Category: Commercial & Aerial

5 CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA CORPORATE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

Posted on September 28, 2016

Corporations usually organize private gatherings for their employees, clients or partners with a specific objective in mind. A South Florida corporate event is usually held to accomplish two purposes: one is to give information such as in launches and conventions and second is to give guests a time to socialize and build camaraderie. The size of these event will also depend on the objective. It can be as big as a convention or small and intimate as a team building event.


With these objectives at stake, a South Florida corporate event should be executed flawlessly. Hiring an experieced and professional South Florida photographer is essential to a corporate events success since you do not want to miss capturing any important moment of the night. A key to successful South Florida event coverage is to make sure that you are able to sit down with your photographer prior and ask the following crucial questions:

(Below) - Cigar rollers are very popular at corporate functions.


1. What is the turnaround time for the photos?
Event photos usually have shorter turnaround time as they are urgently needed for press releases, newsletters or blog content. You need a photographer who can take good photos that need minimal editing to shorten the processing time. Each event requires different processing time  some events might need immediate processing the same day, while others do not require quite such a quick turnaround and a week or two will be acceptable.


2. Do you have back-up gear?
Nothing would be worse than your photographers camera breaking down at the middle of your event. Make sure your photographer has an extra camera, battery pack and memory cards. Also check with the venue if there is an electrical outlet your photographer can use in case he needs to.


3. Do you have an experience photographing South Florida corporate or special events?
A corporate event is not the time to experiment or gamble on a photographer. You need an expert who can take good portraits of people as well as action shots. An experienced South Florida event photographer should be able to cover a fast moving moment during the event or quickly pull certain key people aside for more formal or business like portraits.

Aside from the selected images posted on the photographers website, it is best that you check out the photographers gallery of completed jobs. Often photographers will post the complete photos of the corporate event they have covered so the client can easily share photos with others in their company. By looking over these photos, you will have a better understanding of photographers skill level as a whole.

(Below) - These 2 photos were taken at Boca Raton Resort & Club. During this corporate event guests were treated to a fabulous lunch at the hotels sea food restaurant. The chef showed the guests how their seafood is pulled from the ocean and prepared.


4. Do you have business insurance?
Major hotels and venues usually require a certificate of insurance from your photographer which names the hotel or venue as an additionally insured. Remember to ask about this before you find out your photographer is not allowed on the property at the time of your event.


5. Who gets the usage rights for the photos?
It is best to discuss any copyright issues with your photographer prior to the event. Often, it doesnt matter who will use the photos or where they will be used. But some big events, especially if there are celebrities involved, they might demand that their photos be copyrighted. You may ask your photographer a release of copyright so that you can use the photos freely.

(Below) Since many of the guests attending a special event are working professionals they may be in need of a commercial headshot. Often we are hired to cover the event and provide headshot's for the top executives.


Corporate events are usually held outside of the companys premises to provide a different experience for the guests. Florida has been a popular choice for many companies. The year round beautiful weather and abundance of things to do attracts a plethora of corporate events every year. Jeff Kolodny Photography is a well-known photography company based in Boca Raton, Florida and has covered numerous event photography in the South Florida area and beyond. They have covered a lot of events in Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Hollywood, Miami, Orlando and beyond. Each of these locations offer something different and special for corporations seeking to have a destination company event. Palm Beach offers a classy, upscale and chich ambiance with high end hotels and magnificent beaches. Fort Lauderdale is known also for its beaches, clubs and fabulous parties. Miami has a latin vibe and also has numerous hotels and resorts of various sizes, offering different types of amenities  not to mention, theres the world famous Miami Beach and also world class restaurants. Orlando, of course, is most well known for its large number of theme parks such as Disney World, Universal, Sea World and so many more. Its a fun city with an endless array of activities and things to do that a company can arrange for their attendees to enjoy while there for a conference or convention. Often, attendees to an event in Orlando will find a way to bring their entire family so that they may take advantage of all the fun there is to enjoy after the work time is over.

Aside from a good food and venue, it is a must to invest in a great photographer. He or she will be a great partner in making your event a success. Just make sure the photographer is well briefed on what will happen during the event and who are key people are. Event photos will not only look good on your website or newsletter but can also be a good gauge on how much your guests enjoyed your event.


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South Florida Aerial Photography & Video

Posted on November 30, 2014

As a professional South Florida photographer, the innovation of the drone into the world of photography was an exciting breakthrough for me! As much as I love photographing events and subjects from ground level, the advent of drone photography definitely is an enhancement to the traditional photographic coverage I can provide. Besides the obvious novelty of aerial photography, the ability to photograph and create video from above allows for a unique perspective and overall view that just cannot be achieved with traditional shots.


