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Venues are an important part of your whole event experience, whether you’re live on location or hosting a virtual or hybrid event. As we continue to pivot toward virtual and hybrid events, it is even more critical to embrace visual elements and consider how the overall design will affect your audience. Setting the right stage for your virtual or in-person speakers and creating the perfect atmosphere for your guests is key in planning any successful event, and it all starts with choosing the right venue to bring your vision to life! Here are five venues throughout the valley that are perfect for live, virtual, and hybrid events…

The Barn at Power Ranch

Located in the Power Ranch Community in Gilbert, AZ, The Barn at Power Ranch is a versatile event venue offering intimate indoor space and a beautiful outdoor area with a farm-like wild west atmosphere perfect for any valley event!

The Power Ranch Community Association hosted a special ribbon cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the grand re-opening of The Barn and we were thrilled to be a part of the excitement! We can’t wait to capture many more events at this gorgeous venue!

Desert Foothills

For over 30 years, Desert Foothills has provided an exclusive event space with indoor and outdoor areas for private special events including weddings and rehearsal dinners, celebrations, corporate dinners, awards, team building events and more! Located in North Scottsdale, Desert Foothills offers a 10,000 square foot barn with high ceilings and a sunset patio with a viewing area to watch the sun set over the desert landscape. The rustic decor and beautiful Sonoran Desert backdrop provides an authentic western setting that your guests will love! 

Brighthouse Financial held their National Sales Meeting here in Phoenix last year and celebrated their final dinner event at Desert Foothills where there was plenty of entertainment and activities, including pig races and a hot air balloon!

G Collection

If you’re looking for a new and totally unique entertainment venue for your next event, G Collection is the place! Located in Scottsdale, AZ this vintage venue showcases a world-class classic automobile collection and rare collectible antiques that will surely impress your guests! Antiquities range from ancient bronze swords and Roman glass to Chinese sculpture and Greek vessels dating back thousands of years. The cars on display are some of the rarest cars in history. Not to mention, they house a private game room as well as a bar-top lounge with a full DJ booth!

Jokake Inn at The Phoenician Resort

We capture some of our favorite events at The Phoenician Resort and Jokake Inn, located just inside the resort, is the perfect space for a corporate dinner event and evening entertainment! With an outdoor stage in the center of the courtyard, your guests can converse over dinner and cocktails while enjoying live music. Dress up your event with some gorgeous decor that go great with the southwest setting Jokake provides.

Scottsdale Hangar One

Since 2003, this one-of-a-kind private jet hangar complex has offered world-class designs and amenities perfect for corporate events, meetings, dinners, awards, galas and much more! Scottsdale Hangar One is a rare and innovative venue located in the Scottsdale Airpark and offers unique spaces like the Red Room which houses a showroom for an exclusive car collection, but can be transformed into any style event space! Post Integrations has hosted their annual corporate holiday party at Scottsdale Hangar One and the Red Room was the perfect atmosphere to bring their Christmas winter wonderland vision to life!

A few of our other favorite valley venues include:

  • Wrigley Mansion
  • La Puesta Del Sol
  • Corona Ranch
  • Troon North
  • The Farm at South Mountain

Contact us at hautephotovideo.com for your next corporate or community event, we know all the best locations and venues in the valley. Plus, we have highly-experienced photographers and videographers ready to capture every detail of your event and we also offer professional event production on location and for your remote virtual event needs!

As new event technology has emerged during the pandemic, you may be asking yourself — what is the difference between live, virtual, and hybrid events?

During a Live event, your attendees are all physically in attendance as opposed to a Virtual event where your guests view the entire event online. Hybrid events are what we like to call the happy medium, where some people attend in person while others watch online.

As more companies contemplate hosting a virtual event versus a physical gathering, now is the time to explore the benefits of choosing a hybrid model. Even as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available and live events start to make their comeback, hybrid events offer several benefits and will likely continue to play a huge part in the future events industry.

The Heard Museum hosted a beautiful hybrid gala event in celebration of their “Once in a Blue Moon” campaign, broadcasted live from the Museum’s brand new Blue Moon Garden! We captured the below photo of Campaign Committee Chairs, John and Janet Melamed after the Garden unveiling.

If you’re an event professional or business owner, there are a few key things to know when it comes to pulling off hybrid events.

Hybrid events combine both live and virtual event elements to create a unique, engaging and safety-conscious experience while providing greater flexibility for your audience.

Even before virtual events became the new normal, there were always people who would have loved to attend your event but couldn’t for one reason or another, travel being one of the bigger factors. By incorporating an online virtual component, hybrid events allow you to increase your overall reach and actually gain more attendees, ensuring that no one misses out on your amazing event.

Broadcasting your live event via a virtual platform opens many doors by giving you the chance to connect with a larger audience than could ever be possible in person. A virtual audience is able to actively participate in your live event from their mobile devices or desktop computer in real time. They can be anywhere in the world and still attend and most importantly engage in your event.

