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Hello! Today’s blog is about Showit United Review.

If you follow me on social media you probably already know in early November I went to a photography conference in Arizona called United. My friends Meg and Liz were going and asked me to join along.  It’s a conference I have always considered going to – so I jumped at the chance once I knew I had people there!  I googled and googled and googled. I kept coming up with the same results, the same handful of photographers who went and loved it!  I figured why not!? It was worth a chance.

My personal experience was mostly positive with some mixed points, but I will go into detail below.  I want people who are considering United to hear more about the actual conference then the hugs. For those that don’t know- hugging is a HUGE thing at United.  Everybody hugs everybody.  It is the United version of “hello”! I am going to break this all down into small sections and keep it easy to follow.

Overall review: Great experience!

Would I go again? Maybe.

Did I learn: Yes. But not what I expected to.

Did I make new friends and connections: Heck yes!  That was one of the best parts.

Was the cost worth it? Kind of.

 

Overall review:

I did enjoy myself.  I liked a lot of the speakers they had.  I loved that everyone was talking about an amazing shift in the industry – that we all need to stop glorifying the hustle and work smarter, not harder.  The hotel and grounds were beautiful.  The food was great.  Everyone was really nice.  You got to hang out with lots of “famous” photographers that many of us in the industry idolize.  Everyone I met was really kind. I had a good time and am really glad I went.

Would I go again:  

Maybe.   I will get more into detail in the next few sections. But overall – I liked it.  I walked away with a good taste in my mouth about my entire experience.  I just don’t know that it was what I needed at this point in my business.  I am ten years in.  Everyone can ALWAYS grow and learn. This industry has exploded in the recent years with lots of photographers. I think if you are newer to the game this is a great place for you!  If your lost and need some direction from your heart to your business – this is a great place for you!  I had an expectation going in that I would learn more about actual photography. There were classes for that – don’t get me wrong!  But having as much experience as I do there wasn’t as much that shook me to my core.(and before you go on – I am not being pompous and thinking that because I have a long-term business I am above learning – the conference as a whole just didn’t hit me in theplace I needed at this season of my business life )   Now – I did learn a lot of amazing business things and some GREAT little “nuggets” of information as I call them.  There were motivational speeches that made me tear up.  There were “famous” photographers I never heard of and now REALLY admire and want to grow more from.

Did I learn? 

I sure did! Let me break down some of the learning parts….  There were a lot of great speakers.  I learned I am not alone in this industry. We all, “famous” or regular people,  have the same struggles. We all work ourselves into the ground more then anyone (outside the industry) realizes.  A few of the speeches felt like a sales pitch – that I didn’t care for.  The MAJORITY were genuine, heartfelt and full of great information. A lot of speakers told us what we should be doing but not necessarily steps on how to get there.   Amy and Jordan (who I didn’t know before United) knocked it out of the park with how to schedule your life and time better.  Real life problem – real-life solutions.  That I REALLY liked.  Other talks gave me all the good feels and made me strive for better, but I personally connected to actual problems and solutions.  In addition to all the speakers/classes, you could pay for styled shoots. I was really excited for these.  I was so hungry to see how other people did what I do.  I want to grow and expand in other ways.  That wasn’t exactly the case. It was more portfolio building with models.  Not really what I was looking for. I did take a lot away from the Montanna Dennis course and Chad Diblasio’s.  Julie Paisley had hers organized wonderfully and I was happy I got a chance to see her really work.  As for the classes – the ones on styling your brand and copywrite spoke to me.  But that is the season I am in of my business.  My main takeaways surprised me:  My branding and website need to be redone.  I need to show my face more on social media, connect to people more. I need to show more behind the scenes. I need to be more vulnerable and put myself out there. I need to schedule better because I am losing my sanity and it’s not worth my health or relationships.  I need to slow down a lot more with clients and make a smoother experience.

Did I make new friends and connections?

HECK YES!  I am very happy in this area.  I made new industry friends (shout out Carly and Leigh!) and was really happy to spend that much time with Meg and Liz. This was the one part you can’t attach a value or price tag to.

Was it worth the cost? 

