Speakers at United 2019 - 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

Gillian Sarah

Breakout Session : Building + Scaling Passive Income within Your Photography Business

Talk Description

Dive into your business and create a new revenue stream. Together we go through aspects of your business that you can use to create passive products, and then work on how you can scale them up to sell themselves and grow with ease.

Speaker Bio

Meet Gillian, owner and founder of the blog and website design company Gillian Sarah. She makes it her mission to provide all of her clients with hand crafted websites and branding that truly show their personality and ethos. To date, she and her team have helped over 4,000 small businesses build their online presence in unique and meaningful ways. And by meaningful – we mean profitable! Gillian is a new wife and mom, and she brings so much joy and excitement to her work, talks, and the creative community.

Katelyn James

Keynote : The Best is Yet to Come

Talk Description

Sometimes as business owners, we fail to realize that the current season that we’re in doesn’t define where we will always be. The seasons of our life, the victories and failures in our business are not the ultimate deciding factor of our destiny and when we choose to believe that, it changes everything.

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 a Style Me Pretty, BRIDES, Inspired by This, Real Simple, etc. She then began teaching and coaching photographers from all over the country and internationally.

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!

Amy & Jordan Demos

Keynote

Talk Description

Join Amy and Jordan for a keynote talk focused on work + life balance at this year’s United.

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.

Natalie Franke

Keynote : Resilience

Talk Description

There is a secret ingredient to achieving your dreams and it lives within you—resilience. Reaching your goals isn’t a matter of getting lucky or stumbling into success, but rather having the courage to lean into your failures and rise above the challenges on the horizon. In this talk, Natalie will rally the fighter within you to stand up and charge forward into your most successful season yet.

Speaker Bio

Natalie Franke Hayes is an entrepreneur, mobilization marketer, community builder, and neuroscience nerd. As one of the Founders of the Rising Tide Society and the Head of Community at HoneyBook, she leads tens of thousands of creatives and small business owners while fostering a spirit of community over competition around the world.

Chip Dizárd

Keynote : Facebook Ads Won't Work if You Don't Do The Work

Talk Description

If you think paying for traffic is all you need, you are wrong. You have to do the work, real work.  It’s really about lead conversion, follow up and follow through. There’s no magic involved, but you can do the work.  In this keynote Chip shares how he did the work, changed his mindset and how that  can catapult your business.

Speaker Bio

Chip is an serial entrepreneur and Facebook and Instgram Ads expert with a passion for all things technology and media. He is the founder / photographer of Chip Dizard Studios a wedding photography/videography firm that captures couple’s love stories internationally.

Jasmine Star

Keynote

Talk Description

Join Jasmine for a powerful keynote at this year’s United focused on social media followed immediately by a Q+A style Breakout Session!

Speaker Bio

Jasmine Star dropped out of law school to pursue her dreams of being a photographer. In a few less than three years, she built an international award-winning business, later founding Social Curator, a social media marketing membership for business owners. Harnessing her chutzpah and hustle, Jasmine empowers entrepreneurs to build a brand, market it on social media, and create a life they love.

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.

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!

Montana Dennis

Keynote : Value and Purpose

Talk Description

Join Montana for an inspirational Keynote focused on finding your value and purpose in your life and business.

Speaker Bio

Montana is a successful photographer who currently resides in Santa Barbara, California. He collects fun socks and cat pictures, and could eat pancakes every day, even though his wife and daughter are sick of them.He creates incredible images for his couples to remember their love for one another, in spite of hard and challenging times. He loves life and that is reflected in his photography.

James & Jess Wittmayer

Keynote : Relationships Matter Most

Talk Description

Behind every person is a beating heart. A mind & heart that has desires & passions. In over 12 years the single greatest thing we have ever invested in is relationships. Not worrying about casting your net shallow & wide but actually going deep. Taking the time to build relationships with others with their interests in mind. Teaching from our own experience what has worked and was has not. Our strategies & tools on the best ways to invest in relationships and why. As well as bringing up the fears and self-preservation we all face when on the cusp a great relationship.

Speaker Bio

Hi friends! We are James & Jess! Husband & wife photographers, adventures, educators, cocktail enthusiasts, and best friends. We travel the globe photographing couples who are madly in love, educating amazing creatives like you, and making friends wherever we go!

