• 19
    Sep

    Beware of the CEO: they are sneaky.

    The Snack Food Association’s (SFA) convention moves from city to city, nationwide.  And, like the NGA (my little story from yesterday — National Grocers Association), they have been a great client for years.  Their annual convention is called “Snaxpo”, and their event kicks off in style. One year, Snaxpo started in San Antonio with a […]

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  • 19
    Sep

    Meeting Frankie Valli or Is that a room key in your pocket?

    I mentioned in another blog post: when you are a photographer, you are a fly on the wall of history.  And, that works great until someone decides to beat the crap out of you. But there’s an advantage of being a photographer: at some point, you meet the famous.  At least, if you work in […]

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  • 18
    Sep

    Everything Cost Something

    My trainer, Paul, said it best the other day: Everything cost something.  We were actually talking (well, I was panting between squat reps — if you don’t squat you don’t work out) about a previous blog post, and that, distilled, was the bottom line. Fast forward to last night.  Every night, I take a zen […]

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  • 16
    Sep

    Lesson 1: A Crappy Boss

    Back between owning Cool World Aquarium and working for Target, I held a job for a jewelry company. Not your traditional jewelry store, this guy was a manufacturer — with factories in Thailand — a designer — creating most of those dolphin and sea shell pendants sold at the beach — a wholesaler — selling […]

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  • 15
    Sep

    The Ground Game

    As some of you know, last week, my mom and I photographed for our oldest, newest client, Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR).  Working for my first real client brought on a wave of nostalgia in me, thinking of how far we’ve come, and in no small measure is that success due to loyal clients who […]

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  • 14
    Sep

    How to pick a restaurant that won't kill you.

    When I was growing up, I was the official restaurant scoper-outer.  That means I was sent in to prospective restaurant, and I made the decision whether the family would eat there — or move on down the road. This was a big responsibility for a kid, therefore, I had to develop some rules.  Restaurant rules […]

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  • 12
    Sep

    MOMA bound? Don't forget to view our photos while there!

    Photographers are all high brow, even myself.  We are convinced our most famous work will be hanging in a gallery, perfectly lit, overshadowing the sainted Ansel Adams in the MOMA.  People will brush past the Ansel Adams work, not giving it a second glance to exclaim: “OMG!  IT”S A MIKE GATTY ORIGINAL!  I SAW THIS […]

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  • 11
    Sep

    Nostalgia: A look back over the past 11 years and how photography has changed.

    Eleven years.  That’s  how long long I’ve been shooting for one of my oldest, newest clients — a decade  plus one.  What is an “oldest, newest client”?  Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR) was the first client I obtained under the new business — DC Event Photos.  Not the old business, Gatty Communications, my mom’s business. […]

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  • 10
    Sep

    Photography 101: It's hard to argue with happy.

    Working as a photographer, you are a fly on the wall to history.  The problem is, sometimes they — those not on the wall — want to take a swatter and beat the living crap out of you.  Photographer’s make for an easy target: in some ways, we’re a bother.  Everybody moans and groans when […]

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  • 08
    Sep

    How to justify everything in life without even trying.

    The Republicans have their economic theories.  The Democrats some of their own.  And, the President is responsible for overseeing the National Budget. There are hundreds of economic theories out there:  ranging from Trickle Down Economics of the 1980’s to Economies of Scale of the 1990’s.   All are wrong.  Mine is right. I call my […]

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