Packing List


What to pack? What not to pack??? United is right around the corner! And it's our 10th and final one! So come ready to PARTY (and learn and grow) soooooo hard!

Pack Clothes.

Clothes are required, in case you were wondering. The weather is supposed to be in the high-mid 70-80s every day, with lows in the mid 50s every day. We'll see how close this actually ends up being when the time comes. But just know that if you are coming from the East Coast, or somewhere North of Arizona – you are going to be enjoying something called warmth, in November. 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 (where we have our main sessions) gets pretty cold too. You better believe that Arizona is serious about its air conditioning.

arizona weather in november

If you are wondering how people dress at the conference – you will see a mix of people in flip flops and shorts, and other people in dresses, and everything in between. We want you to be comfortable! So wear what makes you happy, and helps you to feel like the best version of yourself. But again – layers are your best friend.

Awesome activities to be prepared for:

Sunday Night Reception at La Hacienda:

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 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.

Early Morning Yoga for Creatives:

For the second year in a row, 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. This was a HUGE HIT last year, and we are so excited to have Allison back with us. So make sure to pack your yoga pants! But if you are of the ‘Namaste in Bed til the very last second' variety, that's ok with us too!

Monday Night Dinner:

You definitely DO NOT have to dress up for this. BUT, there is a contest involved… So, if you want to win, pack up a costume of your favorite artist/creative! 

The dinner is at The Social Hall. The food will be yummy, and the company will be delightful. This dinner is INCLUDED in the price for registration! We provide transportation and everything, so all you need to worry about is having a fun time. Half of this venue is outside, so again – be prepared for potential chilliness. But if you are from the east cost – it will feel like a perfect summer's night to you. 🙂

Immediately following dinner will be a karaoke/dessert party. An EPIC karaoke party. The likelihood that you will see CEO Todd Watson singing Vanilla Ice is very high. Cause it happens Every. Year. And actually – he is THE DJ this year. So you will DEFINITELLLLLYYYYYY hear him on the mic as himself and as the legendary Rob Van Winkle.

You don't have to dress up for this either, but be thinking about what you want to sing NOW, and start practicing in your car, shower, wherever the acoustics are amazing! Pack your confidence and favorite song and you are ready to go!

Tuesday Night Gala:

This year we are excited to be hosting The Gala in Pastel. This will be an amazing party to celebrate our time together. Wear something light and lovely, or whatever makes you feel happy, pretty, and 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. Some people wear the same fancy and fun thing they wore the year before. 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!

Pack Gear. Maybe.

If you are signed up for a Styled Shoot, then add your camera, and battery packs, and other things that go with your camera to your packing list.

And since you will want to be taking lots 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 (for free!), and they will happily go through your website with you, and give you tips to improve your online home!

best conference for photographers - Showit United

A Winning Attitude.

Have you heard about a growth mindset? It just means that you are open to new things, open to the fact that you aren't perfect, and that you aren't necessarily better than anyone else. When you have a fixed mindset, it means that you have an idea of how things are supposed to be, and when they are not that way, you are disappointed. It may also look like self-doubt, or it's the polar opposite – thinking you are better than others. Bring your growth mindset! Know that everyone who is on stage, and in the seats around you, has a story, and has something to teach you. And don't forget – YOU have something to share with others as well! So shine bright, open your mind, and your heart!

Things may not always go exactly as planned. You have no control over your flight, or whether all of your bags make it. Nor do you have control of the weather. Or other people. But, 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 things – we are all going to leave better than we came.

United for You. United with You!

Our heart for you, sweet United attendee, is that you are able to come to Arizona and feel like you have found an oasis in the desert. Literally and figuratively, socially, spiritually, entrepreneurally (that's a word, right?)! If you feel like your business or friendships, or just YOU have been in a hard and lonely season – we hope that you would feel refreshed, inspired, and able to take action steps to make the changes necessary to improve!

We hope this helped you to figure out what to pack. If you have any other questions, check out this FAQ page! See you in November, my friends!

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