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  • United 2013

ago we were in sunny California… last week were at home with 3 inches of snow… this week we’re in Vegas and it’s in the 70’s… next week we’ll be in Northern California and it’s going to be chilly… YIKES! I’m really surprised I haven’t gotten sick! (knocking on wood now). March is just a crazy month for us but we’re so excited about these fun little trips. We realize this is the time to do this. No kids, no demanding work schedules… we’re taking advantage of this season of life and it’s a lot of fun! When we were at the UNITED conference, I had the opportunity to speak and I was so honored to be there.

When I was asked, I was just floored because they had never heard me speak before… they were really taking a great risk with me! Did they know about my rambling capabilities? Or my jokes that weren’t always funny? Nope… they just took a chance and asked me to come on board and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity. I really enjoy speaking… I think I get that from Daddy. I used to think “How can he come up with enough stuff to say for 30 minutes EVERY week?”…. And now I understand. ha! Time flies when you’re having fun and talking about something you’re passionate about!  My time was cut a little short because of schedule conflict so part of me still feels like I need to conclude my talk! Maybe that will come in form of a blog post one day. Who knows!  It was all about “Brand Loyalty” and you know how much I love anything referring to branding! :)

So the trip was AWESOME… but it didn’t start that way. Michael and I flew into LA, rented a car, paid $25 extra bucks to get a brand spankin’ new 2013 Mustang Convertible and we headed to Santa Barbara… the most beautiful place ever! We arrive at the Four Seasons Biltmore… which if you haven’t heard is a 5 star resort and it’s amazing. We met up with friends, got dinner, came back and everything was awesome…. until the morning. Michael got up Sunday morning and left to run to the store (because I forgot standard life necessities like razors, socks and face wash) and he noticed we had a flat tire.  Then he noticed that not only was the tire flat, the roof of our brand new convertible had been sliced and there were indentations in the back bumper where someone had hit it.  Yup, we were vandalized… in one of the nicest areas in the country. Really?! Praise the LORD for insurance!! We filed a police report and worked out the details to get a new car and from then on, it was pretty smooth sailing…. until we lost the car keys but that story is for another time:) We really are responsible! I promise!

We loved so many things about UNITED and I’m already looking forward to next year! I’ve noticed recently that I really enjoy listing things out instead of writing massive paragraphs and so here are some of the reasons we had a BLAST in CA!!:

– Loved seeing sweet friends from ALL OVER. We normally see these people at WPPI where it’s super crowded and overwhelming. This was a different story! We especially loved our time with Brian and Promise.  These two are amazing and it’s so crazy how parallel our lives are right now.  It was such a gift to spend time with them!

– We ALSO had the opportunity to get to know Promise’s sweet sister Aimee and her Husband Troy and their Sheepadoodle, Kean!! Ohh my goodness!! You have to go look at pics of him, he’s just the cutest and his parent’s are so warm and genuine. We love meeting sweet couples like that!

– We had the chance to hangout with our sweet VA and east coast friends that we adore!!! Yay!!

– AMAZING WEATHER and INCREDIBLE VIEWS! The Four Seasons is right on the water!

– A FREE $120 breakfast and upgrade to a cottage because of our vandalism incident! woohoo!

– Loved speaking and teaching The Posing Evolution (aka “Flo-Po… Thank you Jeremy Kester) HUGE thanks to the talented Jody Gray for being such a sweetheart and snapping pics of my talk! She’s got a big heart and I’m really thankful for her!!

– AWESOME food!

– Time to learn from some of the most amazing people in the industry! Special shout out to Mary Marantz for doing a fabulous job ending the conference with her keynote! That girl… she’s good! And kudos to Trevor Dayley for sharing some Lightroom skills that I don’t know HOW I haven’t known about the last 4 years!!!

– Hangout time with some the Showit crew… they are some Ah-mazing guys! We also loved our time with Karen and Isaac at the beginning of the week. Starting off the week with some good friends and good preaching is good for the soul!!

– Breakfast with the Kennedy’s… that sounds super important right? The “Kennedy’s”… well, they are important! Michael and I love Matt and Carissa!! We also loved seeing the Kester’s! Those two are hysterical and their joy is contagious! 