Jeff Kaylor

Keynote : Creating Magic Moments

Talk Description

During Jeff’s signature speech “Creating Magic Moments,” he will entertain and amaze your audience, then reveal some of the best kept secrets of world renowned magicians and your audience how to apply it to their business, lifestyle and relationships. In this interactive experience, Jeff will equip you audience with tools and techniques to create extraordinary moments for people in the everyday interactions of life and business. Jeff will also be leading a Breakout Session on Creating Magic Moments.

Speaker Bio

Jeff Kaylor hads been on a tour of the world performing and speaking in over 350 cities in 22 countries. For the past 10 years, he has created award winning magic illusions and devices used by the top magicians in the world. He is the co-founder of The Magic Estate in Orlando, FL. A collaborative community that was home to many creatives including a Magicians, Speakers, Inventors, A Lawyer/Hypnotist, and even a Dolphin Trainer. He has been a speaker for Disney, Nike, Cox, Leadercast and regularly performs at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Makayla Jade

Breakout : Matchmaker Marketing

Talk Description

How to stand out in an oversaturated, under-priced market and start winning the clients of your dreams (without wasting all your time fighting social media algorithms or paying for advertising!) . Makayla will also be leading a styled shoot, Editorialized Wedding Portraits.

Speaker Bio

Makayla Jade, co-founder of The Harris Company, developed a brand distinguished by providing an elevated photo and cinema client experience, propelling the company by appealing to a niche clientele that places a high value on printed products & photographic art. Makayla Jade has been featured in major industry magazines & conferences, sharing techniques involving business systems, brand marketing, and unique approach to educating clients about the importance of print and investing in heirlooms through her newest endeavor, Printographers Society.

Quianna Marie

Styled Shoot: Shooting for Vendors: Amalfi Inspired Wedding

Talk Description

Speaker Bio

Quianna Marie is a destination wedding photographer based in both the Bay Area, California + Phoenix Arizona. Obsessed with dirt roads, happy tears and helping creatives turn their passion into their profession.

Jen Olmstead & Jeff Shipley

Breakout : Designing Content that Connects: Steal Our Proven Strategies to Land Your Dream Clients

Talk Description

Jen and Jeff will deep dive into how to create and curate content that connects with your dream clients. We’ll focus in on methods, strategies and tactics for creating the content that goes on your website and then how to best present that content in website form.

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 bi-coastal business (Virginia and Seattle, respectively) and share a love of hospitality, industrial design, good branding, witty banter, and, of course, a great cocktail.

Ben Hartley

Breakout : Abundance: Maximizing Joy, Meaning & Profits

Talk Description

So, you know how photographers often struggle with…

  • Taking their business to the next level
  • Knowing what to do with their life
  • Developing more fulfilling

Yeah, I help with that. I will help you get out of your own way and design the life you want to live. Your relationships and photography.

Speaker Bio

Ben Hartley is a dynamic photographer inspiring educator, and modern influencer. Ben has three core beliefs: 1. people are always more important 2. success starts with self-worth. 3. You must never stop thrashing. Ben is founder of Style and Story Creative, his wedding photography studio based in Columbus, OH where he photographs weddings with his two other full-time photographers. Ben is the host of the weekly Six Figure Photography Podcast to help inspire, empower & challenge photographers towards creating a life of abundance in joy, meaning & profits.

Kat Schmoyer

Breakout : Quarterly Planning for the Creative Business

Talk Description

In this tactical presentations, I’ll break down the strategies I use to Quarterly Plan for my business. I’ll provide a rinse-and-repeat system for how I use projected revenue to determine my content calendar & launch strategies, as well as a behind the scenes look at the specific systems I use to achieve big picture goals while also working on the day-to-day of my business.

Speaker Bio

Kat Schmoyer is one part of a husband-and-wife team, the founder of Creative at Heart and the wedding planner behind Dear Sweetheart Events. She knows what it’s like to build a business through late nights & side-hustle struggles; and because of that she has made it her mission to equip & encourage creative entrepreneurs with practical yet heartfelt education! She’s a full-time mamaprenuer & can’t imagine running a business or living life without Matt and Micah by her side!!

Michelle Harris

Breakout : 10 Min Bridal Party Portraits

Talk Description

No time, no problem! The attendees will learn how to quickly and
efficiently take control of a bridal party to create tons of gorgeous
images in a time crunch!  Michelle will also be leading a Styled Shoot, Blush Heaven.