This one is tough.  The actual ticket to the United Conference was absolutely worth it. As a business owner, I need to look at opportunity costs. I know this is tacky to bring up money – but I think it’s something people googling Showit United reviews want to know. The opportunity cost (About $5000 in my case) includes meals, travel, hotel, car rental, work I turned down, and so on.  That cost I realized I would rather put into specific education I want, in place of something so broad.  I want to get more one on one time with Montana Dennis or Chad Diblasio this year.  I want to learn from them.  If I happen to not have weddings the weekend of United next year would I go again?  Maybe.  I probably wouldn’t buy the styled shoots. Note- if you are portfolio building this is great for you! I am just not in that space right now.  I would also really research the speakers and see who you feel you can learn the most from and focus on that. I did NOT research anyone and didn’t know half the people. I just rolled with it, in my normal fashion.  In the coming weeks, I am going to blog a bit more about my experiences with Chad and Montanna and what I learned there.  I am going to contradict myself now also – If I didn’t buy the styled shoots I wouldn’t have spent time with Montana and Chad and wouldn’t have known what I was missing, so in those cases they were worth it to me.  I also did really enjoy the Julie Paisley styled shoot.  Her energy was great and she talked about how consistency is important.  Sometimes I feel like I give my clients a lot of the same, but that helps them know exactly what to expect from me and I should be proud of that.  There is no price tag on sitting in the room with everyone…  However, at the end, they said they will be selling the video bundle of classes for $200ish dollars.  While that doesn’t quite convey the experience as well as being there does, I would probably do that next year in place of going.

 

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Happy Monday!  Thank you for stopping by to read today’s blog about  Berkeley Asbury Wedding Photos!  Rob and Kristen had an amazing, classy, and timeless wedding this weekend in Asbury Park.

Rob and Kristen (and their pup Daisy!) live in Asbury and love the area.  They knew they wanted to start their lives together there and celebrate with friends and family at the iconic Berkeley Oceanfront hotel. Their venue has an amazing feel.  Grand. Vintage. Classic. Hip. Elegant.  It’s everything you can dream up tied together with ocean views AND it’s dog-friendly!  These are all wins in my book!

From our first meeting, Kristen told me she wanted a very classic and timeless event.  Every inch of her day reflected that energy.  From her simple yet strong invitation set to the stunning florals by Reynolds to the groom’s classic suit jacket design and most important the gown.  I usually use the word dress in blogs but Kristen’s needs to be called a gown.  It was one of the most simple, but grand and timeless gown’s I have ever photographed.  The couple executed their theme with absolute perfection.  The entire day was beautiful from start to finish.

The bride and groom opted to not have a first look and keep things more traditional and see one another for the first time during the ceremony.  Once the ceremony was completed we headed to the mezzanine for photos of the entire weddings party followed by some portraits of the bride and groom and still were able to get them back to enjoy their cocktail hour per Kristen’s request!  Taking a cue from their timeless and elegant day we opted to give their portraits more of that feel to fully tell their story in it’s truest form.

From cocktail hour until the end of the evening the newlyweds and guests sipped on amazing cocktails, dined on excellent food and danced the night away!

Mr & Mrs Holly – I wish you all the beautiful and wonderful things life has to offer!

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Thank you for reading today’s blog about Clark Landing Wedding Pictures!

There is so much to say about Sunday’s wedding, I am not even sure exactly where to begin!  The entire day was perfection from start to finish.  As a photographer this is the exact definition of my dream wedding to document. Simple. Classic. Sentimental. Fun. Beautiful, meaningful details (set up in my own room to shoot, sooooo fancy!). Great dancing. Genuine love.  What more can I ask for?

The day began at the bride’s families home. In Alisha’s childhood bedroom was her beautiful Vera Wang gown, hanging in a  corner over a simple white fur rug.  Alisha’s mom made sure to have other important gowns nearby for photos:  her wedding dress and Alisha’s coming home outfit, christening gown and communion dress.  It was beautiful to tie all of these important and significant things together to help document the day.

Alicia’s bridesmaids were so attentive and helpful. And fun REALLY fun.  (spoiler alert: I will be using the word fun a lot on this blog because it’s true!) After finishing getting glammed up, everyone came upstairs to help Alisha get ready.  Alisha and her mom did a beautiful first look.  I love taking the opportunity for mom to have this special moment of seeing her baby girl as a woman for the first time.  After she stepped into her gown she got to put on a very special and sentimental item.  A fourth generation diamond cross.  The youngest girl in each family is given it and it is worn on their wedding day.  She received this cross from her Yaya, and it was her time to be blessed with this beautiful tradition.

