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Looking Back to Look Forward…

By January 26, 2016Uncategorized

We’re already a month into a new year, and already 2016 is shaping up to be the best year ever! Looking into the future often requires looking at the past to figure out what didn’t work, what worked, and why. The PWP Studio team had big dreams for last year, set lofty and attainable goals, and came together to make 2015 a rockin’ year!

After a year of traveling the country and beyond in 2014, goal #1 was to remind the Atlanta event market that PWP Studio is the premier photography team to reach out to for their imaging needs. The best way to keep your business top-of-mind is to attend networking events regularly, and put faces to the names in emails. Patrick and Cortni hit the ground running, and attended the vast majority of scheduled networking events with Georgia MPI. On top of that, PWP Studio sponsored all of those events. If that’s not top-of-mind, we aren’t sure what is!


Along with Georgia MPI, Patrick made a triumphant return to membership with the Atlanta chapter of National Association for Catering and Events, and was invited to speak regarding the latest trends and state of photography within the industry.

As corporate sponsors of Georgia MPI, our team had a heavy presence at Eventeract – an industry tradeshow that combined education, innovation, and networking into one large event. Chris provided roaming coverage of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Our booth was set up to be interactive, and included a headshot booth and an onsite printing demonstration. To top it off, Patrick spoke to a group of participants about the value of outsourcing.

We’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with our fellow industry partners throughout the years, and it’s only fitting that we show off a few of the most spectacular events of 2015. Let’s start with Destination South – who transformed Pemberton Place, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coke into a trifecta of event and entertainment spaces for the ages.

It’s always a special treat when Legendary Events calls on the PWP Studio photography team to capture one of their special soirées, and when we got the call that they needed us at Barnsley Resort, we were quick to respond. Day one transported guests back to the days of Speakeasies, jazz, and drop-waist dresses with a Gatsby-inspired evening out.

One-upping their own event from the previous evening, Legendary Events pulled out all the stops for a Havana-inspired get-together on day two – complete with roulette, maracas, and Fedoras.

Affairs to Remember  earned the privilege of being a preferred vendor at The Fox Theatre by bringing their A-game to every event, at any venue. And, with more and more movies filming in Georgia, it was only a matter of time that we found ourselves clicking the shutter for celebrities. The Fabulous Fox Theatre and Affairs to Remember hosted the premiere of 90 Minutes in Heaven. Our team of six PWP Studio photographers lined two sides of a step-and-repeat on the red carpet. Stars included Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth – we were starstruck.


Adding to the list of world-class vendors we love is Juice Studios. Their imaginative, and colorful, designs give us social media fodder galore; and their vivacious team of experts are super fun to work alongside!

Your Event Solution has been on FIRE with unforgettable events in the past few years – 2015 being no exception. Inspired by the design for The Phoenix Awards in 2013 that won the studio an Allie Award, The Georgia Aquarium was the setting for this Phoenix Awards-inspired corporate event.

The Bold American Events team got one of the first cracks at utilizing the new event space at Ponce City Market, and totally nailed it! This cool new space was divided into multiple lounge and entertainment spaces. Pop art and uplighting added that extra touch of fun and mood.

WM Events and PWP Studio have a long-standing relationship; and because of that relationship, we find ourselves continuously in awe at every event designed by this spectacular team of professionals. In 2015, The Swan House, Ventanas, and the Georgia Freight Depot were on the list of venues that got the royal treatment.

After photographing so many sensational events with WM Events in 2014, it was difficult to decide which to submit for the 2015 Allies. In the end, we were nominated for Allie Awards in two categories:
• Best Team Effort – Old South, New South
• Best Event Photography – Old South, New South

The Allie Awards was an evening full of celebrating our industry as a whole, and the team anxiously looks forward to the announcement of 2016 nominations! The submissions for nominations are certainly going to be stand-outs! A special “Thank you” to Flaunt Photography for the lovely photo booth photos!

Although the goal was to be in Atlanta as much a possible, being selective about travel certainly had its rewards; and it was a particularly exciting year for travel! Annual trips included travel to Las Vegas, Miami, and Orlando, to name a few. Patrick visited Whistler early in the year, where he found himself at the tail-end of a bobsled. Patrick and Peter ventured to Costa Rica for a corporate incentive retreat that included ATV trips, sailing, and zip-lining. Lauren and Chris headed to D.C. for HACR – a convention dedicated to developing mid and upper level Hispanic executives. Cortni and Peter road-tripped to New Jersey for Howlercon – a convention dedicated to the popular TV show, Teen Wolf.

We couldn’t leave out the most epic of trips for one of the most epic events, though! Patrick and Angel jetted off to Seattle to photograph decor shots for THE corporate event to end all corporate events. Soup to nuts, this event won our hearts, blew our minds, and melted our faces with gorgeousness. To top it all off, performances by acrobats and musicians are soon to become legendary in the event industry. CRG Events, we tip our hats to you for this most amazing event.

Putting the cherry on top of a spectacular year, the PWP Studio core team and their plus ones celebrated a year of successes with a carb-filled Italian dinner at Max’s Pizza. Directly following, the entire crew of core team and contract photographer all gathered for light bites and libations at Der Biergarten.

There were so many great and memorable events that we could have gone on and on with this blog post – each and every one was special; and we thank you, our partners, for trusting us to capture your vision! Cheers to all that 2016 has yet to unfold!

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