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Hands on Atlanta – A Celebration of Service

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Hands on Atlanta, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, celebrated its 25th year connecting individuals, families, corporate, and community groups to service opportunities in Atlanta through non-profit organizations and schools. A casual soirée at Zoo Atlanta kicked of the 26th year of service in style.

Mercedes-Benz was a major sponsor of the day and we enjoyed capturing their newest vehicle models displayed throughout the attraction!

There was a very unique experience available for guests – onsite screen printing stations provided by our friends at Amusement Masters! Each guest had the opportunity to choose one of the four specially designed screens for their own custom T-shirt.

There was swag for all that included neon-colored “build your own” Wayfarer glasses, and a handy Mercedes-Benz branded tote bag. Volunteers were on hand to assist attendees in making their color choices, and to ensure that each guest received a bag.

Speaking of swag, Garrett Gourmet Popcorn offered up tasty popcorn concoctions in goodie bags. The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders promoted the awesomeness of this very special popcorn as well!

Along with popcorn promotion, The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and Freddie Falcon were onsite to help guests celebrate by posing for photos in front of the step-and-repeat banner. Dancers, musicians, and entertainers filled mingling areas for a variety of amusement while guests enjoyed the sights and sounds of the surrounding zoo.

An event at Zoo Atlanta wouldn’t be an event at Zoo Atlanta without handlers showing off a few animals for the audience. Among the animals shown was a snake and armadillo.

Along with Wayfarers, Mercedes-Benz totes, and gourmet popcorn, caricature artists were commissioned to create very special, fun takeaways for guests.

What an amazing turnout for an event that celebrates service. Congratulations, Hands on Atlanta, and cheers to 25 more years!

What do Leather and Motorcycles Have to do with The Best $100 I Ever Spent!?

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Gary Adams and his wonderful wife, Kathy, are great friends of ours and of the studio. Gary was our studio manager many moons ago, and we have remained great friends since. In addition to being friends of ours, he is also a military veteran, a photo buff, and a strong supporter of the Patriot Guard Riders.

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I noticed a very interesting story on Gary’s Facebook page not so long ago — it was an inspiring story about Cpl. Todd Love, a triple amputee and recent recipient of a “smart home”. You can find out more about the Smart home here. These homes are provided to veterans whom have been catastrophically injured while serving their country! It is an amazing program set up for amazing people whom have paid a hefty price to defend our freedom.

Cpl. Love was not happy to just receive one of the homes and disappear into happily ever after — he made it his mission to raise money so other brave service members could benefit. Of course, Gary participated in this effort on Cpl. Love’s team and posted a general solicitation for support on Facebook.

That is where I come into the story!  I had heard that my “old” friend had signed up for a 5K to support the cause, and I made an offer to Gary that he couldn’t refuse – read more about it on the Warning Order he sent to the Patriot Guard Riders requesting assistance.



1. Situation.

a.  Enemy Forces: None
b.  Friendly Forces:  Patriot Guard Riders / American Legion Riders and anyone and everyone who is committed to honoring the Men & Women of this Great Nation who has stood in the gap to protect our families and friends from those who would wish us harm!
c.  Attachments and Detachments.  There are no Attachments or Detachments.  As far as I’m concerned, anyone who continues to stand when Old Glory passes by, salutes or places their hand over their heart when they  hear the Star Spangled Banner, I consider them Family!  For those that pray for the safety of our Armed Forces as they serve in the far corners of this world, I consider them Family!  For those who respects and honors the officers dressed in Blue as they protect us here on American soil, I consider them family.  For those who admire & support the firefighters as they put their lives on the line to protect us and our belongings from disaster, I consider Family!  And finally, the Emergency Medical Technicians who fight valiantly to preserve our lives when we or our loved ones encounter a medical emergency, I consider them Family!

2.  Mission.

b.  My mission is to raise funds to help those who suffered catastrophic casualties while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan to someday be able to live in a “smart home.”  I am a member of Corporal Todd Love’s Team.  As a result of an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan, CPL Love is a triple amputee.  He is or will be a recipient of a smart home.  CPL Love is not content to “receive” a smart home, he is on a mission to raise funds so that others can also lead a more normal life. Please watch:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3K2amZ7_aE
c.  I have a good friend by the name of Patrick Williams.  Patrick is a world class photographer and he is the owner of Atlanta’s premiere “event photography” business, PWP Studio.   I had the pleasure of working with him for close to a year.  Patrick pledged $10 for this worthy cause which I am extremely grateful.  HOWEVER, Patrick told me that if I WOULD RUN IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE IN FULL LEATHER GEAR WITH A MOTORCYCLE ESCORT…. he will increase the $10 to $100.00.  So…. I need HELP!

3.  Execution.

a.  Date of my mighty run:  Saturday, July 13, 2013.

b.  Staging area: QUICK TRIP located at I-85 & Pleasantdale Road

c.  Staging Time:  0930 hrs. (9:30 am)
d.  Kick Stand UP (KSU): 0955 hrs (9:55 am),  Quick Trip is approximately 2 miles from Patrick’s home.

