Miles Manwaring Iwpf3D M 1G Unsplash

Gittings Global Photographers Takeover Louisville, Kentucky

January 24th-27th

Hotel Distill

101 West Main Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Conference News

Welcome to Gittings Global 2024 Photography Conference InfoHub. The team has been busy planning the conference and we look forward to seeing you all soon. For starters, this will be your resource for all things conference related.

**If you will be extending your stay, our rates are available to attendees for three days prior and post. If interested, let us know to put on the spreadsheet ASAP so we can ensure availability. Our secured rate is $169/night.

Once you book your flight please send flight details to Debra Benton at A list will be created and shared to coordinate ride share options to/from the airport to reduce your travel expenses.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sam for clarification.

Conference Schedule

We’ve been busy planning and preparing a weekend packed full with sessions that are designed to elevate your photography business and expand your skillset. Meet new friends and reconnect with colleagues, pick up new tools to serve clients better, and train in areas that matter to you and the team.

Please use the agenda below as a guide to assist you in planning your food and entertainment on evenings outside of group events that are being hosted by Gittings Global.

Dress and grooming suggestions for the conference we ask that you adhere to business casual attire.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sam for clarification.

Wednesday, January 24th

6:30 PM: Welcome cocktail reception – Room
7:30 PM: Group dinner hosted by Gittings Global – Room

Thursday, January 25th

Breakfast on your own with voucher provided by Gittings

Meeting Location: Room

8:00 AM: Gather + Network
8:30 AM: Welcome + Introductions
9:30 AM: State of the Agency
10:30 AM: Business Development + Marketing
11:00 AM: Client Services
12:00 PM: Lunch – Provided Onsite
1:00 PM: Digital + Demo
2:30 PM: CaptureOne Workshop
3:45 PM: Wrap-up Q&A
4:00-4:45 PM: Staff Available for 1:1 Discussions, otherwise conference ends at 4:00PM

Dinner will be on your own. 

Friday, January 26th

Breakfast on your own with voucher provided by Gittings

Meeting Location: Room
Group Photo will be taken during the AM session

8:00 AM: Gather + Network
8:30 AM: Panel Discussion
9:30 AM: Group Photo + Group Photography + Demo
10:45 AM: Plates Demo + Best Practices
11:15 AM: Review + Q&A
12:00 PM: Lunch – Provided Onsite
1:00 PM: Social Media Discussion
1:30 PM: Social Media Strategy
2:30 PM: Resources + tools
3:30 PM: Wrap-up + Q&A
4:00-5:30 PM: Free time before evening events. For dress/attire recommendations refer to the Conference Schedule block above this breakdown.
5:45 PM: Cocktail hour + Light Apps
7:00 PM: Group dinner onsite, hosted by Gittings Global

Saturday, January 27th

Breakfast on your own with voucher provided by Gittings

Meeting Location: Room

8:00 AM: Gather + Network
8:30 AM: Round Table/Break-out Discussions

10:30 AM: Conference takeaways
12:00 PM: Conference Ends! (Please try to schedule your flights home for 2:00 PM or later)


Transportation to and from the airport to the hotel will need to be scheduled as a part of your travel arrangements. We recommend Uber and Lyft for your hotel/airport transportation as the ride is approximately 15 min from the airport. 

Louisville Events & Activities

Update on local activities

Eat & Drink

At Margaritaville they offer several on-site food and drink options.  

Euphoria Fish House

Upscale seafood and dining experience with Margaritaville flair. Click here for menu

Breakfast: Monday–Friday, 8–11 AM Saturday–Sunday, 8 AM – 12 PM

Bar: Monday–Saturday, 11 AM – 11 PM Sunday, 10 AM – 11 PM

Happy Hour: Monday–Thursday, 4–6 PM

Dinner: Daily, 5–10 PM

Salty Rim Bar & Grill

Poolside grill with tropical inspirations serving margaritas, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more.

Kitchen: Sunday – Thursday, 11 AM – 5 PM and Friday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM

Bar: Daily, 11 AM – 7 PM

Happy Hour: Sunday – Thursday, 4 – 6 PM


On-the-go food and beverages

Daily, 7 AM – 9 PM

Live Entertainment

Margaritaville is known for fun, and there’s no shortage of on-site entertainment for you to enjoy. Catch live music at Euphoria Lounge and Salty Rim Bar & Grill, or enjoy stand-up comedy at On Vacation.

