OKAY sound off!! This is the blog post where you can ask any question you want about art, design, life, ideas, gear, programs, software, photography, business, AND SOMEONE WILL ANSWER IT!! haha. Someone will answer… whether its me or another artist blogger. There are a lot of really talented people around this community so there will be a lot of great answers. I am so stoked to read and see the conversation that is going to take place here. Please answer people’s questions as well. Ask something that you have been wanting to ask for a while OR ask something silly and stupid like: ” What was the name of your first pet?”. hahaha. okay okay.

Here are some questions to get started answering: what are your favorite photo editing programs? photo previewing program? Do I need to make and print brochures for people to hand out to promote my business? I want to paint, but where do i start? How do i present a design to a client? What do you do for a living? How do I get over a creative block? THRIFT STORE SHOPPING?

NATHAN B!!! haha. i love this photo. I am determined to do a photoshoot with him the next time I’m in Seattle.
hahaa. sportin my dark hair back in the day.

Avatar of Promise Tangeman
Posted by



  1. samantha felgemaker

    hey missus. this is random- of topic, if you will.. potential names for children?! :) and not even ones that you’ve discussed with brian.. like, ones you wanted and saved as a child.. for potential animals and stuffed pets and such. so basically, favourite names? :)


  2. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    hahaha. thats funny. I have always liked the name finnegan. and we have some friends that named their baby girl GENISIS. i think that is beautiful. i like the name Fox for a boy. hmmm.. i’ll let you know if i think of more.

  3. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    OH.. when i was little o LOVED the name Brice for a boy.

  4. ashley bugg

    ooh! i also love the name Fox for a boy!! but currently in our “back-up-just-in-case-file” we have Scarlett for a girl and Lenox for a boy…not that anyone asked ME, per say…but I do love discussing names :) seriously, good names just make me want to have more kids just so that I can name them!! Also as a close second for a girl is Arden (which I REALLY love)…but arden bugg isn’t so good…I mean really. g-arden bugg? we’re just askin’ for it.

    as for q’s from me………um…how do you package your LARGE prints? I’m always lookin’ for fancy, fresh ways to package the big prints (like 11×14 and larger…what about something like 24×36?!?!?)

    I’ll chime in as I think of other q’ post, Prom!

  5. ashley bugg

    oh. and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that pic of Nate! I saw it on his blog a few days ago :) ahhh…i miss him.

  6. Andrea

    Hey Promise,

    I want to invest in a REAL camera. What would you recommend for a photography hobby? (I’ve heard great things about the Canon Rebel and that is what I’m leaning towards)

    On a completely different note, did I see “DJ Tanner” in your wedding pictures slide show?! :)

  7. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    ASHLEY!! i love Lenox. sooo cute. and for packaging.. i would do a tube poster mailer!?! i am sure they will have some more creative ideas. haah i have always just used mailer tubes.

    Andrea!! For photography hobby, keep with Canon. If you really fall in love you want to use Canon. I had to make the switch from Nikon to Canon. Rebel sounds good. Or Canon 50d. Those are both great starts. and YES that was Candace Cameron (D.J. Tanner from Full house). HOW did you recognize her? I wouldnt have.

  8. Debbie

    How do you make your hair look so frigging sweet? Seriously, step-by-step instructions would be much appreciated, products included!

  9. samantha felgemaker

    ashley- no way go for arden! my cousin’s name is arden, it’s precious. but true about the G/arden thing :/ but scarlett makes me think of ‘ohare’ and fall in love all over again.

    promise- i love your names! ive been a fan of phineas and finnegan. i remember seeing something about you saying genesis as a name.. its gorgeousssss.

  10. samantha felgemaker

    oh man, thought of another.. this is for ms. promise and ms. ashley; when’s your guys’ big plan/plot dropping? im anxiously waiting. :)

  11. amylynne

    alllright I have a question..
    my friend asked me to do a photoshoot for her? she is apparently under the impression that because i have an dslr that i can conquer anything. truth is i know nothing about photoshoots but i want her to think i do. HAHA.

    so my question is–can i have some tips on how to pull this off looking like its not a big deal and i do it all the time? or can i have some tips on how to do this at all? hahaha.


