If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably remember when I went to Scottsdale in 2015 for not one, but two photography conferences. The first conference was through Showit (the company I have my website through), and it is fittingly called United. I took classes on everything from marketing, to editing workflow, and I participated in a few styled photo shoots while I was there. Shelbie and Jason are a cute married couple that was also attending the conference and they acted as our models for this shoot. While this park was in the warm Arizona desert, it looks a lot like the Red Rocks engagement photos I have shot here in Colorado 🙂 So whether you are looking for a destination photographer in Arizona (and beyond), or you want a Colorado engagement photography session with some of our own red rock formations…I am your girl!
United 2015 was a lot of fun! This was the 4th year of this conference, but my first year attending. I usually gravitate towards smaller photography workshops, with 10 or so people in an “inspirational to me” wedding photographer’s home. I can be quite at times, and get a little intimidated by large groups of photographers. I wanted to give United a chance though, and I really enjoyed my trip. I met some wonderful people, heard some of my favorite speakers…including Katelyn James, Justin and Mary Marantz, and Amy and Jordan Demos. United is all about community, and building lasting relationships with other photographers, as well as elevating the wedding and portrait photography industry. Besides some educational classes, and a few shoots, there were also some fun social events. There was even a fancy gala, where I felt pretty underdressed, while many ladies sported full length satin gowns, and gentlemen were in tuxedos! It was a pretty cool night (with several adult beverages consumed), which got even more fun when my roommate (a fellow NOCO wedding photographer), and a few new friends and I jumped in the swimming pool in our gala dresses! It was a pretty wild, memorable experience 🙂 Parties aside though, I did come away with some great information, new skills, and a heart full of inspiration. When we checked in on day one of United, and got our welcome bags, among other things there was a simple 5×7 white notecard, with fancy gold lettering that read “Be Brave. Work Hard. Don’t Give Up”. A simple statement that became the motto of the entire conference, and really the biggest take away for me. I am trying to follow this motto in both my business and personal life. I am always trying to work hard, but being brave isn’t always easy. I won’t give up though…and wonderful clients further motivate me to work hard. So thank you all!
It wouldn’t be a shoot in Arizona without getting some photos with a Saguaro cactus, right?
To see more from this desert session, by this Colorado engagement photographer, click on the photo gallery below: [oqeygallery id=18]
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