• 25
    Sep

    Part 2: A Crappy Boss, A Boardwalk Empire, and Me.

    Since I am now a world (in)famous photographer, I have to say — I contribute my success to two things: 1) resourcefulness 2) planning 3) being early for everything 4) sourrounding myself with great people 5) not being cheap. OK!  Those are five things.  But they really are why I am successful.  And by successful, […]

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  • 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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