Normally I don’t talk much about groom prep, but Brian’s attire needs a place for its heartfelt story to be told in words. The detail and thought put into outfit had beautiful significance.  The groom’s father passed away and his favorite color was green.  Brian wore a handsome, deep green jacket to honor his father along with his fathers watch. His mother then surprised him with cufflinks that were made of her wedding ring, his fathers, and his grandmothers melted down together.  The links displayed an eagle, his fathers favorite, with diamond eyes. Recently, a groomsman and close friend, Billy (DJ Tempo), also passed.  Brian honored his amazing friend with music note socks, a way to carry his spirit all day.  If marrying the woman of his dreams wasn’t enough to keep his heart racing, knowing he would be standing at the altar with all the important people through his life with him, in one way or another would be.  Brian also made the decision to have his friend’s young sons stand in his place as part of the wedding party.  These handsome little men look great in their tuxes!

The day progressed to a beautiful church service, then to photos at Allaire in some crazy winds, and finally to the amazing Clarks Landing.  As usual, Clark’s did not disappoint and put on a spectacular event. The night started with the cocktail hour and went into the traditional dances (side note – their first dance was LITERALLY on a cloud!)  matron of honor and best man speeches and a heartfelt speech from the groom. Most weddings having dinner, dancing, and drinks.  This wedding had DANCING. Lots of it.  The groom is a DJ and had only the best of the best work his wedding, Jason Jani. Every event I have ever done with Jason has been amazing.  This wedding full of “industry” people took the energy to the next level!

As the night wound down, the couple chose to have a special last dance.  They honored their friend and groomsmen, Billy, by playing their last song for him.  The DJ had everyone throw their hand up to the sky and pause and be in the moment for their friend Billy, DJ Tempo. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so powerful.  When I look at the images from that moment, I literally can feel the emotion.  It was beautiful.

Mr & Mrs Unglert, thank you so much for having me be a small part of something so amazing.  Cheers to your happily ever after!

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This weekend I had the privilege of working a Parkers Garage wedding on Long Beach Island with Andrew and Jason.  I want to start this blog by trying to convey (for the record I don’t think words accurately can) the amazing energy Jason and Andrew have together.  They are calm, genuine, happy and oh-so-in-love.  Seriously.  They are an exact and perfect match in every way.  They have the kind of love that you hope your children find when they become adults, it’s that deep. I feel so much gratitude that I was able to be a small part of their day and witness such a beautiful and organic evet.

The couples happily ever after started at a true hidden gem on LBI.

The day began at Williams Cottage Inn in Beach Haven.  The couple (especially Jason!) have a love for history and all things authentic and vintage.  This love goes far deeper than the current trends.  Jason is (in my book!) the go-to for all things local history related. Williams Cottage was classy, unique and full of history making this the perfect spot for the couple to get ready. Each and every nook and corner had extravagant and vintage details as well as perfect places for us to begin their portraits.

The details, both big and small, captured personal touch and style.

The day was full of surprises (more to come on that!) but one of my favorite features was how they incorporated DC and LBI into one. From their invited to table names everything coordinated their two stories in a simple, classy and fun way!  Andrew has been successfully rebuilding a Volkswagon Bus so the couple incorporated his fun pass time into their day in the absolute perfect way.

The ceremony, reception, and my TWO favorite surprises!

The ceremony and reception were both held at the stunning Parkers Garage. The staff, atmosphere and culinary delights were the perfect combinations for the newlyweds day.  They don’t serve food, they serve culinary magic.  Your life isn’t complete until you try the New England clam chowder balls. I am sure they have a fancier name for them, but it doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that you get there when they open again and try them.  Shout out to Jason for insisting I have some and changing my world! The room was decorated with the perfect combination of florals in library catalog boxes and succulents marrying a traditional love in the modern times.  I may have stolen that line from Sarah, the matron of honors speech because it was so perfect.  As the first dance began the grooms were surprised with a live performance by the artists, members of the Wesley Stern Band!  To say they were excited is an understatement.  That is the kind of thing you see in movies and I am so glad that got the real-life version!  The other surprise was for the guests.  Andrew and Jason designed custom lego people for each and every guest.  I LOVED this attention to detail and amazing way to let their guests know they are appreciated.  For Christmas this year I just may be designing my own lego person and making her into a Christmas ornament!

To the handsome grooms, I hope day one was a small taste of the amazing adventures you take together in life!

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