The last 45 days have been an incredible experience not only professionally but personally. Let’s start off talking about my last workshop, Promise Tangeman’s SiteHouse GoLive workshop in Phoenix, Arizona (whew that’s a mouthful). I decided I needed a little spontaneity, as this was a last minute decision! I have been following Promise Tangeman Creative since early 2011, always intrigued by her design aesthetics and unique style I knew I couldn’t pass this up! Promise has built a series of website templates for Showit (the most influential website company and community of photographers out there) which she calls, SiteHouse (Website designs for creatives). I booked my plane ticket to Phoenix, AZ just a week prior to the workshop and found two incredible roomies, Lisa Jump of Lisa Jump Photography from Washington and MariSam Sanchez of MarieSam Sanchez Photography of Southern California. These girls were wonderful and I am glad we got to share this experience together! We stayed up way too late hanging out in the lobby at the Phoenix Hyatt!
Prior to arriving in Phoenix we were assigned some homework! This was indeed the toughest part as we had to do some real soul searching. Back in 2011 I purchased Promise’s “E-Course” at Showit’s first PASS Premier in Downtown Seattle. This unknowingly shaped the framework of my new website! Here are some photo inspirations taken back in 2011, these images are now part of my info page! Check out my mood board on Pinterest to see what inspired me while designing my site!
April 2, 2013, day one! 8am, arrive at the studio! We took a taxi .09 miles (Don’t judge, we had a lot of gear) to the New City Art Studio, where we were greeted by Ash, Promise’s super sweet creative manager, and Alejandra of Imagin-ale Design, a lifestyle, wedding photographer, videographer extraordinaire who documented our entire experience on video!
10am-12:30pm, Group work time! Promise, her team of designers and Showit Studs (technical support) were available for questions about the design and software. Michael Thompson, owner at Myntd and Liz a designer from California got into our sites and made changes (which was very appreciated, as a few of us didn’t know how to build new design elements and align them) they both bounced around from person to person and always made sure to circle back and check on progress, they were all awesome!
12:30pm, Lunch time and giveaways!! We had snacks and a catered lunch, but of course I spilled my salad all over myself and in my camera bag, I would do something like that, really! There were some awesome giveaways, PASS credits, a year of Showit, an album design from Align, a song from The Music Bed, a sweet little goodie bag with some stationary from Sugar and Type, a pen, some nail polish, mints from Project 7, and a travel comb, perfect for a little Promise inspired hair teasing Here’s a side note:
When I was going through airport security they had to pat my hair down (it was day 3 without being washed and tons of dry shampoo, I was channeling my inner Promise hair) LOL!!!
3:30pm, studio head shots by Ashley Bugg of Bugg Photographer. Ashley did such a fantastic job capturing all the GoLive girls, she took the time to get to know each one of us personally! Another side story, I seriously have a story for EVERYTHING!
As I was getting ready to walk out the door to head over to Seattle, Will my almost four year old ran down the hall into my office and handed me a picture, not just any picture, the only picture I have of my dad and I. My dad passed away when I was nine months old, this photo was taken shortly after I was born (3 months premature). For some reason Will felt that this photo needed to go with me. It traveled in the front pocket of my laptop bag, through airport security, through the clouds, and into these wonderfully captured portraits of myself. These images symbolize a desire to grow and learn, I have overcome many obstacles and challenges in my life. I am so proud to be where I am today! I owe so much of it to the tenacious and happy spirit i have inherited from my dad.
When Ashley handed me the USB drive of these images, one in particular hit me like a ton of bricks, I lost it! I sat in a room of 20 strangers and cried in her arms, Ashley, I hope you know how much your gift of photography has touched me, this is truly why we do what we do!
5pm, quitin time, ha! Ya right! We were lucky enough to stay at the studio during Promise’s live Showit Chat, we just had to stay VERY quit during the broadcast, which wasn’t hard to do and our sites were only 1/2 done. We left the studio around 7pm, took a taxi back to the Hyatt, grabbed some dinner at Networks, a little pub and grill in the lobby, relaxed for a bit, then plugged our laptops back in, hooked up our wifi, sprawled out on the lobby sofas and continued working while bouncing ideas off one another. We headed to bed a little after midnight as we had to be back at the studio at 8am the next morning.
Day two, 8am, “Get detailed plus top 10 design mistakes and how to avoid them” I’m pretty sure I was already breaking some of these rules, as my fonts were all over the place and my alignment was all sorts of crazy! Thank goodness for three designers and two showit studs, I needed the most guidance on day two. Ash, did a great job mediating and sending help our way when needed. It was awesome to get input from Promise, Liz, Michael, JT and the other showit studs, and getting a different point of view and perspective from each person.
10am, Group work time, Promise and the team were available for questions about the design and software, Promise live-demo’d several showit functions, such as creating landing pages, alternate pages for mobile, changing colors, text, images boxes, background colors, adding shapes, etc.
11am, Promise and the design team offered website critiques before publishing our new sites, this is when the pressure sunk in as sites were scheduled to “go live” between 2pm-5pm, mine was scheduled for 3:30pm!
2pm-5pm, “Go Live!!!” After reviewing my site with Promise before going live I felt so confident and inspired, It was awesome getting her final input before hitting publish. This was the SiteHouse design BEFORE and below is how I customized this look, click here to see it LIVE!!
Another Shout out to Ashley, of Bugg Photographer for the group images below!!
5pm, everyone has gone live!! Let’s celebrate!!!
A HUGE Thank you to Alejandra of Imagine-ale Design for documenting GoLive!! She is so creative and very inspiring! After coming home I spent hours watching all of her short films! LOVE her creativity!
6pm, everyone is saying goodbye! Thank you to Promise and her team! They did an incredible job, getting everyone published by 5pm on day 2!! That is HUGE! They did a great job!!!
DO ALL THINGS WITH LOVE!
Lots of LOVE! Nicole!
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