Speaker Bio

Michelle Harris is an international wedding photographer based in the DC area. She is owner and lead photographer at M Harris Studios; in conjunction with subsidiary, Laila Chanel Studios where she manages 10 freelance photographers. Michelle’s work has been featured in mass press such as USA Today, MunaLuchi Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, People Magazine, and more!

Julie Paisley

Breakout : 10 Years, 10 Lessons

Talk Description

Lessons from 10 years as a photographer.

Five Minute Fuel : Be a Fruit Loop in a Cheerios World – Also join Julie in this fast paced five minute talk and explore the questions : why do we think it’s ok to do what everyone else is doing? When did it stop being ok to be different? Why has “standing out” become uncommon? In this 5 min. Fuel, I’m going to take you through 3 steps to finding the way back to you. Stop being the boring Cheerio. Fruit loops are more fun. Julie is also leading a

Speaker Bio

For 10 years Julie has been traveling the world shooting weddings and teaching workshops. Known for her use of light and storytelling, Julie’s work has been seen in People, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Brides and many more. Julie hugs everyone she sees, never meets a stranger and loves Paris more than peanut butter.

Laylee Emadi Smith

Breakout : Setting your Schedule for Success

Talk Description

In this interactive talk, we will discuss creating customized time management systems that will allow you to find freedom in your calendar. Looking at your business needs starting with the year all the way down to the day, we will delve into creating a routine that will help you stay on task and balanced. Together, we will intentionally work toward carving out time for your personal and professional needs in order to create a healthy work/life balance.

Speaker Bio

Laylee Emadi is a photographer and educator with a heart for serving others. She believes in people over profit—always. Since she started her business, Laylee has served the creative industry with authentic encouragement, tell-it-like-it-is honesty, and a wide open heart. 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!

Bernel Westbrook

Breakout Session: Building Brand Visuals with Intention and Alignment

Talk Description

Speaker Bio

Bernel is the owner and lead designer of Branded by Bernel, a design boutique based in 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.” Her passion is inspiring others and working with creative entrepreneurs to build brands that set them apart.

Kylee Ann Maughan

Breakout : How to Turn a One-Man Show into a Fully-booked Team : Building an Associate Photography Team that WORKS!

Talk Description

An associate team is more than making more money or booking all the clients. Its creating a family, extending your brand and serving more people in the best way possible. In this class you will learn when you are ready and when you are not ready to grow your team. You’ll learn how I find my associates, train my photographers and editors, and price our packages.

And more importantly, you’ll learn how to grow a team that loves their job, respects your brand and is in it for the long haul. This one woman show has grown from one to seven, $35 to multi-six figure, a handful of weddings to 75 per year and solopreneur to a family. You can do it, too.

Speaker Bio

Kylee Ann leads a successful associate team in Northern Utah and helps other photographers create thriving businesses. When she’s not shooting, scheduling, editing, blogging, being the boss etc, you can find her on adventures with her three young kids or catching up on last nights tv in yesterday’s clothes.

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!

Shaun Gordon

Breakout : How Do You Sell An Album To Every One Of Your Clients?

Talk Description

Speaker Bio

Shaun Gordon, owner of Kiss Books and photographer of over 500 weddings, helps creative entrepreneurs answer questions like this. He is dedicated to empowering his community with simple tools that change lives, resources that make it easy, and education that teaches you how to let your best self shine.
Shaun is happily married to his lovely wife and a father to their three children. You can find him on Kiss Book’s IG Live twice a week, hosting events throughout the world, & dedicating time to his family.

Charity Maurer

Breakout : The Cheat Sheet Way to Crafting Packages that Sell

Talk Description

Join Charity as she breaks down a simple yet SUPER effective strategy
for crafting strategic packages inspired by her days as a Starbucks
barista. This strategy eventually lead to landing jobs with a 5-figure
price-tag!

Speaker Bio

Charity is a local to Arizona and built her luxury level photography business in the corner of a one-bedroom apartment as a 20-year-old newlywed. With a vision for balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship, she saw the luxury market as her opportunity for creating a sustainable business while raising a family. She’s a big believer in doing “”less, but better”” and wants to debunk the myths around crafting a luxury brand and empower others to make the best use of their time, both professionally and personally. She’s mom to two boys, Achilles (5) and Cyrus (2) and wife to Andy.

