Speakers at United 2019 - Learn from these photography pros

2019 Speakers

United 2019 is November 3-6 at the beautiful Marriott Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona.

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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!


Katelyn James

Keynote : The Best is Yet to Come

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.

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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

Breakout : Not Your Mommas Social Media Talk

Let’s talk all about how to utilize social media and the culture to grow your business. But not just one social media avenue, a couple of them. In 2019, you have the ability to be your own marketing company. There are effective ways to leverage your social platforms to gain clients build the business that works for you! We will talk about how, in 2018, we have received 110 leads and made over $200,000 from Instagram alone, with just me and my wife. Devin is also leading a Styled Shoot, Light, Composition and Connection!

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Devin is the owner of Anchor & Veil photography, a studio based in Charlotte, Nc with 9 photographers, 2 cinematographers, and editor, an admin and a content creator. He also owns a marketing form where he helps businesses in the Charlotte area build their business and grow!

Amy & Jordan Demos


Join Amy and Jordan for a finance focused keynote session at this year’s United. Amy and Jordan will also be leading a breakout session following their keynote on finances.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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


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

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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


Join Davey for a full Keynote session at United. Davey is an SEO, content and branding specialist as well as a former wedding photographer. No doubt, there’s a lot to learn from Davey as he walks us through strategies to help further your business.

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Davey Jones is a brand and content strategist, and one half of the Davey & Krista team. After several years of teaching high school English, photographing over 100 weddings and launching the Rising Tide Society, Davey decided to make helping creatives run better businesses his full time gig. Davey and his wife Krista specialize in helping people create brands that book through custom branding and website design, consulting, and search engine optimization. Since building their first business they have found purposeful and fulfilling work—and a life that includes palm trees, blue skies, time with our pups, and—of course—wine and pizza.

Vanessa Hicks

Breakout : How To Create A Months Worth Of Blogging Content in an Hour

Have you ever felt stuck when it comes to blogging! Sitting at your computer, staring at a blank screen, having no idea what to type? Join Vanessa Hicks today as she shows you just how easy creating content for blogging is! She will discuss how you already have so much content for your blog, no matter if you are a new photographer or a seasoned photographer!

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Vanessa Hicks is a wedding and portrait photographer currently documenting love in Hawaii! She is a military spouse and Navy Veteran a well! She truly believes in empowering others, and the importance of documenting her clients 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, 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

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

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Jen Olmstead & Jeff Shipley

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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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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

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.

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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: Brand Beyond the Visuals

How do your clients feel when they enter your online home? It is wonderful to have a pretty logo, it’s even better to have a consistent website, yet thats not enough to consistently book your target clients. Your unique voice, full of your experiences, inspirations and core values are the intangible elements of your brand that make you invaluable.

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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!

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.

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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 : Posing Flow

If you find yourself struggling with on the spot posing, doing same thing over and over again, and lacking confidence in your posing abilities, this class is for you! We’ll be going over my top tips for posing and consistently achieving natural, timeless poses over and over again.

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Catherine Guidry is a New Orleans based wedding photographer, podcaster and educator. She has photographed hundreds of weddings, been featured on Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Wedding Sparrow, and Southern Brides..and is now helping others remove the veil of perfection in order to better pursue their passions through the podcast “”Mistakes Make Magic.”” Her greatest achievements lie in creating memorable experiences for her clients and teaching other creative entrepreneurs and photographers how to successfully run their businesses!

Shaun Gordon

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

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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

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

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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

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. 

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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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

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

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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!

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!

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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

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.

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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 : Pinterest for Your Creative Business

With over 250 million users, Pinterest has the power to take one piece of content and exponentially deliver it into the hands of eager pinners. More than a discovery platform for home decor and recipes, Pinterest isn’t about connecting socially, it’s about purpose and planning and is a powerful tool for generating traffic for your creative business.

In this presentation, we will be talking about why you should be using Pinterest for your business, how to optimize your profile and account for traffic, and content marketing ideas to grow your client inquiries, email list, and sales using Pinterest for business.

Vanessa will also be leading a Five Minute Fuel entitled Using Pinterest for your Creative Business.

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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!

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.

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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 : The Shift: Knowing How to Recognize a Shift in Your Business and How to Respond to it.