The virtual engagement tools you can incorporate in your hybrid events include live polls, Q&A sessions, and real-time audience chat for remote participants.

Let’s say your guests attending in-person are having a Q&A session with a speaker live on location, your online attendees can be viewing virtually and still participate by commenting directly via the live chat box. You can also host polls during your event that include both your live and online audience. This allows for even greater networking opportunities for your live and virtual attendees.

It is also important to include entertainment on location that both your live audience and virtual viewers can enjoy!

A few of our favorite entertainment elements include live bands and musicians, performers and entertainers such as magicians, artists, celebrity impersonators, and if you’re looking to really liven things up karaoke!

Heard Museum incorporated live music in their hybrid event and it is always a lovely added element to entertain your guests.

Another awesome benefit of hosting hybrid events is the ability to rewatch and share the livestream with your guests who may not have been able to attend or who simply want to relive the magic!

You can embed your entire event livestream on your website or even pull out certain clips to share on your social media channels. Plus, you can repurpose and share content from your livestream to market your business and promote future events. Having the recorded copy of your event also allows your speakers and sponsors who were a part of the stream to rewatch and see the live audience comments and interaction unfold throughout their presentations.

Check out this livestream recording below from the Feeding Matters virtual fundraising event and see how they incorporated a live audience chat for all of their attendees to interact in real-time.

You can view more videos at HautePhotoVideo.com and be sure to contact us when you’re planning your next hybrid event!

Whether you’re hosting an in-person or virtual culinary event, it is important to create an interactive, engaging and memorable experience for your audience. From cooking lessons and recipe competitions to food festivals and wine tastings, the possibilities for creative culinary events are endless! Continue reading for our best ideas to enhance your next culinary event experience…

Feature World-Class Celebrity Chefs

Hosting a celebrity chef at your culinary event is guaranteed to build excitement and credibility among your viewers! Check out the photos below from some awesome events we’ve captured over the years featuring some of our favorite famous chefs.

The Arizona Harvest Moon Dinner Event is a unique outdoor dining experience under a full moon in the heart of the City hosted on the PHX Renews Property, featuring top local chefs and AZ Careers Through Culinary Arts (C-CAP) Alumni.

Shown in the top left photo above (left to right) is Arizona Cardinals superstar Larry Fitzgerald; Host of PBS Plate & Pour, Iron Chef America Winner and Owner of Biltmore-area restaurant Tarbell’s Chef Mark Tarbell; and Renowned Food Network celebrity chef and Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau McMillan (Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain).

Chef Tarbell can also be seen photographed in the bottom right photo above with celebrity chef and cookbook author, Rocco DiSpirito at the 2017 Arizona Women’s Board Author’s Luncheon.

A few other celebrity chefs we’ve had the incredible opportunity of photographing include:

Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell with former Miami Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino (top right photo above) at the 2015 PepCity Super Bowl Halftime Party in Glendale, AZ.

Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author, Giada DeLaurentiis (bottom left photo above) at her “Weeknights with Giada” book signing in Scottsdale, AZ at Sur La Table in Kierland Commons.

Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Winner, cookbook author and Mexico–One Plate at a Time television series star Chef Rick Bayless (right middle photo above) in Phoenix, AZ at a Tasting Event for Negra Modelo.

Support Local Restaurants and Chefs 

Phoenix is home to some of the best local restaurants, food festivals and culinary events in Arizona. We love working with our AZ culinary geniuses and supporting local chefs and restaurants is a great way to relate with your audience while promoting the Valley’s amazing culinary scene!

Beckett’s Table opened in 2010 in the heart of Phoenix and has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past six years. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Chef Justin Beckett (top left above) and his team to photograph several special occasions over the years including the Lincoln Drive and Dine event hosted at Beckett’s Table!

Other local chefs we’ve had the fortune of working with include: 

Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s at the Wrigley Mansion (bottom left); Chef Scott Conant of Mora Italian in Phoenix (bottom right); and beloved iconic Phoenix Chef Tomaso Maggiore of Tomaso’s on Camelback (top right, In Loving Memory of Tomaso Maggiore). Tomaso was an amazing person and will be missed dearly. Voted Best Italian Restaurant in the Valley since 1977, you can visit Tomaso’s in the Camelback Corridor in Central Phoenix.

Include Audience Interaction

A great way to enhance your next culinary event is to include audience interaction! You can demonstrate cooking lessons at your live events or during virtual broadcasts. 

We teamed up with Macy’s Culinary Council to photograph their Game Day Cooking event in Scottsdale with three time James Beard award winning Chef Tom Douglas. The audience loved the live interaction and opportunity for discussion during this cooking demonstration! 

