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2016 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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* Optional event. May be purchased to enhance your United experience.

Morning-Afternoon

Labs & Styled Shoots *

Wednesday, Nov 9

Evening

Freedom Ball *

Morning-Afternoon

Conference

Tuesday, Nov 8

Evening

Dinner Party

Morning-Afternoon

Conference

Monday, Nov 7

Evening

Welcome Gathering

Afternoon / Early Evening

Styled Shoots *

Sunday, Nov 6

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10-2pm Wedding Day Workshop presented by The Academy *

5 Time-Savings Tips and Tricks Guaranteed to Save You Time and Make You More Money.

Monique was tired. She felt stretched thin. The pressure of being a full-time wife, mom and photographer was, well, a lot. There just weren’t enough hours in the day. Then, she took this class. The next day, here’s what she wrote to us: "Thank you! I got (what would’ve been) a 12-hour workday done in SIX HOURS. Crazy! I feel a huge weight and pressure lift!” If you feel how Monique felt, don’t miss your chance to snag the secrets that’ve allowed us to get twice as much work done in half the time and make more money while doing it!

PRODUCTIVITY & PROFITABLITY

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MONDAY 
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amy & jordan demos

Some of the most talented photographers in the world are not making the most for their art ... many are just scraping by.

At the end of these 58 minutes, you will no longer be allowed to blame clients, location, competition or the industry for your troubles.

Attendees will walk away from this session with more knowledge on providing unprecedented value that will separate you from all of the competition, skyrocket your confidence in your work, and explode your profits.

I'll show you the Abundance Road Map of critical steps it takes to grow your photography business while not losing sight of why we do what we do. Because we can't give our clients memories, artwork, "feels" or value if we aren't in business.

WHAT ARE YOU WORTH?

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MONDAY 
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BEN HARTLEY

We’re bringing balance back…What! What!
We love the hustle. We love our job. We love our clients. We are motivated. 
This can actually be a recipe for disaster for anyone, especially when you have a family with 3 young kids! 

The to-do lists are always long and the distractions are plentiful.... But how do you keep skyrocketing your business, while living a life of purpose with those you love? The solution: We HAD to work smarter, but not harder. We have less time than others at times, so we have learned how to be as productive as possible and grow our business into a multiple six figure business, while ensuring we are spending enough time where it matters. This session we get practical and give you 7 tools and strategies that will transform your business and more importantly your life!

BRINGING BALANCE BACK -
7 WAYS TO WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER

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MONDAY 
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MATT & CARISSA KENNEDY

Show us the situation where the photographer intended to go all natural light & we'll show you the situation where it all went wrong. We know because we've been there ourselves! Getting ready rooms that end up being the church basement, dark churches with blue stain glass or a "sunset ceremony" that runs late and is now a pitch dark ceremony, torrential rain that pushes all the portraits inside, details with uplighting where everything (including you!) now looks purple, or dancing under the stars with nothing but the MOON to bounce off of. We've all found ourselves in at least one of these situations...and if you do weddings long enough you'll definitely see all of them at some point! When we hear from photographers they always mention the same two worries with rocking flash at their weddings: 1) it takes too long & is too cumbersome to set up and 2) they aren't sure how to nail their settings every time to get consistent results. In this fast paced & FUN presentation, Justin is going to show you the basic one light set up that ANYONE can use & feel confident in! He will show you that it can be set up in under a minute, that it breaks down into one back pack, and how it has totally game-changed EVERYTHING in his work throughout the wedding day, helping him & Mary get some of their most iconic images with just this one simple set up! He will walk you through step by step how to know what settings to use in different situations, how to cut out terrible, mixed ambient light that isn't working, and how to create iconic, dimensional images that are full of life. For J&M, the number one goal in using flash is only ever to shine a light on the two people in the image and tell stories that matter, and NEVER to focus on the "cool thing photographer did." If a fast, simple, authentic approach to lighting that creates timeless images for the generations to come is what you're looking for...THIS is the class for you!