As two people who set out to start a business in one direction only to completely turn a 180, we’ve learned a thing or two about listening to what your market is telling you. In ‘The Shift’, we’ll dive into understanding how to identify a shift in your business and how to respond to it, including dealing with the emotions of turning your hard work in a completely different direction.

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Erica + Jon are a husband and wife commercial brand photography team that partners with commercial and personal brands to plan, style and intentionally create compelling imagery for marketing. Their work has appeared on billboards, store front signs and magazine spreads across the country.

Jordan & Pete Jones

Breakout : How to Build High-Converting Landing Pages

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.

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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

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.

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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?

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.

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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!

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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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

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!

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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

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.

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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

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!

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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.

Teshorn Jackson

Styled Shoot : The Connection of Couples Portraits

Sometimes photographers go into an engagement or couples portraits
without a plan. I’ll show you how to use a your scene along with your
bag of composition tools to make images you’ll enjoy.

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Teshorn Jackson is an Antiguan born and raised retired Architect with lots of personality and charisma. He documents weddings around the US and the world. He’s a dad to a charming 15 month old son and husband to a beautiful wife. Teshorn enjoys teaching and has a way with people.

Jennifer Larsen

Styled Shoot: Styling & Photographing Bride AND Groom Details

Brides & Grooms spend a lot of time and energy choosing their wedding day details, so as a wedding photographer it’s important to capture ALL those special pieces well! For this styled shoot, Jen will do a styling and shooting demonstration, and share tips and tricks for photographing different kinds of details that you’ll encounter during the getting ready portion of a wedding day. Attendees will then rotate through stations of different curated sets of Bride or Groom details to style & photograph!

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Jennifer Larsen is a southern-at-heart wedding and anniversary photographer based in New Jersey, serving couples worldwide. 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.

Suzy Goodrick

Styled Shoot : Vegas Inspired Elopement

Join Suzy for a rad, untraditional vegas inspired elopement. Learn how Suzy utilizes styled shoots to try out of the box ideas and create content that will attract her ideal clients. Get hands on experience photographing a rebellious couple who tie the knot and who are ready for adventure.

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You can find Suzy at a local coffee shop drooling over travel blogs and dreaming about her next adventure. She’s a big fan of community over competition, mentoring photographers, and leads one of her local Tuesdays Together chapters. Suzy focuses her creative energy on photographing weddings and boudoir for the free spirit, while also pursuing a few passion projects.

Benjamin & Joy Clifford

Styled Shoot : Adventure Posing

Have you ever looked at a photo and it just felt so real? Full of raw emotion? In this styled session, we will be focusing on drawing out that emotion and incorporating the dynamic landscape around us to further enhance the “feel” of the photo. This isn’t a styled shoot for details, this is a styled shoot focused on people and couples. You will learn new tips and tricks that you can put into practice right away! We will have two real couples to work with so everyone will have a chance to capture amazing photos.

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Benjamin Clifford is the founder of husband and wife photography team, Benjamin Clifford Photography, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Their company was founded on their own beautiful love story of over 19 years. Ben and his wife Joy specialize in engagement and wedding photography, both in the United States and around the world, providing a luxurious once-in-a-lifetime experience for happy couples in a light, fun, and romantic style. Putting clients at ease with a soft, caring, and light-hearted tone, Ben has the unique ability to draw out raw emotions.

Jen Driesbach

Styled Shoot : Up in Smoke - Co-Ed Senior Styled Session

This is going to be a fun + vibrant co-ed smoke-bomb themed senior session out in the desert!

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Jen is a midwest-born suburban girl living among the cacti in the arizona desert pursuing a creative, intentional + inspired life. Jen has been photographing + blogging + creating (formerly kreatid) since june of 2008 focusing primarily on senior + wedding portraiture. Jen has been featured on: senior style guide, hot 100, modern senior, the knot, engaged + inspired, buzzfeed + a few other publications as well as has had the pleasure of leading senior portraiture styled sessions at the showit united conference the past two years.

Tina Kraemer

Styled Shoot : Wedding Details Bar

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.

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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.

