Speakers at United 2021 - Learn from these photography pros

With three jam-packed days full of growing together, you’ll learn from these industry leaders from all over the world. Keynotes and Five Minute Fuels are in the main sessions and breakout sessions provide an hour where you get your choice on a topic to dive into what you need most. But don’t worry, if you miss a Keynote, Breakout or Five Minute Fuel, we provide recordings through United Online for a limited time after the conference. 

Styled Shoots are an opportunity for hands on learning and require an additional registration fee and are limited to 20 people. The Styled Shoots run from Sunday evening through late Wednesday afternoon. We can’t wait to see you at United!

2021

Mike Pacchione

How To Make A Story Land

Talk Description

You know those people who tell stories and they have way too many details? Or they take forever? Don’t be one of them. Mike will walk you through what goes into a good story – whether for a speech, your website, or a simple conversation

Speaker Bio

Mike Pacchione is an international speaker and speech coach who specializes in helping executives, athletes and entrepreneurs deliver smart and engaging messages to audiences of all sizes. He has trained more than 10,000 employees from companies like Apple, Google and Nike.
Many of Mike’s clients are industry leaders with 7-figure businesses, best-selling books, and thousands of followers. That includes clients like U.S. Olympic gold medalist: Scott Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author: James Clear, and popular online entrepreneurs:
Pat Flynn and Amy Porterfield.
He has been featured on podcasts such as Building a StorybrandTypology, and The Speaker Lab. He has also spoken at conferences like SXSWThink Better Live BetterVoxCon, Josh Shipp’s Rock the Stage, and The Northwest Communication Association.
Mike lives in Philadelphia and will give you a dollar if you can pronounce his last name correctly. Check his website at www.miketalks.co

Michelle Harris

Keynote: The Rollercoaster of a Hustler

Talk Description

In the Rollercoaster of a Hustler there are twists, turns, and times life will turn you completely upside down. Are you strapped inside or will you fall out? Are you going so fast that it could fly completely off track? We’ll talk about when, what, and how to get off safely.

Speaker Bio

Michelle Harris is an international wedding and boudoir photographer based in the DC area. She is owner and lead photographer at M Harris Studios in addition to her associate team, Laila Chanel Studios, where she manages 15+ freelance photographers. Michelle is passionate about uplifting and empowering photographers to reach 6 figures and beyond while avoiding burnout during the hustle to get there.

Amy & Jordan Demos

How to Live an Intentional Life in a Noisy Fast-Paced World

Talk Description

Our most valuable resource isn’t our money. It’s our time. And the world is demanding more of it now than ever. Most of us are overworked, stressed out and constantly feeling “behind.” But what if it doesn’t have to be this way? Learn how to combat the clock, take back your time, and live with clear, daily purpose – so you can have more margin for the things you want (and people you love) most… in a world designed to distract you from both.

Speaker Bio

Amy and Jordan Demos are professional photographers and educators who help people take better photos, build a business they’re proud of and change their life. They started as elementary school teachers who didn’t know anything about photography, but turned their passion into one of the most successful photography businesses in America’s fifth largest city. They’ve photographed a million dollar wedding, had their work featured in People and were recognized by Rangefinder as a “Top 10” educator.

Laylee Emadi

Keynote : Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Stepping Into Your Worth

Talk Description

Let’s come together and work toward getting over the imposter syndrome and comparison that we feel. It’s time to cultivate confidence in order to step into our greatness, build lives we love, and create impact for those around us!

Speaker Bio

Laylee is an educator, podcast host, and photographer with a heart for serving clients and fellow creatives. She believes in serving the creative industry with heartfelt encouragement, honest advice, and a shared pursuit of the ever-elusive “balance.” Laylee is passionate about her goal to help you feel confident in your ability to make a difference, create impact, and build a life doing what you love. She’s a connector, a cat mom, and a bloody mary enthusiast who can’t wait to get better acquainted over coffee or cocktails with you!

Katelyn James

Keynote : Making All Things New!

Talk Description

Coming out of 2020 we all had to reimagine things. Life is different. How can we thrive through making all things new?

