Seattle Event Photography: William Grant Western Region 2016 Annual Meeting Kickoff Dinner

Managers from William Grant's Western Division along with senior company leadership, distributor partners and brand ambassadors joined at the Newcastle Golf Club outside Seattle for a kick-off dinner prior to company meetings in early July, 2016. Along with custom cocktails using the company's brands, the group enjoyed spectacular views and comradery. Seattle Corporate Event Photography ©2016 Ari Shapiro -

William Grant Western Region 2016 Annual Meeting Kickoff Dinner     Inside and Outside.  Bright sunlight to darkly lit rooms.  People, action, product, landscape, architectural – event photography can be any of those, but sometimes – sometimes – it’s all of those. 75 people from 28 states, plus the regional leadership from the company’s office […]

Seattle Corporate Event Photography: Tasting In The Dark with Coppola Wines

At the Space Needle in Seattle, members of the media and VIPs were invited to a Tasting In The Dark of Francis Ford Coppola wines. This sensory experience challenged guests to pick out aromas of base flavors then a flight of 4 of the company's bottlings - all while blindfolded. Hobey Wedler, a graduate student working toward his PhD in Chemistry (and blind since birth) led the group through the experience. Seattle Corporate Event Photography ©2015 Ari Shapiro -

Last night is a great example of why I love being a corporate event photographer. Start-up companies sometimes use something called “Blue Sky Thinking.”  Shortly, it means that you have no limits.  Think as grandiose as you’d like – no time, budget or operational restrictions.  When someone is given that ability, it’s amazing what they […]

Seattle Corporate Event Photography: Hyundai Hope on Wheels at Seattle Children’s Hospital

As part of the $10.5M being donated to various medical centers across the country, children receiving treatment for cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital were among the attendees of the ceremony where representatives from Hyundai, including local dealers, presented a $250,000 grant to the hospital to fund treatment programs as part of the Hope On Wheels program.  Seattle Corporate Event Photography ©2015 Ari Shapiro -

Sometimes.  Sometimes I get to be a part of an event that really just feels good.  Last week one one of those times. As part of their corporate giving, Hyundai (yes, the Korean car maker) has established the Hope On Wheels program to benefit Pediatric Cancer Research.  Since 1998, the program has donated over $100M, […]

CONCACAF Gold Cup Event Photography – Part 8: Phoenix

Soccer fans braved the heat of Phoenix to support their team in Group Stage CONCACAF Gold Cup play, and enjoy a pre-match Fan Village with Allstate. Phoenix Corporate Event Photography ©2015 Ari Shapiro -

Hot. Too Hot. When the call first came in (which I talked about in Part 1 of this series), I remember one of the thoughts that went through my head was about the heat.  Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, NJ, Atlanta and Philadelphia…  in July. In Houston, Thunderstorms cooled things off right at the peak of […]

CONCACAF Gold Cup Event Photography – Part 5: Data Management

With gigs and gigs of data from 9 event photography shoots in 7 cities in less than a month, how do I manage the workflow to make sure I don't loose images? Event Photography ©2015 Ari Shapiro -

7 Cities. 9 Events. Still Photography and Video. Gigs, and gigs, and gigs of data.  As I write this, we’re barely over half-way through this run of 9 shoots, and – including the transcoded and rendered video files – we’re already over 1 TB of data.  How to manage it all is a big question. […]

Seattle Event Photography: Whisk(e)y Week Kick-Off with Beam Suntory at Palace Ballroom

Seattle kicks off Whisky Week at Palace Ballroom in Belltown. Seattle Event Photography ©2015 Ari Shapiro -

Don’tcha love it when people say “The fun thing about…”? Like there’s only 1 fun thing about what they’re talking about. Yeah, no – too black and white.  Being an event photographer is just fun!  The places, the events, the energy, and of course – the people.  Shooting events in the liquor industry?  Those are […]