Last week I finally got to head out to Tempe, Arizona where Showit United was being held for 4 days! I feel like I’ve heard of this conference for photographers forever, but this year was finally the year it all came together to go! Jenn + Bekah came as well which basically meant this was one of my favorite trips to date!!
If you don’t know what Showit is, it’s a website building company who’s owner also has a HUGE heart for bring together a community that supports and encourages one another! So the sweet thing about this was that all of my favorite industry leaders were here! I’ve invested a TON into education in the last couple years and it’s been the biggest reason I’ve seen my business double since I started doing that! Education is hands down the greatest investment you can make in your business and I’m so thankful for these leaders and all they do to put out courses and content that help others grow!!
People like Katelyn James, Amy + Jordan, Jenna Kutcher, Abby Grace, Zach + Jody and so many others were there teaching at main sessions and breakouts and leading some styled shoots!! If it gives you any idea how excited I was to meet them all, I’m basically a bigger fangirl with all of them than any celebrity or famous figure out there! Each of these leaders has meant so much in my business so I couldn’t wait to finally be able to meet them in person and let them know!
I basically wanted to write this blog to have something documented that I can always go back to, to remember this trip, but also to show others out there about this great conference that’s held every year in Arizona around November and to encourage others to see that education and community is by far the greatest investment (with both time and money) that you can make in you business and for yourself!!
Enjoy seeing some of my favorite moments from our trip!
When we got off the plane, Bekah picked Jenn + I up and we headed over to Papago Park to take in all the Arizona
scenery and to grab a few pics with the landscape and all the cacti! It’s like a different world out there!
Some of these things are HUGE!
It was time for our first styled shoot that we signed up for with Abby Grace!! It turned out so beautiful!!
(list of vendors for each shoot are at the bottom of the blog post!)
She’s a film photographer, so she was showing us how to meter for the correct light in your camera…
We had a little bit of fun together 😉
Sunday evening (so the first evening we got in there) we had a welcome party
after the styled shoot and then it was off to bed to start in on day two!
Amy + Jordan gave the first main session talk and it was so great!
Our first ever #demossandwhich!
Bekah, Jenn + I’s business has been majorly impacted by the use of a photography software called Shoot Flow! And these are the creators, Zach + Jody Gray! They do so much more than just run an amazing software to help you run your business, they are super established photographers who have laid that down to educate photographers around the world! They also happen to be some of the sweetest people!! It was such a blast to get to know them!
We got to meet the instagram queen herself, Jenna Kutcher, and finally see how cool it is to be so authentic on your social media (which she definitely is) because when people meet you in person you’re exactly who they expect you to be! Jenna serves the industry by sharing with others how to be yourself and be vulnerable online in an authentic way 🙂
On Monday me and Jenn were able to be a part of a killer styled shoot led by Chad DiBlasio!
It was so so beautiful! These desert colors though!!!
Definitely one of my highlight moments of the trip! Meeting Katelyn James! Her education and heart for her brides and grooms has been such a huge impact on my business and, because of that, my life! She’s so stinkin’ sweet!!
Not too many pictures for Tuesday (must have been too busy soaking in everything with these ladies!!) But Tuesday night there was a Gala!! Our first one we’ve ever been too and man oh man it was awesome! We got to get all dressed up for it and finally were able to be guests at the party! Showit did such an amazing job putting it all on!
Look at how beautiful my friends are!! And there’s our girl Jody again!!
Out on the dance floor with some new friends!
We got to know Denise during the first styled shoot and then throughout the conference! Love her!
We got to sit at our dinner table with Jen Olmstead and Jeff Shipley who run Tonic Site Shop which is an amazing design company for websites! They do custom work and also sell awesome website templates!
The last day we had our last styled shoot at 7:30am! It was a bridal details bar! So fun!
They definitely saved the best talk for last! Katelyn James knocked it out of the park and had everyone in tears! Love that this conference’s theme was about time management (without them really making it like that all the speakers ended up kind of talking about that) and how we can hustle in a healthy way in our businesses and not neglect family time and the truly important things!
Before Bekah dropped us off at the airport we decided to do some headshots to get the last of the Arizona glow we could! Thankfully someone was out there thinking the same thing so we had them snag a pic of us! Miss these ladies already!!
We made it back!!! Home sweet Indiana! 😉
That’s a wrap!!
Styled Shoot Vendors:
First Shoot… Fine Art Weddings:
Second Shoot… Whimsical Desert Romance:
A Bakeshop – cake @abakeshop
Hoot & Holler/Noir Florals – florals & design @hootandholler
Tremaine Ranch – rentals @tremaineranch
Celebrity Tux & Tails – tux rental @celebrixntails
Cleo & Clementine – dress @cleoandclementine
Lola Lee Invitations – invites @lolaleeinvitations
DiBlasio Photo – inspiration/stylist @diblasiophoto
Tempe at the Buttes – location
Female Model – @jordynfoott13
Male Model – @fitch.slap
MUA – @addidaniellemakeup
Hair – @andybiggshair