Looking Back to Look Forward…

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We’re already a month into a new year, and already 2016 is shaping up to be the best year ever! Looking into the future often requires looking at the past to figure out what didn’t work, what worked, and why. The PWP Studio team had big dreams for last year, set lofty and attainable goals, and came together to make 2015 a rockin’ year!

After a year of traveling the country and beyond in 2014, goal #1 was to remind the Atlanta event market that PWP Studio is the premier photography team to reach out to for their imaging needs. The best way to keep your business top-of-mind is to attend networking events regularly, and put faces to the names in emails. Patrick and Cortni hit the ground running, and attended the vast majority of scheduled networking events with Georgia MPI. On top of that, PWP Studio sponsored all of those events. If that’s not top-of-mind, we aren’t sure what is!

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Along with Georgia MPI, Patrick made a triumphant return to membership with the Atlanta chapter of National Association for Catering and Events, and was invited to speak regarding the latest trends and state of photography within the industry.


As corporate sponsors of Georgia MPI, our team had a heavy presence at Eventeract – an industry tradeshow that combined education, innovation, and networking into one large event. Chris provided roaming coverage of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Our booth was set up to be interactive, and included a headshot booth and an onsite printing demonstration. To top it off, Patrick spoke to a group of participants about the value of outsourcing.

We’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with our fellow industry partners throughout the years, and it’s only fitting that we show off a few of the most spectacular events of 2015. Let’s start with Destination South – who transformed Pemberton Place, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coke into a trifecta of event and entertainment spaces for the ages.

It’s always a special treat when Legendary Events calls on the PWP Studio photography team to capture one of their special soirées, and when we got the call that they needed us at Barnsley Resort, we were quick to respond. Day one transported guests back to the days of Speakeasies, jazz, and drop-waist dresses with a Gatsby-inspired evening out.


One-upping their own event from the previous evening, Legendary Events pulled out all the stops for a Havana-inspired get-together on day two – complete with roulette, maracas, and Fedoras.

Affairs to Remember  earned the privilege of being a preferred vendor at The Fox Theatre by bringing their A-game to every event, at any venue. And, with more and more movies filming in Georgia, it was only a matter of time that we found ourselves clicking the shutter for celebrities. The Fabulous Fox Theatre and Affairs to Remember hosted the premiere of 90 Minutes in Heaven. Our team of six PWP Studio photographers lined two sides of a step-and-repeat on the red carpet. Stars included Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth – we were starstruck.

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Adding to the list of world-class vendors we love is Juice Studios. Their imaginative, and colorful, designs give us social media fodder galore; and their vivacious team of experts are super fun to work alongside!

Your Event Solution has been on FIRE with unforgettable events in the past few years – 2015 being no exception. Inspired by the design for The Phoenix Awards in 2013 that won the studio an Allie Award, The Georgia Aquarium was the setting for this Phoenix Awards-inspired corporate event.

The Bold American Events team got one of the first cracks at utilizing the new event space at Ponce City Market, and totally nailed it! This cool new space was divided into multiple lounge and entertainment spaces. Pop art and uplighting added that extra touch of fun and mood.

WM Events and PWP Studio have a long-standing relationship; and because of that relationship, we find ourselves continuously in awe at every event designed by this spectacular team of professionals. In 2015, The Swan House, Ventanas, and the Georgia Freight Depot were on the list of venues that got the royal treatment.


After photographing so many sensational events with WM Events in 2014, it was difficult to decide which to submit for the 2015 Allies. In the end, we were nominated for Allie Awards in two categories:
• Best Team Effort – Old South, New South
• Best Event Photography – Old South, New South


The Allie Awards was an evening full of celebrating our industry as a whole, and the team anxiously looks forward to the announcement of 2016 nominations! The submissions for nominations are certainly going to be stand-outs! A special “Thank you” to Flaunt Photography for the lovely photo booth photos!


