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Shooting Just The Decor

By | Corporate Events, Decor, Event Industry, Food, PWP-ism | No Comments

I was shocked today when one of my fav event industry friends asked me if I would consider shooting JUST THE DECOR for an amazing event!?


Clearly I have not been doing my job because decor photography is one of the core offerings of our business – probably 20% of what we do!!

We shoot the decor shots many of our event industry vendor friends use for awards and sales/marketing materials – we are frequently hired separately in addition to the primary photographer for the event!

We have custom packages set up just for our industry where our vendor friends can gain fully licensed images for their business at a fraction of the cost of hiring me on a retail basis.

Curious about what that looks like? See below. Curious about how it works – GIVE US A CALL!!!!!! [+1 678-457-4578]

Beautiful outdoor setup

blue lighting plus decor

Food table setup

Christmas decor - 2012

Flower vase

Signature Slushies

Overhead shot of an event

Decor Photography 117

decor photography 116

Wine Cellar Event Setup

Phoenix 2012

Dinner Setup

Finger Foods at Maui

Pink Power Moms at High Museum

Casino Night at WOCC

Decor Photography - great purple lighting

Coal, Dough, and a FAB New Foodie Experience + Date Night Idea

By | Food, Uncategorized | No Comments


I wanted to share with you my new favorite experience – pizza making class at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria! Those smart folks over at Max’s realized three things: people love pizza (and wine!), people love to learn to make food, and the pizzeria has a very unique story to tell. When you put those three elements together, you have one of the best date night (or team-building) concepts I’ve seen in a long time!

Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria Pizza Making Class

I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, and I was blown away by how much fun it was and how much there was to learn about making pizzas the right way. Me, I chose to make a pizza brimming with all of their delicious imported meats and cheese – with some fresh tomato and basil. I don’t know if it was more fun to throw my own dough + create my own pizza (annnnd eat it), or watch and laugh while other people learned to throw their dough!!! Folks, there’s a lot of creative license and interactive learning in this experience – I am a FAN!

Anyway, I just wanted to give a personal endorsement because I truly had a great time ‘throwing dough’over at Max’s! Some good wine, some interesting historical information on the pizza scene, and a whole lot of pizza – what is not to love? Check out the class schedule and sign-up – you will NOT be sorry!

Thanks to the lovely and talented Ashley Cameron for snapping this photo of yours truly – I look like a natural, eh?

If you want to know more, here is the official press release – try it out!!

Become a Pizza Pro at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
Learn the culinary craft of pizza making directly from the experts – interactive class includes stretching and tossing techniques, ingredient selection and insight on the legendary coal burning process

ATLANTA – (March 5, 2012) – Armed with the only genuine coal-burning oven in Georgia,
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria lures die-hard and casual pizza lovers alike with its perfectly crisp
crust and distinct taste and texture that’s been a hallmark of New York City pizzerias for more
than a century. Now, the popular downtown eatery in the heart of the Luckie Marietta District
lifts the curtain on its unique 1,500-degree coal burning process and lets Atlanta foodies in on the
secret to creating the perfect pie.
Starting in April, Max’s will host a two-hour interactive pizza making class that begins at 8:30
p.m. on select Mondays. Dates for the inaugural spring session are April 16, April 30, May
14, May 28, June 11 and June 18. A talented “Pizzaiolo” (pronounced peetza-yolo), your
instructor for the night, will guide you through an entertaining and educational culinary journey
starting with the history of pizza and coal burning ovens in the United States.
The coal burning process has played a large role in pizza history. The first pizzeria in America,
Lombardi’s, to this day still uses a coal-fired oven. Other famous NYC pizzerias such as Patsy’s
and Grimaldi’s use coal-fired ovens, but New York City almost exceeds the number of coal-fired
ovens in the rest of the country combined. The key characteristic of this process is its consistent
and even heat, which cooks pizza crusts to an optimal thin and crispy texture.
then stretching and throwing the dough to create their own crusts. Pizzaiolos will provide insight
on the different ingredients and toppings used – including a comparative taste test – and guests
will build their pizzas before finally feeding them into the oven.
To wind down the evening, participants will feast on the pizzas they prepared – everyone sharing
with each other to get a sampling of the wide variety of styles available from margherita to
veggie to meat lover’s. You can post a picture of your pizza on Max’s Facebook page, and the
guest with the most “likes” by the following day will receive a free giftcard!
The cost to attend a pizza class at Max’s is $20, which includes your meal and two drinks for the
night. Space is limited to eight guests per class and must be reserved in advance. To sign up,
please call Max’s at 404.974.2941.
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria is located in the Luckie Marietta District at 300 Marietta Street,
Atlanta, GA 30313. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and
Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation,
call 404.974.2941 or visit www.maxsatl.com.
Luckie Marietta District


The Luckie Marietta District is the walkable, accessible and engaging city center in downtown
Atlanta connecting 26 restaurants and lounges, 21 world-class attractions and retail, seven hotels
and a rooftop helipad. To learn more, visit www.luckiemariettadistrict.com.

