Corporate event photography clients come in all shapes and sizes, but no one has a bigger cool factor than HBO. HBO originally paired with us in Bluefield, WVA, for a project with Dish Network. They brought the world-famous throne from Game of Thrones to Dish’s local offices to promote sales of HBO premium services among a key sales team. Since then, our relationship has grown, reproducing, and improving on the Throne Experience by designing a 12′ x 16′ green screen set around the throne, and by designing a Choose Your Program and Live It photo set for other events around the county.
We met AOT in Chicago through our work with the Travel and Adventure Shows. They sponsored one of the local booths. When they understood we could reproduce that experience at large and small events nationwide, a collaboration was born. Since our original project, we’ve represented AOT at the Final Four in Houston, two PGA golf games, and in a National Park Services tour encompassing five cities from Minneapolis to Seattle. But perhaps our favorite corporate event photography assignment for AOT was Geek Day at the Arizona Film Festival. For that shoot, participants could pick their super hero, and then pose against a dozen famous Arizona back grounds.
Globus Family of Brands began hiring us in Fort Lauderdale in early 2017. Now, they’ve grown into one of our corporate event photography core clients, with events throughout the United States and the world. Globus offers high-end river cruises and other travel experiences, and we’ve developed a photo booth for their events that helps the participant see themselves cruising the world. From strolling Italian villages to cooking with top chefs (something Globus offers on their cruises), participants live their brands through the photo experience.
We began work at the AARP convention (member events) six years ago, and have worked with the organization since. Not only do we provide green screen photo services, we also take the show on the road, partnering with Tanger Outlets, bringing the green screen experience nationwide as their top event photographer to call on. This year, it’s been all about Life Reimagined, and incorporating their new marketing platform into green screen photo events nationwide. They even partnered with PBS, and we reproduced the American Masters television poster, The Boomers List, for participants at their national member events. Other events for AARP included Washington, DC’s Pride Festival, and Seattle, Washington, Takai’s Take with George Takai. In 2017, we joined AARP for a Houston green screen photo booth for Wings over Houston, a large air show.
Omnilife is an international product marketing company, with deep roots in Mexico, Central and South America. When their new marketing director called us, she knew she wanted a green screen photo booth that was different than what she’d experienced before. She wanted it to be FUN, and high-end, and represent the Omnilife brand. She wanted instant access to photos to stream to social media. Last, she demanded great images. Photos that would make the participants feel passionate about Omnilife products. After her first experience with us in New York City, she booked two more events. For 2018, we have five cities booked and look forward to another great year of green screen con nuestros nuevos amigos. (With our new friends!)
When Travel Channel decided to launch at 10 Travel and Adventure Shows nationwide (as the main sponsor), they asked us to work with their booth designer, David, to seamlessly integrate a green screen photo booth into their fan experience. The result? A green screen photo activation where participants upload photos live in unprecedented numbers to social media, utilizing a custom designed PURL email platform. In addition to live upload to social media, Travel Channel also displayed the photos in a live slideshow on both sides of the booth. In 2015 the Travel and Adventure Show hired us directly; that photo experience now heads into it’s fourth year.
Honda Jet began working with us at Airventure, the world’s largest Airshow, in 2012. For the first few years, we designed a custom 24′ green screen to wrap around Mario Andretti’s two seat Indycar. Which was a similar photo experience we provided for three consecutive years for Honda at all the domestic Indycar races. This past year, Honda Jet decided to focus on their own brand, and the photo booth changed. Participants could pick their destination, and pose with that city (and a Honda Jet) in the background. this unique photo execution was the hit of the airshow!
Yamaha Outboards invited us to create a photo set in their flagship booth at the Bassmaster Classic. Incorporating a built pier into the photo, participants were magically transported onto Bassmaster Magazine. They then shared the photo to the world with live social media upload, including a Yamaha branded microsite to amplify further social sharing options. The next year we were invited back. Our encore performance was as successful and energized as the first. What will the future bring? Even bigger fish.
For the past three years, General Mills asked us to photograph their national sales meeting — this year, that coverage expanded to another general sales meeting. With national acts and celebrities appearing at these executive functions, General Mills wanted a photographer that would deliver perfect images in real time. From Spike Lee to Florida Georgia Line, we’ve covered their events from coast to coast, streaming those photos live to the cloud and giving General Mills unprecedented live access to unique imaging.