Speaker Bio

Katelyn started her professional photography journey as a Junior in college and was shooting 25+ weddings annually within her second year. After growing her business and gaining recognition in national publications such as Professional Photographers Magazine, The Knot, Southern Living Weddings, Southern Weddings and multiple other online publications such as Style Me Pretty, BRIDES, Inspired by This, Real Simple, etc. She then began teaching and coaching photographers from all over the country and internationally. In 2012 Katelyn was joined by her husband Michael and they are officially a husband/wife team. Since joining forces, Katelyn and Michael average 8-10 weddings annually while teaching thousands of photographers through their online courses.

Tyrenda Pentecost

Keynote: Mastering Darker Skin Tones

Talk Description

In this class participants will overcome the fear of photographing and editing darker skin tones. Creating flattering skin tones that stay authentic to the clients tone and allow photographers to diversity their portfolio and build confidence in working with clients from various backgrounds.

Ty will also be leading a styled shoot entitled Hybrid Wedding Photography

Speaker Bio

Ty Pentecost is a hybrid photographer and educator. She has previously educated at Stanford University, Tomaiya Colvin Education, The Photo Cookout, The Photography Conference with Audrey Woulard, Hybrid Co. and Team Leader & Speaker for TuesdaysTogether. She has a heart for the new photographer getting started in the industry and loves to help others create beautiful imagery that they can be proud of.

Kat Schmoyer

Keynote : The Quarterly Cure

Talk Description

Tired of spinning your wheels & never *actually* moving the needle forward?! Are you setting goals in your biz but you never find the time to make ’em happen?! Join Kat in this session to break down a Quarterly Planning system that WORKS!!

Speaker Bio

Kat Schmoyer is a business coach, integrator & founder of Creative at Heart! She’s been called: wedding planner, florist, conference host, template shop owner, course creator, coach & membership founder. Over the past 7 years, she’s built 3 brands & learned how to pivot my business due to changes in the industry, changes in family finances or just because she wanted a change of scenery (hello serial entrepreneur!). She currently works from home with her high school sweetheart turned business partner and their two children under 3! Her life is busy, her coffee mug is full & she wouldn’t have it any other way!

Davey Jones

Keynote : The Only Question You Need to Answer to Win Business with Your Website

Talk Description

Davey shares how to effectively answer that question on your website… and wherever you show up to do business. Learn how to build a website that drives inquiries, the purpose of every page of a website, what people are really looking for on a website, how to overcome your web visitors’ objections, the fastest way to build authority and trust.

Speaker Bio

Davey Jones is a marketer, content strategist, and relationship builder. He’s cofounded two agencies: Davey & Krista, a brand and website design agency, and the Till Agency, a paid advertising agency. Davey and his wife Krista specialize in helping people create brands that book through custom branding and website design, and consulting. Over at the Till Agency, Davey and his team specialize in helping businesses scale through paid advertising. Since building his first business, Davey seeks out work that is purposeful and fulfilling—and a life that includes palm trees, blue skies, time with his wife Krista, son Jack, and pup Goose, and—of course—craft beer and pizza.

Jennifer Ryals

Keynote : How to Have Hard Conversations

Talk Description

In life and business, there will always be Hard Conversations that need to be had. Learning how to have these conversations in an effective way can only lead to understanding and success. As humans and as corporations this is something that we will be dealing with forever so don’t let your company (or yourself) be left behind the times!

Speaker Bio

Jennifer is a wife to her high school sweetheart, mother to two boys, and a wedding and portrait photographer in San Antonio Texas. She travels the world photographing couples in love and families in bloom and speaks on global stages to other entrepreneurs raising humans and building businesses.

KiaMarie Stone

Keynote: From 0 to 100 : How I Went from Homeless to 6 Figures

Talk Description

Join me as I share how I went from living in my car with my mom and 2 young daughters to having a 6 figure business within 24 months for the last 11 years. If I can do this; you can too!

Speaker Bio

Award winning and internationally published NJ wedding photographer Kiamarie Stone captures bright, romantic, joy filled weddings on film and digital cameras. A true believer in community over competition and mastering your craft, Kiamarie’s weddings have been featured on some of the most popular online wedding blogs and in print all throughout the world. Kiamarie was named a Nikon Top 100 Photographer in 2017 and teaches all over the country.