Andy Maurer

Breakout : The Road To Success Starts With Knowing Your Story

Talk Description

We’re all in business for the outcome of success, right? But one thing you
may not have considered is how your past trauma might limit your ability to
reach true success. Join Andy and Charity as they break down what true success looks like, how our story of trauma can impede our progress, and
how to heal and ultimately overcome this barrier to success. Andy will also be leading a Five Minute Fuel Talk entitled : The Biggest Hindrance To Your Success Isn’t What You Think. 

Speaker Bio

Andy is a licensed therapist and works with high performance leaders, including CEO’s, founders, and entrepreneurs, educating and equipping them on the issue of trauma and its impact on their work and relationships. Andy helps leaders build awareness, develop meaningful relationships, and create purposeful and successful lives. He earned both a Masters of Divinity in Professional Counseling from Phoenix Seminary and a Masters in Marital Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Andy is married to Charity, a luxury wedding photographer

Petronella Lugemwa

Breakout : How to Attract Your Ideal Client

Talk Description

Why is it important to identify your ideal client & how do you attract your ideal client consistently? In this workshop, we’ll go over case studies & strategies to help you begin to take action right away to attract the type of client that’ll value what you do & not waste money on marketing tactics that don’t matter to your ideal client. Petronella will also be leading a Five Minute Fuel on How to Find Your Why.

Speaker Bio

Petronella Lugemwa is an international wedding and marriage proposal photographer, speaker and storyteller based out of the New York area who specializes in helping multicultural couples celebrate their love in a modern way and believes that what makes you different makes your beautiful. She photographed the November 2018 cover of Rangefinder Magazine and was named 1 of 30 Rising Stars in wedding photography worldwide in 2018. Petronella Photography has been featured in Essence, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, New York Magazine Weddingsa

Meghan Brown

Breakout : How to Stand Out in an Oversaturated Market

Talk Description

In this Breakout, you’ll learn how to elevate your brand by networking and cross promotion by sharing and tagging other pros on social media, how to authentically stand out from the rest, and how to get your work out there by getting published to connect with current and prospective clients.

Speaker Bio

Meghan Stolar Brown, Manager of Two Bright Lights, is passionate about helping event professionals grow their brand and leads by connecting with publishers and other vendors. She has extensive marketing and event management experience and understands the challenges and opportunities creative entrepreneurs face. Growing up with a booking agent and a wedding band leader for parents, there is no doubt that marketing and events are in Meghan’s DNA. Her love for music and events grew from singing and playing piano as a toddler, to performing in recording studios and at weddings and events in years since. Meghan holds a degree in Music Business from New York University and lives in New York with her husband and (if everything goes her way) their future dog, “Chet”.

Kelly Zugay & Andra Barkey

Breakout : Design with Purpose: Creating a Website to Book Your Ideal Client

Talk Description

Is your website helping you connect with your Ideal Client consistently?
In Design with Purpose, we’ll explore 5 key ingredients of a purposeful,
client-connecting website. In addition to experiencing a hands-on
presentation, you’ll come away with a comprehensive checklist to
seamlessly guide you through polishing your online home. Kelly and Andra are also leading a Five Minute Fuel entitled : The You in Your Brand: 3 Ways to Celebrate Your Uniqueness Through Brand Design

Speaker Bio

Showit’s 2018 Designer of the Year, With Grace and Gold provides purposeful brand and web design for creative business owners. Since 2014, Kelly and Andra of With Grace and Gold have been honored to serve more than 300 creative business owners from all over the world. Whether pursuing a custom design experience or purchasing a Showit template, With Grace and Gold’s clients and customers can expect their online home to help them connect with their Ideal Client in a meaningful way.

Jide Alakija

Breakout : Lights, Composition and Moment

Talk Description

A method used to ensure the capture of strong storytelling moments during an event.

Speaker Bio

Jide Alakija is an internationally renowned photographer with over 10 years’ experience in shooting multicultural weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns. Alakija’s assignments have taken him across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.

Jaime Davis

Breakout : How to sell your clients their Legacy!