LIGHTING ON THE FLY: HOW TO ROCK YOUR FLASH FAST
ON THE WEDDING DAY

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MONDAY 
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JUSTIN MARANTZ

Montana Dennis will be leading a creative portraiture educational shoot featuring an engaged couple. He'll be taking attendees around the resort finding creative locations using natural light and his signature style of posing to create amazing images.

EDUCATIONAL SHOOT: This breakout session is an educational shoot that includes an opportunity for attendees to participate hands-on and shoot during the class. This educational shoot will not be styled as a styled shoot, but is meant for small hands on learning experiences with a teacher guiding you through how they have perfected their craft. You will gain instruction, as well as be able to practice the technique with your own gear 

CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITS

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MONTANA DENNIS

Grab a cocktail and join TONIC SITE SHOP brand and website designers Jen Olmstead and Jeffrey Shipley for an intensive, interactive session designed to take your website straight to the the top shelf. They’ll show you “behind the bar” and reveal their secrets to mixing a unforgettable web presence: from attracting your ideal client to curating killer content to beating the about section blues… all with helpful, relatable examples from SHOWIT sites in every style. You’ll leave with new insight into your brand and practical changes you can implement the minute you leave the room. Your old website’s already jealous.

BYOB(rand) : designer steps to mixing a top-shelf website

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JENNIFER OLMSTEAD & JEFFREY SHIPLEY

One of the most common question I get from other photographers is this: Kenny, how do I book more destination weddings? I wish this question had a simple answer that I can reply back to everyone with. Through this breakout session, Kenny will explain how he got started in destination weddings, his marketing approach, social media strategies while adding his own made-up unorthodox tactics to get your destination wedding career started. He will also answer any questions you might have related to pricing, travel and tips to rock your next destination weddings. 

Bring a notepad or laptop to take notes. I will be talking fast and covering ton of information in the short hour we have together.

Fool Proof Method to Booking More Destination Weddings

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kenny kim

Do you ever feel like you are writing blog post after blog post as well as content for social media only to send them out into what feels like a black hole abyss while you hope that they somehow magically produce clients for you? What if there was a better way that offered more assurance that your time is well spent on these marketing endeavors than just a fleeting hope? What if you could build profit that is sustainable by creating a system around your blog and social media content that maximizes its impact in an ONGOING exponential manner with those clients you most want to attract? Join Melissa Jill as she shares the mind-blowing strategy she has adopted to do just that. During her presentation MJ will lay out a road map with practical steps for how you can start using today’s tools to be more strategic and effective with your marketing efforts and build a profitable business that is sustainable for years to come.

a fresh perspective on marketing: systematic, profitable & sustainable

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melissa jill

Society has placed a heavy burden on Teens male and female alike. And the Photography industry is one of the leading causes of the reasons teens are growing more and more uncomfortable in their bodies. The beauty is that you have the power to change their lives, and change the social norm, all the while building your business while building their self esteem.

The Key to Building your Senior Business

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MONDAY 
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tomayia colvin

Drew & Veronica Brashler will be leading this educational shoot focusing on off camera flash specifically focusing on indoor reception lighting. Their skill and techniques will help attendees learn how to get the best indoor reception images even in the worst situations.

EDUCATIONAL SHOOT: This breakout session is an educational shoot that includes an opportunity for attendees to participate hands-on and shoot during the class. This educational shoot will not be styled as a styled shoot, but is meant for small hands on learning experiences with a teacher guiding you through how they have perfected their craft. You will gain instruction, as well as be able to practice the technique with your own gear 

INDOOR RECEPTION LIGHTING

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MONDAY 
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drew & veronica brashler

Branding is so much more than just a logo and a color pallet. It's a mood, a feeling, something that evokes and inspires. Your brand has to represent you and speak for you when you aren't there say a word. Your brand is what makes you unique and will let you stand out in your market. Breakdown the barriers keeping you from creating a one-of-a-kind brand that is authentically you.