  12. Bryce Driesenga

    Hey there… I am just starting out trying to get started with design & photography as a career. Any tips on how you marketed yourself and how you got jobs starting out? I am not making much money currently, but have done some design & photography, mainly for local bands and I still am doing that. I never know about how much to charge for anything or how I can make more money to afford better equipment, though, I don’t think I have the worst stuff.

    Also, if you get a chance, I’d love for you to check out my Flickr page and just maybe give me a 1-10 rating for all of my stuff… or maybe mention a few photos/designs you liked the most.

    I don’t mind if you answer all or one of these questions, any feedback is great! Thanks!

  13. Katie

    My quesiton: I’m always interested in learning how other people interact with their clients during photo shoots. Your style of coaching & posing— the things you say, the questions you ask, the feedback you give, the conversations you have, etc.

    And another one! What kind of music inspires you? (Do you have any favorite bands or artists you listen to when you’re in the creative ZONE!?)

    One more! I too would love to know how you do your hair! It’s hot.

  14. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    SAMANTHA FLEGE: we dont know the exact date yet… but hopefully in the next few weeks. should be FUN!! haha

    AMYLYNNE: haha thats funny. that will be a fun time. has she see any photos that you have taken before? she obviously trusts you and wants you to do it for a reason. Go browse the fashion magazine aisle at the store. That will give you some great inspiration. and Go slow in the photoshoot.. you dont have to be clicking THE WHOLE the time to do a good job. its okay to stop and breath for a sec. haha

  15. Sheila Lory

    This is cool, I have tons of questions but I will keep it to a few.

    For Photography:

    1. What gear do you use, camera, lenses, shooting bag, accessories, storage system, software, etc.?
    2. What is you workflow process?
    3. How did you start out?
    3. Do you use any actions?
    4. If you could go back and do things differently, what would you do?
    5. How did you meet David Jay and Sarah Rhoads? Networking, are you good at it, any advice?
    6. ANy website you can recommend, for inspiration, beginners..

    LOL, I have so many questions.

    Love your work!

  16. David Womack

    Great blog!

    Promise: I have been wanting to ask you for a while… What kind of technique do you use for photo transfer to canvas or wood or anything like that? I want to incorporate some of my photography onto larger traditional works

    Andrea: I am a wanna be photographer. My wife and I take a ridiculous amount of photos so we decided to just into a decent camera also. I think the Canon 50d is great BUT… after reading a lot of the reviews they would say the 40d and 50d were so similar that the upgrade wasn’t worth it. SO we bought a 40d off craigslist for a GREAT price. WE LOVE IT! here’s a couple we’ve taken with it (

    amylynne: Also I want to look pro even though I don’t do it for money so I have recently rented a couple lens and they make ALL the difference and renting off the internet is completely affordable. AND the 50mm 1.8 is a MUST have cheapy lens that takes amazing pics ($100 or so)

    Rock On!

  17. Troy Grover


    I saw a thing about what photo previewing program to use. If you think it takes awhile to pick out the pictures you want because of all the rendering preview in LR. Get PHOTO MECHANIC it will seriously change your life.

    It is so fast and that is the main purpose of the program. You can try it out for free for 20 days at :

    Anyways, hope that helps. Promise I’m going to get you hooked on it when you come out in a couple of weeks :)

  18. kellyhicks

    Hi Promise, you inspired me to start my own design blog and I was wondering if you had any advice on blogging in general or specifically for designers? It’s hard to know what people will be interested in.

  19. Nicole Gelinas

    So as much as I love my Rebel XTi digital SLR camera, it is too large to pack around with me all of the time. I always find myself wishing I had a pocket size camera with just as many manual features so that I can easily capture whatever where ever I happen to be. I was just wondering if anyone had any smaller digital cameras that they really like and can recommend. I know Canon has some pretty nice ones, but I have also been hearing about one called the Lumix by Panasonic. Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.

  20. Tim Allen

    OK… this is funny.

    Promise: I was just thinking about emailing you because I had a question I wanted to ask about design stuff, but I thought I’d just check your blog to see what you were up to! So… I s’pose I’ll ask here and let anyone respond, but I’d really like to know YOUR thoughts!

    I might be going to a trade show in Sept. and I’m wanting to create some sort of print collateral for people to take away who are interested in HIGH END video production; HD, 35mm, Major Motion Graphic – that sort of thing.

