and your idea of “treat yo self” is buying a shirt from the clearance section at Target...
Tired of only watching conferences in your jammies
Overwhelmed, overworked, and undervalued
United is your chance to rejuvenate yourself and your business.
It's an investment of your time and resources that will fill you creatively, and provide you with a community that truly cares about your heart and your business.
Strengthen your business and hone your craft through breakout sessions and educational photo shoots.
Gain new perspective and clarity to fall in love with your business all over again.
Connect with industry leaders and like-minded creatives in an encouraging and intimate environment.
“It was such a great experience, especially for people who know no one in the industry. It made us feel more confident that we belonged and weren't so alone.”
“Loved how close this group is! We met so many new people and made some great new friends!!”
“I had such a great time. I was worried about not knowing anyone but made so many friends by the time I was done. Showit and Showit United have such a warm, friendly and supportive culture.”
Hi, friend! We’re Amy and Jordan. We fell in love at our high school homecoming dance and were inseparable during college, where we binge-watched Gilmore Girls and ate our fair share of ice cream — two habits we still haven’t kicked. After graduation (and before Pinterest) we got married and started teaching elementary school in next-door classrooms. We spent our days carpooling to work, covering recess, and grading math tests, and our nights and weekends dreaming about becoming full-time wedding photographers. Today, we’re living our dream, teaching others how to do the same, and pinching ourselves every day that we get to do what we love, with the person we love most.
Hello, I'm Katelyn James. My husband, Michael and I are a wedding photography team based in Richmond, Virginia. Though we primarily shoot in Virginia and along the East Coast, we also LOVE to travel. We are high school sweethearts and incurable extroverts who love long Sunday drives in the country, having gelato and trying new restaraunts. New current obsession: our sweet daughter Everly James!
In 2006 I started a photography business without money, without experience and without a camera (no, really, without a camera). In 2009 was named Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World. Over the years, I continued to garner awards (Top 10 Most Influential Photographer and Top 10 Most Socially Influential Photographer, amongst others), but I realized that while my artisanship established my business, my brand is what made it thrive. In 2010 I began consulting creatives on how to build their brands and saw their businesses radically transform in a short amount of time. I soon realized that my life was destined to empower entrepreneurs to create profitable businesses while pursuing what they love. And I can't wait to join your journey and find ways I can help.
Hope Taylor is a senior portrait and wedding photographer located in Fredericksburg, VA. She is also an educator, speaker and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year. Her journey of becoming a full time business owner immediately after graduating high school gives her a very unique perspective on entrepreneurship and business. With a passion for business strategy and marketing, and a heart for education, her goal is to provide photographers with the practical tools and knowledge they need to grow successful, profitable business built in service and love.
Hello! I'm Jenna Kutcher. I’m a small-town Wisconsin photographer, water-color painter, podcaster and educator with big dreams. Obsessed with: mac and cheese, puppies, and yoga pants. Keepin' it real since 1988. You can find me working from home, making googly eyes at my husband Drew, with an assortment of rescue pups around us.
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.
Terri Baskin is a Virginia-based international wedding photographer whose style is authentic, romantic and fun. Terri genuinely approaches each client relationship seeking to understand their uniqueness and their love story. Terri connects with couples who value their authenticity yet trusts her creative process. Like many photographers, Terri started her photography business she was working full time. Terri has maintained a full-time job while effectively growing her business primarily though referrals.Terri has been fortunate enough to share experiences at the WeSpeak Conference, Black Bride Bridal Brunch, The Bridal Space Podcasts and during a Showit United 2016 Styled Shoot.
Mike Colón is a wedding & lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. His fast-paced career has spanned more than twenty years and has taken him all over the world. He and his team have photographed many celebrities including music moguls Usher and Timbaland. Colón also shoots fashion for long time clients like Louis Vuitton and Grace Ormonde. Mike's work has been featured in publications worldwide including the cover of People, Us Weekly, Instyle, Essence, Rangefinder, PDN, Wedding Style, and many of the fine art photography books found in bookstores today. Colon regularly speaks at conferences and schools and has mentored hundreds of students through his private workshops.
Melissa Jill is a wedding photographer, who fell in love with photography as a teenager in high school. She also is the owner of Align Albums, and has been published too many times to add in this small bio box. But her claim to fame is that she cries at weddings. A lot. She has recently been thrust into the world of newborn photography due to the great relationships she has with her past couples who want her to capture their growing families as well.
From Chattanooga Tennessee, Nathan is a father to two awesome kids, an entrepreneur, and CEO of Photographers Edit. He also hosts the Bokeh Podcast, which explores the ever-blurring lines between personal and business lives of professional photographers. This is something that Nathan is familiar with, having been a photographer.
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".
