Website LAUNCH Day, Giveaway & Jasmine Star Workshop Photos.

THE BIG DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!

Okay well, the big day for me. I’ve been dreading looking forward to this day for almost four months, since I started designing my own website through Showit! It makes me nervous this kind of thing..putting myself out there! Making a big deal out of something like this, when I could have easily done it quietly; but I am really trying to challenge myself in new ways. Reaching higher for my dreams, taking risks when failure is possible, getting out of my comfort zone, meeting many friends online when I so prefer in-person (though I’m not particularly good at, but working on it!), joining amazing photography communities I don’t quite feel worthy of. The past 4 months have been crazy busy, full of non-stop editing, website-designing, portfolio-building, new-friend making, photography-learning & still trying to be a good wife to my wonderful hubby, David  <3

So I want to thank all who have supported me, given me their opinion on many things when asked, encouraged me, asked me almost weekly how my website-designing/photography was going, & helped me when I couldn’t quite figure something out (Julie Story!! Love you!). Thanks most of all to the Lord, my supporting parents who have helped me a lot get to where I am & then David, for putting up with my late nights, constant interruptions with questions, a messy house on busy photography days, me being on the computer a lot, supporting me, & for encouraging me through the harder overwhelming days.  :)

And so….here is my made-from-scratch, designed by me, brand new website:

www.JillianTree.com

I would looooooove it if you would take the time & check it out!!

With the new website, I also made my facebook page that just published today! Please go & ‘like’ it  :)

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And now in celebration of this big day, I am posting my photos from….the Jasmine Star Workshop!

Truthfully, I took this workshop in May. Yes, four months ago. I did do a sneak peak blog, but I thought I’d be done making my website a bit earlier than september, so I had planned on waiting to blog the rest of the workshop photos…and now it’s been four months! However, the photos still make me happy, & bring back some incredible memories..

I flew from Ft Lauderdale to Orange County, CA. I roomed with this amazing girl Kimberly Chan, and we stayed up both nights waaaay too late talking, and I loved it! The night before the workshop we met up with most everyone for dinner, including J* & JD. When Jasmine walked in, I think we were all doing happy dances inside, looking at each other like ‘we’re really here.’ Jasmine is even lovelier & nicer in person, if possible. She made everyone feel so welcomed, not only that night but at the workshop the next day…

..which was, AMAZING. I learned so much about business & branding. And the photoshoot? Incredible. Stacy Kokes was our model, but her & her husband Joe are also photographers! And they drove all the way from Arizona to be the models for our photoshoot, which they did awesomely! I would say one of the best things I learned from Jasmine was her use of natural reflectors. I’d read about it on her blog, but hadn’t completely understood the concept or how awesome it was!! Atleast not until she was applying it less than ten feet from me, and getting beautiful light on their faces! I mean just check it out in this photo. Yumm. One of my favorite photos..

Yes, they are stunning!!

And so cute together  :)

Just watching Jasmine doing her thing was amazing…like the photo above, when she just got him to keep taking steps closer & closer, and how awesome it turned out!

Stacy, you are gorgeous. Really.

Another of my favorite photos…

Details..the flowers used were beautiful!

What an amazing experience the workshop was. Incredible friendships were made, and I wouldn’t take it back for anything!  :)

 

Now…for GIVEAWAY details!!

As I shared in yesterdays post, these cute mugs from Boldloft are part of the giveaway! I actually got this same pair for David on our anniversary just a few weeks ago  :)  Don’t worry, you’ll get new ones!!  ;)

But there’s also lots of fun gift cards. Due to the fact that I love their smoothies…there’s a $50 Starbucks card. Since Godiva chocolate is just SO good, there’s a $30 gift card. Because I’m a pretty brand new wife & homemaker, and Bed Bath & Beyond was so awesome as our wedding registry store & has such wonderful stuff -there’s a $20 gift card. And thanks to the fact that Haagen Dazs ice cream is beyond yummy, there is another $20 gift card for some Raspberry Sorbet (my favorite flavor…you can get whichever you like!). And to make sure that guys aren’t thinking that the giveaway is too female-targeted (you know- chocolate, ice cream, etc…though really, David likes these almost as much as I do!) there’s also a Home Depot $20 gift card. It’s also for all the countless times (literally…we have been there over a hundred times, since we did some fixing-up on our house last year when we bought it!) that we have made the hubby&wife trip to Home Depot  ;)

 

How to enter: (make sure you read it all, especially number 3)

1. ‘Like’ my brand new facebook page.

