A Thoughtful Place: Alt Summit Recap and Tips About Pin worthy Photos


Alt Summit Recap and Tips About Pin worthy Photos

Happy Monday, everyone! Today I am hoping to give you an Alt Summit recap as well as pass along tips I learned about taking pin worthy photos. The entire conference was a complete blast. My hat is truly off to those who worked tirelessly to plan such an amazing four days.  It was inspiring to be around such talented and creative people, and I was truly in awe.  I learned so very much and hope to implement as much as to make this blog better for my readers.

I realized something while I was there. Well, many things. But first and foremost how important it is to push myself to go to events such as Alt. It really helped to shine the spotlight back onto the dreams I want to accomplish and provided me with a fresh perspective. There are so many savvy and intelligent creative minds that have so much to offer. I am truly grateful to each person who shared their expertise and ideas. I could honestly post photos for days, so instead, I decided to recap in a series of collages. If you follow me on instagram, some of these may look familiar.

…………………………. the recap

To start off the trip to Utah, it was nothing short of complete stress as I told my hubby to drive to the wrong airport. Oops. Minor problem. But we managed to make our flight and we were off and running to Salt Lake City. And as my sister pointed out, it was much more important for me to MacGyver some boot socks prior to leaving than check my itinerary.



The very first night we were treated to a delicious five course meal at Cucina Toscana hosted by Minted. Minted did not disappoint with their darling décor.  I was honored to be in a room full of creative and kind bloggers. I so enjoyed getting to know the girls from Gather as well as Laura from Hollywood Housewife. Kirsten from 6th Street Design School and I finally met and she is just as sweet and wonderful as she seems on her blog. I miss her already. We had a blast and enjoyed every minute of the evening. Thank you so much to Natasha and Minted for a really special night. Great way to kick of Alt Summit.




I have to admit I was nervous walking into Thursday’s events. There is just so much going on and the whole conference is a buzz with things to see, sponsors to meet, and panels to attend. The talented speakers did not disappoint and I had to work overtime to keep up with note taking.  Sitting down with the talented, intelligent and beautiful Jessica Alba with The Honest Company was a true highlight. It was sort of surreal. She was as sweet as can be and I will share all of that on the blog tomorrow. We even chatted design, so I am anxious to share the details with you. The night was capped off with a Clue themed party. The décor, fashion, and food were all so impressive.




On Friday we were treated to a wonderful lounge hosted by The Land of Nod. They have some exciting partnerships for this coming year, including spaces with Emily Henderson of HGTV {who spoke on a panel} and other very talented bloggers. The night culminated in 12 mini parties hosted by various sponsors. One of my favorite spots was the giant map of the United States where everyone was able to pin their business card. So fun to see where everyone was from and find some other Southern California bloggers. Since my husband was along to ski and enjoy, it was nice to sneak in some time with him after he returned from the slopes. Oh, and yes, that is me sitting in a giant swan in the Land of Nod lounge with my girl, Chassity, from Look Linger Love.




While in Utah, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out Park City. Ryan and I savored our time walking around the city and checking out the Sundance Film Festival. Some of our favorite spots were 501 Main {which was turned into a fun lounge for the stars during Sundance}, Zoom, and The High West Distillery. And I couldn’t help but pop into some design stores. By the time we arrived to the airport I couldn’t even keep my eyes open. Three days in heels + information overload = 100% exhaustion.



So now that I have done the photo round up of the trip, I thought it only fitting to share what I learned about photos while at Alt Summit. Keep in mind all of the above were taken with my phone, but if you want to knock it out of the ballpark for great photos here are fantastic tips:



Round Up of The Best Tips I learned About Taking Great Photos for Pinterest:

The fantastic panel of bloggers included: Melissa of I Still Love You, Chelsea of Lovely Indeed, Jill of One Good Thing by Jillee, Jenny of Hank and Hunt, and Chris Gardener of Curbly. They had so many great things to say that I couldn’t take notes fast enough. Here are some great take away tips to think of when snapping photos that you hope will be Pinned.


pin only quality photos

save photo at 72 dpi

save photo for web

try to use natural light

clear, concise, cropped, colorful, and close

pin every post to your blog pinterest board

best time to pin is 5-7 am and 5-7 pm est

beauty shot is paramount

use a plain backdrop

use a tripod

save photo as a searchable word

add text to first photos

mix vertical and horizontal orientations

always take your best photo instead of editing later


Melissa has a even more tips here on her blog about pinning. 