Although the goal was to be in Atlanta as much a possible, being selective about travel certainly had its rewards; and it was a particularly exciting year for travel! Annual trips included travel to Las Vegas, Miami, and Orlando, to name a few. Patrick visited Whistler early in the year, where he found himself at the tail-end of a bobsled. Patrick and Peter ventured to Costa Rica for a corporate incentive retreat that included ATV trips, sailing, and zip-lining. Lauren and Chris headed to D.C. for HACR – a convention dedicated to developing mid and upper level Hispanic executives. Cortni and Peter road-tripped to New Jersey for Howlercon – a convention dedicated to the popular TV show, Teen Wolf.



We couldn’t leave out the most epic of trips for one of the most epic events, though! Patrick and Angel jetted off to Seattle to photograph decor shots for THE corporate event to end all corporate events. Soup to nuts, this event won our hearts, blew our minds, and melted our faces with gorgeousness. To top it all off, performances by acrobats and musicians are soon to become legendary in the event industry. CRG Events, we tip our hats to you for this most amazing event.




Putting the cherry on top of a spectacular year, the PWP Studio core team and their plus ones celebrated a year of successes with a carb-filled Italian dinner at Max’s Pizza. Directly following, the entire crew of core team and contract photographer all gathered for light bites and libations at Der Biergarten.


There were so many great and memorable events that we could have gone on and on with this blog post – each and every one was special; and we thank you, our partners, for trusting us to capture your vision! Cheers to all that 2016 has yet to unfold!

Hands on Atlanta – A Celebration of Service

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Hands on Atlanta, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, celebrated its 25th year connecting individuals, families, corporate, and community groups to service opportunities in Atlanta through non-profit organizations and schools. A casual soirée at Zoo Atlanta kicked of the 26th year of service in style.

Mercedes-Benz was a major sponsor of the day and we enjoyed capturing their newest vehicle models displayed throughout the attraction!

There was a very unique experience available for guests – onsite screen printing stations provided by our friends at Amusement Masters! Each guest had the opportunity to choose one of the four specially designed screens for their own custom T-shirt.

There was swag for all that included neon-colored “build your own” Wayfarer glasses, and a handy Mercedes-Benz branded tote bag. Volunteers were on hand to assist attendees in making their color choices, and to ensure that each guest received a bag.

Speaking of swag, Garrett Gourmet Popcorn offered up tasty popcorn concoctions in goodie bags. The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders promoted the awesomeness of this very special popcorn as well!

Along with popcorn promotion, The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and Freddie Falcon were onsite to help guests celebrate by posing for photos in front of the step-and-repeat banner. Dancers, musicians, and entertainers filled mingling areas for a variety of amusement while guests enjoyed the sights and sounds of the surrounding zoo.

An event at Zoo Atlanta wouldn’t be an event at Zoo Atlanta without handlers showing off a few animals for the audience. Among the animals shown was a snake and armadillo.

Along with Wayfarers, Mercedes-Benz totes, and gourmet popcorn, caricature artists were commissioned to create very special, fun takeaways for guests.

What an amazing turnout for an event that celebrates service. Congratulations, Hands on Atlanta, and cheers to 25 more years!

90 Minutes in Heaven Movie Premier

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The state of Georgia offers significant tax incentives for movie industries to film in our great state; and with nearly 100 movies filmed here in 2014, Georgia has been fondly nicknamed “Y’allywood”. Aside from offering more frequent celebrity sightings, the movie industry has brought a boost in the economy by means of job creation. It’s a win/win for the industry and Georgia residents.

The PWP Studio team was thrilled to get in on a piece of the movie action by photographing the red carpet premier of 90 Minutes in Heaven – a film based on a man’s afterlife experience following a car accident. Along with a group of local foster children, movie enthusiasts, news outlets, photographers, crew and cast all gathered outside The Fox Theatre for a double-sided step-and-repeat meet and greet – complete with celebrity interviews.

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The cast were paraded around the step-and-repeat banner for interviews from local and national news outlets. Atlanta news anchor, Monica Pearson, also made an appearance on the red carpet alongside the cast of 90 Minutes in Heaven. Having retired from WSB-TV in 2012, she and her husband, John, are often spotted around Atlanta at civic and community engagements.