Talk Description

In this step by step breakout session I will help you generate more revenue from in- person sales without being a pushy sales person but instead educating your clients about their legacy in a fun environment that is all part of the overall client experience with your brand! Showing your clients that their photos are ones that will last for generations to come gives you have the opportunity to open up more doors in the world of in-person sales. I will give you techniques that you can implement right away to help grow your sales without being that pushy car sales person but instead their best friend! This includes language to use before they book, during their session and or wedding and how to approach their premiere party or aka sales session, as well as some client experience techniques. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Speaker Bio

Jaime Davis is a Orange County based wedding photographer. Not only does she love shooting weddings but she loves to help other photographers grow their businesses into what they dreamed. Jaime is a new mama to a beautiful daughter, loves Disneyland and Taylor Swift and has two spastic wiener dogs, oh did she mention her husband looks like Ryan Gosling, no seriously ask to see a photo it is crazy!

Sarah Kay Love

Breakout : The Importance of Publication

Talk Description

This topic will cover the statistics and importance of how getting published can help market your brand and grow business. We will then discuss the ultimate shot list that publications and editors look for in submissions as well as discuss what factors could be at play when your content does not get selected- seasons, color palette, concept, vendors and details. Sarah will also be leading a Styled Shoot : Shooting For Publication.

Speaker Bio

Sarah Kay Love is a Creative Consultant, specializing in content strategy, production and digital marketing, 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, she 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.

Sarah is now combining her unique skill set and sharing her knowledge with wedding photographers and professionals to help them develop skills to grow their digital presence, get published, drive revenue and stand out in a saturated market.

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.

Paige Marie Griffith

Breakout : Don't Fret the Legal Stuff!

Talk Description

I’ll cover communicating with your client contracts, what business entity is right for your business, knowing your risks BEFORE something happens, and preparing for tax season. I’ll have fun multiple choice questions throughout the session and a quiz at the end to ensure you are legally legit before you walk out the door! *This session includes a printed guidebook for attendees to follow along and take home.  Paige will also be leading a Five Minute Fuel on Photography Contracts 101.

Speaker Bio

Paige holds a J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law, and a BA in Economics and Political Science. During law school, she started a photography business which quickly became successful across western Montana. Instead of taking a traditional legal job, she combined her passions to help other creatives build successful and legitimate businesses. The Legal Paige was founded in 2018 and is an online legal consulting firm and contract shop for photographers.

Erica & Jon Hayes

Breakout : 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! Erica + Jon will also be leading a Styled Shoot at United entitled : Brand Flat-Lay Styled Shoot

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.

Jordan & Pete Jones

Breakout : How to Build High-Converting Landing Pages

Talk Description

You have a beautiful new Showit website, you’re running ads, you’re driving traffic, and you’re attracting new visitors – but how do you convert them? In this session we’ll share the biggest mistakes people make when building landing pages – and what to do instead to help you convert more inquiries.

Speaker Bio

Pete + Jordan are full-time RVers, digital marketing nerds, and believers. They love all things marketing, but they really geek out over Facebook ads + funnels. They’re passionate about educating and empowering creative entrepreneurs and wedding professionals to grow their businesses online with smart marketing strategies (aka the ones that actually work!).

Katy Davis

Breakout : How To Make Your Website Bio Work for You

Talk Description

Everyone has done it at least once. You’re sitting in front of your computer and completely stuck. How are you supposed to write anything about yourself? A killer website bio can make or break a true client connection. Join Katy Davis and learn the step by step way to write a bio that immediately shows potential clients your true you. Katy will also be leading a Styled Shoot at United.

Speaker Bio

Katy, a wedding photographer, is fiercely loyal to the city she lives in. She laughs, a lot; and loudly. She believes in family, friends and friends that are family. Katy enjoys tacos, sleeping in hotels, and dancing at receptions.

Abbey Kyhl

Five Minute Fuel : How does she do it?

Talk Description

As a busy mom, time is not something Abbey can waste. And while the rest of the world might be out there making marketing and social media a full-time job, she just didn’t have that kind of time in between carpool, clients and kids sports. In this five minute fuel, Abbey is going to show you how she spends 3 hours a week marketing and generates around 700 inquiries a year! Come learn how to make marketing manageable! Abbey will also be leading Private Coaching Sessions at United.

Speaker Bio

Meet Abbey! Mom (to everyone). Entrepreneur. Chauffer. Photographer. Picker-upper of Legos. Master of Minutes. Sideline Cheerleader. Dance Party Enthusiast. Creator of theblueprintTM. Email Ninja. Automation Genius. Marketing Guru. And ultimately, just a girl who is passionate about showing others how to build a business that is a benefit to your family, not a burden! Let’s do this!

