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarla
It would be a great joy and honour to win a spot in one of your classes.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Rossouw
Would love to win a spot in your class! Love your work. Thanks too for the wonderful textures!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet B.
My, What a wonderful collection of photos from your "Start to Finish" workshop. Obviously your students learned well--due to your teaching techniques and compassionate style. You are my kind of teacher. Thanks for sharing---and doing all you do for the photography community.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia
Hi Kim. Would love to win this give-away. Absolutely love the milk bottle!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda
Lovely finds! Love the colander, but it's the milk bottle that captures my eye! The samplings from your class are beautiful! Thank you for a chance to win a spot in Start to Finish! It looks like an amazing course!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCathy H.
I can hardly wait to win!!! Beautiful things to see.....
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersona
It is definitely a 'happy' for me when I see the Kim Klassen folder in my email account is in boldface letters. It's a sign that I need to get my coffee and settle in for a joyful, peaceful, and inspirational quiet time in my favorite chair. It's time to settle in and be inspired... Thank you!
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim Peterson
I love your classes! and the artwork is gorgeous! Thanks.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGen
I have turned into something of a kk addict lately. So much true inspiration to be had!!
S2F has started me off, and although I did not have enough time to finish it, my work in progress remains exciting and invigorating and yes, frustrating at times, and I am so grateful for all the possibilities ahead.
bless you, kim xxx
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCatharina Linkenbach
Thanks for the chance to win a spot Kim! Such beautiful images- honest, simple, full if integrity and wonderfully executed. All the best, Anika
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnika
I so admire your creative talent, photography and wonderful arrangements:) Thank you for all the fabulous textures you share.
August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiginanLiz

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