A conference to remember



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!


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



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!


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



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


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.

imageheather and jamie

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


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Tonia (@ChicModern) posted on July 14, 2011 at 3:46 am (#

    Looks like you ladies had a great time and the shrimp looks yummy!!

  2. TidyMom posted on July 14, 2011 at 5:41 am (#

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

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

  3. laxsupermom posted on July 14, 2011 at 7:01 am (#

    Looks like you all had a blast! Thanks for sharing.

  4. joslyn posted on July 14, 2011 at 7:36 am (#

    jyl is my sisted in law:) and i love your crafts. small world!

    • Troy Pattee posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm (#

      That’s so weird…I have a sister-in-law named Joslyn. Small world indeed.

  5. Dorangela posted on July 14, 2011 at 7:54 am (#

    How fun! I’d love to go next year :)

  6. Amy @ All In A Day posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:17 am (#

    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!

  7. Mauri posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:23 am (#

    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!

  8. Andrea posted on July 14, 2011 at 10:40 am (#

    Sounds like you had an amazing time, and learned a lot!

  9. Katie posted on July 14, 2011 at 11:05 am (#

    That conference looks amazing Jamielynn! Maybe next year I can hop a rde up there with you. ;)

  10. Brittany posted on July 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm (#

    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!

  11. Eve posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm (#

    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.

  12. Kami posted on July 15, 2011 at 9:18 am (#

    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!

  13. cris posted on July 15, 2011 at 9:31 am (#

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

  14. somedaycrafts posted on July 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm (#

    Looks like a ton of fun! Wish I could go to things like that!!!!

  15. Amy @ MoMomma posted on July 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm (#

    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!

  16. sweetsugarbelle posted on July 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm (#

    I cannot wait to see what you have in store!!! You’ve made me inspired =)

  17. Troy Pattee posted on July 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm (#

    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.

  18. Raejean posted on August 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm (#

      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!