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Chris
New Jersey
Planning Events all over the U.S.
Interests: Weddings, Proms, Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, and Events of all kinds!
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I'm amazed at how many calls that I receive from couples who not only leave the entertainment for their weddings as the last thing to do on their list but also expect to get a quality Emcee/DJ for a ridiculously low price. The lack of importance and value that many couples place on their entertainment is astounding. I think that one of the big issues these days is that it's just too easy for amateurs to enter the business. When I started in the business in 1994 I had to buy all of my music (in addition to equipment) so the cost was much more prohibitive. I.e. people in the business took their work much more seriously and as a result it was much more likely that a person would start in the business by working for a pro company and honing their skills before going out on their own. These days anyone can copy a hard drive inexpensively and "poof" they're a DJ with 100,000 songs who can run out and undercut the industry. Not only do they undercut the true professionals but they also end up giving the entire industry a bad name when they do an awful job. I also doubt that the $350 weekend warrior DJ is sitting down and thoroughly planning out the details with the bride & groom. I probably do a minimum of 5 hours of planning for a simple wedding. For a more elaborate affair it can be 3X that! I can go on and on about the difference between the amateur and the true pro but when people are constantly subject to bad entertainment, they place less and less value on it. That said, I believe the we in the industry need to really focus on finding new ways to effectively communicate and educate our customers.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2017 on Shocking Wedding Statistics! at Perfect Weddings
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Is YOUR PROM coming up? Is your PROM advisor considering a DJ company for your school's PROM based SOLELY on whether or not that company offers the cheapest price? BE CAREFUL! Teenagers today are much more musically savvy then EVER before....ESPECIALLY when it comes to DJs. By the time students get to the point in their lives where they are ready to attend their PROM they have likely been to multiple night clubs and private events where there was a top flight entertainment company and a very talented DJ. Another unique phenomenon that has only been in place for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Perfect Prom Resource
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We are now well into booking Proms for 2016. Typical Prom bookings begin 6 months in advance of Prom dates. DON'T have your Prom ruined by an amateur! We have been providing Prom Entertainment for over 50 tri-state area schools over the past 20 years. We are the PROFESSIONALS. Please contact us with ANY QUESTIONS! Email us at: Info@Aclubprom.com Follow us on Twitter at: @DJ_Iceman1 Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Perfect Prom Resource
This BLOG Has Moved to a new home on Word Press !!! A new post has been added! Please look here: http://blog.photographersadventureclub.com/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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This is from a post that I put on Facebook a month ago, I am reposting it as a fun way for you to all get to know me! It will more than likely have zro to do with photography ..oh well, I hope you enjoy it anyways! Your Ipod... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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Members! We are happy to announce that AZ Photographers Group & Photographers Adventure Club are merging! This has been in the works since late 2011 and finally has become a reality, many of you have been enjoying some of the NEW benefits on the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhotoAdventure/ We will still... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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June Monthly Meeting, Sponsored by SmugMug Speaker: Dave Barnhart from Business Blogging Pros Thank you everyone who came out to hear Dave Barnhart's presentation discussing how to use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest in order to draw your buyers to your business and make it profitable.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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Photography is for some reason a "loner" type of hobby, but Camera clubs have proven that it doesn't have to be that way! You can advance much quicker in your process by meeting other photographers, chatting with them and learning from them. In return most only ask that you pass... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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April Monthly Meeting This month we had a packed room of photographers clearly interested in learning how to take their workflow from camera to output to new levels. Mark Killian, owner at SixGun, a commercial photographer who's work has been featured in magazines and websites across the country showed us... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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"Art isn't about being good; it's about being creative." ~Miles McDermott I love that quote. Even better is that an 18 year old kid taught me that concept. If you promise not to tell anyone, I'll let you in on a little secret. Sometimes I feel at tad bit inferior.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
Had a great hike last Saturday. A fairly pretty trail down next to the creek at Spur Crossing Ranch north of Cave Creek. Got my first wild rattlesnake photo (the one at the zoo in Tucson doesn't count as wild). It had been down by the trail when others up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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I learned some things today that I think are important enough for me to share with you, and I hope that my experiences will help someone avoid something similar, or worse. I am a member of your AZ Photographers group, but you haven't seen much of me for quite a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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March’s Happy Hour and Photo Shoot was a yeehaw good time at Toby Keith’s Bar in Mesa/Tempe! The theme was country and the models did a great job with their performance and wardrobes. Rifles, cowboy hats, daisy dukes and lassos added to the thrill of the photography experience. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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It’s easy to see why Cheyenne L. Rouse has such an avid following. I had the privilege of seeing some of her work and hearing her speak at the Smugmug sponsored meeting with 100 other Photographers. Cheyenne had a great slide show presentation that featured some of her best work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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If you shop the sales and discounts you may be someone that jumped on and got a steeply discounted version of Lightroom 3 just to find out Adobe lowered the price-point of Ligthroom 4 below what you just paid! Did you know you may be eligible to upgrade your current... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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David Hepburn Jr is a Master Business Mentor who has trained thousands of business and sales people across the country. He is the owner of Mentoring Your Success, The Mastermind Roundtable and Southwest Golf and Travel. Are we inspired to take some unique photos for next month or what?! We'd... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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Cowboys, beers, hamburgers, country dancing....ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS EVER! Welcome to the AZ Photographers Group meet up at Greasewood Flats in Scottsdale Arizona on January 27th. Greasewood Flats, with it's outside picnic table seating, fire pits, and weathered antiques, is a photographer's playground. Who knew that a string... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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A few weekends ago, I found myself way out west - twice - with cowboys and cacti, gold mining and hiking, mountain men and macro lenses. The first part of the adventure was way out west in Apache Junction. OK - the direction is east for me (from Scottsdale), and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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Colleen Miniuk-Sperry is a very renowned photographer and has published images with Arizona Highways. Her favorite captures are exotic wild flowers that grow specifically in the regions of Arizona. Her work reveals the hidden colors in the desert and her book co-authored by Paul Gill also highlights this beauty as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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The close out of 2011's Holiday Smugmug meeting was a HUGE success! We had three very attractive models posing under studio lighting, instructions on how to take high quality studio shots and over 50 photographers networking and mingling. The collaboration of other photographers made this event outstanding. Members contributed lights,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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AZ Photographers 1st Organizers Meeting (and a few personal thoughts) Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away*! Sometimes, you just know that something big is going to happen. That was the feeling at the first organizers meeting of the AZ Photographers. Present were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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November 17th, 5 pm. This event had a great turn out!! Members contributed backdrops, studio lighting, demonstrations, models and pocket wizards. The first hour attendees signed in and socialized with one another while the three models made final adjustments on their hair and make-up. After an hour, everybody was given... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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AN AZ PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP ROAD TRIP Thirteen strong, the AZ Photographers traveled to Canyon de Chelly (or should I say "Chilly") and Monument Valley, most leaving the Valley of the Sun (for what was to become the Valley of the Snow) early Friday morning. Most everyone took advantage of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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Today I spent the day viewing my friends portfolio and giving feedback on my favorite photographs. I saw many pictures that I really liked but a few were really captivating and here are some of the reasons why. My emotions were drawn into the photograph. Have you ever looked at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips
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This week I discovered that taking a brilliant picture requires a lot of planning. Of course, some get lucky but typically a work of art takes patience and planning. When I was in Washington D.C, I learned a few valuable lessons that I hope will help me in the future.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Photographers Adventure Club Tips