United is almost upon us. The anticipation is figuratively killing us!
Since you are going to be using so much of your brain power while you're at United, we wanted to spare you by helping you with your packing list.
We know that some of you Type A people have already started, and finished packing. Congrats. You win.
For you Type B personalities, we got you covered. Whether you end up packing on Saturday night, or Sunday morning before your flight, try not to forget these things:
We don't really understand ‘meteorology', being a photography website company and all. But according to our good friends at Weather.com, they are predicting that the weather is going to be in the high-mid 70s every day, with low at 57 every day. We'll see how accurate this actually ends up. But apparently it's a science…
If you have never been to Arizona before, just know that when the sun is out – it feels pretty warm/kinda hot/absolutely glorious. But once the sun is gone, it can be legit CHILLY. So layers are going to be your best friend. And the ballroom gets pretty cold too. You better believe that Arizona is serious about their air conditioning.
This is our Welcome Party! So be as casual or as dressy as you like! Some people are showing up straight off of an airplane, while others have been basking by the pool all day. Come as you are. Which is kind of the way we want to see you everyday at United!
This will be a time to enjoy casual drinks and appetizers around the pool with no formal program. The party starts at 6, which means the sun will be setting, and it may be getting cooler. This will definitely be a fun place to hang out, unwind, and make new friends as the week gets started. And be sure to find Nathan Holritz from Photographer's Edit to get your FREE DRINK!
For the first time ever, we will be having morning yoga with our sweet friend Allison Ewing, who is a great photographer, and Yoga instructor! So if you want to join in on the fun from 7 -8 am on Monday and Tuesday mornings, bring your yoga mat, or even just a towel from the hotel, and join us for some zen magic before the day gets all kinds of crazy. But if you are of the ‘Namaste in Bed til the very last second' variety, that's ok with us too!
You definitely DO NOT have to dress up for this. It is outside (as all zoos are), so dress warmly! The food will be yummy, the company will be delightful, and you may even get to see some giraffes.
Immediately following dinner will be a karaoke party. An EPIC karaoke party. One can only hope that Tim Hussey of Pixifi will be there again. Someone will have to try very hard to dethrone him, as he won the Karaoke Award last year!
You don't have to dress up for this either (although there has been talk of people showing up in their pajamas!) but be thinking about what you want to sing NOW, and start practicing! People in the United FB Group are looking for duet partners as we speak.
We do not have a theme to this year's gala which means: Wear whatever makes you feel happy, pretty, dressed up! We are going to party AND eat AND dance AND have the best time ever! No need to spend tons of money on new threads. In fact there's another conversation in the FB United Group (you're in that, right??) about how a lot of people are planning on wearing the same fancy and fun thing they wore last year. Pantsuits, sparkly gowns, tuxes, slacks with a nice button down – all of these things are more than appropriate. If you need some Pinspiration, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to the ball! And just like last year, our sweet friend Melissa, of Moelleux Events, will be setting up the gala to look INCREDIBLE.
This is not an official Showit event. But our amazing friends at Tonic Site Shop are putting on an after party post gala, and it is officially going to be amazing. Wear what you wore to the gala, and be prepared for more laughs, food, fun, and classy drinks! Get your ticket here!
If you are signed up for a Styled Shoot, you are going to want to bring your camera, and battery packs, and other things that go with your camera.
And since you will want to be taking lot of pics with your new, and old friends, and doing your Instagram stories and what not, you definitely want to consider an extra battery source! There will also be charging stations at the back of the conference room in case you need to get juiced up!
You do NOT need to bring a notebook and pen, since (spoiler alert ahead:) there MAY be one of each in your swag bag.
Also, you don't have to, but you can bring your computer and your website, no matter what stage of completion it is in! There will be opportunities to meet with a designer (Fo Free!), and they will happily go through your website with you, and give you tips to improve your online storefront!
Don't forget to pack your listening ears, your open heart, and your hugging arms. We are so excited to see all of your faces, hug you, and get to know you, and encourage you in ALL that you are doing.
Things may not always go exactly as planned – maybe your flight will be delayed, or one of your bags might get lost, or it will rain all week (seriously meteorologists have been wrong before) when you were planning on getting a tan between sessions. As long as we all have great attitudes, and we are respectful, kind (to others, as well as to ourselves!), and are willing to try new thing – we are all going to leave better than we came.
Let's all try to remember why we are here at United: because we are UNITED; as creatives, as photographers, as entrepreneurs, as people wanting to better our businesses, ourselves, and our communities that we are in.
See you in less than 10 days my friends!
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