Chris Sosa

Five Minute Fuel: How to Encourage the World!

Talk Description

We often compare our failures to other people’s successes, especially when life gets hard. But during the most difficult times in Chris’s life, he chose to encourage others instead. Here’s how you can use encouragement to build your business and grow a  community around you along the way!  Chris and Micaela will also be leading a Styled Shoot at United, Desert Sunset Inspired Styled Shoot.

Speaker Bio

Chris and Micaela Sosa are international wedding photographers, newlyweds, and ice cream lovers serving Miami, Florida and beyond. They met at Showit United 2017 and having been living a #UnitedLoveStory ever since! Together they love to encourage strong marriages, inspire photographers around the world, and find new ways to show people how awesome they are!

Chad DiBlasio

Five Minute Fuel : Living Your Best Life - Bringing Out The Best In Your Life And Business

Talk Description

In this fast paced talk, Chad will be delivering 3 key principles to a fully engaged life and business. How choosing your Focus, Feelings and Follow thru can empower you to live the live of your dreams. Chad will also be leading a High End Fashion Styled Shoot at United.

Speaker Bio

Chad DiBlasio is a central-Ohio based photographer and Entrepreneur. He has spent more than a decade in the photography industry learning how to clarify and voice the value that photography brings to peoples lives while living that out with his family of 7. He and his wife Melissa are passionate about helping people design and believe in the life they have always dreamed about and building the mindset and systems to make that a reality!

Miguel Garcia

Styled Shoot : Video Wedding Day Coverage

Talk Description

You will leave knowing how to get the best video from wedding day preps, ceremony, a romantics. This styled shoot will be followed by a live editing demonstration on how to edit your wedding video.

Speaker Bio

Miguel Garcia is a husband and father. He has been filming weddings for 7 years and has been featured in Martha Stewart, Crate & Barrel, and Fox 11. He has also been teaching for Rising Tide Society Pasadena chapter for over 3 years and this is his 2nd year teaching at United Conference.

Laura Murray

Styled Shoot : A Romantic Fashion Editorial with Laura Murray & Stay Co.

Talk Description

Laura Murray and Stay Co. have partnered together to bring you a romantic yet sophisticated fashion editorial. We will have several models in sleek and neutral attire that combines a high fashion approach with organic and elevated art direction.

Speaker Bio

After graduating with a degree in mathematics and spending several years working in the technology sector, Laura found meaning in photography. Inspired by her own wedding photographer, she jumped head first into this new career and has never looked back. She has spent the past decade photographing couples all across the world and recently launched a new brand, Spark & Bound, which provides tools to creatives to achieve their wild dreams and extraordinary goals. Laura resides in Colorado with her husband and three sons.

Breanna McKendrick

Styled Shoot : Intro Into Film

Talk Description

You might be a photographer that loves the look and aesthetic of film, but it can be a little unsure on where to start. We will be stepping into the basics of film, how to meter, choosing your film stock, loading your camera, understanding the flexibility film has in your high dynamic range and how this could change the light you choose to shoot in.

Speaker Bio

Breanna is a wedding photographer that started her business 7 years ago in Utah, moved to Texas, but now in San Fransisco, CA. (She gets that hustle if you have ever found yourself neeing to open a new market for your business, esp as an introvert who has learned where to spend her marketing energy.) She shoots both film and digital, and believes both are the right tool for job. She is a surface level royal family armchair expert and would escape to Vienna, Austria if she had the chance to live abroad with her husband.

Lauren Fair

Styled Shoot : A Modern-Meets-Old World European

Talk Description

In this editorial, we’ll combine a luxurious modern meets-Old European style for a beautiful, inspiring editorial full of stylish details and lush florals. Beautifully muted colors and textures, couture inspired gowns and an elegant, European fine art style will pop against the gorgeous Arizona landscapes!

Speaker Bio

Named one of the 100 Most Inspiring + Influential People in the Wedding Industry by the Knot in 2017 and one of the 75 Best Photographers in the World by BRIDES Magazine in 2018, Lauren + Tim Fair specialize in whimsical, romantic, elegant weddings both in the Northeast and destinations around the world. With a relaxed, organic approach to their “”happy fine art”” style, they adore capturing luxury weddings for joyful couples in love.