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Rick Jackson, the producer of 90 Minutes in Heaven, joined the cast on the red carpet; and shared details about the film and the purpose behind his production company, Giving Films. Giving Films pledged to donate all of the movie’s proceeds to local charities including Faithbridge Foster Care in Alpharetta.

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A movie premier wouldn’t be complete without headlining celebrities, and the premier of 90 Minutes in Heaven was no exception. Hayden Christiansen and Kate Bosworth were standouts on the red carpet not only for their glamorous physical features, but also for their notable resumes. 90M_blog8

The PWP Studio photography team was out in full-force with six lining the step-and-repeat banner while Patrick and Ben provided roaming coverage.

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Partnerships : WM Events (…continued)

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WM Events ant The Georgia Freight Depot have been quite friendly in months passed, and “Old South, New South” was was an exceptional event that garnered Allie Award nominations in three categories : Best Team Effort, Best Event Photography, and Planning Corporate/Association Event.

“Guests were invited for an evening of jazz n’ juleps, honey suckles n’ highballs, and bluegrass n’ BBQ. Juxtaposing classic Southern charm with modern urban beats, this event was a celebration of Atlanta,” said William Fogler. Pull up a seat, grab a mint julep, and we’ll share how this spectacular event unfolded.
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Starting with a blank canvas of over 12,000 square feet, the WM Events teams jumped into action by separating the space – both indoor and outdoor – into lounge areas, dining areas, and entertainment spaces.
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Peachtree Tents and Events were onsite to assist with the extension of the outdoor space; which added extra seating, cocktail space, and lounge areas. Soft uplighting and patio string lights added to the ambiance of Southern charm perfect for sipping sweet tea and mint juleps al fresco on a cool spring evening.PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Entertainment included jazz and bluegrass bands, street performers, and acrobats. There was truly something for everyone!
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What Southern soiree would be complete without a good old fashioned BBQ competition? Guests were invited to sample barbecue fare from around the South and vote for their favorite.
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World-class vendors such as Affairs to Remember Caterers, Peachtree Tents and Events, Active Productions, Lee J Howard Entertainment, and Event Drapery all teamed together to make the WM Events’ vision of “Old South, New South” possible. Check out the time-lapse video for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this award-nominated event.

Partnerships : WM Events (part 1)

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Since 2004, William Fogler and his crack team of creatives have planned, designed, and executed epic events at some of the most sought-after venues in Atlanta – The Georgia Freight Depot, Ventanas, and The Four Seasons to name a few. It’s been the privilege of the PWP Studio team to have been included in capturing the essence of events in a partnership with WM Events that grew from consistency, creativity, and trust.

The Georgia Freight Depot, the oldest building in Downtown Atlanta, recently housed three spectacular WM Events soirees – “Around the World“, “Transformation“, and “Old South, New South“. The decor for the “Around the World” event paid homage to various countries around the globe; and started in Atlanta where guests enjoyed Southern BBQ with all the fixin’s, jazz, luxury lounge seating and a patriotic color scheme of red, white, and blue.
PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia Japan was represented in fierce reds, brilliant blues, and rich blacks – all accented with bamboo centerpieces, paper lanterns, and a stunning pagoda. Cuisine included sushi, nigiri, and maki rolls. PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia The stage for Greece was set with dramatic cyan lights, Greek busts, market baskets filled with fruits, and a representation of the Parthenon. Cuisine included lamb, tzatziki, olives, hummus, and feta cheeses. PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia Last but not least, Great Britain and Big Ben were surrounded by Union Jack printed umbrellas, and centerpieces topped with royal crowns. Cuisine included sweet sausage, crudité, cheese fondue, and beer. PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia Pairing stunning decor by WM Events with catering by Affairs to Remember for “Around the World” resulted in a rock-star experience that guests will talk about for years to come; and an event PWP Studio was excited to capture and share!