BUILDING A STRONG BRAND

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MONDAY 
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Showit Design Partner Panel

Misty Christensen will be leading and sharing all her techniques in creating amazing ring shots on wedding days. Focusing on the art of detail shooting, she'll be providing a hands-on experience helping our attendees learn new creative ways to shoot a favorite of wedding day details.

EDUCATIONAL SHOOT: This breakout session is an educational shoot that includes an opportunity for attendees to participate hands-on and shoot during the class. This educational shoot will not be styled as a styled shoot, but is meant for small hands on learning experiences with a teacher guiding you through how they have perfected their craft. You will gain instruction, as well as be able to practice the technique with your own gear.

HOW TO TAKE EPIC RING SHOTS

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MISTY CHRISTENSEN

Have you ever laid in bed at night and imagined what your life would be like if you dared to take a leap of faith? What if you could live on a plane above the editing, the marketing, the constant emails, the screaming kids, and the dirty laundry. I want to tell you a story, a story about how I went from a posh hotel in Beverly Hills to being stranded in a mud hut deep in the jungles of Honduras and back again. I want to tell you about something I found, something incredible. In this session not only will I offer your a sparkle of inspiration, but also seven practical steps you can take to gain control of your life, formulate your dreams, and take action to transform your world. I want to bring you down the rabbit hole with me, and back out again.  

7 STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS & LIFE INTO SOMETHING MAGNIFICENt

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MONDAY 
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LUKAS VANDYKE

Let's hang out for an hour of #realtalk. It's time we break the mold of social media and demystify the way we share our lives and businesses on the interwebs. No, you don't have to be perfect, and no, I won't tell you to share your entire life online! There needs to be a strategy and a flow of how you're sharing online to market yourself, grow your brand, and attract your dream clients. Let me hold your hand and walk you through the crazy world of the interwebs in our time devoted to authentically and intentionally marketing our photography businesses using social media!

AUTHENTIC SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: KEEPING IT REAL

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TUESDAY
MORNING SESSION
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JENNA KUTCHER

As the clock ticks down to 1am, you’re still up editing images. You take another sip from your coffee cup and wonder when was the last time you played with your kids, met up with friends, or had a date with your partner? The sad story is that many of us professional photographers have been there and still are in that position. So I made the decision to change my life so that I run my business and my business doesn’t run me. You will learn how to outsource a range of essential tasks, from editing to blog content creation, along with a wealth of complementary efficiency measures and structures I put in place to make my workflow go smoother. Your business will be more profitable and fulfilling and you will achieve an amazing work-life balance.

LIFE HACKS FOR AN EFFICIENT BUSINESS

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DONAL DOHERTY

Hope started her business as a high school student at only 16 years old. When she graduated, she faced a major decision: to choose college or full-time business. Hope made the tough decision to continue pursing photography full-time, and had one year to build her business into something PROFITABLE in order to continue pursing it instead of going back to school. In that year, she turned her business into a full-time, six-figure photography business. During her session, Hope will be sharing all of her secrets for how she built her business FAST and successfully. She'll be sharing practical tips on business, marketing, social media, client experience, workflow, time management and more! You'll be able to walk away from her session with practical, applicable knowledge to implement in your business to see speedy growth.

THE FAST TRACK BUSINESS: HOW TO JUMPSTART A THRIVING BUSINESS IN ONE YEAR

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HOPE TAYLOR

Ever wonder why you hit slow season and don’t know where all your hard earned money went? In this class, Sara will give you step by step guidelines to create a fool proof financial roadmap so you’ll never suffer through another slow season again. Its time to get real about where your money goes and learn how to take control of your finances. Sara believes every photographer can and should feel empowered by their financial choices and that managing money can even be fun! This class will BLOW YOUR MIND will some tried and true methods for creating a financial roadmap that matches your personal and professional goals.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY

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TUESDAY
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SARA FRANCE

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FUEL YOUR PHOTOS: HOW TO MAKE SEO WORK FOR YOU

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TUESDAY
MORNING SESSION
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BEN TURNER

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