    I was looking at doing like a postcard type deal with some info, but that just didn’t say “high end” enough to me. What kind of print format do you think would be cool for somebody like me trying to promote film/video??

    You da’bomb!

  21. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    KATIE!!! Before I start the photoshoot I talk to my clients. I get to know them. I try to have them ride with me to the location.. or maybe we grab coffee. I found that their response to my direction during the shoot COMPLETELY changes when I KNOW them. haha. They feel more relaxed and comfortable with me. And they learn to trust my direction when i ask them to do something. making friends with your clients is NUMBER ONE!!!

    and for music.. I love MOLLY JENSON (fun photoshoot and video coming with her) Mute Math. Katy Perry (haha..) Cold play. I am the type of girl that listens to an album until she cant listen to it ANYMORE. haha. I love the Weepies

  22. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    BRYCE!! i love that name by the way. A great way to start.. is to document the projects that you have. Show them off on a blog or website. Flickr is great. You have some great stuff going on there. Its great to do a few free photoshoots and design projects then throw them up on your online presence. It lets people know that you are active and alive in your work. Hand pick your friends and approach them about doing some projects. Word of mouth and an online presence online is the BEST way to market yourself. In my opinion, dont waste your money buying ad space in magazine or doing a lot of print marketing. hope this helps. AND this is just my opinion. anyone else on this topic?

  23. Bryce Driesenga

    Hey, thanks a lot Promise. I have been meaning to get started on a website soon. I’ll have to look into hosting, etc., ha.

  24. amy

    I thought that was Nathan! Oh he is so funny!!!

  25. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    KELLY!!! YAY! i love it that you started a design blog. It looks great. Don’t worry about what other poeple are interested in at first. Just start blogging whatever you want. Whatever you treasure in your life.. or whatever you want to share with people. The more blog posts you write, the more YOUR own style will unfold. Think of your blog as a project journal, a piece of yourself, a scrap book, your own resource website. all your favorite things you need. Make your blog your inspiration center.

  26. samantha felgemaker

    nicole- my parents each have a different lumix by panasonic and absolutely adore them.. they take phenomenal photos of my siblings.. im thinking of getting one for myself :)

  27. Nicole Monique Photography

    I also want to know how to do your rockin hairstyles, Promise! I am wondering what camera body you use and which lens is your favorite? I am constantly blown away by your style! Do you make clothes or do you mostly buy clothing then alter it to your liking? Thanks for being so open to a million random questions!

  28. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    Sheila Lory!!! here are my answers. sorry so long.

    1. I still use just some basic gear. I use a canon 5d mark2, 24-70mm F/2.8 L series lens, Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash, just a basic camera and laptop bag from frys electronics. Macbook Pro laptop 15 inch. the software i use is photoshop and a few actions from totally rad actions, and adobe bridge.

    2. My work flow is simple. Shoot the session, download to laptop, select photos to edit, save them into a new file, edit the photos, save the edited photos into a new file, resize images for web and my blog and add watermark. send off the final images to clients. i hope this is what you were talking about. I am sure there are better ways to do this. hah. But that is my work flow as of now.

    3. I started taking photos in college. I took a photo class. A friend of mine asked if i could take her senior photos. ahhhaah. and i did. People liked them for some reason. All through college i took photos on the side. It was fun.

    4. I do use actions… but I mix and match them.. so they dont look like eveyone else’s photos. I use photoshop color editing mostly. But thats because I am used to the program because I use it for design. A lot of photographers use lightroom. i heard its a great program.

    5. If I could go back in time i would not compare myself to others, i would be consistant with putting myself out there to book photoshoots.

    6. I met other photographers online actually. haha. commented on their blogs, sent “HI” emails, and just being confident in my work. and I am excited about what they do. When you are excited… to want to connect with others that are doing the same thing. Don’t be intimidated. They are just people too.

    7. There are soooo many photographers blogs that i LOVE. They are all over the place. a few of my favorites are: Jasmine star, sarah rhoads, Jeremy cowart, daley hake. love them all.

