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Capture Summer Memories – HUGE Camera Giveaway

Today is the first official day of summer and I have something VERY special up my sleeve to share with you. If you are a regular visitor at Kinder Craze, you probably know about my interest in photography. Actually, it’s more than just an interest. It has become my favorite form of creative expression. I love bringing my camera to family events and capturing memories. I also enjoy bringing my camera into the classroom (and I’m pretty sure the classroom parents love it too). Today I am partnering with some of my favorite teacher-bloggers to bring you an incredible giveaway with all of my favorite photography tools. This is one giveaway you do NOT want to miss!

This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of my links, which helps to support the blog. 

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The Camera Kit

Let’s get right down to it and talk about these amazing prizes and why I love them so much. First up, the camera. We are giving away a Canon T5 camera kit that comes with an 18-55mm lens. I’m sure that’s a whole bunch of foreign language to you so I’ll try and make it really simple. I personally use a Canon T3i camera, which is no longer manufactured. This camera is newer than my own personal camera. In most circles, we call that better. It also comes with a standard zoom lens, which allows you to zoom in and get a closer look at your subject, and it also zooms out to become a wide angle lens.


As I type this, I am returning home from my honeymoon in Naples, Florida (I got married last week, can you believe it?!? You can read more about that here.) My husband and I brought the camera to Florida with this and pretty much used this lens nonstop. It’s great for capturing scenery or a couples photo on the go.


Our hotel room had a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Mexico and we used this lens to photograph the sunset every single night. Here is one image that we grabbed early on in the trip. I didn’t edit this photo at all. This is how it looked straight out of the camera using the lens included in the kit.


The 50mm Bonus Lens

As if that wasn’t enough, we are also giving away a BONUS 50mm lens. This lens doesn’t zoom but it is my absolute favorite lens for capturing special moments! It has a maximum aperture of f1.8 (which is the technical way of saying that it can create a wonderfully blurry and artistic looking background). Use this lens to snap a few photos and people will be so impressed with your photographic abilities.


We went out to the Naples Pier one evening and I handed my camera to a friendly stranger to snap a photo of Rob and I. That’s right. This photo was taken by a stranger on the pier. Notice how the background is blurred and even though you know there are people behind us, you don’t see them clearly and they don’t distract you from the subject of the photo. That’s the magic of this lens. Had we taken this photo on my iPhone, you would have seen the people behind us as clearly as my husband and I. Once again, this image was not edited one bit.



The Missy Mint Camera Bag

Every great camera deserves a good-quality camera bag to keep your equipment safe on-the-go. My own camera bag is a Jo-Tote and I get compliments on it ALL the time. Usually, women just tell me they like my purse. They have no idea that it’s a camera bag. Every bag in the Jo-Totes collection serves as a great accessory. Just because a bag is used to carry gear, doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish! The lucky winner of this giveaway will also receive a free Missy Mint bag from Jo-Totes.

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I have been eyeing this bag online and I really want a new one for myself. I adore the soft mint color. And just look at all the space inside. You can hold a lot of lenses and equipment in addition to your camera and the front pockets are perfect for storing keys and other personal items.



Enter to WIN A Camera, Jo Tote and Bonus Lens

Armed with a fancy new camera, two lenses and a stylish camera bag, you will be all set to Capture Summer and all of it’s glorious memories. Use the rafflecopter below for your chance to WIN and best of luck to you!


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Visit Crazy Together to Learn More

If you want to learn more about photography, I occasionally share tips on my personal blog, Crazy Together. The wedding planning sidetracked my Crazy for Photography but I have plans to share more tips again in the very near future. You can find links to the gear that I use on the homepage of Crazy Together.  If you want to see more photos from the honeymoon, that’s even more reason to stop by the blog. We plan to write about it later this week! 

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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29 Responses

  1. This would be so awesome to win. I would be able to take some really cool pictures of my students and everyone on my team would be so jealous!

  2. I need a new camera so bad! I am now in charge of my grade level slide show at the end of the school year and would love to have awesome photos to share!

  3. I am in dire need of a camera. This is my 1st glance at your website and it has a lot to offer. It is very inviting and the colors make you feel good… the reason I need this is; homeschool, family photos, my very own blog and family trips. Right now I use my cell phone but I would love to take a picture; and it not be blurry when I check it later to put it in a album, or share it on social media. I can never get those moments back. With 3 kids and husband it is a big need…I don’t want to miss a moment of this life and I want to share it with them when they are older.

  4. I would love to win this camera. I recently just left my teaching job to stay home with my kids and started my own home organizing blog. This camera would help out a ton with taking great pictures for my blog! Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

  5. Your wedding pictures are lovely! You two look very happy! I enjoy your website and your colorful ideas! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  6. As a teacher of a classroom with children who have been diagnosed with autism, I have found that the one tool that is irreplaceable is a camera! I use a camera, on my cell phone, to capture incredible small personal victories everyday and print them to send home with the students. I can only imagine how a T5 would change this perspective! Crossing my fingers…and toes!!!

  7. This is an awesome giveaway and thank you for the chance to win a beautiful camera. I would love to take such great photos of my kids next year! 🙂

  8. Thank you for this incredible offer to win a high quality camera. What I use right now is a piece of junk. It would be awesome to win this camera and fun to take high quality pictures of my students!

  9. I would love to win! I have never owned a good camera, I just use my phone. I’m student teaching this fall and would love this camera to capture my years beginning my teaching journey, as well as my family!

  10. i would love a camera! My ex stole mine and I’m still paying it off Your pictures look great from your honeymoon. I love to take pics of my students to make a slideshow of their school year

  11. Grateful for your inspirational postings about teaching and life in general!!!! Just like so many others, it’s so much fun to take precious photos of the kids all year long that are then turned into an year end video. I’d love to have a real camera instead of using the phone!

  12. This is such an awesome camera!! I really hope to win it. I think it will take my photography to the next level and that is much needed! Thank you for the opportunity.
    Teaching Ever After

  13. Thanks for the giveaway!! So excited to read about your wedding and also your newest Stitch Fix!!

  14. Awesome giveaway! I use my personal camera for myself and my three coworkers. Thanks for doing this.

  15. Thank you for the opportunity! My old school Cannon Power Shot camera LITERALLY smokes when I take a picture!!! No lie! My six year old bright eyed little girl has several community service projects that she would like to start blogging about but as she says, “mommy, your camera is NOT safe, we have to save some money to get a safer one” 🙂 We would put this camera to great use at home and at the junior high I work at, no doubt. Thanks again!-“Smokin’ in Texas”

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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