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Game 1 to NHL Playoffs: Capturing the Vegas Golden Knights Inaugural Season

Game 1 to NHL Playoffs: Capturing the Vegas Golden Knights Inaugural Season. LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: skates against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights are taking on the Winnipeg Jets in Round 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first professional sports team in Las Vegas is now the most successful expansion team ever in hockey – and in all of pro sports.

As the players make history on the ice, the team behind the scenes is using visual storytelling to build a loyal fan base on social media.

Golden Knights Official Team Photographer Jeff Bottari uses remote camera angles and a creative photo strategy to capture this incredible inaugural season from every angle. He and the social media team use a lightning-fast workflow to share photos on social media, giving fans a unique perspective in real time. Combine that with the team’s witty, confident, quirky social media personality and you’ve got a social media presence fans can’t resist.

Watch the video to go behind the scenes with Jeff and the Vegas Golden Knights at the T. Mobile Arena.


Behind the Scenes with the Storytellers

Before the Golden Knights took the ice for the first time, hockey fans were skeptical of Sin City’s expansion team.

“In general, I think nobody was giving them a chance in the beginning,” says Jeff. “Whereas, from the GM to the players to the coach, these are all professionals. These are all guys that know what they’re doing, and are excellent at what they do, so to see the success happen so quickly I think was definitely a surprise to everybody, but not to them.”

Jeff says this winning mindset trickles down through the whole organization, and shows in everything from his photography to the team’s voice on social media.

“It’s just really cool to see everybody come together for the perfect storm to create such a high level product,” says Jeff.

To get an insider’s look at the team and to learn more about Jeff’s cutting-edge visual storytelling strategy, check out our on-demand webinar, Winning Fan Engagement with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vegas Golden Knights.

In this webinar, you’ll go behind the scenes with Jeff and Chicago Blackhawks Manager of Photography Chase Agnello-Dean to learn:

  • Tips for capturing your brand’s stories
  • The best equipment, tools and workflow strategies to use
  • What kind of photography works to engage fans before, during and after events

Watch Now: Winning Fan Engagement with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vegas Golden Knights


Cover photo by Jeff Bottari, Vegas Golden Knights.

Next Up: The Nitty Gritty: A Detailed Look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ Visual Storytelling Workflow

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