Our Event Photographers are like no other.

MIKE GATTY

Co-Owner of US Event Photos, photographer Mike Gatty’s passion for creativity is only surpassed by his love of all things technology.

It all began in college, when he worked as the lifestyle’s and photo editor for a local community newspaper. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in Psychology, he turned toward human resources. But his love of photography kept gnawing, and on September 12, 2001 his dad (who was a national publisher working on an article) called and asked Mike to travel to New York to photograph Ground Zero.

Mike’s work at Ground Zero, however, reached national recognition when his photos were run on the cover of some major news publications. He quit his HR job, joined his mother’s photography business.

A few years later, the team began to explore work in different cities, and US Event Photos was born.

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Photographer Mike (Rocko) Gatty at an experiential photo marketing event for NBC and Telemundo.

Mike now acts as CEO, driving new innovation for the company, supervising training of new team members, and working with leading companies to develop experiential photo solutions for major events worldwide.

Mike lives with Matthew on the Gulf Coast in Palm Harbor, FL.

Matthew Frey

Matthew joined US Event Photos when Mike needed help with major events. As the need grew for more “muscle and brawn” for events he moved into a more permanent position.   When Matthew was stationed at Shemya Air Force base in the Aleutian Islands he was a staff photographer for the base newspaper.  After his stint in the Air Force he rode his 21 speed bike for 31 days- from Washington State, across Canada and into New York state.  He met Mike during a bike event with Lance Armstrong, and they’ve been together ever since.

In addition, he helped to establish a school for special needs children outside of Washington D.C.  and specialized in services for that community. He and  Mike traveled  to Honduras to provide photos for an orphanage on Christmas Day in the capitol city. Matt brings dynamic energy to every event, with passion that is unrivaled. He also is chief recruiter for those interested in working with our company.

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National event photographer Matthew Frey at Airventure.

Mary Ann

Mary Ann’s Profile (A feature story from AARP)

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Photographer Mary Ann Gatty

Mike’s mom, Mary Ann founded the business when Mike was in middle school. Her event photography firm, Gatty Communications, became the foundation for US Event Photos, and some of the clients from the earliest days still hire us.

Her experience, passion, and vibrancy is unrivaled — even our competitor’s agree, she’s the best.

Mary Ann started photography when Mike’s Dad, Bob, shoved a camera in her hands and asked her to go to the Capitol to take photos of Senator Ted Kennedy. Sound familiar? Those photos became a hit, and everyone wondered how she captured such great images. It was easy — she struck up a conversation with the reporter standing next to her, and the Senator came over to greet him.

The reporter she was talking with? Bob Woodward.

MELANIE ROSE

Melanie joined US Event Photos when she started working with Mike in Las Vegas. Now Melanie is the photography queen of the Las Vegas operations.

Mike met Melanie after she sent an email to him several years ago. “I just got done reading about you and your mom on your web site,” the note said, “what a story! I’d love to work with you guys…”

It happened there was a shoot coming up in Las Vegas, and when Mike and Melanie worked together, everything clicked. They’ve been in close partnership ever since.

Melanie is often joined by her husband, Bob, on event shoots. She is passionate and hard working, with an “I can do that!” attitude.

Las Vegas Event Photographer Melanie Rose
Las Vegas manager Melanie Rose with George Takei

And Now, "The Rest of the Story..."

Our corporate story is unique, and our bios tell a lot about us.  But they don’t tell you everything.  They don’t tell you Matthew loves to jump in mud puddles when it rains.  Or that Mike likes to ride Rodeo Bass — the worlds only Rodeo fish — at Bassmaster’s.  Matthew and Mike love people.  They love events.  They bring passion, energy, and humor with them on every shoot.  Sometimes it leaves clients a little breathless, but everyone — clients, participants, staff — everyone has a blast.

These two videos show as much about who Mike and Matt are as any LinkedIn biography.  We’ll add other embarrassing videos of our team in action as they become available.

The video of Matthew playing in the rain was filmed at Wings Over Houston, when sudden thunderstorms brought a halt to the show.  Everyone took cover in their cars.  You can hear Mike giggling in the front seat as he films Matthew jumping in the puddles.

The video of Mike riding Rodeo Bass was captured at Bassmasters — the world’s largest Bass fishing tournament.  Watch to the end, and you’ll see the fish take it’s revenge on our photographer/ cowboy by whacking him unceremoniously upside the head with it’s huge plastic tail.

The video of Matthew “raising the roof” was filmed for Mike while Mike was setting up downstairs for a Boston green screen photo booth holiday party.  Matthew was up in their hotel room.

The video of Mike at NBC / Telemundo was captured by the client during an experiential photo marketing event in Los Angeles.  They took the video to show their team how we work.

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US Event Photos is an LGBTQ owned company. We are proud to support all communities.