There are many businesses that can benefit from aerial images that can provide views like never before, highlighting the scope of an event or project that will do nothing less than impress. Some various businesses that lend themselves to aerial photography coverage would include:

Real estate developers and agents
Entertainment related outdoor events
Engineering firms
Architectural firms
Local and federal government agencies
Country Clubs, to feature their grounds, housing and events
Banks and finance companies
Construction companies
Property owners
Law firms


The great advantage to aerial photography is that the drone is small enough to go where a helicopter can’t. Care is taken to fly only in permitted zones and to follow all rules regarding height and location. In addition to still photos we can operate the drone as a video camera, creating breathtaking panoramic shots from above at angles that simply cannot be achieved from the ground.


Aerial photography and video materials is perfect for all types of sales presentations and your clients will be wowed. They will see the full scope of whatever it is you are trying to present. Whether a new housing development in the midst of construction, to a completed development with many homes for sales – drone photos will capture the essence of the entire area. Having a club opening and want to show the excitement of crowds gathering? What better way to show this than with a cool overhead drone shot. The possibilities for aerial drone photography are endless – and as a South Florida photographer and a remote control enthusiast, I can provide the skills necessary to produce the best looking drone photo and video footage ever.


Why bother with hiring a helicopter operator to get these high level shots? South Florida aerial drone photography is here to stay and the sky is literally the limit! The uses and benefits of aerial drone photography are endless – there is nothing that matches it in terms of creating a marketing WOW and for producing a mind-blowing presentation. Contact us now to learn more about how this South Florida photographer can produce aerial drone photography and video footage that will knock your socks off and take your marketing materials to new heights!


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Everglades University

Posted on November 10, 2014

Everglades University Slideshow from Jeff Kolodny on Vimeo.


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Corporate/Commercial & Event Photography in South Florida

Posted on April 30, 2012

Are you looking for a South Florida photographer? You may be surprised to find so many of those who offer their professional photography services. It could be confusing to choose and hire a South Florida event, corporate or commercial photographer especially when all of them offer different value propositions. The amount of corporate photographers in South Florida are broad and differentiated.


By being properly guided, it would be much easier to find and hire a reliable and good South Florida photographer. You may ask yourself several important questions. Is the South Florida event photographer professionally qualified? Is the style of photography in line with what you are actually looking for? Is the portfolio good? Do you like that South Florida photographer?


It is important that the photographer be professionally qualified especially if you are requiring corporate photography. You may check the training and background of the photographer before hiring. He should have affiliations and memberships in industry and professional bodies. The style should be considered an important factor. Sometimes, a South Florida event or commercial photographer is better covering casual events than doing corporate photography.


The portfolio of the photographer could say so much about the professional. Actual works do not lie. You could instantly tell whether you like the style and attack of the photographer when covering events and capturing images. Face the reality that not all are gifted with the talent and skill to take pictures at the best angles. Different photography techniques and methods should also be exhibited properly. This is also the time when you decide whether you like a more formal approach in photography over a more relaxed style.


As usual, it is best to shortlist as many photographers as you could. In general, interviewing at least three South Florida photographers would be ideal. Make no hasty and impulsive decisions during interviews. Do not decide about hiring unless you are done interviewing all in your shortlist. This way, you could never be wrong about hiring the right South Florida photographer.


Lastly, it is important that you like the overall personality of the photographer you are about to hire. You could not possibly work best with a South Florida photographer who is not approachable and who has the negative attitude towards you and your event. You may be tempted to hire a photographer who is also a close friend or who is a relative. Refrain from doing so especially when it is purely business. You surely do not like to destroy friendships and relationships if things get out of hand.

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Corporate Event at the Ritz-Carlton – South Beach.

Posted on July 24, 2008


In addition to weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs, we also love to photograph corporate events. As a South Florida photographer, shooting corporate events can be just as satisfying and creative as shooting a wedding. Large companies often invest tremendously in wowing their employees with elaborate set-ups for each of the scheduled events. Also, South Florida is a great place for conferences and corporate retreats because there are SO many great hotels and resorts to choose from. We have fun photographing everything from political gatherings, corporate events for banks and law firms etc.
The event featured here was photographed at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and the magnificent décor was created by the artistic talents of Robert Torres of Grande Affaires. If you are looking for a South Florida photographer for your corporate event, feel free to contact us for a quote.







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