Devin Robinson

Keynote : Scale With Intention

Talk Description

In your business, you have two options: one is easier and faster but we all know it doesn’t always lead to the best outcome and a lot more headache. You might be able to scale your business quick but when you do that, are you scaling with intention? Are you designing an experience that leads to loyal employees, happy clients, and most importantly an amazing overall journey through your brand or services and a whole lot of money!

Speaker Bio

Devin Robinson is a photographer, entrepreneur, and podcast host. As CEO of Anchor & Veil Photography he oversees all operations with 18 photographers & cinematographers from weddings in 7 different states (and counting!). Devin also runs Pure Flair Media where he works with businesses on their branding and marketing needs through design, photography, film work and social media ads & content management. Devin hosts the Anchored Business Podcast, has a youtube channel and streams on twitch during late nights from his garage in Charlotte NC!

Sarah Kay Love

Keynote: How to Become Your Own Self-Publisher

Talk Description

The world of publication is changing! We will discuss the top 5 ways you can market your own content without the big names behind you!

Speaker Bio

Sarah Kay Love is a creative agency, specializing in styling branding, killer content and smart digital marketing strategies devoted to helping companies build brands that differentiate themselves and increase business. After working for InStyle magazine and “America’s Next Top Model” photographer Nigel Barker, Sarah became a lover of all things weddings and spent five years at The Knot magazine producing and curating visuals on a variety of media platforms from print to digital editorials, covers, advertising campaigns, and social media channels. She also spearheaded the real wedding and styled shoot submission process for the national and regional magazines.

Vanessa Hicks

Keynote : Everything You Want is on the Other Side of Fear

Talk Description

You know what the number one thing that stops you from being successful? it isn’t the market. It isn’t even a pandemic. It’s Fear.

Speaker Bio

Vanessa Hicks is a destination wedding and portrait photographer currently documenting love in San Diego! She is a military spouse and Navy Veteran as well! She truly believes in empowering others, and the importance of documenting her client’s legacy! She has been published worldwide, and has been voted Hawaii’s #1 Wedding Photographer back to back in 2018 and 2019! When she’s doesn’t have a camera in her hand , you can find her with a Starbucks cup in her hand at Disneyland, watching Harry Potter or The Office on reruns, or just lounging on the beach with an umbrella drink in hand!

Shaun Gordon

Keynote

Talk Description

Join Shaun for this motivational and moving keynote at this year’s United.

Speaker Bio

Photographer turned CEO turned visionary, Shaun Gordon is passionate about helping photographers succeed. By providing growth resources and education, Shaun gives entrepreneurs a plan to create a thriving business. As Shaun says, “Who we are is not as important as who we will be. What’s on your to-be list today?”

Terri Baskin

Keynote : 5 Ways to Get Clients to Rave About You

Talk Description

Have you ever been stuck in a business rut? Are you looking to elevate your client experience to create loyal and repeat fans who love to share you with their friends? Let’s walk step-by-step through this journey to create a
memorable experience that will keep your clients talking!

Speaker Bio

Terri Baskin is a Virginia-based International wedding photographer whose style of imagery is best described as authentic, romantic and fun. Terri approaches each client relationship genuinely seeking to understand the couple, their uniqueness and their love story, which has allowed her to develop a referral-based business. When she’s not photographing weddings, Terri gets excitement from eating Oreos, public speaking and educating
photographers and creative entrepreneurs. Terri has lead group styled shoots, panel groups, breakout classes and presented keynote talks at a number of conferences, including Showit United, Creative at Heart, Reset Conference and the Creative Launch Summit, to name a few.

KT Merry

A Business For Good

Talk Description

Doing good in the world, giving back, is often thought as something reserved for the 1%ers, the few that break free into financial freedom and have the privilege to give their money and time away to change the world. In KT’s mind, building doing good in your business from the start, in small, powerful and scalable ways, not only allows you to find purpose in your work but is actually good for business.