Ok lets see some pretty stuff! And lets start with the nice pics and then move onto the instagrams:)

Ok so these first images are just some that I shot on my own. I didn’t sign up for one of the bazillion amazing shoots that were offered and I kept it low key… and it was nice:)

Love this… right before Karen and Isaac’s talk!

How cute is KEAN?!!

Ha! Look at that pic on the screen! We weren’t even dating them! :) Thanks for these Jody!!

Ok, Let me just say… I have a “pointing” problem!

And again…

Thanks Abby for the shot on the left and Lauren for the next few!

“Flo-po” class!

Instagrams! (not in order!)


xoxo, Katelyn
20 Comments Speaking
  1. Sabrina reply

    Love these! And while I’m really sorry about the vandalism, that’s pretty awesome that the Four Seasons took care of you guys like that! As for us, we’re already counting down the days until United 2014 :-)

  2. Taryn reply

    So Jealous of your life…..and your images! You go girl!!!

  3. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    Amazing!! I’m so excited for you and all of the amazing places your business and talent is leading you. It’s no surprise to me, you are a GIFT. I am SO hoping Matt and I can come to United next year!

  4. molly stillman reply

    it looks like an AMAZING conference and an AMAZING experience (minus the vandals) :(

  5. Lauren Wakefield reply

    It was o much fun getting to hang out! You might be the sweetest thing ever. NExt year…we will get our serious face dance off on. :)

  6. Carrie logan reply

    love this!! so glad you had such an amazing time… lovin those pointing pictures of you teaching too… haha, so fun! i want to go next year :) :) :)

  7. Abby reply

    I love your outfits in that last Instagram on the right! It was so much fun seeing you at UNITED, and I’m not shocked at all that they asked you to speak- I’m expecting you’ll probably have your own keynote next year :)

  8. Alexi reply

    Sounds like such a fun week (minus the car stuff)! Gorgeous resort! And on a random note, cute jeans!

  9. Katrina reply

    great blog post! Can’t wait for untied next year, it was an amazing experience. I enjoyed your brand speech you did a fantastic job

  10. Sarah Adams reply

    Love this! I’ve heard so much about United- and I would LOVE to be able to go sometime. Your Flo-Po class just sounds like too much fun! Enjoy the rest of your time in CA!! Can’t wait to read all about it :)

  11. Lydia reply

    I am SO going to United 2014! I’ve only been able to make it every other year since Showit started doing classes, and it looks like this was the best one yet! Hoping you’re going to be speaking again next year! By the way, where are you visiting in NorCal?

  12. Melisa Draper reply

    Best Week Ever! Such a great blog post! We were so sad we had to leave flo-po early (love that Jeremy’s name stuck) I cannot wait till next year. Do you happen to have any more of the flo-Po handouts? My hubby and I both lost ours :( I really enjoyed listening to you speak in your class too :)

  13. Deborah Zoe reply

    I WILL be there next year and you better be too:):)!

  14. Meredith Sledge reply

    Ohhh I love when you share personal work like this!! Love it!

  15. Melissa Coetzee reply

    United was a great experience ! And it was so great meeting you ! I couldn’t believe when I heard about the vandalism ! Craziness ! And I didn’t even know about Promise and Aimee being sisters ! You learn something every day ! LOL

  16. Tori Watson reply

    love them all! so sad i couldn’t be there, but these give me a happy glimpse into all the fun! :)

  17. Ashlyn reply

    Woah, that’s crazy about the car accident! Your trip sounded really adventurous. & I so know what you mean about speaking. I teach a girls group every other week and talk for 45-75 minutes and sometimes I wonder how i can talk that much!! :)

    I have to say, you and micheal are so cute together. It’s adorable :)

  18. Aunt Susan reply

    Katelyn~ Can you tell me what kind of dog the guy is holding in the picture?

  19. ashley link reply

    so fun!!! looks awesome and like a great trip to take! maybe one day! :)

  20. Carissa Kennedy reply

    Oh Katelyn! What an honor to get to know you & michael better on this trip. You are truly a gifted speaker and you radiate beauty on the inside and out. True leader in the photography industry. love ya!

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