2011 Year End Highlights

By | Affairs to Remember, Atlanta Event Center at Opera, Corporate Events, Decor, Food, Your Event Solution | No Comments

Well, it is almost like clockwork, except that it IS clockwork – every year at this time we put off our tax work, try to stop plotting out new year’s business resolutions, and pause for a moment to reflect on the end of the year jussst long enough to give you fine folks some great images here on the blog! Although we are very excited about 2012 – our first year as the official Corporate Event Photographer of the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Planners International (GaMPI) and our first year without a single wedding on the books [that is right – the cousins are ALL married off now!) – here are a few highlights from the end of 2011!

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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


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



PWP Studio Captures Microsoft’s MGX Conference!

By | Corporate Events, Decor, Destinations, Event Industry, Food, Interiors, Uncategorized | One Comment

PWP studio was fortunate enough to be selected to capture the Advertising and Online business unit of Microsoft for the big MGX Conference in Denver Colorado! What an incredible experience!! We had a fantastic trip complete with evening events at unique venues like the City Hall event space on Lincoln – a great music venue — it worked out for the Microsoft crowd too!

Epicurean catering is the preferred caterer for the venue, and they had some beautiful hors d’oeuvre displays.

The crowd was really pleased when Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, stopped by for a visit!

The next night we shot smaller group dinners at some of Denver’s signature hotspots: 1515 on Market, Sing Sing, Chophouse, FADO, and Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse!



Day three was all about great speeches, company information, plans for the year, and the type of excitement that leaves attendees all geeked up to hit the ground running in their hometown.

Then we had one final night blowout bash with DJ Ravi at the Downtown Tavern to round out the events for our particular business unit. The theme was Cowboy Lounge, and the event team really rocked it!


























PWP Studio Captures Hard Rock Atlanta’s 40th Anniversary Party!!

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Hard Rock Atlanta hosts an annual event called Founders Day – the anniversary of the Hard Rock Cafe, and PWP Studio was asked to photograph it! This year it was the Hard Rock’s 40th anniversary!!  They celebrated by offering $0.71 burgers (Hard Rock was founded in 1971) to all police, fire, and rescue personnel. Take a look at image the image below, and read the fine print! 😉

Considering how there were people wearing uniforms everywhere you looked, it was definitely the safest place to be in the city!

There was also a burger eating contest between Atlanta Fire Department, Atlanta Police Department, Grady EMT, and the Atlanta Ambassadors.  Atlanta Fire Department were ultimately victorious, but a great time was had by all!  PWP can’t wait for next year!


PWP Studio Captures Event at Turner Field!

By | Corporate Events, Destinations, Event Industry, Food, Uncategorized | One Comment

Just a little while ago, PWP Studio had an incredible time shooting a corporate event at Turner Field!  The guests got to take a tour of Turner Field, including some hang out time in the press box and the locker room in the club house!  Following the tour was where the party really got started– batting practice on the field with cocktails and appetizers!  It was amazing, and so was the delicious dinner that came next! We had a great time; check out some of the photos we took! 😉



PWP Studio = Full-time Photography or Weekend Warrior?

By | Corporate Events, Event Industry, Food, Personal Favorites, PWP-ism | No Comments

Often enough, someone asks if we are full time event photographers or if we have a day job (one actually said, “real job” to which I replied, “If by ‘real’ you mean real boring – no, but I do own a company where real people use real cameras and attend parties for a living.”)  I don’t quite know why some of our new clients ask this question, but since it comes up it is worth addressing.

[Verrry] Generally, ‘paid photographers’ fall into two categories: hobbyists with a great camera, and full-time professionals. A hobbyist with a great camera is someone with a good salary, or well-paid spouse, to support their equipment habit, or someone with a lot of debt on a credit card (and this genre usually has one good lens). The pro photographer community calls those folks ‘weekend warriors’. The Weekend Warriors will generally shoot just about anything that has a check attached and are a viable option if you need cheap photography. They only need to support their hobby – the bills are paid elsewhere.

They satisfy a need in the marketplace, but just remember: they don’t do this all the time and it isn’t their core income source. That means they may not have the experience you want to get the results when the stakes are high, and they probably can’t drop everything to help you with your problem on Tuesday morning. Said in another way, don’t call them during normal business hours because they can’t take personal calls at work… call them during lunch and hope they don’t take the same lunch as you.

[Nothing negative implied here – just a statement I conjured up to be true. Follow my logic – the independently wealthy don’t need to shoot for money; they can just buy the equipment and play with it. The weekend warrior wants to justify or pay for their gear, so they work it nights and weekends and ‘real job’ the remainder. The weekend warrior without a normal job with money to afford $10k in camera gear is like a moose with a purple mohawk – I am sure there is one or two out there, but no stereotype will be started here folks.]

Pro photographers are people whom eat, breathe, pay rent, pay for Starbucks, and support their families by the camera. We pick our passions, focus on a corresponding discipline, and become a specialist. We buy gear because it earns (and sometimes the justification is ‘loosey-goosey’ because we DO still love new toys!)

That is us: PWP Studio started in 2002 and has been full time photography since. Me, my studio manager, my lead shooter, my fav five associate shooters, my data manager, and one of my two graphic designers are all dependent on photography for their primary income source.  Corporate event photography is what we do.

You are gonna like that because we do it frequently (we average one event every 33 hours year round) and we do it really really well! We can handle your needs when the ‘wheels fall off’ at your event, and we can be flexible when the timeline changes. Plus, it is worth mentioning: someone is by the phone when you call on a Tuesday morning!!