Ashlyn writes meaningful, bespoke words for creatives as a conversion copywriter & calligrapher. She left her job as a publicist to go full-time with her calligraphy biz for brides -- and realized there were lots of creatives fumbling with their message and sales copy (you can take the girl out of the PR agency ... ). Trading clients like Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A, to work with creative industry dreamies like Jenna Kutcher, Abby Grace, Justin & Mary Marantz, Heather Crabtree, and Hilary Rushford is just the bee's knees. When not writing about herself in third person, she’s usually trying to scratch the ink off her fingernails, or grabbing margs and tacos with her husband.
A central Ohio wedding and portrait photographer with a passion for fine art, traveling and tinkering. Father of a rag-tag group of 5 kiddos, husband and lover to Melissa, educator and entrepreneur, lover of dogs, building/architecture design and motorcycles. Shooting professionally since 2005.
Makayla Jade & Dave Harris are the founders of The Harris Company, a photo + cinema studio based in Saratoga Springs, NY offering an elevated full-service experience to couples and entrepreneurs seeking unique story-telling imagery and brand films. With backgrounds in business consulting and finance, they built a client-centered multi-six figure studio in less than 4 years and now help other creative entrepreneurs grow their business and transform their lives. Their business drive is rooted in their deep love for traveling and spending time with their 2 crazy kiddos.
Hi Friends! We are James & Jess - husband and wife traveling coastal city dwellers based in Santa Barbara and New York City. We fell in love after a hot pursuit and many late night conversations on rooftops looking over the city & sea. Once we fell in love, we began shooting together and never looked back! Now, with over 10 years of experience, we travel the glove, photographing, educating, making new friends everywhere we go, and never ever stop laughing.
Hey there! I'm Abbey. I was not born to be an artist, I was born to be a mother and an entrepreneur. Making babies and building businesses is my happy place! So if you want to talk systems, organization, balance, routines, workflows and marketing, come find me! Whether its growing my own wedding photography studio and team, or helping others to build their businesses at The AKademy, I love figuring out ways we can be more profitable, more effective, more balanced, and to make our businesses more manageable. Because as much as I love to work, and trust me I do, I really just want to have my business working for me while I'm sitting at the ball-field or playing princesses day-in and day-out!
Elle Danielle is an attorney-turned International wedding photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Using her legal expertise, she helps creatives grow and protect their small businesses. Her teaching experience includes Creative at Heart, Justin and Mary Present: The Event, the Pursuit Conference, Munaluchi Bride Coterie Retreat, and Reset. When she’s not working, she loves to eat tacos, binge-watch her favorite TV shows, and spend time with her husband and their adorable 9-year old son.
Abby Grace is an international photographer for the old-school chic couple in love, based in the Washington, DC area where she lives & work with her husband, Matt. A Hufflepuff & an admirer of all things ballet & French, she’s a fierce believer in honest business ownership and a richly-lived life outside of work.
Julie is a wife, mom, photographer and mentor. Known for her use of light and the way she connects with her clients, Julie has traveled the world shooting weddings and has been recognized by being named one of the top 100 wedding photographers in the US. she also has been published on every major wedding blog as well as national and international print publications. Julie is obsessed with cupcakes, chocolate and Anthropologie and doesn't believe in handshakes, only hugs, so when you meet her in person, consider yourself warned
I'm a portrait photographer located in Scottsdale, AZ. I aim for my photos to be filled with the happiness, color and joy that I see in the world. My passion for photography is inspired by the beauty of God's creation and my aspiration towards living a creative and fulfilling life while loving people.
Hey! I'm Raelene. I snort when I laugh, I cry when my couples recite their vows, I sniff babies any chance I can get. I can't walk in heels, but I can rock a comfy pair of sneakers or flip flops like a boss. I'd choose sweet over salty any day of the week and if I could eat cake for every meal, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I live in a small town in Western Canada and specialize in photographing couples in love and the babies they make.
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.
People tell me that I'm an old soul, and I think that that's where my passion for savoring moments comes from. I'm Lauren, a wedding photographer based out of Baltimore Maryland where I live with my high school sweetheart and our pup, Mack. I'm a walking contradiction and equal part artsy and practical. I'm also a recovering plant-killer, a simple chef, the definition of a traveling homebody and the seeker of light, love and all things cozy. One of my greatest joys in business is getting to breathe new light into someone else's dream.
Davey and Krista are brand strategists and designers who specialize in helping businesses create brands and websites that are beautiful, compelling, and encourage action. After building a successful photography business and launching one of the largest communities for creatives in the world, Davey and Krista decided to make helping creatives run better businesses their full time gig. They believe in chasing hard after an intentional life—one that includes fulfilling work, palm trees and blue skies, time with the pups, and—of course—wine and pizza.
