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Ventanas IS the Place

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Ventanas, is the Spanish word for windows,  and it is no coincidence that this premier event space and helipad has fabulous two-story floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests a spectacular view of Atlanta from the top, be it day or night.

The Ventanas sits on the 14th and 15th floor of the Park Pavilion building, within walking distance from the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome, American Cancer Society, and the Luckie Marietta District.

Its total indoor and outdoor area is 9,547 sq. ft, which gives event planners lots of room to plan just about any amazing event. Whether it be a small gathering of 50 or a 500-guest red carpet event with VIPs, it will surely be an impressive and unforgettable one when held at the Ventanas.

We just love it! Check out some of the photos of the place —

2013 PWP Studio

2013 PWP Studio

2013 PWP Studio

2013 PWP Studio

2013 PWP Studio

2013 PWP Studio

 

 

 

Welcome to Miami, a post by PDub

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Just wanted to share a little about the GREAT time I had down in Miami recently, photographing the HD Boutique (now known as HD Americas). It was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center–just a few blocks away from the heart of South Beach.

The “HD” stands for “Hospitality Design” and it’s basically a trade show for the designers of boutique properties in the hospitality world: hoteliers, general managers, interior design firms, architects, and everyone in between. There were seminars on everything from collaborating effectively on a large project to the design inspiration to the themes from famous designers and the famous spaces they created. I was able to see quite a few different design trends in the industry, and a whole lot of eye candy in the form of furniture and fixtures!

I came out from behind the curtain to share my experience with you because I really loved photographing this event…boutique design is my jam. If you put clean lines, crazy fabrics, textures, animal prints, and stark contrasting design elements from an eclectic mix of periods and influences — there I am!

My affinity for this type of design came to me quite honestly: my Uncle Jim is a fantastic interior designer. Throughout his life he purchased amazing historic homes and transformed them into modern design showpieces. The three most memorable properties of his that I remember were the home he and his wife built (complete with mirrored walls, black hardwood floors, an eight person marble hot tub in the master bath with the 5-foot chandelier over it), the bed-and-breakfast he created in the late 90’s (with an actual car–a Thunderbird–coming out of the wall above the kitchen sink and a larger than life size sarcophagus guarding the main staircase), and finally, an old filling station he renovated into a personal abode that was featured on HGTV! Not bad for a guy with no formal training living in L.A.! (That’s “Lower Alabama” not Los Angeles!!) He was a tremendous influence on my “eye” and so walking into the HD Boutique in South Beach was not just an exciting shoot for me, I was waxing nostalgic over fond memories of seeing the over-the-top designs in my younger years.

During the day we spent most of our time in the convention center at classes for new designers, existing designers, and for the vendors catering to the hospitality market. During the evening is when the fun really started…fabulous parties hosted at the most design-centric fabulous venues in Miami! We were treated to a wonderful event the first night at Lantao Social Club at the Surfcomber Hotel.

 

The second night was a CityScene sponsored party at the W. Hotel South Beach:

 

And the final night event (my personal favorite) was hosted at The Light Group’s FDR, acclaimed underground speakeasy style club situated in the basement of the famous design icon, the Delano.

 

 

Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe the whole experience and Uncle Jim has already volunteered to assist me next year!

 

 

“You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name… La, la….”

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One of the highlights of this year’s UTA or Used Truck Association convention was an off-road Jeep tour of the Sonoran Desert, which might have been the same desert that helped inspire the imagery in the song “A Horse With No Name” (America). Unlike the tone of the song, though, the tour was an absolutely awesome experience with real cowboys driving the Jeeps! The tour was organized by Wild West Jeep Tours.

It has been 24 years since the first organizational meeting in Chicago with the Blue Book Advisory Board, and 23 years since it was chartered on May 16, 1988, when it was then known as the Used Truck Sales Network (USTN). The name was changed to NUTA or National Used Truck Association in 1993, and shortened to UTA in 1994.

For 8 consecutive years PWP Studio has captured the UTA Annual Convention, making it the longest running event we’ve been covering. Every year there is a different destination with the same old wonderful people! Last November 2-5, 2011 it was held in the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Another highlight of the convention was the keynote speaker, who was no less than Tom Flick. Known for delivering speeches that make an impact on everyone in the organization, his message at the convention was very motivational. I especially enjoyed his description and definition of the difference between leadership versus management. We would definitely recommend him as a guest speaker for any group.

Aside from the Jeep tour, the UTA members and guests also enjoyed a Golf Scramble at the Talking Stick Golf Club, a Taliesin West Insight Tour at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, the River Float which involved a cool ride down the Salt River with a beautiful view of the Arizona desert, and casino lessons from an expert which meant using the complimentary casino chips!

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

PWP Studio Captures the UTA Annual Convention 2011 at the Talking Stick Resort

 

 

One day it rained pizza and gourmet cheese…

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It did and it wasn’t a dream. PWP Studio was at the Sofo FoodsFood Expo 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia (their first in Georgia!), where everywhere you turned you’d see boxes and boxes of pizza and delicious displays of magnificent cheeses. The Pizza Doctor, Big Dave Ostrander and the World Pizza Champion, Michael Shepherd were also there to share some secrets in cooking up a storm.

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

The Gourmet Pizza Contest Winner was Famous Joes Pizzeria. Aside from bragging rights, they got $1000 from Mike Sofo!

PWP Studio - Corporate Event Photography in Atlanta Georgia and Washington DC

 

Have you ever seen a bedazzler on steroids?

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Capturing the Imprinted Sportswear Show for the third time, PWP Studio took great shots of the newest products and tools in the decorated apparel industry during the ISS Atlanta 2011. The event was a hit to all who love to make and market imprinted or embroidered apparel and those who love to wear them.

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre

Saying it with flowers takes on a literal meaning with the message printed on the actual rose. Sweet!

PWP Studio Captures ISS Atlanta 2011 at Cobb Galleria Centre