Tuesday, May 1, 2012

what i learned {snap recap}

{practicing my photography lesson and really determined to get my settings correct!}
{photo courtesy of vanessa}

Back to SNAP! This time I'm going to tell you a little bit about some of the sessions. This post is a bit long, but it's all good information.

session one: Oh, SNAP! by Emilie

The very first session I attended was a photography session led by Emilie. It was amazing. I took a photography class in high school, but all that knowledge flew out the window since I didn't have an SLR to keep practicing on.

I now really understand what F-stop, ISO and shutter speed are. I knew what they were and sorta, kinda what they did, but now I get it. I know how to change the settings on my camera so I can shoot in manual. Shoot in manual, people!

I learned about the different types of lenses. I have always heard good things about the 50mm lens, but after hearing Emilie's strong recommendation, I've got one on order. :)

She even went over some editing. Everyone has a different editing style, but she showed us some basic tools to get the look we are going for. And she showed us all how to poof-up hair and shed some pounds - hilarious!

Always use the appropriate lens.

session two: get noticed in a crowded field by Cassity, Jamiee & Brooke
I was really interested in what I'd learn in this session. I was ultimately most interested in what Cassity had to say. I faithfully read Cassity's blog. Jamiee & Brooke live in Arizona and Utah and spoke a lot about how to get on TV or how to submit your work to be featured in print. Interesting, but I think I need to start a littler smaller. :)

You need to consider the way your website looks and functions. Is it visually appealing? Can people find links to things easily? I think I'm doing okay right now. I realized that I need to add an RSS button to my blog. I personally just copy an address and paste it into my Google Reader, so that is something I overlooked.

Consider the originality and quality of your projects. Make sure write instructions out clearly and that you photograph them well. This is something that I resonate with because I am a visual person. I like to see it. Make sure photos are lit well and the surroundings are clean and make sense for the project or product. I realized that I should have a watermark on all my photos. It's something I've avoided. Now is the time to start.

You need to be active on social media to maintain your readership. Embrace pinterest. It's here and it's probably not going anywhere any time soon. Pin yourself, but do so moderately. Reply to comments and leave them for others. Staying current with your inbox is also helpful.
Be fully committed. Own it. Reflect your inner self.

session three: the power of personal on a DIY site by Becky, Rhoda & Traci
This session was great. I cried. Several of us cried. I learned that people can connect to your blog more if you show what makes you unique. Readers can see that you are a real and relatable person, not a perfect, made-up internet person.

However, you do not want to air your dirty laundry, hurt or offend someone. You should stay neutral and honoring. If you share something frustrating, try to end with some hope and positivity. Talking about things that impacted and affected your life can end up changing you and might clue someone else into how something they did affected you, be it positively or negatively.

Personal posts have to come naturally, you can't schedule them. You don't have to wait for a big story to share something personal. Little snippets of daily life connect just as well, if not better since daily life occurs more often. Obviously. :)

I've heard different opinions on this, but the expects say it is okay to delete negative comments! And don't reply to a nasty comment or give them any reason to keep contact with you.

The greatest gift you have is yourself.

{kelsey, me and vanessa}

session four: discovering & defining your style by Shelly, Ana, Emily & Kate
This session covered defining your home style. Most people don't have the money to jump-in to a full home renovation. Start small, do what you can to change your home to make it your own. Have confidence in your style, define it and run with it - it reflects who you are.

Find inspiration in your head, don't just turn to the internet. Get inspired by your own creations. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow. Don't forget the details. Make your home functional for your family, don't be afraid to purpose a dining room. Live in a space that makes you happy, you need to love where you live!

Blog about what you love and have no regrets.

So much knowledge! I really, really loved this conference. Any one who read my blog last summer will be able to tell my feelings just by how much I am talking about SNAP. :) I barely talked about the other conference I went to.

I still have more to share! I'm trying to condense it down, but there was so much awesome packed into those three days. Hopefully this convinces you that you should plan to come next year. :)

xoxo, christa


  1. Wow it sounds like you got some AMAZING stuff from Snap! I am mucho jealous!

  2. Sooo glad I got to meet and hang out with you! You are a total sweetheart. Glad you got so much from SNAP :)

  3. I love this! I really wanted to take the Personal on a DIY site class, and didn't, so I was glad to read your re-cap!

  4. Thanks for sharing your take-aways! It's so sweet of you :) I know there's a lot to learn...I'm also excited to check out some of the blogs you mentioned!

  5. Is there a local etsy/bloggers group in CoMo?

    1. Yes - we have a little bloggers group, but we haven't gotten together in a while! I'll be sure to post about it if we have another gathering. :)


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