Euphoria Lounge

Live Entertainment on Wednesday through Sunday, 7-11 p.m.

Salty Rim Bar & Grill

Sit back and sip on a nice Margarita and enjoy different live acts and truly embrace your changes in latitudes! Live Entertainment Wednesday through Sunday, 4–8 p.m.

Click here to view Events Calendar

St. Somewhere Spa

A visit to St. Somewhere Spa is just like a relaxing island escape for the mind, body, and soul. Their spa offerings include massages, body therapies, skin treatments, facials, and salon services inspired by the tropics which can be upgraded in a private poolside cabana.

Click here to learn more about St Somewhere Spa

Fun in the Sun

If you’re ready to dip your toes into the warm water and soft sands be sure to visit the island oasis right outside your room.  Servers will be there to make sure your drink never turns empty, and a poolside food menu is available.

Fins Up Beach Club

License to Chill Pool: 9 AM-10PM

Fins Left & Fins Right Pools: 9AM-10PM

Cabana Rentals

Cabanas can accommodate 6 guests and include beach and lounge chairs, a refrigerator with bottled water, a TV and a fan to keep you cool.

Click here to learn more about Cabana Rentals

Previous Years of Conference Highlights

Let’s take a look at where we’ve been over the years.

Conference Photo

Gg Conference Picture Thumbnail

Conference Photo Take 2

Gg Silly Conference Picture Thumbnail

Conference Survey

Thank you for attending the 2022 Gittings Global Photography Conference.  We deeply appreciate your contribution to our shared success. The following questions will help us shape future conferences and make them more valuable for all of us.

Here are some helpful tips from the team to help you prepare your bags and plan your transportation upon arriving at MCO

The hotel itself stays pretty cold so be sure to pack some layers. The weather is forecasted to remain very humid with daily rain storms.

As a reminder, don’t forget to mention that you are attending the Gittings Conference to receive a 15% discount at the Spa and Retail shop. 

For ride-sharing purposes I’ve grouped arrivals in similar timeframes. If you are interested in sharing a ride to the hotel please reach out to those that in your similar arrival time and trade phone numbers and each others flight detail. 

Thursday Sept 8th Arrivals

Kelley Segovia 11:00 AM
Paul Sirochman 2:25 PM
Dirk Beichert 3:00 PM
Phil Rosenberg 3:00 PM

Lyndsay Rembert 6:60 PM
Kim Holland 6:50 PM
Stewart Tilger 7:23 PM

Friday September 9th Arrivals

Scott Lawrence 9:40 AM
Steve Silverman 11:24 AM

Jon Rauschenberger 1:05 PM
Megan Arnett 1:05 PM
Joanne Smith 1:05 PM
Tony Gale 1:42 PM
Kat Mueller 2:58 PM
Michel Leroy 3:00 PM
Sean Lee 3:12 PM
Harley Bonham 3:50 PM
Bryan Bazemore 4:33 PM
Kenneth Lim 4:33 PM
Ryan Johnson 5:08 PM

Greg Lambert 10:12 PM
Justin Leitner – missing arrival time

Monday Sept. 12th Departures

If you don’t have someone’s contact info check on the team page to add them to your contacts.

Phil Rosenberg 11:45 AM
Joanne Smith 1:55 PM
Ryan Johnson 1:58 PM
Lyndsay Rembert 2:30 PM
Steve Silverman 2:55 PM
Bryan Bazemore 3:16 PM
Sean Lee 3:29 PM
Stewart Tilger 4:04 PM
Kat Mueller 4:10 PM
Kenneth Lim 4:11 PM
Justin Leitner Late Afternoon

Greg Lambert 6:00 PM

Kim Holland 6:35 PM

Rick Bettinger 6:50 PM

Paul Sirochman 6:50 PM

Dan Bettinger 6:50 PM

Dirk Beichert 8:05 PM

Long Guan Evening


Client Services Session

Client Services

Capture One

Capture One

Social Media Session

Social Media Strategy Thumbnail

Social Media Workbook

Social Media Workbook