Texas Showdown Festival | Photos For Visit El Paso

I’m totally playing “catch up” here on my blog – life has been full of a steady schedule of work, cooking dinner, cleaning, helping my son with homework, putting him to bed, tending after my boyfriend’s needs, then crumpling into an exhausted heap and starting all over.

I took these photos for my employer, Visit El Paso, while live posting at the Texas Tattoo Showdown Festival back in July. We came to the fest to foster an important relationship and open ourselves up to a new demographic – the young, edgy, metal & hip-hop loving folks.

The tattoo fest was a blast – my awesome beau joined me almost every step of the way: holding my equipment while I switched lenses, taking supplemental phone photos and bobbing his head right alongside me as the bands rocked it on stage.

We got to watch Drowning Pool perform – one of my favorite bands from my youth – but I’ll have to admit that the band sounded a little off with a different front man. RIP Dave Williams.

Keep in mind these photos were taken long before my recent Photography courses. Nonetheless, I’m digging the quality of the pics and I’m pretty sure my bosses enjoyed the results too!

You can see the rest of the photos here:

What do you think? Send me a tweet sometime @CrystiCouture 

Evernote Love #3: Organize Your Statements With FileThis

I’m pretty sure I’m late to the rodeo on this one, but I’m totally in love with this Evernote add-on app called FileThis! It’s like a personal assistant for all your paperwork and automatically collects, files, tags, and organizes your online statements in an easy to use digital filing cabinet.

file thisI created the account, connected all my accounts and *BOOM* just like that, every statement I’ve ever had was automatically imported into Evernote – directly into a “File This” notebook.

What’s great about this is that it’s a ‘set it & forget it’ service that has your back and keeps your documents backed up in one place that you’ll always use – Evernote for me, but if you’re not an Evernote faithful,  FileThis also supports Google Drive, Dropbox and you can even send documents to a file on your hard drive.

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This is just one more way to a more paperless office going forward! Now I just need to get myself an Evernote ScanSnap Scanner and I’ll be able to archive all my old paperwork too! Right now, I scan my bills in batches, whenever I have the time to or even use my phone to scan.

Do you have any favorite methods to keep your offline life more paperless? Let me know – send me a tweet @CrystiCouture 

Twitter’s New Business App #SmallGoesBig

I got an email this morning from Twitter announcing that they’ve just released a new ‘holiday app’ specifically geared towards businesses. The app is available now on iOS and on Android and you can find it by searching for “Twitter Small Business Planner”. They tout that this app will increase your content production, engagement and activity – all very good things that any social media marketer is always in need of!

Although I manage social media for a destination, not a small business, I went ahead and downloaded the app to see if it could benefit me. It totally does – and if you manage any sort of brand page you’ll dig this app too!  Twitter

  • When you open the app for the first time, you’re prompted to enter an email address and agree to Twitter’s Privacy Policy.
  • Then, you’re asked to choose a calendar – you’re given two choices: US or UK. What this app does (and I think it’s absolutely amazing) is that it will sync with your onboard calendar and send you push notifications on when to send an update at the most optimal time.
  • Finally, you just need to set up your profile and connect your social media links. Think of this app as a “micro-LinkedIn” – use a professional photo and enter your career title and company name.
  • Twitter will send you a special four-digit password around this time, check your email for it.

Here’s what the app looks like once you open it up. I love the time that Twitter took to really understand its audience and how sensitive they are to folks who may not know a whole lot about social media to begin with.

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The amount of information available through this app is staggering! From white papers, to toolkits, a fully integrated resource center and webinar events, this app is a ‘must-add’ to your social media marketing arsenal. Download it HERE FOR ANDROID or HERE FOR IOS.

Let me know what you think!

A Week In The Life… [6]

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days and I’m finally taking the time to write a little bit. Quite literally, it’s been one event after another and I’m about to get even more busy: I just signed a contract to move into a house by the end of the month! I’m really looking forward to writing that blog post – the property is absolutely phenomenal.

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Last week started out with a visit to the Sun City Craft Beer Fest in Downtown El Paso. This was their second year and it was done phenomenally. The biggest complaint about year one was the long wait lines – this year, wait time for tastings was nominal. Aaron and I had a great time while we were there, even though we could only hang out for a few hours.

As the work week came in, so began a familiarization tour that we hosted in collaboration with the Mayor’s office. I was photographer for the event(s), so I got a chance to practice some of my newfound skills learned from Vaboom Photography:

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I’ll post more photos about this event later this week, so be on the lookout for that!

Then came time to start really planning for Beto Fest. Although it went off without a hitch, donations didn’t come in as high as we had hoped – we raised $42,000 out of the hoped for $123,000. Still, Beto really enjoyed the performances and we had good turnout at the beginning of the event.

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The next day, as part of the campaign, my boyfriend, his family and I went on a bike ride with Beto, which was actually pretty fun! I got to talk to Beto in a way that I hadn’t talked to him before. We even got to take a tequila shot with him at iconic Downtown El Paso bar, The Tap!

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The weekend ended nicely – spent some quality time with my son: bought him a Halloween costume (he’ll be a ninja this year), got some frozen yogurt at Craze the Yogurt Lounge and took a walk around Chalk the Block.

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What did you end up doing last week? Did you discover anything new?  Need some ideas for cool stuff to do in El Paso this month? Listen to my show, the Official Visit El Paso podcast!

 

Changing Politics, One Fest At a Time

111a6968b34411e1a92a1231381b6f02_7I first met Congressman Beto O’Rourke about 4 years ago when I was looking to interview people of substance for a podcast group I was hanging out with at the time. I thought to reach out to the then-City Councilman, who was bravely running against 16 year incumbent Congressman Silvestre Reyes.

After the first interview, it seemed like the media couldn’t get enough of Beto. I was asked by my editors to interview him on video for 915 Lifestyle and then again for Fusion Magazine.

At this point, I had become so involved with the campaign, that it only made sense to actually volunteer some of my free time to making the campaign bigger and more successful. My son, who was only 6 at the time, would walk door-to-door with me as we asked for voters to support Beto in the polls. I remember one time while walking home, Benji eyed a  “Beto For Congress” poster hanging on a business window,  looked at me then said “when I grow up, I want to be like Beto O’Rourke.”

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The time has come again to support Beto O’Rourke’s campaign. “Powered By People” is a grassroots fundraising campaign that aims to raise $123,000 in 24 hours in small amounts, no more than $200. This time period, which starts on Oct. 9 and ends on Oct. 10, is filled with several super fun  “micro-events” that are sure fit your interests:

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Food Truck Dinner
—>Beto Fest <—
Palisades Canyon Hike with Beto
Menudo Breakfast with Beto
Lunch with Beto
Coffee with Beto
Bike Ride with Beto

I’m organizing Beto Fest, which is the first time I have ever organized something of this calibre before. There was a point in my life where I was really interested in organizing things like this but then life just took a different turn.

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I’ve realized that El Paso artists really stick together and I love that! I was able to secure 4 bands with the help of folks I had done work with in the past and am getting all sorts of wonderful well-known and up & coming artists to showcase their craft at the venue.

If you’re a local, I’d really love it if you came to one of these events! RSVP at one of the events above and help change the way that campaigns are financed!

Exploring Life. Experiencing El Paso.

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