Speaker Bio

A tenacious visionary with big ideas, KT is a passionate artist and conservationist who truly loves her work. She’s always creating, forever a student, and brimming with wanderlust.

Drawing on her decade of experience in fashion and editorial photography, KT’s known for natural, ethereal, painterly portraits and captured fleeting moments that seem to freeze both time and emotion. She runs in every city she visits, and has never met a dog she didn’t like.

Laura Neff

Breakout Session: The 20 Hour Work Week: How to Maximize Efficiency, Streamline Your Business, and Get Your Life Back

Talk Description

Far too often, creative entrepreneurs un-intentionally swap their 9-5 jobs for a 24/7 one. Their dream job has now gotten in the way of their dream life. But the good news? Those two can go hand in hand. And that’s what this talk is all about. Through tangible tactics and frameworks, this talk will give creatives the actionable tools to work smarter in their business and save dozens of hours a week. All while growing profitable businesses that don’t require working around the clock.

Speaker Bio

Laura is a photographer, systems strategist, business coach, retreat host, and speaker for creative entrepreneurs. She educates the creative community on all things workflow, systems, productivity, and time management to help her clients and students run THRIVING businesses than don’t require working around the clock. She’s obsessed with firepits, sweet wine, deep conversation, elephants, and showing off her horrible dance moves at any given moment. Laura is on a mission for entrepreneurs to schedule more date nights, brunch weekends, and vacations as a result of finding work-life balance while running a thriving business!

Hope Taylor

Breakout Session: The Fast Track Business: Growing from a Hobby to a Thriving Business in Just One Year

Talk Description

Hope Taylor began her business as a 17-year-old high school student. In between AP classes and cheer practice, she was able to graduate high school as a full-time business owner. In her first year, she grew her business into a six-figure company. In this signature presentation, Hope will be sharing a step-by-step breakdown of the marketing strategies she used to make it happen – and her no-fluff approach will leave you with pages of notes.

Speaker Bio

Hope Taylor is a senior portrait and wedding photographer located in Charleston, SC. Her journey of becoming a full time business owner immediately after graduating high school gives her a very unique perspective on entrepreneurship and business. She feels very strongly about educating and inspiring other creative small business owners to fearlessly pursue their dreams while also providing the practical tools that they need to get there.

Angie McPherson

Styled Shoot : Personal Branding Styled Shoot

Talk Description

This hands-on styled shoot will equip you with tips and tricks for photographing a successful personal branding shoot. We’ll cover posing, choosing locations, setting up shots, and more!

Speaker Bio

Angie McPherson is a branding photographer, marketing strategist, and hype-woman helping entrepreneurs to elevate their personal brand. She has photographed entrepreneurs and influencers throughout the country, providing custom imagery to uplevel their businesses. Pairing her background in marketing with her photography experience, Angie has helped hundreds of photographers grow a personal branding photography business, book dream clients, and produce photoshoots that deliver on their vision.

Kaci VanderHoek

Styled Shoot: Desert Elopement

Talk Description

Adventure lovers, this is the shoot for you! Two couples will model for faux elopements in the beautiful Arizona desert. There will be western-themed styling with turquoise accents and cactus-focused florals. I will be sharing my go to photos to book more destination weddings and elopements. The details and timeline will be true to what a real elopement is like so you can help your clients plan their dream day. We will have a special animal guest you don’t want to miss out on!

Speaker Bio

Kaci Lou is your nerdy friend that will always cheer on your dreams. She started in the darkroom, then found joy in photographing weddings, and now solely photographs destination elopements. Featured on Utah Valley Bride, Rocky Mountain Bride, and several other publications as well as on the 1st page of Google. Her work can be described as bright, joyful and natural with epic compositions of couples in landscapes.

JJ Barrows

An Artist's Unraveling

Talk Description

This is a keynote by JJ Barrows about an artist’s unraveling.

Speaker Bio

JJ Barrows Newton is a comedian, author, video editor, and a mixed media artist. Whether she’s hosting a podcast, a YouTube channel, surfing, sending goldfish in the mail, or performing, JJ stays true to her experiences; revealing the freedom a quippy sense of humor can reveal in all of us by giving breath to those gritty moments.

