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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. […]

CONCACAF Gold Cup Event Photography – Part 2: Planning The Trip

Event Photography: CONCACAF Gold Cup Photography Part 2: Planning the Trip. Event Photography by Ari Shapiro -

I’ve said the words many times. I’ve heard many-a-person say the same. “I’m A Planner.” Well, I think everyone is a planner… to different degrees.  Sometimes when I talk about my travel and event photography work, I see a lot of gaping mouths and a lot of ‘wow’ comments; the same as when I watch […]

CONCACAF Gold Cup Event Photography – Part 1: Getting the Call

Event Photography: CONCACAF Gold Cup Photography Part 1: Getting the Call. Event Photography by Ari Shapiro -

I don’t know how they got my name initially. I wish I did. Octagon is a Sports, Music and Entertainment Marketing company based in Connecticut, with 68 offices spread around the world.  Their team in Chicago, among other things, manages their Allstate Insurance business and their sponsorship of soccer events throughout the US.  I first […]

Caribbean Cruise Part 4: Drinks in the Islands

Guavaberry liqueur - the National Liqueur of Dutch and French Sint Maarten

While the Caribbean does have many local products, much is imported.  Partly due to the cost of transportation and partly because of the low-volume need, the cost of living can be very expensive in the islands.  One area that does not carry a premium is in locally produced beverages.  Time for a drink! Distilled spirits […]