And a heads up that I will be pinning my own projects to Pinterest on a regular basis. But I want to explain why. Sometimes when I pin something from my own blog it makes me feel as though I am tooting my own horn or saying, “This is pinworthy.” That is just not the case. But in actuality, we learned at Alt Summit that many people read and see blogs straight from Pinterest rather than coming here first. So I would love for those readers to have access to my project that way. Just a heads up in case you were wondering why I was suddenly pin happy!

find me on facebook

follow on instagram @athoughtfulplace

catch me over at Pinterest

***I have put a one question survey on my sidebar. If you don’t mind, can you quickly answer which form of social media you use the most. I love my readers and am so thankful to have you. I want to be sure I am reaching out to you in the form of social media you use.

Whew. Super long post!  I tried to make it concise while still giving you as many highlights as possible. I will be back tomorrow with my interview with the beautiful Jessica Alba.



  1. Awesome post, looks like you had a great time!

  2. I am so glad you got the opportunity to be inspired and thanks for inspiring me through this post. Thanks also for the great tips on taking pin-worthy pictures. It is very helpful.

    Have a wonderful day! I am looking forward to the interview with Jessica Alba!


  3. Thanks for the great tips! I have been holding off on pinning my own projects for the same reason, but I too visit blogs from their pinterest pins...so it makes sense. And you looked amazing on your trip, great outfits!

  4. Looks like it was so much fun! I can't wait to make it to a blog conference, at some point! Great ideas about pinterest! I agree that is how I also find alot of other blogs.

  5. Looks like a fabulous time. Thanks for sharing your notes. Will you please take me with you next year?? :)

  6. Looks like a great great trip, and so much good info!! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Now that is one jam packed fun filled weekend! Hilarious about the airport--that is absolutely something I would do! Just a minor detail. ;)

  8. Ah these are great tips. Wish I could have gone this year.

  9. Thank you the Pinterest tips, and the disclaimer about self-promotion. I struggle with that, but want my Pinterest followers to be able to follow my blog posts easily. I'm starting a board today! (And I loved your Alt. Summit recap!)

  10. Sounds like you had a great time, learned lots of new tips and info and met some new friends. Nice hubby went along with you and I can relate to driving to the wrong airport at one time. Now....can we talk about how gorgeous you look! Your hair looks stunning up in a pretty bun and I am in love with each of your outfits and shoes..... Those black ones are fabulous and that blue dress and mint sleeveless blouse. Love it all! I need to know your shopping haunts! Happy Monday to you.

  11. What a completely amazing couple of days!!! I think I would actually be more starstruck meeting up with you, Chassity, and Kirsten than Jessica (no offense to Jessica (c;)! So much fun! I can't wait to get the lowdown on your convo with Miss Alba!

  12. Really fun! And great info. Wish I could have gone!! Glad you had a blast.

  13. Looks like an amazing trip! Fun mixed with great information!!

  14. It sounds and looks like such a blast. Thanks for sharing the photo tips!

  15. So glad that you had a blast! I wish I were there! Next year for sure! Thanks for the tips on Pinterest! I need all the help I can get! XOXO

  16. Amazing! What a great trip, and so rewarding! Thanks for the tips, too!

  17. I live in Salt Lake City...so it was fun to see your pics and your descriptions of places you ate and visited and be able to picture them in my head because I've been there too! haha! :) Glad you had a fun time. (Sorry you had to be here during our freezing rain storm....crazy! It's been a wilder than normal winter around these parts...)

  18. What a great recap. Looks like you had so much fun! The parties, the style, the food... yup, I'm jealous! Just read Chassity's recap, as well and asked her... do you think you'll go back next year?

  19. Looks like a total blast! I so wish I would have been able to attend! You looked totally fab in every photo - loved all of your outfits! Thanks for sharing all the deets. I'm really digging insta lately - but I've been trying to get better about keeping up with my blog fb account as well - sometime I feel like social media gets a bit overwhelming!

  20. Looks like you had the most incredible time!!

  21. Awesome recap!! I had never heard of Alt before this year and I would LOVE to go in the future. So glad you got a lot out of it! The lineup looked amazing!!

  22. WOW, you really did pack it in during this trip, what a fabulous time!! Janell

  23. I'm getting all caught up on your blog and must say those mason jars are PIN worthy! I'm pinning them! Thanks for the tips and so fun to see all about your trip in photos. Glad you made it there! Wrong airport?! :)

  24. Thanks for passing along the great tips from Alt. And I have to say that those stockings (the ones you are wearing in the Jessica Alba photo) are just awesome!


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