Earlier this spring, WM Events, Affairs to Remember Caterers, and PWP Studio teamed up again at The Georgia Freight Depot for “Transformation” – a multi-venue corporate soiree. The Depot was transformed from a blank canvas into a multi-use venue complete with dance floor, entertainment spaces, and multiple lounge areas. With the creative vision of the WM Events team, the results were nothing short of spectacular:
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PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Top 5 Things Event Vendors Should Be Doing with Event Photos

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We spend a TON of time here in the studio thinking about what to do with the images we capture – mostly because we have about a million just hanging around! Seriously, there are 363,000 on our server just from the last 12 months and we keep a running archive of the past 2-3 years at all times – that pretty much makes a million! You may not have a million images hanging around, but I bet you have at least few! (If not, we need to talk – for real)

Anywho, here are a few of the things WE, the image experts, think you should be doing with those fine images we capture of your amazing events!

Social Media Blast

The quickest way to get your event out there for all eyes to see is via social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. We like Instagram and Pinterest because they’re both photo-based platforms (perfect for photo-based life forms like us!) Don’t forget – tagging is probably the best ‘best practice’ out there for a few different reasons:

  • Tagging vendor partners’ account names directly is a great way to spread the love – maintain those relationships, people!
  • Hash-tagging your post with a hot trending topic (#caitlynjenner, #worldcup2015, etc.) will expose you to an expanded  audience; they might not be your target audience, but you might be able to pick up new fan followers when they stumble upon your post just because of those pretty pictures!
  • Hash-tagging your post with industry-niche-specific trending topics (#eventprofs, #corporateevents, #eventlighting) will expose you to a more specific audience of people hunting for your specific industry niche.

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A lot of work goes into planning and executing a memorable event – show it ALL off! Showing a behind-the-scenes look at the setup process, plus a before and after of the space can really give clients an idea about the process of putting an event together. Likewise, the devil is in the detail – featuring the fine details of an event and writing about how they ‘played’ into the overall theme is the perfect way to show prospective clients what you have to offer from a services and creativity point of view. Don’t be afraid to ‘geek out’ on a description of an event detail – clients and other vendors WANT to see your commitment to the overall design!

Award Entry

Submitting for awards isn’t just to gain bragging rights! There are many benefits to entering for awards including:

  • Boost in Reputation – existing clients gain reassurance that they’ve chosen a great vendor. Also, an award could set you apart in the market for potential clients.
  • Boosting Team Morale – employees enjoy working for successful companies. Also, winning an industry award affords you the opportunity to pat your team members on the back for a job well done; and recognize individual achievements.
  • Feedback from Industry Professionals – entering an event for an award, like the Allie Awards for instance, is a process that can result in great feedback from those judging.
  • Networking Opportunities – building a successful business means building successful relationships that result in trust. Attending awards ceremonies gives you the opportunity to build and maintain those relationships.

Fresh Images on Your Website

Don’t let your website get caught wearing yesterday’s fashions! Put those interns to work; and have them freshen up those image galleries. Aside from showing what’s new for this year’s soiree, you’re showing existing clients that you’re busy and keeping up with the latest trends in the industry.

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Partnerships : Your Event Solution

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The PWP Studio team works diligently to maintain the local relationships that have been built since the studio opened in 2002 by attending monthly networking/educational meetings and special events held by the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and the National Association of Catering and Events. The day-to-day of working events are hectic; and although our team always makes every effort to greet the planning and setup team at any given event, time rarely allows for any substantial personal interaction. By attending meetings and special events specifically planned for professionals to interact, our photographers and marketing team have the opportunity to meet with area vendors face-to-face, and get to know the person behind the event day handshake and email address. Often, a trust and partnership between vendors is built by working side-by-side at multiple events; and the relationship is maintained at these networking events.

