One of the main reasons that DOV Sound was created was due to the amazing talent here in the Central Valley and the
limited awareness of it. The question is why are we limited? Many people talk about the lack of quality events here in the valley but have no idea what is lacking…So if you have ever made the statement “I wish I could find a good place to go on the weekend”…see where you fit on this list!
1) Where is all the talent at?
There are great artists, musicians and entertainers in the Valley and yet, only a few know where or how to find them. Not
because they don’t exist but because our own preconceived notions and fears about certain parts of town cause us to miss out on the richest culture. I hear time and time again that people will not go south of Shaw avenue...Why, because the buildings are a little
older, or the people a little different, or simply because you think you are better than south of Shaw? Whatever your reason, it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that there are great venues like Fulton 55, and talented artists that would enrich our community if we could see beyond the buildings and the streets.
2) Businesses don’t want to pay!
Business is a cycle, you want entertainment to create revenue for your business but you don’t want to pay the quality entertainment that will create revenue. As a business owner if you utilize entertainment in the right way, you will be rewarded. Having
quality live music can pack the place out, and drive up your sales. In order for that to happen you need a group or band that will draw the right crowd to your doors. You need a band that will keep the crowd entertained all night, and you need a band that will leave them coming back for more. The problem is that takes time and tons of work on the bands part, which translates into money. Yes, there are tons of musicians and artist that love what they do and will play for free, but you get what you pay for. If you pay nothing, you
can’t expect to get any of these results. Think about it...would you do your job for a free drink? There is no way a drink will pay for a week worth of practice, an hour worth of set up, and a night full of playing. Business owners, if you want serious entertainment make it a serious business transaction.
3) We just don’t appreciate art.
Sure we follow trends and pop culture but our community as a whole has a hard time looking outside of the box, where real art
lives. Going back to reason one, we all stay in our bubble and become limited by its boundaries. We listen to what is popular, we wear what is popular and we think that will make us stand out and be popular. Art is suffering because of a lack of individuality. We have taken art out of our schools, musicians out of music, and creative thinking out of society. Great entertainment is birthed from
individualism, creativity, and art.
If we want our events to make sense, we have to be willing to go outside the box…Travel down town, give a musician his fair share, and reconnect with the artist inside.
Event Photographers come in many forms, artistic, amateur, and amazing. For most individuals having great photographs is at the top of the priority list. We all want those beautiful, perfect pictures that will create a lifetime of memories. So whether you are paying a professional or having a close friend photograph the event, here are a few tips that will help capture the memories you want…
1) Use a good camera! Yes a professional photographer will come with all the right equipment, but not everyone can afford to pay the professional…not to mention some events won’t require it, but a good camera can go a long way. There are many affordable high quality cameras for all you amateurs, like myself. My advice, do your research, read the reviews and look for AUTO Settings!
A great photographer and even better friend turned me on to this guy…Thanks Corina!
Check his reviews out: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/great-camera.htm
2) Good Lighting! There is a reason why Hollywood has a crew that specializes in lighting…because it makes you look a thousand times better. Unfortunately, most of us can’t pay a staff to follow us around with camera lamps and reflectors. The funny thing is the
solution is quite simple, use natural light. It can be your make-up, your body or your photography, but I am a firm believer that natural is always the best. So in my opinion outdoor, natural lighting, helps make your pictures look their best. Not to say that set photography isn’t amazing too, I just prefer the natural elements. So, here are a few links on natural light.
-Photography with Natural Light: http://ezinearticles.com/?Photography-With-Natural-Light&id=1799915
-Tips for set lighting and Natural lighting: http://www.digitalpicturezone.com/performance-metrics/pros-and-cons-of-artificial-vs-natural-lighting-in-portrait-photography/
3) Wear Colors that look good on you! We all have colors that mesh with our skin tone and one’s that wash us out. As a speaker, in front of harsh lighting, I learned a few tricks to help look my best. They also work for photographs.
First wear, colors and avoid white when you can…White can easily wash out individuals of almost any skin tone, especially without proper lighting, so just avoid it if you can. Instead, wear bright colors or at the minimum accent with bright colors. Ladies wear a brightly colored scarf or have a bouquet with vibrant colors. Men can place a handkerchief in their jacket pocket to add color or wear a bold tie. And if all else fails…choose coral. Coral is more than just a poplular color, it also looks great on any skin tone.