  29. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    NICOLE MONIQUE!! I answered the camera and gear question in the comment above. I am really cheap and super thrifty in my style. hahaha. My favorite places to shop are:
    savers, goodwill, value village
    urban outfitters (only on the sale rack)
    target, ross, tj maxx
    forever 21

    the clothes i get from thrift stores i usually alter and change. OR really old clothes that i want to throw out. I usually try to look at them in a differnt way and change it a little so i will like it again. haha. its weird i know. hope this helps

  30. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    TIM!!!! i think Nathan should chime in on this one. Instead of a printed design can you give them a little media something? I wonder if it is super expensive to get flash drives printed with your website on them. and then have your media work on the flashdrive? hmm… or cd disks with your work? Maybe a video message from you? It may be out of the budget, but maybe its something to think about. i will think more about that one.

  31. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    DAVID!! sorry I didn’t answer your question. I found a link online for the process that i use. I find the process time consuming. Its kind of a trial and error process until you figure out how it works for YOU! and how you like to do it. I also found that large images are harder. Although i still do larger works.. it makes me happier doing works that are under 24x36in. Anything over that tends to be a pain. haha. here is that link:
    hope it helps

  32. Caroline

    Promise! First off, i just started reading your blog and it has already given me so many ideas! Second, i am a young girl that has huge dreams of becoming a designer. Do you have any tips to getting started with sketches and such (and/or encouraging words)? I want to be able to stand out and be different from all the other aspiring designers. Third, you had a beautiful wedding!

  33. ~abi~

    hey promise! :) you are so awesome! <just wanted to throw that out there!
    anyway, i started out shooting film a loooong time ago, and while i LOVE digital now, i still struggle with the look of b&w images sometimes. i love how you post-process your b&w to have a grayish look! mind sharing how you get that tone? thanks! :)

  34. Lana

    Promise – I just found your blog a few weeks ago and have already been telling people to check it for inspiration.

    My question is burning on my mind and apparently on other girls’ too —– but you are apparently intent on keeping it a secret —–

    how do you do your hair???!!!! haha

    Thanks for posting so much brain fodder as much as visual beauty on your blog – I’m actually a piano major but I’ve found a lot of great inspiration in different formats, it’s great. Thanks for sharing :)

  35. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    CAROLINE!!! Yes.. I am so excited for you and your future in design. You have the right idea to start sketching!! A lot of deisgners these days do EVERYTHING with computer… what can make you a stand out as a really dynamic designer is to learn to bring in the outside world into the computer land. Try and make everything you can and scan it in or re-do an already existing fonts or images. For an example… instead of finding a distressed font online.. you can distress it yourself.. using a photocopier, crinkled paper, or whatever else you can think of.

  36. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    ABBI!! Thanks for the kind words. Sometimes for my blk and white photos i use a totally rad action to get that dark gray effect.

    LANA!! hahaha. you are right i have been avoiding that question.. because i dont know how to answer it. haha. i feel weird talking about my hair on my blog i think. hahaha. i know thats stupid. hha.

    THE ANSWER TO THE HAIR QUESTION!! I naturally have ALOT of hair… and not only do i have alot of hair, each strand is really thick. It feels like sraw… seriously. haha O well.

    I use a spray called Rootboost by catwalk and when i do my hair I back comb the roots. i only wash my hair ever 3 or 4 days.. so i do it once and let it GOOOOO!! PLUS i give BIG CREDIT to my hair dresser Kim Cornwell. She ROCKS!!

  37. Nicole Monique Photography

    Promise!!! Thanks girlie! I will have to get some Rootboost! Unfortunately for us girls who have fine hair, I guess we will have to just live vicariously through you! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Caroline

    thanks so much.

    oh and what program would you suggest to put my designs on a computer?

  39. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    CAROLINE!! You can use a scanner to scan your designs into the computer. Then use photoshop or illustrator and play around with the images.

  40. kimberly

    promise… I’ve been a lurker here for a while and am so inspired by you guys. My question is really stupid, but it seems that everyone you shoot is drop-dead gorgeous. I’ve also noticed this with people like Daley Hake as well… Do you only shoot people who look THAT good, or is it smoke and mirrors? If so, how do you do it? thanks…

  41. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    Kimberly… I like your question. Interesting. My answer is two-fold

    1. One thing that i really focus on as a photographer is getting to know my subject, studying their personality and facial expressions. i feel that part of the art in portrait photography is cathing the person at their BEST light/angle. The angle that showcases their charm. There are a lot of photographers that completely miss this.

