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October 2010


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The Wall Street Journal is one of our favorite new clients, and they have invited us to capture some pretty fantastic events in the past few weeks. The first event – hosted by WSJ nationally – was titled, “How I Built It” – a panel discussion of some very well known industry leaders hosted by WSJ at the St. Regis Buckhead. It was all kinds of informative, inspiring, and at times, humorous!

Hearing Sarah Blakely discuss how she financed her business through the bank of “Nana” (her grandmother) and listening to Jeff Orly describe the original idea behind the invention of the French manicure were certainly a couple of highlights! The room was filled with entrepreneurs and a ‘who’s who’ in Atlanta business – and they were listening intently to what the speakers had to say about achieving success in terms of business, finance, branding, hard work, and occasionally – a little bit of luck.

The event ended with a presentation on e-mail marketing from the president of Constant Contact.

You have to love the St. Regis for their attitude about service and going the extra mile. One of the ladies with Wall Street Journal mentioned she had always been fascinated watching people saber bottles of champagne. No sooner had it come out of her mouth than the fine folks at the Regis offered to show her how to saber a bottle herself! We watched. We learned. Next time you’re at a party with me – ask, and I will show you my favorite new party trick!!

A few days later we were at the AMC Fork & Screen for a sneak preview of the movie, Wall Street -Money Never Sleeps (the Michael Douglas hit sequel) hosted by the Atlanta WSJ office. It was also a well attended fun event!

Also, we have been adding lots and lots of pictures to our Facebook fan page. Check out Facebook and search for PWP Studio – give us a “like” and we will keep you stocked up on good fun event images from all over the country! We will be headed down to Jacksonville next week to capture the annual UTA convention, and then the busy crazy Holiday season starts!!

One last thing: our little goblin has been working hard prepping pumpkins, costumes, and fun photo ops for the upcoming season – be on the lookout!!

Thanks for visiting!

200 Peachtree and 944…old school mixes with new school.

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Being that the new event venue, 200 Peachtree, was previously the downtown Macy’s – it has a clear presence in the history of this fine city. Being that 944 Magazine, one of ATL’s hottest contemporary publications on the hip scene in the city, decided to host their big party at the hot new venue, and it was a flavorful collision of old and new. Lexus was a sponsor and there were cars parked all over the space; it felt like a cross between (the original) “Miracle on 34th Street” and next year’s “Fast and the Furious 8”.

It was a sight to see for certain- one I enjoyed immensely and one I was very blessed to be able to capture it on of behalf of the venue.

Did I mention I LOVE my fisheye lens?? Thanks to Frances for helping me capture thsi event!

The wedding days are behind me – but why?

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I am often asked why we stopped capturing weddings. Seems the reasoning behind the question is often to get ‘the scoop on crazy bridezilla behavior’ or some assumption of behind the scenes misery that many of my fellow wedding vendors seem to have.

Truth is: we simply had a handful of good solid reasons to leave weddings behind – reasons based solely on personal and business goals.

We were verrrry blessed and lucky in our years as a studio that catered to social clients because we never had a bridezilla or a major client conflict like the ones you hear so much about. We have some crazy stories about our experiences for certain, but I/we really truly enjoyed sharing wedding days with our clients. Shoot, some of our wedding clients from past years are currently our best friends! It wasn’t a ‘labor of loathe’ market for us.

On the other hand…

Although we were blessed with great clients, there were a TON of people that never made it to our client list. This post is for those people and the many like them that were/are cluelessly looking for cheap/free wedding photography when there is a budget for legitimate services. Here are a few of my fav reasons/requests for crazy deep discounts:
“It is just one day.”
“We have a small guest list.”
“My fiance is a photographer and he could help” (really??)
“We are getting married in fabulous Macon, GA” (not that I have anything against Macon – I was born there – just have a problem disocunting a wedding package because of that particular exotic location)
“My fiance and I are a pretty couple and you would be lucky to have us in your portfolio”
“Our wedding at (wedding mill venue) and (wedding mill flowers) with (wedding mill decor company) is going to be soooo unique.”

The rest of the reasons – and a little humor about the whole crazy interview process (so true!) is included in the funny animated video below.

Brides beware – this hits awfully close to home!!