4) Have a good friend! Even if you decide to book a professional photographer bring a friend or someone that knows you well and can be honest. An extra pair of eyes is always helpful. Remember too, photographers have a job to capture what they ‘think’ is best for you…that doesn’t mean they know every piece about you. Maybe you don’t like red lipstick, or maybe your grandmother is closer to you than your sister. A good friend can help capture you the way you want to be remembered. A good friend can tell you to suck it in, or put down the bouquet. This will help you relax, and help the photographer do what he does best…capture the memories important to you!
I admit that I am no expert at photography, and yes,I have had my fair share of bad pictures…but one thing I do know, is that memorable photographs always make sense.
I know I am not alone in the battle between what I want to see in the mirror and what is really there. Thus, the need for Mirror Mirror.
About a month ago or so, I went to shop for a new bathing suit. Like many women, I get ready in front of the bathroom mirror each day. This prevents me from focusing below the waistline. I have a healthy diet, and work out a few times a week. While I know bathing suit season is never enjoyable, I did not dread it either. Until, I saw what I normally miss each day, the bottom half of my body! The unflattering florescent lights and unforgiving mirrors in every direction, made me say two things. One, put back the suite, put down the cookie, and workout harder...Two, STOP getting ready in front of a bathroom mirror.
While sometimes it is comforting and helps to build our confidence if we can’t see those trouble spots, it can be devastating if they are missed on a special day. That is why a full length mirror is mandatory prior to any event, especially one with a photographer; and
not just one mirror but two. Why, you might ask…because no matter how amazing your body is, some things just look better than others. We need to check our backside the same way we check the back of our hair after it is done. We need to see all the places that need to be tucked, smoothed, pinned, and pulled. We need to be honest with what flatters our figure and what doesn't. A full length mirror from the front may stretch the truth but one in the back, will never lie. Yes, you may have to face the fact that this dress just isn’t the one, but it's worth it if you can leave the house looking your best, and every woman always deserves to look her best!
So today…A Mirror Mirror makes perfect sense!
We strive for perfection! We want the perfect man, the perfect wedding, the perfect life. In our pursuit of perfection, we wait, we worry and we complain about how the ‘imperfect’ stands in the way; never realizing that those very flaws just might be what bring about total perfection.
Not that I am suggesting it is wrong to take your time, but now days I hear, “Don’t settle down too soon”, or “Wait until you finish college and buy a house, when you have everything in order”. So we wait, and wait and wait. Then we find ourselves in our thirties, with a house, no husband and on a time crunch because our baby making years are passing us by at lightning speed. Then we get married only to realize, Mr. Perfect, is not so perfect and oh by the way, it rained on my wedding day…and my life is now filled with chaos, confusion, and a rollercoaster of emotions.
The error in all of this is not that we strive for perfection but our inability to realize how the imperfect makes life, just perfect!
Unlike many suggested, I did not wait, and married in college. On our wedding day, we lost the bow ties, forgot the unity candle, and I cried like a baby. But now, I have a photo album with an amazing story line. For the first few years we lived in a small apartment, just making it. We had struggles daily, but every struggle prepared us and made us stronger for future battles. His flaws, though they drive me crazy, balance me perfectly. I am a mom, a wife, a business woman, and an individual. I try each day to be perfect in every area but I usually come up short, and that is OK!
Why, because the imperfect moments make life perfect. When I realize I have messed up as a mom, I get an opportunity to show my daughter that I am human, and to teach her that it’s important to say “I am sorry”. When I spend hours on a project only to find out there was an easier way…I know next time there is an easier way.
Every imperfect person, moment, and event has a purpose. We can choose to dwell on the imperfectness of it or discover how uniquely perfect it makes our life. Your wedding day gets rained on…now you have a photo album that echo’s the classic “singing in the rain”. Your husband is determined to be the best at what he does…you have a great provider. You job doesn’t go quite like you
planned…now you have more time with your beautiful children.
In life and in event planning things will just happen. There’s only way to get through it…adjust your perspective and allow the situation to be perfectly imperfect! Then, and only then, will your life always make sense!
Summer Dawn is a published author and speaker. Taking on the role of a wife, a mother, a business woman and an individual; she is all about balance, creativity and out of the box thinking. Her eye for artistic design and knack for budgeting makes her an invaluable resource to her clients and associates.