Jen Olmstead & Jeff Shipley

Breakout : Extreme Makeover Website Edition. New decade, new you, new website!

Talk Description

Grab a cocktail and join Tonic Site Shop brand and website design gurus Jen Olmstead and Jeff Shipley for an intensive, interactive, workshop-style session designed to take your website straight to the top shelf. We’ll address the toughest, most common website roadblocks and teach you how to overcome them with strategy, intention and damn good design. And we’ll show you how to adapt your website to an increasingly online, ever-more competitive marketplace and how to ensure your website is actually doing its job well — attracting and converting your dream clients.

Speaker Bio

Jen Olmstead and Jeff Shipley are longtime custom brand + website designers and the creative team behind TONIC SITE SHOP: a collection of cocktail-inspired, completely customizable websites for the modern, stylish creative. They’re design soulmates and best friends who run a business from opposite sides of the country (Virginia and Seattle, respectively) and share a love of hospitality, industrial design, good branding, witty banter, and, of course, a great cocktail.

James & Jess Wittmayer

Break Out Session: Creating Content That Converts!

Talk Description

James and Jess will be sharing their insight into how to juggle a successful, multi-platform marketing system. They will be teaching how to create content from Instagram to Youtube. The pros cons and how to do it on a way that expands your business & income.

Speaker Bio

James & Jess are world renowned destination wedding photographers and educators. They have been names #1 Wedding Photographers by California Wedding Day and travel the world creating content and helping other creative entrepreneurs thrive in business & life!

Jihae Watson

Five Minute Fuel: Purpose for your business

Talk Description

Encouraging the audience to make sure they have a purpose to their business, beyond making money.

Speaker Bio

Jihae works part-time at Showit, the best website company of all time. She is also a full-time mom to 7. She and her husband, Chris, host a podcast called ‘Fostering Voices’, where they give voice to those in the foster care and adoption community. They are passionate about sharing people’s stories, and raising awareness about foster care and adoption.

Bernel Westbrook

Breakout Session: Building Brand Visuals with Intention and Alignment

Talk Description

We will cover the four pillars of a sustainable brand and how you can bring your brand visuals, typography color palettes, etc in alignment with your business and your target client.

Speaker Bio

Bernel is the owner and lead designer of Branded by Bernel, a design boutique based in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a background deeply rooted in fine art and a degree in web development, she lives by her motto “to obsess over the details so you don’t have to.” She works with creative entrepreneurs to build brands and websites that establish a foundation of trust. Since she started her business in 2016, Bernel has served the creative industry with high energy, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and a passion for inspiring others.

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Catherine Guidry

Breakout Session : Pricing Hacks to Build a More Profitable Business

Talk Description

Now that you have your imagery down, the questions arise around your pricing. No one loves talking about money but everyone wants to be able to afford the lifestyle of their dreams, right? You might be wondering: Am I charging enough? Am I priced too high? Why am I not getting my ideal client to book? In this breakout session we will be diving into the specifics around how to price your photography based on specific pricing strategies, value perceptions and sales techniques that have proven to be successful over and over again. If you’re feeling like your business isn’t quite where it needs to be financially, and you’re ready for more…this class is for you!

Speaker Bio

Catherine Guidry is a New Orleans based wedding photographer, podcaster and educator. She has successfully built a debt-free, multi six-figure business over the course of the last decade, been featured in a variety of publications including Southern Brides, Style Me Pretty, The Knot and more..and is now helping other photographers embrace imperfection and pursue their passions through her education. Her greatest achievements lie in creating memorable experiences for her clients and teaching other creative entrepreneurs and photographers how to successfully run their businesses in a profitable and sustainable way!

André Brown

Breakout Session : Facebook Ads For Photographers

Talk Description

In today’s climate we need to be proactive not reactive in acquiring new clients. There is no better way to reach perspective clients where they are than with Facebook ads. In this class we will demystify FB ads and André will share his proven strategies to getting new clients and increasing your bottom line.