We are Reid and Samantha, a husband and wife film photography team passionate about creating timeless and romantic photographs for soul mates. While we love to travel all over the world for destination weddings, we love coming home to Bozemean, Montana and snuggling with our puppy, Oliver Kensigton (we're a little obsessed with the UK, so we gave our dog the most British name we could think of). We understand that life is precious, people should be cherished, time is fleeting, and that life's moment's, big and small, should be captured with this in mind.
Rebekah Albaugh and Kellie Penn are Illinois based photographers who started their individual businesses in 2008. Rebekah specializes in weddings and boudoir photography under her own name and owns an associate based senior photography business, Jukebox Photography. Kellie photographs weddings, families and babies as Across the Miles Photography. Although competitors in their individual businesses, these two close friends additionally run another national level photography/creatives conference, The Reset Conference. These women are family oriented business owners who have managed to find balance in life while still stretching themselves creatively year after year and watching their businesses and kids continually grow!
Monique Melton is a relationship coach, creator of the Esther 4:14 Experience, a speaker and author of the book EntreFriendships. All her work is central to building relationships and helping women do the work they're called to do. She is a natural big-bold dreamer and a deeply rooted woman of faith, proud Navy wife and loving mother to two little ones. She has a BA in social science with an emphasis in sociology & psychology and two years of graduate school in education in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She believes its not all about your comfort, but it's about your growth.
Carrissa is the organized one, the thoughtful one and the list maker. Matt is the creative one, the charming personality and the list breaker! Together, they shoot weddings in Vancouver and across the globe. They are the directors of the educational platform - The International Academy of Wedding Photographers serving over a thousand photographers worldwide. Even though their checklists are longer than they have time for, they always have time for hot dates with each other and spending time with their three kids.
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.
Phillip and Eileen Blume are internationally award-winning photographers and socially conscious creatives who believe in the power of visual media to change the world. They have expanded their wedding brand to clients worldwide and run a successful small-town studio. They are also the founders of the ComeUnity Workshop, a retreat that promotes successful and intentional business and life. They live in Athens, GA with their 3 adorable children.
Hi, I'm Jen! I am an Arizona-based wedding and portrait photographer. I am also a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, traveler, dreamer, encourager, Jesus-follower, creative and story teller. I grew up outside of chicago and now call just outside of phoenix home. I studied the arts/music in college and began using photography as a creative medium in 2007 (formerly kreatid photography). I love to travel. (I've made it to 30/50 states and want to see all of them plus Italy, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Africa, England, and France before it's too late to do so!) I am just as happy to be a home-body as I am to travel curled up on the couch.
Zach lives in Nashville, TN with his wonderful wife Jody, and their son, and cat.
Named as one of Nashville’s top wedding photographers in 2009, one of Wescott’s Top Endorsed Pros, members of the exclusive SanDisk Extreme Team), Zach (and his amazing wife, Jody) have also been published in leading publications (People Magazine , Rangefinder, Southern Weddings). But his joy is in having been able to personally instruct over 1,200 photographers through their IN-CAMERA workshops.He has spoken on international and national stages equipping others around the world to succeed (WPPI, London’s SWPP, creativeLIVE, IUSA, Toronto’s Exposure, PhotoVision, MyWed conference in Moscow).
Jessica Honegger is the Founder and Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, the world’s fastest growing fair trade accessories brand. Noonday Collection uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities for people around the world. In her role, Jessica has inspired and mobilized thousands of women across the United States to launch their own social selling businesses as Noonday Collection Ambassadors. Globally, Noonday partners with over 4,000 Artisans, empowering them to support their families through dignified work. Jessica is an Austin’s Under 40 award finalist in entrepreneurship and has been featured in numerous publications including Austin Woman and Austin Monthly.
Donal is a photographer, educator, and owner of his own photography business, as well as Engage Live, an award winning training for photographers, as well as the Roxburry Booth. He loves doing destination weddings, and calls Derry-Londonderry his home, where he lives with his wife Margaret.
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Full refund available through June 1st, 2017. 50% refund up to August 1st, 2017. Tickets are transferrable up to October 15th, 2017. Deposits are non-refundable. Registration required to purchase or attend styled shoots. Styled shoot and award dinner tickets are extra and optional purchases sold in addition to United registration. Conference registration includes admittance to main sessions, breakout sessions, Sunday night welcome reception, lunch on Monday and Tuesday, dinner Monday night, snacks and desserts. Add-on options available for award dinner and styled shoots and bonus Wednesday workshops.
More rooms just added! Rooms were previously sold out, but we were able to add more. Hurry, these ones will sell out fast, too!
Last day to book:
October 12, 2017
Group rate availability:
November 2-11, 2016
Hotel Cancel Policy:
48 hours before arrival date
2017 Showit United
book by phone: 888.867.7492 OR 602.225.9000
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Hotel Cancel Policy:
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book by phone: 888.867.7492
Rooms at the resort are now sold out.
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