2. Share it! Share it on a facebook status with your friends  :) Just make sure that the facebook page is tagged  - as in @Jillian Tree Photography is in your status as a link. There’s no specific wording that you have to copy& paste; in the status you can talk about the giveaway or not, share my new website, be excited for me on my launch day (!!), rave about how cute the mugs are, or say something awesome or encouraging – just for some ideas!  :)

3. Once you’ve done that, come back & comment (this is important) in the BLOG commenting, not the facebook commenting. The one where you have to write in your name, email & such. Comments in the fb commenting will NOT count! I left that one open for sharing & commenting in general about the blog photos/website as well for those who don’t want to participate in the giveaway – though I mean, why wouldn’t you?  ;)  So just leave a blog comment saying that you shared on facebook (though you can say other encouraging stuff too!). I will be checking, please be fair & legit.  :)

4. Also you can check out my new website www.JillianTree.com! This isn’t required & I have no way to check legit-ness…but I’d so LOVE it if you did!!  :)

& that’s it! The giveaway ends September 30th at 10AM Eastern time. All comments made before that time will be entered into the giveaway. Random.org will determine the winner, which will be announced on friday’s blog post just a couple hours after the ending of the giveaway.  :)  The winner is responsible for contacting me, though I will try to contact them if possible!

Not sure if I need to post this or not…but the usual facebook legal rules to giveaways apply (giveaway hosted solely on this blog, not a promotion on facebook, therefore does not need to be administered with apps on fb, etc…)

 

Okay, wow. Three huuuuge things in this major post! If you lasted this long, you are officially awesome! Thanks so much. Join me in my happy dance  :)

 

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Jillian Tree - Thank you Jana!! :)October 3, 2011 – 7:46 PM

Jana - I missed the giveaway! :-( Regardless, your blog/website are fabulous! Love it all!October 2, 2011 – 7:19 PM

Malena Hasenburg - Congratulations Jillian on your new site! Your photos are amazing and if you weren’t so far away I would definitely hire you to take some post wedding, just for fun photos! We have all grown so much Since our teen adviser days, I hope and pray you continue to grow in the Lord and praise him with this wonderful talent he has given you of photography.

I liked your wonderful new page and bragged about you on my status !! Keep up the amazing work!September 28, 2011 – 10:15 PM

Deja - Just promoted and liked your your fb page! Love your work, and how your creativity shines through your pictures. Congratulations on your success, I wish you the best :)September 28, 2011 – 5:30 PM

Alicia White - Oh!! and I left a fb comment and liked your page! :-) Your giveaway rocks! (just like your new pages!)September 28, 2011 – 11:35 AM

shauna nicole - Congratulations on launching your site, Jillian! And those pictures are beautiful! Superb quality. :)September 28, 2011 – 9:51 AM

Laura - AHHHHHH So happy for you!!! I want those mugs by the way :)September 28, 2011 – 12:28 AM

Victoria - Hey Jill. You did a great job! Well done and I love seeing all of your pictures. :-)September 27, 2011 – 9:37 PM

Terra-Lee - Hey Jill! Way to go with your website, it’s beautiful! I’m so happy for you and wish you all the best!September 27, 2011 – 9:03 PM

Sophie Lawson - Hey Jill, all your hard work has paid off, the website and fb page look fantastic! Your photos are really impressive too. Something was going wrong with facebook so I accidentally shared your page 4 times!! Does that mean I get 4 entries into the giveaway?? Haha. Great work :-)September 27, 2011 – 8:18 PM

mackenzie - congratulations jill! your photos are gorgeous and so natural … obviously you were made to do this!
(and those FLOWERS! AH!)September 27, 2011 – 8:13 PM

