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AEP Goes to Paradise

Every so often our team has the unique opportunity to travel the world covering amazing client events. Last month’s Cox Winners’ Circle took us to the Bahamas for an amazing stay at the Atlantis, Paradise Island, while shooting the many receptions and events on the agenda. The setting was just too beautiful for us to keep these photos to ourselves!

One of the most fun and striking experiences was the Bahamian street parade, called Junkanoo, with music, dance and elaborate costumes. The parade is traditionally held on Boxing Day–December 26–but we’d never have known the reenactment on the Atlantis’ Royal Deck was less than authentic. This vibrant show embodied the same passion we saw throughout Atlantis.

I was thrilled to have my teammate Kevin Liles with me onsite to help capture everything. Brandon Andrews, our videographer, captured some fabulous footage as well.

When in the Bahamas you can count on warm hospitality, outdone only by the outside temperatures. Each day Cox guests enjoyed cooling down with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream by the Flying Fish at the hotel.

If you’re looking for a dramatic setting for cocktails and conversation, we highly recommend the Poseidon Imperial Foyer!

Everywhere we looked was a feast for the camera with the bluest of blues, greenest of greens and pastels right out of a candy box.

We’d like to give a special thanks to Cox’s Martha Kehoe for allowing us to be part of this phenomenal event.

Cox Soars into Orlando for their 3rd CMG Conference

The AEP team was thrilled to head to Orlando again for Cox‘s Sales & Content Leadership Conference. CMG SOAR 2015 marked their third cross-functional event bringing together Technology, Content, Sales, Finance and HR leaders.

One of the highlights of the conference kick-off was the President’s Circle reception for high achievers. In addition to some very happy winners, the enthusiastic crowd was clearly thrilled to be there.

Between keynotes and breakout sessions, the Cox team was busy with an agenda chock full of Sales and Content learning opportunities, plus receptions and networking events. There was so much going on that I was thankful to have Lyndsey’s help with shooting.

We also spent a beautiful evening at the hotel’s farm, where the Cox team enjoyed a farm-to-fork experience. The setting was so gorgeous that we could fill a post with just shots from that evening.

Thank you to Kristy Vinot at Cox for including us on the team supporting this event. We value our partnership and appreciate your business!

Cox Media Group Knows Super Conferences & Superbrands!

We were honored Cox Media Group asked us to join them again to cover their Content Conference in Orlando. This time around AEP doubled the productivity — and the fun! — because our production manager, Lyndsey Wright, and I covered it together. With CMG’s absolutely packed agenda this year I was thankful we were able to tag team.

Opening events included a President’s Circle dinner for high achievers — who were also high on exuberance!

Bill Hoffmann, President of Cox Media Group, was on hand to welcome the Cox team at an opening reception for all attendees.

One highlight was a night at House of Blues with a high-energy performance from Darius Rucker. He mixed it up with his newer music and some flashbacks to his Hootie & the Blowfish days (yes, some in the audience remembered “Hold My Hand” as clearly as we did!). Congrats to Darius on his recent Billboard Award nominations for Top Country Artist and Top Country Song for “Wagon Wheel!”

We quickly came to the conclusion that when media experts get together, even conference sessions are colorful and entertaining.

The attendees approached the learning opportunities at the content conference as seriously as they did their fun. They participated in general sessions and breakouts focused on achieving “superbranding success,” leveraging the vast array of media under the CMG umbrella.

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As if the House of Blues weren’t enough, a night at the Hard Rock–and a Sheryl Crow performance–were also on the agenda.

Those of you who know Lyndsey may also know that she’s one of the biggest Sheryl Crow fans on the planet. She explored new frontiers in simultaneous singing and shooting–and captured some great moments in the performance and the CMG team having a blast all night.

A field trip to Whisper Creek Farm offered a nice change of pace from the concerts. The Farm sits on the 500-acre Grande Lakes estate and provides the JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton with amazing fruits, vegetables and other products for their restaurants and spa.

The CMG team got to enjoy a farm to table experience featuring barbecue grilling and outdoor entertainment.

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Whisper Creek’s dishes were a feast for the eyes.

Our cameras also enjoyed the stunning setting…

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…and the scene became even more beautiful when the sun went down.

Thank you to Cox’s Kristy Vinot and Andy McDill for inviting AEP to cover the conference again this year!

Best of 2013 – Part II

The archives are still overflowing with great shots from 2013 that we couldn’t fit into “Part I” of AEP’s “Best of 2013” collection. So, we’ve pulled another batch of photos to share with you in “Part II” of our tribute to the amazing sights and experiences last year brought us.

Fox Sports South

We were thrilled when Fox Sports South engaged us last year. They have the kinds of events most anyone would want to attend; plus, we quickly learned that their on-air and behind the scenes teams are a ton of fun. Just take a look at these shots from our work with The NEW College Football Show and South Girls.

Fox’s “Tribute to the Troops” event at Turner Field also reminded us that they bring sports to Atlanta with a healthy dose of heart. From the crowd’s standing ovation to warm greetings from Atlanta Braves players, the selfless men and women who serve our country experienced a really big and much deserved “thank you.”

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Cox Enterprises and CMG

If you’re a fan of the Zac Brown Band like all of us at AEP you would have loved the dinner Cox Media Group (CMG) hosted during their 2013 President’s Circle conference in Orlando. CMG is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises focusing on broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media.

I’d like to wrap this up with a look back at our coverage of the Bike MS event for Cox Enterprises, the title sponsor. The fundraiser is held annually at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s a beautiful setting and a worthwhile cause–and there’s still time to get involved in the 2014 event, scheduled for September 20-21.

Thanks again to all of the organizations that made 2013 an amazing year for AEP. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in front of our lenses!