Alisha Crossley

Styled Shoot : Heirloom Opulence

Talk Description

Alisha is a recovering English teacher turned fine art wedding photographer. With a background in literary arts, her love for storytelling is fully embraced behind the camera as she lovingly directs her subjects. Focused on capturing an authentic narrative , Alisha implements a guided, organic approach to wedding imagery enhanced by the use of film.
 Alisha has a Master’s degree in Education and heart for sharing methods of success with fellow photographers. In addition to the business, she and her husband Patrick share three kiddos, two dogs and one cat. Together they’ve captured weddings in the US and beyond for the last decade. Their work has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Carats and Cake and Southern Weddings. The only thing thicker than her southern accent is the vanilla syrup in her latte 😉
Alisha will be leading a styled shoot at United.

Speaker Bio

Alisha is a recovering English teacher turned fine art wedding photographer. With a background in literary arts, her love for storytelling is fully embraced behind the camera as she lovingly directs her subjects. Focused on capturing an authentic narrative , Alisha implements a guided, organic approach to wedding imagery enhanced by the use of film.
 Alisha has a Master’s degree in Education and heart for sharing methods of success with fellow photographers. In addition to the business, she and her husband Patrick share three kiddos, two dogs and one cat. Together they’ve captured weddings in the US and beyond for the last decade. Their work has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Carats and Cake and Southern Weddings. The only thing thicker than her southern accent is the vanilla syrup in her latte 😉
Alisha will be leading a styled shoot at United.

Phillip & Eileen Blume

Styled Shoot : Come to the Dark Side

Talk Description

What does it take to create timeless, dimensional portraits that pop off the page? In a world of bright and airy images, standing out requires you to walk on the dark side. Join the Blumes for a Bohemian styled shoot (using flash and natural light), where you’ll focus on creating shadows to tell a story. From technique to tools, you’ll walk away feeling confident in your ability to shoot anywhere, anytime, with amazing results!

Speaker Bio

Phillip & Eileen Blume are award-winning photographers just crazy enough to believe art can change the world. As owners of three studios specializing in weddings and portraits, the Blumes seek to celebrate life and heal brokenness through humanitarian projects. They’ve appeared on CreativeLIVE, shared their vision for impactful photography on TEDx, and are founders of ComeUnity Photographer Education. They live with their children in rural Georgia, where they enjoy homeschooling and spontaneous dance parties.

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.

Christina Piombetti

Styled Shoot : How to Infuse Your Posing with Real Emotion

Talk Description

Learn how to stop relying on static poses and start directing your couples to create images that feel authentic, intimate, and full of real emotion.

Speaker Bio

Christina Piombetti is an award-winning international photographer. After a successful career as a NYC publicist, she picked up a vintage film camera and closed the door on her corner office. She’s passionate about creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her clients and using her extensive marketing experience to educate and empower creatives to build a business that’s profitable over popular. She lives with her handsome beau and baby boy in beautiful Northern California.

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!

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 Kraemer

Styled Shoot : Wedding Details Bar

Talk Description

Bridal details are important, but they shouldn’t take up valuable time meant for capturing candid wedding moments! At this styled shoot, you’ll learn how to photograph those details beautifully and efficiently.
We will style accessories that will boost your portfolio, attracting future high-end brides.

Speaker Bio

Tina is a midwestern girl from Kansas City who traded BBQ for tacos when her husband, Cody’s, job brought them to Tucson, Arizona. She’s a mom to two kiddos, Kinsley and Cason, and her hobbies are cooking and baking. Tina’s primary love language is quality time, but ice cream comes in at a close 2nd.

Ashley Strickland

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.

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.

Amber Lea Russell

Styled Shoot : Queens Gambit Inspired Wedding Shoot

Talk Description

Using design elements inspired by the popular series, The Queen’s Gambit, this shoot will weave iconic style from 1960’s couture into a modern black and white themed Wedding Shoot.

Speaker Bio

Wedding photographer and copywriter, Amber crafts brand stories with her pen and love stories with her camera. She’s a wife to Jon, mom to 4 kids + 4 dogs, chauffer, cheerleader, plant enthusiast and wannabe chef.

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.

Akua Konado

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.

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.

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!

Elisa Watson

Streams of Creativity

Talk Description

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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

Conversations About Race

Talk Description

In this 5 minute talk, Todd will challenge us to think beyond stereotypes and to live a life that actively challenges the racism in and around us.

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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