Speaker Bio

André Brown is an award-winning wedding photographer, speaker and educator based in Atlanta, GA. His work has been featured by several notable publications and has won awards from prestigious organizations including WPPI. Andre has been named as a Brand Ambassador for MagMod and a Stella Pro Lights, Champion of Light.clients.

Erica & Jon Hayes

Breakout Session : How to Plan + Style a Killer Brand Photoshoot

Talk Description

In this breakout, Erica + Jon will walk through their tried and true methods to effectively understand a brand’s message and goals, and use that knowledge to plan and style a photoshoot to preach that message to their ideal clients!

Speaker Bio

Erica + Jon are a husband and wife brand photography team that partner with commercial and personal brands to plan, style and intentionally create compelling imagery for marketing. Their work has been featured on billboards, utilized on storefront signs and published in magazine spreads across the country. Their transition from lifestyle and wedding photography to commercial brand photography has inspired them towards helping educate others to achieve similar success in the brand photography space.

Dr. Tomayia Colvin

Breakout : Pricing For Profit: How to Earn the Money You Deserve

Talk Description

Are you afraid to raise your prices but you’re not making ends meet? Are you worried that you’ll lose clients because they’ll think you’re overpriced? Join photographer and educator, Dr. Tomayia Colvin, as she talks you through the process of identifying what your photography skills are worth and how to charge for them

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tomayia Colvin, Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a high school senior portrait photographer and photography educator in Houston, Texas. She’s the founder of Tomayia Colvin Education + The Photo Cookout. She is on a mission to celebrate diversity and photographers of color in the photography industry.

Vanessa Kynes

Breakout : Pinning with Purpose: Optimizing, Automating, and Repurposing Your Content for Pinterest

Talk Description

With over 450 Million users, Pinterest is the premier visual search engine to share your stunning visual content. In this breakout session, I’ll be sharing the why and what of Pinterest and how to use Pinterest to repurpose your content from Instagram Reels, Instagram Stories, podcasts, and blog content to grow your visibility on Pinterest AND drive traffic to your website.

Vanessa will also be leading a Five Minute Fuel entitled Using Pinterest for Photographers

Speaker Bio

Vanessa is a Pinterest Marketing Strategist for creative small businesses. As a YouTuber, blogger, and consultant, she helps creative small businesses grow by teaching traffic-generating Pinterest strategies to increase their brand visibility, book more clients, and ultimately, generate more sales. When she’s not pinning on Pinterest, Vanessa, along with her husband, cares for her three sweet daughters.

Ashley Nicole

Breakout Session : Is Your Business Covered?

Talk Description

Highlight & explain the key insurance coverages all photographers need, provide real life claims examples to reinforce the need for appropriate insurance coverage, show attendees how to properly perform an insurance audit on their own businesses & provide them with a few do’s and don’t’s when securing insurance coverage.  Ashley is also leading a 5 minute fuel at United.

Speaker Bio

Thirteen-year insurance industry veteran turned wedding photographer and risk management coach, Ashley Nicole helps creative professionals eliminate unnecessary risks that cost them time, money and endless stress. As a risk management coach for creatives, Ashley strives to advocate for and equip creative business owners with the knowledge & tools they need to manage their risks and safeguard their businesses with proper insurance, planning and risk management best practices. Whether she is capturing love with her camera or helping creatives protect and grow their businesses, she brings the same energy & dedication to all she is blessed to reach. Ashley is based in Atlanta, GA where she lives with her Husband & 3 daughters.

Denise Karis

Five Minute Fuel : Jump and The Net Will Catch You

Talk Description

Making a big life change is hard. What if it’s the wrong move? What if my promised net doesn’t actually appear? Three years ago, I made the leap and left my day job and while a net didn’t magically appear, something else happened. Let’s talk about making those big moves in your life!  Denise will also be leading a styled shoot at this year’s United entitled : A 5 C’s Inspired Elopement

Speaker Bio

If there’s one thing Denise really loves, it’s getting to know people 1 on 1. She loves seeing people shine in their element and if she can catch it on camera, that’s all the better! A forever Swiftie and Whovian, Denise is currently rocking AZ with her camera, her heart, and a really good guacamole recipe.