    2. To be honest I take photographs of the people who contact me to do a shoot. So i dont really control who i am taking photos of. Everyone now and then i will approach someone that i would like to do a photoshoot for, but for the most time i just take what i get. Maybe some people are to shy, or unconfident?

  42. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    P.S Kimberly…. thanks for saying Hi on the blog. glad you can be a part of this.

  43. n

    ilovelove everything you put on this blog! it’s amazing! i’ve just been getting into photography/design…what would you say are some of the most important things in that??? oh also….where do you come up with ideas/inspiration for the stuff you do???
    p.s…i would LOVE to have you do my senior pictures in a few years. haha.

  44. n

    oh! i spelled my blog wrong! ahha. the link doesn’t work on that last comment. sorry bout that.

  45. kellyhicks

    Tim – what if you did a little flip book giveaway? similar to this:

    thought it might be fun.

  46. Tim Allen

    Ok, Kelly… THAT’S a cool idea! I’ll have to look into that.

  47. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    N!! Sorry it has taken me so long to answer your question. If you are interested in Photography and design…..Then DIVE IN…. start creating. Dont worry about failing! Just be inspired and dont let anything hold you back. You dont need to do it perfect the first time.. just get experience under your belt.

    also i get inspired by magazine, the internet, blogs, people, art, clothing, adds, pretty much anything. When i need ideas i hunt on the internet for pretty images. :) hope this helps. I cant wait to see what you will create

  48. pri

    hi promise…first i wanted to say that i love your work, your style, your hair (of course ahahaha), and especially your graphic design… you are very inspiring to many many people! that is great! i am sorry i am so late with my question… i don’t even know if this forum is still going… but if you have a chance, i’d love to know if you have always imagined yourself where you are as a photographer/artist? or are you interested on trying other areas, such as advertisement, commercial, editorial?

    thank you!

  49. Kristen

    hey there!

    I saw your flickr through one of my friends, and i just wanted to say you are very talented! I am so inspired by all of your work. I’ve been doing photography for about 4 years now and i just wanna ask, where are your favorite places to take photos of people at? I always try to find unique backgrounds but Az kinda sucks ;)

  50. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    PRL- so sorry for the delay in answering. Thank you so much for your sweet words. I am not sure i understand your question completely… did you mean working for myself as my own business as opposed to working for a company? Through photography and design i have been able to do advertisment and projects that have been used for commercial work. I take projects on a freelance basis and always LOVE working with different companies.

    Kristen- haha. great question.. i dont really have a great answer for you.. i usually just spot locations when i am out and about driving around. even the smallest little corners have a lot of potential for shoots. sometimes the locations are hard to spot. They definitely dont hit you in the face here in the AZ.

    hope these answers help.

  51. Haley Cole

    Promise, you are really amazing. I just found your website like two days a ago, and you are really creative girl. I am sixteen, I’m thinking about go to EVIT, next semester, but they actually might not have there photo program anymore which is a bummer, so I was wondering, how did you start your photo career? Or do you sugesst any specific classes or schools?

    Thank You,

  52. Megan

    I love love love your “mixed media” or whatever its called when you combine all of your different photos and art! (like the one for africa)
    Im sure it is a complicated process, but it would be super neat if sometime you could maybe do a mini basic tutorial or something. :)
    I am going to china next year to volunteer at an orphanage. My friend and I are into photography, and we thought it would be really neat to take a bunch of photos and use them in things like calendars, notecards, etc and sell them; giving all of the money back to the Christian orphanage. Then I stumbled across your blog and saw that art you did for your (amazing) trip to Africa and thought that would be ust *perfect* for China!
    Thanks for your awesome blog…it has inspired me as a person and photographer!

  53. Awkward

    First, I love your work! You inspired me to try and design my own invitations for my November wedding. I love taking pictures and have been looking into Photoshop to improve my pictures :) . I found this free super cool website to edit pictures that suits me since I’m just beginning.

    Here’s a weird question. I’d love to have engagement photos for my upcoming wedding, but I’m very self-conscious about my acne. It seems cameras pick up all the worst parts of me. Any tips??

  54. seo

    I like what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and reporting! Keep up the good works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.