 4.  Service Support.

a.  I will provide water / soda’s at Patrick’s home upon successful completion of my run the length of his property line.
b.  If anyone could bring some flags, sure would be nice to prep his yard with a bunch of American Flags!!!
c.  Dolores Thrash can bring your ambulance if it’s available.  I might need oxygen, air conditioning, fluids etc. to bring me back to life.
d.  A motorcycle with a loud sound system playing “gung ho” music might help me make it the length of his property…. Just sayin…..
e.  Large flags would be GREAT!!

 5.  Command and Signal.

a.  The Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer will be said prior to the start of the mission.  Should I complete the run I will be saying a private prayer of “thanks” at the conclusion of the run.

b.  For those who plan on going to the HOTH mission at the VA Center at Clairmont on Saturday, this would be a great opportunity to do two great missions in a short period of time.  Following this escapade, it’s a short ride to to the VA Center!!!
c.  Seriously, anybody that can come by and help me out on this mission, I will be eternally grateful.  In fact, if you participate I will give you a 30 day grace period in which I won’t post any embarrassing photo’s of you!!!
d.   Donations can be made at the following link: https://www.t2trun.org/campaign/display/profile.do?campaignId=16682


This past Saturday – guess who went running by my house in full leathers with a full motorcycle escort, sirens screaming, engines roaring, and neighbors wondering,

“What the hell is all that noise, and why is that old biker dude running down the street with a flag?!”






I had promised him a $100 donation if he ran down the street in full leathers with a motorcycle escort, but little did I know, one of the folks in the Patriot Guard Riders told him they would donate another $200 if he turned around and ran right back up the hill!



It was an incredible day and incredible gesture! I met some really colorful characters with huge hearts wrapped in black leather – and all of us would love to raise $1000 for Gary, Cpl. Todd Love, and all of the service members who have given so much to protect us!

**Will you click the link and make a donation??**

—> https://www.t2trun.org/campaign/display/profile.do?campaignId=16682 <—

 I can’t promise a ‘drive by’ in full leathers, but I promise you will feel amazingly good about spending that $100!






Thank you,

A Successful 16th at St. Regis Atlanta

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The 16th Annual Gala of the GACC South or German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. was another wonderful success. The evening was complete with everything expected from the event: dining, dancing and networking, plus a silent auction featuring more than 90 items donated by GACC South affiliates.

It was not just about the getting together, nor the food and the dancing, it was also about giving. This year’s fundraiser, with Mercedes Benz as the display sponsor, aimed to help rebuild the areas in Alabama that were devastated by the tornadoes last spring.  The 2011 Gala patron was the German Federal State of Bremen. BLG Logistics, the 2011 Gala partner, sponsored the event with them.

The 2011 Gala was held in the stylish St. Regis Atlanta, a AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel, which was a very fitting venue for this prestigious event.

St. Regis has the ambiance of an elegant and laid back country resort even if it is just a short drive from Atlanta’s favorite hotspots like the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta’s business and entertainment districts. It has 151 guestrooms, 31 of which are top-rated suites. Each room has luxurious furnishings and is adorned with original art pieces. What more, signature butler service is available for each room. You can expect nothing less of the crowning jewel of Buckhead’s luxury hotels!

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead

PWP Studio Captures the 16th GACC Annual Gala at the St. Regis Buckhead



Take your best poker face to the World of Coca Cola…

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Level up poker night in a BIG way and move your game up to the World of Coca-Cola! PWP Studio captured a casino night for a fundraiser early September and got some cool shots of how the casino setup fit right in with the Coca-Cola memorabilia and giant Coke bottles inside WOCC.

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

If playing under your lucky star improves your hand at the game, an outdoors casino can be setup, too.

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

Join PWP Studio at the 6th Annual Aqua Vino at the Georgia Aquarium!

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Can we interest you in some wine? 🙂

The 6th Annual Aqua Vino will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium.

We’d love for you to join us!

VIP Tasting includes:

Red carpet arrival and admission  for two (2) at 6 p.m.
Media splash photo op with celebrity hosts
VIP Lounge access (featuring reserved wines, premium cheeses and exclusive access to Behind the Scenes Tours)
Signature Aqua Vino wine glass
More than 200 wines and Atlanta’s premier restaurants

Grand Tasting includes:

Admission for one at 7 p.m.
A signature Aqua Vino wine glass
Opportunity to enjoy over 200 wines and Atlanta’s top restaurants


6th Annual Aqua Vino at Georgia Aquarium

Exclusively yours for one night only:More than 200 fine wines from around the globe
More than 30 of Atlanta’s top restaurants
Thousands of amazing animals
Two auctions, live music and much more!Event proceeds support animal care, research and veterinary training through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health.
Georgia Aquarium is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

6 p.m.VIP Tasting – $750 per couple
7 p.m. Grand Tasting – $200 per person
Champagne Patron – $1,000 (Receives two VIP Tasting tickets and listing
in Aqua Vino program)To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/aquavino
or call 404.581.4000.