Your Event Solution and PWP Studio have maintained a vendor partnership since 2008; and our team has had the privilege to photograph some of their most spectacular events! Late last year, YES invited Patrick to capture a black-tie fundraising event for a prominent college in Florida. The arena entrance and cocktail area were dressed head-to-toe in shimmering maroon draperies. Accented with glittering gold accessories and accents, and topped off with mirrors and roses, the space was virtually unrecognizable from its original state.PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, GeorgiaPWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Custom draperies shrouded the seats inside the basketball arena. Downlighting changed the color and mood of the space, and was accented with gold gobo lighting for a pop of added texture. The large projection screen became the centerpiece for displaying promotional videos; and highlighted speakers and performers while on stage.
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Fine linens in gold and maroon, multi-level glass candle holders, shimmering gold chargers accented with maroon napkins, red roses and orchids, mirrors and sparkle set the tables for this upscale, black-tie affair. PWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, GeorgiaPWP Studio photographers specialize in corporate event photography, decor, details, incentive travel, conventions, and on-location photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Entertainment included multiple musical groups during the cocktail hour and reception, student Acrobats, Carnival and Roller Skating performers, and the college Drumline and Marching Band. Headlining the entertainment roster was a performance by Carly Simon.
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From a distance, the setup is as overwhelmingly magnificent as from the guests’ vantage point.
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The planning that went into this event, and the execution of this event garnered a total of 4 Allie Awards!

Best Social Event over $20K
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Logistical Achievement in Planning
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Best Themed Event Decor
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Best AV Design
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Congratulations to Your Event Solution and MAGNUM on winning the Allie Awards for this event! PWP Studio was thrilled to have been a part of capturing this epic event; and look forward to many more years partnering with the Your Event Solution team.

Meet the Atlanta-Based Photography Team

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It took many years for Patrick to build a photography business from scratch in the Atlanta market; and did exceedingly well due to his memorable personality, outstanding customer service, and by delivering consistent and creative imagery to a captive corporate audience. The feather in his cap has always been his relationship with top-end vendor partners – Affairs to Remember Caterers, WM Events, The Georgia Aquarium, and Your Event Solutions to name a few. Over the past couple of years, he’s spent a vast amount of time traveling and building business outside of the Atlanta market, and has associate photographers in 20 nationwide markets. This year, he’s bringing it back home to Atlanta and refocusing on maintaining those long-standing relationships. After all, PWP Studio wouldn’t be anything without the incredible events created by those partnerships.

Since we’re bringing it back to Atlanta, let’s take a moment to introduce the local photography team that represent PWP Studio when Patrick is booked or traveling:

Chris Aluka Berry

Melissa Prosser

Brian Reeves

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Cortni Shelton

Whether it be Chris Berry, Melissa, Brian, Eric, Chris Savas, or Cortni that is chosen to photograph your unique event, you can rest assure that every photographer on the PWP Studio team has extensive experience and dedication to capturing your event down to the very last detail.

A Look Back at 2014

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As we celebrate the arrival of a new year, I get a little nostalgic. Last year was full of highs for the PWP Studio team, and in order to duplicate our epic 50% growth, it’s important to look back at some of the amazing events, travels, and people that made it all possible.

Travel is part of the gig when you’re a jet-setting photographer, and our team is no stranger to packing up gear for events. Last year, photography took our team to Jackson Hole, Los Angeles, San Diego, Paradise Valley, Tallahassee, Nashville, Las Vegas, Colorado, and some of the most recognizable spots in Atlanta.

We’ve also partnered with a corporate incentive company for several years, and that has taken our team to many incredible places. The first part of the year, we traveled to Africa and went on an amazing safari.

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Another perk to our profession – celebrities. We’ve had many an opportunity to hobnob with famous faces, and in 2014 we found ourselves face-to-face with the likes of Oprah, Bruno Mars, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Jeff Gordon, and the Doobie Brothers. Although we maintain professional composure on the outside at all times, we squeal like little girls on the inside.

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The Georgia Meeting Professionals International held their annual Phoenix Awards at The Georgia Aquarium, and titled it “Aquatic Fusion”. We were pleased to have documented this spectacular event, and were honored to be presented with an award for “Best Corporate Photography” at the 2014 Allies because of it.