Ayriel - Jil!
Today was the day! I am so proud of you and just want you to know that I will forever support you in this goal and life dream of yours. If you ever need help (what help i can assist with knowing nothing about photography, besides what you’ve told me, lol) I will always be here for you! I want to see you grow and be successful in this so much, which I know you will be.
With love & utmost support,
Ayriel <3September 27, 2011 – 7:41 PM

Michelle G - Great site and pics : )September 27, 2011 – 7:29 PM

Cecilia - Love the new website and your work!September 27, 2011 – 7:22 PM

ruth churchill - Jillian!!! I Looooove your new website! Awesome Pictures!! I didn’t even know you were doing a giveaway when I “liked” your facebook page! ;) xxxSeptember 27, 2011 – 7:21 PM

Jasmine Star - GORRRRGE!!! Love it…love the website…LOVE YOU!September 27, 2011 – 7:17 PM

lisa spiers - Hey Jill! I started checking out your blog this summer, great pictures! I hope things are going well for you down in Florida. It was nice being on staff with you at camp.
Besides this being a hello, it’s also a ‘I shared on facebook’ comment. Good luck with everything!
-LisaSeptember 27, 2011 – 6:28 PM

April Russell - DAAANNNGGG Jillian! What an awesome giveaway! I am liking the new fan page and LOVING the new website! Awesome work! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you!September 27, 2011 – 5:13 PM

Samantha Lord - Absolutely beautiful and full of personality. And I’m soooooo envious that you got to go to the Jasmine Star workshop! How cool is that?!?September 27, 2011 – 4:56 PM

Lindsey (aka modchik) - Great job – wow you got 10 times MORE photos than I did that day yours looks like a REAL wedding shoot – just beautiful!September 27, 2011 – 4:29 PM

Cacunca (you know whooo) - hi :)
i better win something :)
hahahahhha :D
i like the website tho :D
looks good.September 27, 2011 – 4:06 PM

Denise DeCarbo - Your website is beautiful!! :) Stunning photography…”Liked your wonderful fb page (twice) – 1 from my personal fb page and 1 from my business page!! Woo Hoo!!! Looking forward to following your work!!September 27, 2011 – 3:48 PM

Melissa Tree - Hey Jill! The website looks amazing! The mugs are so adorable,lol. Feel free to rig the system for me ;] Hopefully this is the area I am supposed to be commenting on,lol. See you Friday! <3333September 27, 2011 – 3:10 PM

Julie Strickland - Forgot to say that I “liked” you on FB and posted about your FB page. lol Once again, congrats on a great site.September 27, 2011 – 2:59 PM

Kendra Hiebert - Hey Jill
Just checked out your new website. It looks fantastic!!! Love it. I love the personal touches you’ve added and I love reading the ‘all about you’ section. Your such a sweetheart! And I got some good new love song ideas. I ‘liked’ you on Facebook too, all the best with your new endevors!September 27, 2011 – 2:17 PM

Brandy Kiger - Much love to you! Excellent work on the design! I’m excited for you, and left you some love on facebook!September 27, 2011 – 1:46 PM

Felicia Styers - Dearest Jillian,
You have accomplished so much in launching this new website! I am so proud of you! The website is beautiful and totally reflects who you are =D Keep up the good work girly! Love you lots and hope to see you soon!
-FeliciaSeptember 27, 2011 – 1:44 PM

Valentina - Love your new showit site! So cute! And love all the giveaways. How fun! I’ll gladly take that $50 Starbucks giftcard! :)September 27, 2011 – 1:39 PM

Lindsey Bledsoe - Ahhh Love this post, gorgeous gorgeous photos and congratulations on all your happy web presence releases!! :D I “liked” you on FB, and posted/tagged about it on my personal facebook, and therefore qualify for your ROCKIN’ contest (and reallyreally hope I win!)September 27, 2011 – 1:09 PM

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