Elizabeth Davis

Styled Shoot : Styled Shoots for Beginners

During this style shoot, we will discuss the necessary steps for executing editorials (Styled Shoots) from beginning to end. You will leave with the understanding of how to build vendor relationships and how to attract your ideal client through your editorial work. I will walk you through my approach to shooting for publication, finding the right publication for your brand and how to make your submission stand out. My goal for this shoot is for you to walk away with the confidence and the tools needed to shoot editorials that will add value to your brand.

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Elizabeth is a northern girl with a southern heart. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she began her career in high school taking graduation photos of her classmates. While in Alabama pursuing her undergraduate degree in business, she continued to follow her passion of photography, and in 2013 was able to successfully launch her photography business with 30 weddings in her first year. Since then, she has photographed weddings internationally, and her work has been featured in Brides, The Knot Magazine, Martha Stewart, HGTV, Black Bride Magazine, and many more.

Tori Maloney

Styled Shoot : Cozy Campfire Engagement Session

In this Styled Shoot, you’ll be creating intimate images with night time/ambient light with a hip couple and learning all about how to pose your couples!

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Tori is a fun-loving, matcha latte drinking, hugger who loves cultivating authentic relationships with other hugging humans. She is a child of entrepreneurs, so when she went into business for herself 8 years ago it was a natural fit for her. In this time she has captured over 150 weddings, traveled all over the country and is making her way around the world, capturing love and adventure with her couples. She loves weddings but engagement sessions are her absolute favorite. In addition to client care, over the past 2 years she has devoted herself to giving back to the photography community as an encourager, a photography mentor, and most recently by creating her workshop (The Mountain Collective) to help teach, encourage and equip other photographers.

Amber Lea Russell

Styled Shoot : Colorful Modern: A Bold And Contemporary Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Inspired by the bold colors of the southwest, but with a modern twist, this shoot will be full of colorful florals, a unique wedding gown and a gorgeous couple. Other wedding style elements include cake, dessert cookies, and stationary.

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Wedding photographer and Copywriter, Amber crafts brand stories with her pen and love stories with her camera. Married to Jon and mother to 4, she spends her free time crafting witty clapbacks she never has the guts actually to use.

Christianne Taylor

Celestial Romance Styled Shoot

Prepare for an editorial spread worthy of a magazine! Drawing inspiration from the subtle elegance of the warm rays of the desert summer, we’ll be evoking a shoot of dreamlike proportions! Mixing couture gowns and Christianne’s creativity into a uniquely stunning wedding styled shoot! It will be even more Epic and Magical than last year!

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Christianne Taylor is a fashion and wedding photographer. Her work has been featured in both fashion and bridal magazines, including Vogue, Darling, The Knot & Brides. She is a Creative Genius, Texan, and credits her success to the bowl of coffee ice cream she has every morning. She’s prefers people who come bearing Chick-fil-A or snacks; and she also definitely didn’t write this bio.

Ashley Rae

Styled Shoot : Fine Art Romantic Hybrid Editorial

This editorial is geared toward the aspiring fine art photographer with an introduction to Hybrid Photography and Branding. The design is inspired by a feminine aesthetic with gentle use of color,  French lace, couture details, and fragile romantic floral approach. For the fine art photographer who is inspired by telling a timeless love story of grace and intangible beauty.

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Ashley Rae is a fine art portrait and wedding photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Ashley Rae loves to create organic moments in medium format film and digital that are dreamy, luminous, and romantic. Her work has been viral via buzzfeed and shared on top wedding publications.

Allison Ewing

Yoga For Creatives

Allison will lead participants through a 60 minute all-levels yoga class that will focus on the breath-body-mind connection. This class will contain themes of self-care, the importance of community and mental health awareness for creatives. Participants will leave with breathing techniques to help during stressful times and a variety of stretches and their benefits.

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If you ask my parents, I’ve been a storyteller since I was a little girl. I’ve never been afraid to talk to anyone and I love meeting new people. So when I get asked how I got into photography, I confidently say: scrapbooking! You might be wondering how the heck scrapbooking led me to photography, but let me explain! You see, I was the girl at every middle school dance with four disposable cameras. I would walk into the dance with a list in my head of the shots I needed with friends and I knew the backdrops I wanted specifically for my scrapbook. I wanted a way to look back on my life and I’m so happy that I have thousands of pictures to tell my story and remember the little details even when I’ve long forgotten about them.

Elisa Watson

Streams of Creativity

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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

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.

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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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