Click photography conference in Outer Banks


Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend Click Retreat in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was a very last minute decision to go and I am SO glad I went. For me blogging is a job (one that I love very much), so it’s fun to take my self away from the computer and make real life connections with inspiring women I connect with online every day.

Baby Center (who I write for) had an extra ticket and my husband happened to have the weekend off, so it worked out perfectly! I love to take any chance I can get to connect with creative women and learn new skills. I never realized how much I love taking pictures until I started this blog (almost 4 years ago)! A true passion was born last year when I upgraded my lens and I have been studying and learning more ever since. Slowly but surely I feel like my images are finally getting better after LOTS of practice. ;) Make sure to check out my photography tips if you are looking to learn more.

Outer banks in North Carolina Fall leaves by Jamielyn Nye,  I Heart Nap Time

I snapped this picture of the beach in North Carolina and just love how calm it makes me feel. I could sit on the beach for hours and watch the waves crash into each other. When I’m looking into the ocean its as if all my worries and fears disappear.


Outer banks in North Carolina by Jamielyn Nye,  I Heart Nap Time

The first morning I’m pretty sure I almost peed my pants! Looking back it was pretty funny how freaked out we were, but at the time it was NOT. Lol! So here’s the story… I was dead asleep (next to Dina) and we were awoken by what I thought was either a bomb, a meteoroid, or an earthquake. The noise was so loud I literally jumped from my bed and was running out the door in about .5 seconds flat. I remember seeing what I thought was an explosion, outside our window. Then the house began to shake and I thought we were going down. It was amazing (looking back) how many things ran through my head in a matter of seconds. The first thing I thought of was my family. The second thing I thought of was a way to escape. We were on the 4th floor and I had no idea how to get out of this building. Me and Dina screamed and ran outside into the main eating area. When we ran out everyone else had gathered to the main area as well. Someone yelled “The lightning hit us.” We all ran to the window and at this point I realized we were going to be okay. The lightning hit the pole a few feet away from the house and the fire fizzled away. The power was out for a few hours but everything was okay. We had each other.

Making pies. Image by I Heart Nap Time

So after the power came back on we all got ready and headed to our first day of classes. I was able to learn more about food photography and styling with one of my favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker. She is so down to earth and cute as can be! Joy taught us how to make her famous apple pie and boy was it delicious!

On the first day I also was able to hear from one of my favorite photographers, Me Ra Koh. She is amazing! Before the conference she gave us homework and told us to bring an 8×10 portrait of ourselves to the conference. Once we were there, we sat down in groups with about 5 other people and everyone in the group (women who we had never met) described the way the photo made them feel. They also described what they saw in the photo. It was amazing the feelings that came out from a simple photo. This exercise was a real eye opener for me.

Flower image by Jamielyn, I Heart Nap Time

On the second day we had a few more classes and then in the afternoon we went on a photography walk to the Elizabethan Gardens. The grounds were breathtaking. Over the past year I have grown a deep love for nature. Here are a few of my favorite pictures I took.

Tree bark, by Jamielyn, I Heart Nap Time

This tree bark had so many amazing colors and textures. I also love the light I captured from behind.

Plants by Jamielyn Nye, I Heart Nap Time

I had never seen anything quite like the plants in those gardens. I couldn’t help but take pictures of them all. It was fun practicing my new photography skills I learned at the previous work shop.

More details from the event. Avery, One Good Thing by Jillee and Alma Loveland put this gorgeous event together.

Beach house party, photo by I Heart Nap Time

Here’s a shot I took before heading down to one of the parties.

Popcorn flower centerpiece, photo by I Heart Nap Time

I loved all the details. How cute is this centerpiece? So simple too!

S'more party idea, photo by I Heart Nap Time

These s’more kits were so adorable!

coca cola, photo by I Heart Nap Time

I’m so grateful I was able to sneak away for a few days to this conference. It will be one I will never forget.

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter. – Alfred Eisenstaedt

Here’s a few shots I had someone take with my iPhone.


I love these ladies. Such an empowering group of women!


Also, wanted to give a quick shout out to all of you for following along and visiting I Heart Nap Time each day. YOU are amazing! Thanks for reading!

Have a great day!

xo – jamielyn

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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. Holly Homer posted on October 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#

    So fun to meet you in person! I love seeing your photos from the weekend. Makes me wish we were still there.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm (#

      It was so great to meet you in person too Holly! You are darling. I am missing that beautiful scenery! :)

  2. Rebecca E. Parsons posted on October 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm (#

    Oh it was fun wasn’t it? I am still there in my heart!!! We enjoyed the same things it looks like!!! Hugs!!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm (#

      It really was so much fun and I am missing all that beauty! Xo

  3. cara posted on October 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm (#

    I had so much fun with you! And I love your gorgeous photos. When can we go back!?

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm (#

      Seriously…I miss the beauty of Outer Banks already! I’m so glad you were there Cara! :)

  4. Kami posted on October 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm (#

    I loved my time with you Jamielyn! We always laugh so much. What a weekend we will never forget. So so fun!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm (#

      It really was amazing! I’m so glad you were there…definitely so many fun memories to remember. Xo

  5. Jillee posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:40 am (#

    Gorgeous images Jamielyn! Wish I’d had more time to pal around with you. :-) Next time! xo

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm (#

      Thank you Jillee! There were so many beautiful things around me…I was taking pictures of EVERYTHING! :)

  6. Gina posted on October 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm (#

    Oh how I would have loved to have gone to this. I rarely get to conferences & I really wish I could go more.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm (#

      It definitely is hard to go to conferences with little kids, but occasionally it is so nice to get away for a few days! I was really glad I got to go to this conference because the location was beautiful! You’ll definitely have to go one day! :)

  7. Chris posted on October 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm (#

    Absolutely lovely photos! Love the tree bark! What a great way to learn about yourself a little bit while learning new skills.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm (#

      Thanks Chris. It was such a a beautiful place for a conference! There is always so much to learn about photography as well. :)

  8. bettijo @ posted on October 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm (#

    Thanks for posting this recap! Looks like it was LOADS of fun, and I’m so sad to have missed it. That is just crazy about the lightening strike. Glad you all were safe. OBX is seriously the most gorgeous place on earth and that mossy tree shot was killer — you rock!


    • Jamielyn posted on October 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm (#

      Wish you could have been there! It really is the most beautiful place, I was awing and ooing the whole weekend! Xo

  9. Amy Huntley posted on October 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#

    Great photos Jamielyn!! It looks like it was an amazing trip! That lightning and thunder must have been so scary! I really wish I had been able to go. It would have been fun to hang out with all of you!

    • Jamielyn posted on October 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm (#

      Thanks Amy! It really was an incredible trip filled with so much beauty! You’ll have to go another year! :)

  10. Michelle posted on May 4, 2016 at 1:19 am (#

    In regards to the popcorn centerpiece, how many carnations did you need? The amount looks just right. Not too much, not too little. Thanks

    • I Heart Naptime posted on May 4, 2016 at 8:42 am (#

      If I recall, there were about 15 carnations in container. :)