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Ila parvaz
Ila parvaz
16:28 12 Dec 18
There's unquestionable TLC poured into the work from Mike and Matthew at US Event Photos. Not only are the photo outputs awesome, but they pride in making sure every visitor gets an experience full of fun and positive energy. Definitely recommend this team for your event photography needs!
michelle minucciani
michelle minucciani
17:01 12 Dec 18
Mike & Matthew were great to work with. Big hit for our corporate reception! Their level of service and responsiveness surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend booking them, very professional and fun to work with.
Jon Golicz
Jon Golicz
16:15 12 Dec 18
As the largest series of travel-focused trade shows in the United States, it's imperative that our attendees receive an upscale experience at our events. Mike, Matthew and team have been an integral part of our shows for the past 4 years. They create an engaging and professional atmosphere that enhances our customer's experience on both the b2b and b2c side of our business.
natalie schaffer
natalie schaffer
17:00 12 Dec 18
US Event Photos is wonderful to work with! Professional, on time, and wonderful execution! Some of the best customization and options out there in regards to photo booths.
Charlie Frank
Charlie Frank
16:25 12 Dec 18
Mike and Matt are true pros! We've used them in a variety of venues, indoor and outdoor, from small retail store events to festivals with hundreds of thousands of guests. They have a keen understanding of what it takes to make a photo engaging for everyone involved.
andrea larocque
andrea larocque
19:09 28 Dec 18
The guys were amazing to work with, absolute pleasure and extremely professional. Can't go wrong with their services and our staff loved their photos, I see them up all around the office! Thanks for everything!
Megan Michelakos
Megan Michelakos
19:58 28 Jan 19
We've been using US Event Photos for our conventions for many years and are always pleased with the experience. We often have unique special events - from ski jumpers to concerts to 80's parties - and Mike always figures out a way to capture the fun in his photos. He's flexible and will always find a way to capture the shot you need (even if it's a group photo of 1000 people holding a sign shot from the stage during a presentation.) I especially love how quickly we get our photos as Mike uploads them to a shared Dropbox throughout the event. This has been extremely helpful for our Convention newspapers that get created during the event and delivered to our attendees. Our attendees love seeing their photos from the day before in their morning paper!
Kevin Poch
Kevin Poch
21:38 13 Feb 19
Matthew and Mike are INCREDIBLE to work with -- they are some of the nicest people I've met. We've booked them for our trade show event to engage people within our booth by using a green screen to put them on the cover of the magazine. Matthew was energetic, friendly and a terrific brand ambassador throughout the entirety of our event. I would absolutely recommend them for any event-based photography sessions.
tom jagger
tom jagger
20:38 18 Mar 19
Look no further than US Event Photos for amazing convention or event photographs, connected technology and personable service with conventioneers. Our company has used them for many events all over the globe. The conventioneers love the photography staff. The client loves the results and delivery technology. I love that I can let them do their jobs with next to no management. If you are judging on only price, really consider what these guys offer for the price. Trust me, it's not worth it trying to take on any one of their offerings on your own when you can get it done painlessly with US Event photos.
David Ittner
David Ittner
19:32 21 Mar 19
This is the 4th year we've had Michael and his Team attend the second largest show we do and once again, another EXCELLENT job!!
Ahron Glazer
Ahron Glazer
20:23 22 May 19
These guys were great to work with. really helped bring the life to the party. they were professional, helpful and most important, so great to work with!! Thanks
Skeeter Marketing
Skeeter Marketing
13:13 11 Jun 19
Rocko did a fabulous job at our event, and with such short notice. He loves what he does and makes those getting their photo taken really excited! I am so glad we booked him! For any events you have coming up, I highly recommend US Event Photos!!!
Jerome Bruce
Jerome Bruce
16:46 05 Aug 19
Mike is so engaging and great with people. He can get people in the photo booth to take photos. He is funny and full energy!
Jessica Buckley
Jessica Buckley
21:34 15 Aug 19
These guys are GREAT! We had a blast working with you two and you really made our booth a success! Thank you for making it fun and professional!
Stefanie McCredie
Stefanie McCredie
23:25 30 Aug 19
These guys are amazing! They truly know and love what they are doing. Guests saw people having so much fun having their picture taken for the green screen that everyone wanted their picture taken! We’re hoping to have them at our next event.
Evan Barr
Evan Barr
17:43 23 Oct 19
I highly recommend US Event Photos. They're exceptionally professional and eager to provide a high-quality experience for attendees.
Rachel Solomon
Rachel Solomon
19:46 24 Jan 20
Mike and Matthew were such a pleasure to work with! They came for our Women's group welcome reception and took head shots of all the guests. They were easy to work with and made all attendees feel comfortable. I would absolutely recommend working with them, we would book them again!
Gary Piper
Gary Piper
15:02 26 Feb 20
Absolutely a pleasure to work with! We used Mike and Matthew for a corporate reception event and on the trade show floor for their photo experience expertise. It came at the recommendation of one of my coworkers who had used them at another company, and I was maybe a little skeptical about how cool a photo booth could be. Working with Mike to figure out the backgrounds and props was very easy, and both of them were so engaging on-site that there was no way people were not participating! Will definitely integrate them into future events, highly recommended!
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