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Lastly, PWP Studio wouldn’t be anything without our amazing team. Along with our amazing photography team, last year brought us a new studio manager, Peter; Lauren, our fantastic editor; and a social media manager, Cortni. They are the behind-the-scenes of the studio – Peter handles new inquiries, requests, and manages the images and workflow. Lauren handles all of our images…making them even more spectacular with her gentle touch. Cortni is on the scene at GaMPI meetings as the face of PWP Studio when I’m not available, and manages our social media accounts. These three are the cogs that make the wheels of PWP Studio turn.

We wouldn’t be where we are without our talented team, and all of the amazing vendor partnerships we’ve established over the years. We look forward to another year of fabulous events, meeting new people, and celebrating relationships. Cheers to 2015, and all it brings our way.

 

Family Tradition – A Christmas Card Story

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The tradition of Christmas cards dates back to the mid-1800s, but we have our own way of honoring this tradition. As a creative family, we inject our own sense of style into even the most highly revered time-honored traditions, and the Christmas card is no different. Armed with a plan, a mid-century home as a backdrop, and most importantly, some vintage finery we curated ourselves or was handed down from our families, each year we set out to create a new Williams masterpiece!

The mid-century Williams family Christmas card began in 2008 when Murphy was a tiny tot. That vintage egg chair Murphy sits in is an original – a family heirloom handed down from my fab Uncle Jim! The inside of the 2008 card featured Murphy wearing a fedora my great grandfather, Christopher Columbus “CC” Murphy wore as a child…yes, I said Christopher Columbus Murphy was my great-grandfather’s name (and now you know where “Murphy” came from, too)!

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We took a step in a different direction in 2009 with custom artwork; a nod to famous retro artist, SHAG. I commissioned our friend Tony Stewart and his team of artists at  Team Art Boy, to create this stylized portrait of our family in front of our home. A print of this magnificent work of art hangs in our home to this day!

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In 2010, Murphy offered holiday “Christmas-tini” cocktails as the gorgeously pregnant Angel wore a vintage frock handed down from my great grandmother, Gran – accessorized with an elegant cigarette holder. Picture perfect.

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We took 2011 to a whole new level of cheese-tastic for Charlie’s first Christmas! We all pulled on our matching sweater vests (compliments of Angel’s mother, Delynn, and grandmother, the original Angeline!) over white turtlenecks and headed to the JC Penny Portrait Studio for a retro spoof. It. Was. Glorious.

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Not all of  the 1950s furniture items around our home are just for show, some are used daily! This card from 2012 features our vintage RCA console TV/Stereo and authentic tear drop cork lamp – both are fixtures in the studio every day! The vintage ceramic Christmas Tree was given to us by my Aunt Pat, one of the crystal decanters was handed down from Angel’s grandfather, Chandler, and Angel is wearing a vintage necklace handed down from my grandmother, Mama Mable. Interesting sidenote: we have five working cork lamps in our home…it’s a sickness.

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Our custom Santa blow mold family graced the cover of the Williams’ family Christmas Card in 2013. We do own the original vintage Santa blow mold featured in this piece of work – you can see him peeking out of the window in this image, and on the roof of our home most every night during December!

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This year, Angel whipped up a retro feast to put on display for our annual Christmas card! Retro food items included tomato aspic, lime with pineapple Jell-O mold, and sliced SPAM (defer to our Facebook page for recipes). I am wearing an overcoat which belonged to my grandfather, Don, all of the china and glassware were wedding gifts to my parents in the 60’s, the salt and pepper shakers were ‘secretly procured’ from my mother’s house, and that cute poinsettia candy dish was a family treasure from Angel’s grandmother, “Angie” (the artist known as ‘the original Angeline’). A few more items I want to mention:

– the vintage briefcase I am holding is a new collecting obsession of mine – a 70’s Hartmann handed down from my dear old uncle Ebay.

– that Turmingo lives in our yard…and has legs. His name is Featherstone.

– although not family heirlooms, the red candlesticks, tablecloth, dual-pedastal mirror-top dining room table, and fab cracked glass light fixture hanging over that table are all proud vintage finds we’ve collected over the years. Holiday card perfection!

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Happy Holidays from the Williams family and the whole team here at PWP Studio! It’s been a great year, and next year will be even better!