August 16, 2007

Live from Las Vegas: The Wedding & Event Videographer Convention

I am writing a short note as my week in Las Vegas winds down after attending the Wedding and Event Videographer Association Exposition (WEVA) Convention at Bally's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Videographers from around the world convene in Las Vegas once a year to share ideas, technology and samples of their work. There is also two days of trade shows in which we can test out the latest equipment, speak directly to manufacturers and discover things that ultimately improve upon both our business and the finished products we deliver.

I have picked up a few new lenses, a small camera and a few other items for my studio at the tradeshow. The new camera will be offered as an option to couples who want to take it along on their honeymoon to take photos and video. It's small and produces high quality photo and video. Most important, though, is the camera does not need tapes and is VERY easy to use.

For me, though, the most exciting thing has been to talk to other videographers and hear the new exciting things that are happening at weddings around the country. Every region and area does things a little bit differently, so it's always interesting to hear what new ideas I can bring back to share with my brides.

We also are able to hear speakers from other industries such as wedding planners, photographers and DJs talk about what they do and give their insight on the wedding day.

I just came from a seminar given by an entertainer from California named Peter Merry. Peter has done a lot of research on what brides like and what makes a reception and wedding day a success. As a result of his research- in which he quoted a Knot survey in which fun and elegance tied for the two most important thing a bride wants in her reception- Peter has written a book- ''The Best Wedding Reception....Ever!'. It can be found on-line and in bookstores and will be promoted by Peter later this year on an appearance on the Today Show.

I have a few more seminars to attend and friends to catch up with, but will be back in NYC tomorrow with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm for the year ahead!

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