The Office of Minority Health, a government contract, reaches out to diverse populations at events throughout the United States. They asked us to partner with them to develop a photo booth concept that would flex to promote different messages in different languages at each event. The first year OMH brought their messaging to four events, and this year looks to be even busier! At each event, participants can write their own messaging on pre-printed posters. They are photographed and placed in an OMH boarder, reinforcing the government sponsored messaging, and the finished images are printed and shared by participants to social media.
Carpet One, a leading provider of flooring across the United States, trusts us to shoot their twice a year national sales meeting. The locations hop around the country, but with our convention photography offices in Washington, Orlando, Tampa, and Las Vegas — and our flat rate pricing in other cities — it’s been a great fit. Carpet One’s needs are unique. At one convention, they hosted America’s Mayor, Rudi Giuliani, and we provided an extensive red carpet experience. Carpet One even asked us to photograph their new Select-A-Floor display, in such a way the final photo would be projected on stage, reproducing the display as though seen in a Carpet One store. That final photo was created from nearly two dozen images, and used in two different convention key note speeches. Then, in Dallas, our photos were streamed live to the famous HDTV AT&T stadium jumbotron — including a meet and greet with the world famous Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. This image is one of their store owners kicking a field goal that evening at the stadium. It is untouched by Photoshop, and you see it here just as it appeared, live, on the Jumbotron seconds after capture.
The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders called us more than six years ago, asking for help with their annual camp. Barbara Zaun, who heads up the Philadelphia Eagle’s Cheerleader team, wanted a photographer who could print photos fast. But she needed more than that. She needed photographers who would make both her squad, and the kids, comfortable. As she put it on that faithful day, “we need photographers who aren’t … well….creepy.” It’s the first time we were specifically hired for not being creepy. But after that first camp, Barbara was hooked. One year she called with the date, and we were booked. After a few tense moments, she said, “what about the following weekend?” “We’re free that weekend.” “Good,” she said, “let’s do that.” In other words, she moved the date for the event so that we could be the photographers.
AARP: Mike, I am woefully behind in thanking you for the huge impact you made for AARP at the National Book Festival. You drew a constant crowd and people were thrilled to have the chance to appear on a mock cover of AARP The Magazine. Thank you so much for coming, and for adding GREATLY to the levity of the event. Next year’s book festival is tentatively slated for SEPTEMBER 24- I hope that you will pencil-it-in as we would very much like to have you back!
Jerome Bruice, Association of Goverment Accountants: “Thank you, Mike! Great job! Matt was quite busy Wednesday evening. I only heard great comments from attendees, they loved you! See you next year! Anaheim, CA.
Scott Raines (in photo above with his son at OshKosh for HondaJet): “And my love for Honda grows. Thank you for this photo.”
Barbara Zaun, Director of Cheerleading, Philadelphia Eagles: “…you are the best, and I couldn’t imagine having this event without you…!”
Shane Wakefield, Global Recovery Alliance: “…Global has spent the last three years working with US Event Photos. Their work is superb, everyone has so much fun with the green screen photo booth. We look forward to working with them again, next year.”
Brianne Yurek, Account Executive Scout Sport and Entertainment (for Travel Channel): “The green screen was a key element to this programs success, and I look forward to working with you and Matthew again next year!”
Ashley Howard, Experiential Manager RPA (For Honda): “…(US Event Photos and Mike Gatty) is our amazing photographer for Fan Village. (They) have been shooting the two-seater for three years and has een a true asset…Mike is always coming up with new ideas and is very through-put oriented, he understands the need to get as many leads as possible…”
Cheryl Reed, AARP: “The fast, flattering headshots were “ProFRESHional” thanks to our rock star photographer Melanie (and helper Bob). And the photos were wildly popular with attendees (and vendors alike)!”
Tom Jagger, Viewstream: “These headshots were awesome Michael! I can’t wait to do this again, and I would recommend you guys to anyone.”
RiverHead News, Riverhead, NJ: an article about our AARP booth. Click HERE.