Jul
14

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I had an amazing time at theEVO conference in Park City, Utah this past weekend. Thanks to Jyl from Mom it Forward and Rachael from Today’s Mama for putting it all together. I was lucky enough to win a ticket and I’m SO grateful for the opportunity I had to go. They did a fabulous job! We all had such a great time. I cannot wait for next year.. I’ll definitely be going back!

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I met the sesame street crew and had to snap this picture for my son. He loves Elmo!

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The first day we visited all of the sponsors suites. Here’s Mandy, Laurie and me in the kodak suite.They spoiled us with yummy treats. I loved the New Balance suite too.. I got a new pair of tennies! yay!

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Hanging out with some of my dearest blogging friends… kim, mandy, shelley, kami, amy, jen and marie.

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There’s cute Ashley, The Snow Mamas and Kendra.

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Each day they had different workshops and Friday I had the opportunity to attend Helen’s (from Tartlette) food&photography workshop. We started with a gourmet lunch with this AMAZING view. I was in heaven. It was beautiful! It felt so nice to get out of the heat.

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I had a great time hanging out with Heather…we always have fun collaborating. :) Photo via Heather.

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Here are some pic’s I snapped from the workshop. I learned SO much! Helen is so talented, and all of her pictures are gorgeous!

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One thing I learned was to use a white foam board  (less than a buck) to bounce the light off your subject. It creates an even glow over and takes away shadows. Notice in the photo on the left it looks brighter than the photo on the right. I didn’t change any of my settings… just put up the white board a few inches from the plate. Amazing!

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At night we partied!! It was SO much fun! I seriously haven’t had that much fun in a long time. Sometimes It’s hard for me to let go and just have fun when I’m fulfilling my “mom duties.” But I realize I need to more often.. it felt good! We danced all night long Friday night and stayed up till 3 am chatting and eating chocolate.

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I had the BEST roomies ever! Kami from No Biggie, Laurie from Tip Junkie and Mandy from Vintage Revivals. They were so much fun! I miss them!

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The last night after the closing remarks (by Merakoh –who was fabulous) a few of us jumped in the pool with our clothes on! It was so fun! There’s me and Kami-love that girl! Laurie made this awesome video.

I left EVO feeling uplifted, inspired and ready to take this blog to the next level. I’ve spent the past few days catching up, but I need to sit down and start going through all my notes. You can expect some exciting changes over the next few months. I’ve been wanting to make a few changes for awhile now.. just haven’t taken the time to do it. I’ve set a goal though.. and I’m going to make it happen. :)

EVO will be putting all of the sessions up on their blog and I would encourage you to go through those notes. You will learn a lot…I promise!

Here are a few things I took away from the conference… and a few things to think about.

-Think about the story your trying to tell with your pictures.

-Give every story a title. Make it dramatic. Interpret your story.

-Don’t ask company’s to work with you… ask them how you can help them promote their products. Don’t beg, deliver.

-Make your content remarkable.. be the purple cow that everyone wants to stop and take a picture of.

-Creation starts in the unknown. Spend a little time in the dark.

-What is your impossible dream? Where do you want to be in 5 years? Dream Big!  Nothing’s Impossible.

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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20 Responses to “A conference to remember”

  1. TidyMom

    GREAT recap Jamielyn!! It was so great meeting you!!

    Love the pool jumping! we were off getting ice cream so I missed it.

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  2. Amy @ All In A Day

    OMG! It looks like you guys had sooooo much fun! My girlfriend and I are plotting out some blog conferences to attend soon! So glad you learned a lot and can’t wait to see what changes you have in store!

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  3. Mauri

    That looks like it was sooo much fun!! I’m amazed at how much your blog has taken off and all the things you are doing with it. You are seriously awesome and inspiring! I seriously hope I can do half the things you do and make my house as cute as yours when I have one lol! I can’t wait to see where else you go with all this! so fun!

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  4. Brittany

    Looks like you had a fabulous time! I can’t wait for the day I can actually attend one of these conferences and meet all you fabulous ladies!

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  5. Eve

    Thanks so much for this post! It’s just what I needed. :) It looks like you guys had a lot of fun, I look forward to your changes and will be checking out evo’s site.

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  6. Kami

    I want to do it all over again! What a blast we had!

    I SOOO loved my time with you and out roomies! What a fun little group we had!

    I miss you too!

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  7. cris

    It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Can’t wait to have a conference like this one in AZ!!

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  8. Amy @ MoMomma

    This looks like a blast! I wish I could have made it :) Next time for SURE! PS- Another great tip if you have to use a flash for photography purchase a Gary Fong Light Sphere. It helps diffuse the light and makes the subject look awesome!

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  9. Troy Pattee

    I was up in Park City for 11 of the last 14 days and I SWEAR I never even saw that “EVO 2011″ up on the mountain. Either I was seriously distracted or it must be time to get a new pair of bifocals. Good grab!

    Also, way to be one of the adventurers who made sure they had the FULL evo experience by jumping into the pool! You girls crack me up. Seriously.

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  10. Raejean

    I loved evo too! I’m still trying to digest all that I learned. I met a handful of Arizona gals, but somehow I don’t think our paths crossed. Or my brain hit that overload point. I’ll look for you next year!

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    • Jamielyn

      lol I know! I need to go back and apply everything I learned. There was so much great info. We’ll definitely have to hook up next year!

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