Jennifer Larsen & Tori Kelner

Styled Shoot : A Taco Bell Love Story

Talk Description

Calling all Taco Bell lovers, we’re not keeping things mild – this shoot is gonna be FIRE! A playful wedding themed shoot, with a unique twist on the Taco Bell color palette. There will be fun details and flair, in an unexpected and beautiful way! We have a fun vision for a unique styled shoot and we’re so excited about it! #LiveMas 🙂

Speaker Bio

Jennifer Larsen is a bicoastal wedding photographer based in New Jersey and Southern California. Making the transition from shooting weddings as a side hustle, to going full-time in her business in 2016, has fueled her passion to help other photographers grow in their businesses, as well! Jen is a firm believer in hugging over handshakes, that a house is not a home without a pineapple (or twenty), and that you can never have too many throw pillows.

Tori Kelner is a wedding photographer and educator for creative entrepreneurs based out of New Jersey. She built her business in between college classes and through many late nights, which allowed her to step into wedding photography full-time upon graduating. With community at the core, she now teaches other aspiring business owners how to utilize their passion to create a life they love. She thrives on adventuring out in nature, quality time with loved ones, and finding the best vegan donuts wherever she travels to!

Akua Konadu

Breakout Session : How to Use Strategic Storytelling to Grow Your IG Audience

Talk Description

During this 60 minute Breakout Session, Akua will walk us through how to grow our audiences through strategic storytelling on Instagram.  She’ll be sharing the reasons why storytelling is important, how storytelling affects the brain and the body, ways to share a powerful story and how to apply what you learn to your upcoming content. This breakout session will have a hands on exercise for you to walk through so you’ll be ready to grow your audience as soon as you leave the room. Akua will also be leading a Five Minute Fuel at United.

 

Speaker Bio

Akua is an Instagram strategist and educator who loves to empower entrepreneurs to grow their influence and inquiries on Instgram thorugh personalized strategies and engaging storytelling.

Cassi Claire

Breakout Session : Dolla Dolla Bills, Ya'll

Talk Description

Do you know EXACTLY how much you are making on every wedding booking? On every product you sell? Do you want to make more? This class will help you analyze your current rates under a microscope and help you set goals for the future. Each attendee will leave with Cassi’s Collection Creator – so you can plugin your numbers and see your profits at a glance!

Speaker Bio

Fueled by bubble tea, avocado toast, travel, and dresses made for twirling, Cassi can be found photographing weddings with her husband Chris in the northeast and beyond. Together they believe in grace in love, kitten therapy, and eating sushi at least once a week! For our personality test loving friends, she’s an Enneagram 3 (with a splash of 1 and sprinkle of 7) and an ESFJ!

Peter & Bridgette Charles

Breakout Session : How to Double Your Bookings By Adding Video

Talk Description

Discover how adding video to your services could double your bookings and whether or not it’s right for your business. Learn practical steps on how to get started with video and how it can actually open up more opportunities for your photography.

Speaker Bio

Peter and Bridgette are a Los Angeles based husband and wife team, specializing in wedding photography and cinematography. Their work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, and California Wedding Day. They’re passionate about serving others and helping creatives succeed through knowledge, kindness, and lots of laughter!

Tina Marie Kraemer

Styled Shoot : The Notebook-Inspired Engagement Styled Shoot

Talk Description

Visually drawing inspiration from the movie, The Notebook, learn techniques and prompts Tina uses at her sweetheart sessions to attain those sweet, natural, and candid expressions while creating a memorable experience for
your clients.

Speaker Bio

Tina is a wedding, boudoir, and portrait photographer in Tucson, Arizona. A midwesterner at heart, she now calls the desert home. Tina has been married to her college sweetheart, Cody for 13 years and together they have two kiddos (both who have attended United and soaked up allll the hugs!) When not behind the camera, you can find Tina in the kitchen trying out her latest recipe or eating at the local dives during her travels. She’s never met a gummy candy she doesn’t like and is so fluent in the language of GIFs that she can have an entire conversation using them.