Another awesome local restaurant we’ve worked with is Rock Lobster located in Chandler, AZ where guests enjoy Teppanyaki style cuisine and freshly prepared Sushi. This is the kind of culinary entertainment that will leave your guests wanting more!

You can view more of our Culinary Event Photography at HautePhotoVideo.com and contact us when you’re planning your next live culinary event or virtual experience! 

As the Phoenix weather starts to warm up over the next few weeks, it’s the perfect time to start planning an outdoor company team building activity!

Team-building activities offer fun and creative alternatives to build camaraderie and trust among your employees. Building company morale and strengthening relationships has never been more important. With the past year we have faced, it is important to remind your employees that you are a team and are stronger and more resilient because of each other.

Getting outdoors and engaging in some positive adventurous activity is a great way to kick off the new year and there are several activities you can participate in this season to enjoy the great outdoors with your team while staying safe and socially distant.

From horseback riding to ATV tours through the desert, Arizona is the perfect location for outdoor fun and now is a great time to get out and explore with your team! Here are some of our favorite socially distant outdoor team building activities your employees are guaranteed to enjoy…

ATV Tours

If you’re looking for a unique off-roading experience, schedule an ATV Tour! Arizona ATV Adventures offers custom guided tours in Phoenix, Sedona, and Tucson, AZ. Your employees will have the chance to drive their own ATV while viewing beautiful scenery all over Arizona!

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Hiking and Mountain Climbing

Our beautiful Grand Canyon State is home of some of the most incredible hiking trails in the nation. Whether your choose a short and easy hike or a more strenuous climbing trail, hiking in Arizona is always a magical experience.

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Horseback Riding

Take your team on an authentic horseback ride through the desert and mountains! Cave Creek Trail Rides offer guided tours while sharing stories of the old west and historic mining town and Arizona Horseback Adventures at Spur Cross offers sunset rides through the Sonoran Desert.

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Golfing

If you’re looking for something a bit more leisurely, golfing is a great option and there are tons of golf courses across the valley to choose from! The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Grayhawk Golf Club, and Troon North Golf Club are a few of our client favorites.

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More outdoor team building activities to consider:

  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Segway Tours
  • Yoga
  • Biking
  • Kayaking

Make sure to review the safety precautions and guidelines for each activity on the company websites.

View more of our team building inspiration at hautephotovideo.com and contact us to capture your next team building excursion!

Professional photography is a marketing must-have behind any successful business. You’re probably familiar with the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words, so the question to ask yourself is — what do you want your picture to say about you and your business?

Utilizing professional photography gives you the power to personalize your image and promote your business and brand across all major marketing platforms, and when it comes to commercial photography, hiring a professional is the way to go! Whether you sell products online, provide services on location, own a restaurant or work in retail, your business will flourish with professional photographs. Continue reading for three key reasons why you should invest in professional photography for your business.

1. Establish and Enhance Your Business Branding

How do you want consumers and potential clients to remember you after visiting your website or social media channels?

Professional photography helps you establish and maintain your brand identity. Visually appealing images will make your brand more memorable and recognizable.

Build trust and credibility among your audience by showing them who you are and what you have to offer. Staff headshots, product shots, photos of your team at work, interior and exteriors images of your locations, and behind-the-scenes photos will promote your business and boost your brand recognition.

Big O Tires utilized professional photos to highlight their locations and staff and build their brand awareness.

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2. Stand Out From Your Competition

According to Statista in 2020, over 3.6 billion people were using social media worldwide. Needless to say, your online presence sends a powerful message and gives you the chance to reach a broader audience.

Professional photography will ensure you stand out from your competition and make a great first impression among your viewers.

Professional photographers have the skills and experience to know how to capture your subjects using the best angles and lighting techniques. Not to mention, when using professional grade equipment and full frame DSLR cameras compared to the built-in camera on your smartphone, the quality is incomparable.

The quality of your images will reflect on the quality of your products. Stand out from the many businesses using stock photography by hiring a professional to make your images real and personal.

We had the pleasure of working with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to photograph their store interior and exterior, staff photos and grand opening event. Photos like these help personalize your online presence and make you stand out from the rest!

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3. Increase Engagement and Drive Success

Images can help you get discovered on the web and increase traffic to your site. High quality photos immediately grab attention and help you attract more viewers which in turn increases engagement and leads to more prospects.

Professional photography also helps strengthen your SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. If you optimize your images using “alt texts” Google and other search engines crawling your pages will deem your content more relevant and bump you up to the top of search pages.

More clicks equals more traffic on your website and what is a great way to get more clicks? With visually stunning imagery that makes your viewers want to see more, just like this awesome photo of the Prada Scottsdale location!

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Invest in yourself and in your image by taking your business and your brand to the next level with professional photography!

Hiring a pro will make the process simple, easy, and fun! Contact us at HautePhotoVideo.com to learn more about our photography services, we would love to work with you!