October is always a busy month for us here at Optimum Productions. Despite being an Atlanta video production company, we tend to get around during this month. Sometimes the trips are planned for months and other pop up rather quickly. This was one of those trips. We were actually at the airport heading out to Seattle, Washington for the Catholic Medical Association Conference (which I’ve blogged about FYI) when I get a phone call from my buddy over at Atlanta Media Services (AMS) about a project with Procter and Gamble (P&G) down in Miami…the very next week. Now perhaps you have heard us blog about other events that we have done with Procter and Gamble called My Black is Beautiful.

AMS and Optimum have been collaborating with the My Black is Beautiful (MBIB – My apologies for all of the acronyms) since March of 2009. We work well together and have a blast doing it. Our mission on this trip was to generally capture the main events with still photography and video. P&G was up for a few awards, presented an award and sponsored free hair and makeup for all of the honorees and presenters. So after getting back from Seattle, and a couple of local shoots, we packed back up and headed down south to warm sunny Miami!

One quick funny story – on our down I brought a boom pole, shotgun mic and dolly slider tool (a neat gadget that gives smooth gliding motion side to side and front to back) and put it into an old rifle case. We were getting a few strange looks walking around with that and several large pelican cases. When we arrived to Miami the TSA or someone wrote on it “Not a Rifle – Sound Equipment”. We found it funny…probably had to be there to appreciate the humor.

We ended up staying down in Miami for about 4 days filming all kinds of things like award shows, TV show premieres, cocktails, etc. Out of all the places that we have shot at…it was the 2nd best place. St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands takes the crown but that was a little bit different circumstance. Miami isn’t far behind. It helps that back in Atlanta it went down into the low twenties. I was quite content in my hotel room overlooking the beach…no complaints there! Overall things went well…we came, we saw, we filmed. Can’t wait to head back down again…especially as it starts to get chilly here.

Take a look at a few of the pictures:

Not a Rifle - Sound Equipment

Not a Rifle - Sound Equipment

Fontaine Bleu Hotel Miami

Fontaine Bleu Hotel Miami at Night

Eden Roc Hotel Room

My balcony at the Eden Roc Hotel

MBIB Style Lounge

MBIB Style Lounge Patio

Cristina Saralegui

Cristina Saralegui on the step and repeat

Style Lounge

Style Lounge Makeup and Hair

Makeup brushes

Cool close-up shot of makeup brushes

Rainbow over the Sea

Rainbow over the Sea