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Would you invite a lemur to your next event?

By | Corporate Events, Event Industry, Green Things | No Comments

We love the Georgia Aquarium for the space and beautiful sea animals that gracefully entertain, but our landlocked animal friends at the Zoo Atlanta are not to be outshone.

Zoo Atlanta is perfect for any event from a small family barbecue to a formal gathering with 5000 guests!  It gives any event a unique ambiance, with the lush plants and the animals that live there. Imagine trainers with birds perched on their hands at your event. Or, your guests experiencing the simple thrills of feeding the animals. See photos below of the VIPs from the last networking event we covered there feed the lemurs. Just make sure that when you feed the lemurs you wear masks and gloves to protect them. Yes, you got that right, to protect the lemurs, not you.

Check out the photos below and see how your next event could benefit from this out of the ordinary space.

Many of the materials used were provided by sponsors:

The tent was by Tents Unlimited, and heaters by Peachtree Tents & Events. Shepard Exposition Services provided the tables, Graceful Tables the linens, and Floral Matters the flower decors. Max Lagers brought the beer, while Total Wine and Spirits brought the wine. The audio and video needs were filled by Onyx MS Group.

 

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

2013 PWP Studio Event Photographers

 

 

 

 

“Today I’m doin’ business like it’s 19-9-9.” Err, not.

By | Event Industry, Green Things, PWP-ism, Techie Talk | No Comments

Yesterday morning, it hit me like a brick wall just how much of a tangible impact being a cloud-based work environment has had on my studio, and I wanted to share. I started typing this in Facebook and 30 minutes later…I guess I had more to share than I thought – it evolved into much more than just a blurb!

Here at PWP Studio, providing fantastic images is the baseline we build on – not the sum total of our goal. Internally, we talk a lot about doing better business via green practices, the global workplace, and technology; leveraging those pieces to increase our line of products and level of service. We fly in the cloud. We recycle. We directly hire wonderful people stateside AND overseas – our 10 employees are equally split here and there. We are constantly evaluating new technology in and outside the scope of photography!

With all of those areas of exploration, nothing seems to be more relevant in our current super-competitive small business environment than cloud-based technology. I have been sitting here [in pajamas] at my desk in Atlanta transcribing interview notes for a production manager candidate I interviewed via Skype – a candidate whom will be managing gigabytes of data on a daily basis and likely not have to ‘come to work’ more than once a month. These interview notes can be viewed by my studio manager *as I type them* – did I mention she’s in UK for a friend’s wedding? Meanwhile, at this same moment there is a PWP employee in Manila creating a contract in our booking system that a prospective client in Cali will have access to view and sign on her mobile phone 30 seconds after it is ready. Finally, RIGHT NOW there is a PWP photographer shooting an event in Seattle with a shot list on his phone I can modify while he captures the keynote.

This is all possible because of cloud-based apps like Google Apps, Quickbooks Online, ShootQ, GQueues, Dropbox, Skype, and Evernote – and those apps have allowed us to grow, thrive, and overcome some pretty significant obstacles (we will call those obstacles “2009-2011”!)

Although much bigger than you probably thought, my business is still just a small business. We embrace technology like a big business. We embrace a global workforce like a big business. We do this to serve our clients better than is expected from a small business – because every single one of our clients is important to our survival!

Are YOU taking advantage of what technology can do for your business?? If not, what is it costing you in lost revenue, unnecessary workplace overhead, training, faxing, etc.? Never mind lost revenue – how much of your LIFE is being wasted on inefficiency? Get onboard, leave the 90’s and join me here in 2012!!

If you are a fan of the “how it looks”, but are curious (or even a bit scared) about the “how to get there” in all of this, call me. I can be available to directly help you accomplish your goals, or even speak to your colleagues or group.

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood-Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

By | Corporate Events, Destinations, Green Things, PWP-ism

How about a private golf clinic, with the 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year teaching you the secret to his perfect swing?

Starwood guests got the privilege of a private coaching session from pro golfer Jim Furyk at the St. Marlo Country Club. It was a two part program — the first part was a small group golf clinic style lesson where Jim went over some great details about basic swing, basic grip, and some of his favorite practice methods.

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

After he was finished with the clinic, he answered some questions about being on tour and what it is like traveling to all the fantastic PGA events. He was a really super guy to work with, and his insights were very much appreciated by the crowd. One little thing you may not know about Jim: he loves to cook and often opts to eat in at bigger tournaments!

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

Once the Q&A session was over, it was time to hit the links! All the teams had a fantastic time hanging out with a real pro… although most were a little shy to show their amateur swing around this heavy hitter!

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

PWP Studio Captures the Starwood Sponsored Jim Furyk Experience at the St. Marlo Country Club

Edible Canopy Adventures: The NEW Atlanta Botanical Gardens Exhibits…and a little Murph.

By | Corporate Events, Green Things, Murphy | One Comment

Our good friends at Affairs to Remember Catering invited us to capture the very first event at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ new Canopy Walk and Edible Gardens exhibits . The event was the VIP Grand Opening reception and tour for the committees and companies that participated in bringing the new exhibits to life.

I could go on and on and on about the new exhibits, but what I really need to say is this: you need to go check out the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! The design of the new exhibits is simply fantastic – there are some key elements of the exhibits that will bring the experience a ‘little closer to home’ for most people.

We will start with the Canopy Walk. Although I was there to photograph the decor and food presented by ATR, I couldn’t help but catch the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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After guests experienced the new canopy walk, we then ventured out to the other side of the gardens where the new Edible Gardens are on display. There is even a fantastic cooking kitchen (permanent installation) or you can learn how to incorporate fresh foods from your garden into amazing recipes!

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Thanks so much to Dana and Rich at Affairs to Remember for inviting PWP Studio to capture their amazing adventure as the first caterers to explore the new exhibits at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens!!

The following day, we found ourselves on a BIG adventure. Sir Topham Hatt called to let Angel and me know the “real” Thomas the Tank Engine would be stopping by the Tennessee Railroad – just up the road in Chattanooga (which we taught Murphy to refer to as “Chatta-boogie”). Mr. Hatt asked us if we might like to take a ride…ummm, YES!!! WELL, Murphy and fam had a ball!!

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Surprisingly, Murph was a little scared of Sir Topham Hatt!?

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Still, we thanked Mr. Hatt for the invite and left Chattaboogie – with smiles and fond memories of a grand day out with Thomas!!

Green…road trips and gift boxes.

By | Destinations, Green Things, Personal Favorites, PWP-ism | One Comment

So I was digging through some home videos on my hard drive recently and came across some videos I created on the Green theme a while back. Fun and funny.

Some know and some don’t – we are greenies over here at PWP. Not tree-hugging hippee types – too many black clothes and hair products to qualify – just plain aware and actively participating in our immediate environment. We recycle. We switched to reusable bottles almost two years ago – which puts us in the “Saved more than 2,000 plastic bottles” club. Switched to rechargeable batteries. PWP Studio is a member of the Green Meeting Industry Council. All the shipping materials in the office are recycled or reused, and we offset every shipment we make with carbon offsets. There is a list a mile long, but the bottom line is: we make the effort!

Anywho, here is some interesting info and maybe a new idea for you on the subjects of driving like a grandma (no offense grandmas) and recycling (the act of not recycling, really)….

If you haven’t had enough and want a pure laugh that would let you in on the PWP dark/dork side….the Devil Went Down to Georgia style: