It’s been a real privilege shooting the Steve Harvey Show for the last 4 years when the show came to Atlanta for segments. The show is moving from Chicago to Los Angeles next season which likely means Ben Traylor Productions run with the Steve Harvey Show is over. We’re not the least bit bitter. We’re very fortunate to have gotten the opportunity. We’ve had the opportunity to work with Mr. Harvey in his Atlanta home a few times and on the set of Family Feud (which is also taped in Atlanta). We’ve worked with his daughters, sons, son-in-law and his wife Marjorie. We’ve worked at a few camps Mr. Harvey and his family are a part of in middle Georgia. We’ve worked with some great producers and other staff members from Chicago. We’ve also met some great people in Atlanta to help us, camera operators, audio techs, PA’s, grips, gaffers, make-up artists, set designers, etc. that not only helped Ben Traylor Productions that day, but has continued to help BTP on other shoots as well. I hope this is not a good-bye forever to the Steve Harvey Show for us, but if it is, it’s been a great run.
This is the last video we shot for the Steve Harvey Show. It features his daughter, Morgan Hawthorne helping a mom create a birthday party for her two kids on the same day. There can be a lot of planning and prep that goes in to shooting some of these segments but Hawthorne makes it easy. We shot these segments over two days in Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The first day we were in indoors mostly prepping the food. The second day we set-up at Swift-Cantrell Park. It was a huge success. The food was amazing, the kids loved their party and gifts and the parents were very happy. The segments that aired weren’t too bad either. It’s a wrap!
If you wanna know how the weekend went, it was wet. Really wet, really sloppy and way too cold for May….but it sure was fun. Ben got a chance to see one of the great sporting events in the country, the Kentucky Derby! It rained for days but as usual, Ben had his 10×10 tent with him so the crew stayed fairly dry except for the blowing rain. Here’s one of our live shots we did with the Weather Channel for AMHQ. Check it out!
Ben shot the Lindsey Graham town hall meeting in Clemson, SC a few weeks ago. Usually, town hall meetings are extremely boring. This one was not. After the insults, groans and yelling, Ben and MSNBC’s Vaughn Hillyard had live shots all afternoon.
Democrats selected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new chairman. The DNC held the event in Atlanta and BTP was there with MSNBC. Ben used his LiveU for live shots. Here’s one of the live shots with MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald.
For this Steve Harvey Show segment, Morgan Hawthorne was in Atlanta helping a local Mom plan and cook quick dinner meals. Hawthorne has also started a food blog. You can check that out by clicking here.
This piece was shot in downtown Atlanta at Staplehouse restaurant. According to bon appetite magazine, “Staplehouse is the Number One Best New Restaurant in America 2016.” Ben used his Sony F5 and Canon lenses on this shoot with NBC correspondent Gabe Gutierrez. Ben chose this camera because it’s very good at low light and they shot the restaurant at night. It’s also a great interview camera because paired with great lenses, it can shoot at a shallow depth-of-field. These guys at Staplehouse are really busy! They were gracious enough to let Ben and his crew shoot one evening and then return the next day for interviews. If you plan on eating at Staplehouse, you need to get your reservations in early, like real early. They’re often booked week in advance. They do however have a walk-up bar if you want to chance it. Check out the piece below.