Attire: Cocktail Chic

Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Ensure that you always receive the latest news from the Georgia Aquarium. Add the e-mail address “tickets@georgiaaquarium.org” to your address book or personal whitelist.This email was sent to: patrick@pwpstudio.com


For more info and to get tickets, please visit: Georgia Aquarium – 6th Annual Aqua Vino



Shoot for FREE?? Advice for new-to-the-game photographers…

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Here is some advice for newbies I just heard myself giving yesterday: sometimes, working for free is a good move and sometimes it is not. I did it quite a bit when we started; looking back, some of my greatest clients came as a result of me taking a chance shooting for an ‘opportunity’ instead of money.

There is lots of flash and dazzle in the world, and many people keen on using it to gain free services and favors – often for the very crowd with enough money to spend on decent images! If [when] asked to shoot for ‘no pay’, you should evaluate each opportunity to see if it is legitimate. Ask for the shoot details: what sponsors are involved, what industry vendors are involved, how many guests, VIP’s, and what publications will feature your images, etc.? The answers to those questions will tell you the value of the opportunity to you and your business…or to stay away.

If the sponsors show a consistent appreciation (and investment) in good quality photography, the “new connections” promised will be accessible, the experience is that unbelievable, the exposure is in front of the right crowd (your target audience), or the free food and drink is that good – sure, do it (especially if you are hungry!)

If you are shooting for a client to earn their direct business, only shoot for free ONCE. It should be an opportunity to get your foot in the door and prove you are worth more. Provided you have success on the first shoot and they ask for ‘free’ again, the answer should be a firm ‘no’. They are probably taking advantage and may not value you or your photography!

On the other hand, if you are shooting for free to gain respect, photo credit, awareness of your business, or exposure – only you can be the judge of how many times you snap for free. Did you meet people the first time? Did you get comments or feedback from people with whom you would like to develop relationships? If it was a positive experience with positive outcome for you and your business, go for it!

When it comes to money and the ‘free’ has passed, start the fee structure where you are comfortable providing the level of service and quality value required. Translation: don’t charge $200/hr if you can only provide $25/hr worth of quality and service! Be real – do you have the equipment and the experience to get top $$? Similarly, don’t forget about your post-production work. You are not just charging for your time on the shoot – there are hours on the backend to consider, delivery time and/or fees, expenses like gas, parking and food, clothing for the event attire requirements, and the list goes on.

I hope this helps a little…maybe there will be a book later 😉 Only thing I can promise, what I don’t cover here will be addressed with your future experience!! Now, go forth and shoot!!!

Kinda like “Bond… James Bond…”, but more like “Studio… PWP Studio…..”

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In our largest philanthropic effort of the year, PWP Studio sponsored the first annual NACE Gives Back Fundraising Events. Our team captured all the details, decor, food, and fun that happened at two fantastic events – the event fundraiser hosted by Banana Republic at Lenox and the actual Martinis and Miracles event at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. We helped raise thousands of dollars for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, and set the bar for all future NACE fundraisers…and we had a BLAST doing it!!

Thanks to the planning committee (led by the fab Jennifer McDonnell), all of the sponsors that helped make this event such huge success, and my team – Kevin, Melissa, Angel, and Peter – for helping me capture these amazing events!!

Let’s see if I can do my job… here.

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At the most basic level, the job of an event photographer is to chronicle, or tell the story of, an event using pictures. Hmmm, let’s see …interesting blog concept – think I can tell the story of this event using only pictures? Under 20 pictures?


















Funny enough – just two days previously I was shooting another event in Alabama and guess who the keynote speaker happened to be? That is right folks – Coach Bobby Cremins!


He is a great guy who solidly supports Coaches vs. Cancer. Thanks to the American Cancer Society (Official Sponsor of Birthdays) for bringing me on board for this fantastic affair at the Piedmont Driving Club!

What do Flashes of Hope, PWP Studio, Pigeon Forge, and KEH Camera Brokers have in common??

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Nothing…until now. Let me see if I can get the story unraveled for you…

Jenn and Skip Fletcher were married last year in Pigeon Forge, and Peter and I captured their amazing wedding.


Jenn works for KEH Camera as a camera technician. Among her MANY skills (like photography, tattoo wearing, and having the best DIY wedding decor ideas in the WORLD) is a knack for writing – a skill her employer noticed. KEH started a camera/photographer/photography blog this year and put Mrs. Fantastic Fletcher in charge (smart people over there at KEH!)

Recently Jenn decided to write a piece on photography charities and the studios that support them. She invited me to comment on my favorite photo-charity, Flashes of Hope. BAM!! It all comes together…

Check out her blog on the KEH site here – it is awesome! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share what we support Jenn – YOU ROCK!!!