Shauna & Jordon Cooney

Five Minute Fuel: Tap Mute

Talk Description

In the world of social media, it is more important now than ever that we protect out minds and our hearts from the overwhelm of comparison, and that we find the courage to be true to who we are. The truth of it is, social media is a highlight reel of the good (and sometimes stretched truths), and it’s time that we all mute the little voice in our head that tells us that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, or cool enough.

Shauna and Jordon are also leading a styled shoot entitled Arizona Dream Wedding

Speaker Bio

Shauna and Jordon are former educators turned international wedding photographers. As formally trained educators with over 10 years in combined teaching experience, Shauna and Jordon strongly believe that all education should be research based, highly effective, and applicable. As teachers turned destination wedding photographers, their passion is to educate other business owners so that they can use their framework to create their own successes. Their goal is to provide an action based learning environment where success can be maximized, and now, all from the comfort of your home.

Allison Ewing

Yoga For Creatives

Talk Description

Allison will lead participants through a 45-60 minute all-levels yoga class that will focus on self-care and what that can look for you once you get home! We’ll talk about the importance of mental wellness for all creative entrepreneurs and explore poses and techniques that will allow participants to feel their best. Whether you’ve done yoga before or you have never stepped on a mat, this class is for you! Allison will also be leading a Five MInute Fuel at United entitled : 5 Minute Desk Stretches for Creatives. 

Speaker Bio

Allison is a wedding photographer & registered yoga teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. After experiencing anxiety for years, she turned to yoga to find some relief. Not only did she find the help she needed, but she also found a desire to spread mindfulness and self-care to others through yoga. Allison is now focused on helping other creative entrepreneurs feel the best they can by incorporating yoga and breathing techniques into their daily lives. When she’s not taking photos or teaching yoga, you can find Allison spending time with her husband Jason, visiting their favorite breweries and searching for the best sprinkle donut in Ohio!

Ty Wilson

Five Minute Fuel : Working a Full-time Job while Pursuing Photography

Talk Description

What if I told you that working a corporate job while pursuing photography doesn’t have to mean you’re unsuccessful? Imagine a world where a career and passion can coincide, and not be intertwined. Being multi-disciplined can actually make you a better and more successful business owner.  Join Ty for this fast paced five minute talk at United this year! In addition, Ty will be leading a styled shoot this year.

Speaker Bio

Ty Wilson is a Seattle-based photographer with a background in cloud computing and enterprise security working with companies such as Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Amazon. He often travels between East & West coasts photographing weddings, portraits, and events that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and teaching creative entrepreneurs how to build more inclusive businesses. When he’s not traveling or hiking through the Cascades, you will likely find him enjoying handcrafted cocktails on a rooftop overlooking the city.

Elisa Watson

Keynote

Talk Description

Join Elisa Watson, Co-owner of Showit and writer over at ElisaJoyful.com as she inspires us with her keynote talk at United this year.

Speaker Bio

As co-owner of Showit, Elisa is happy to stay behind the scenes, unless she is teaching the crew how to be the best version of themselves through knowing themselves and their personality types. Recently she has been able to share her knowledge through her podcast, Sines of Life, as well as on the stage at Showit United, and at the Reset Conference. But Elisa is not just a speaker and teacher and podcaster, she is also a blogger with a beautiful knack for telling stories that draw people in wholeheartedly. It is nearly impossible to read her work without either laughing or crying, and sometimes both. And she has plenty to write about, as the most frequent characters of her stories are her 4 strapping sons, and her husband Todd.

Todd Watson

Keynote

Talk Description

Join Todd Watson, CEO of Showit as he inspires us all during this keynote talk at United.

Speaker Bio

When a photographer friend needed help building a website in 2005, Todd immediately jumped to action. Always wanting to help, and excited to crack his knuckles writing some code, he never imagined it would turn into a business. Anyone around him might have guessed otherwise. Before Todd had even set his 18-year-old foot in a Computer Science class at ASU, he had already sharpened his entrepreneurial skills by creating two successful businesses. With his pioneering spirit, not to mention a supportive and trusting wife, Todd co-founded Showit with the intention of helping photographers bridge the gap between tech and creativity. Over a decade later, and 4 stunning sons, 28 employees, and countless Showiteers later, that gap is closing more and more.

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