Hiring a DJ For Your Wedding

The last overseas wedding I shot was last year in Bordeaux, France. The imagery below was from that wedding. If you’re contemplating having your wedding overseas it may be a good idea to hire locals from Australia and take them with you! You’d be surprised the deals you can negotiate and at the same time feel safe about getting the job done properly and not relying on the foreign ‘local’ to maybe not meet your expectations on the day.  The following article is all about getting the right DJ. The same goes for getting the right photographer – don’t leave it to chance – hire an AIPP photographer – hire me!

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You only get one opportunity to make your wedding perfect.

Hiring wedding entertainment can be a long and frustrating process. While professional wedding bands and other forms of entertainment are still out there, it’s tough to compete with the versatility that a disc jockey is able to provide, making them the top choice of engaged couples. However, once the choice to hire a DJ is made, hiring the right DJ can be a daunting task.

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Wedding couples that have chosen to hire a disc jockey will often fall into one of a handful of traps.

They often try to find a friend or family member to take on this responsibility. While this is an attractive option, as hiring a friend is often cheaper than hiring a professional, there’s a few glaring problems with this line of thinking: most importantly, is this friend were to take ill or become seriously injured before the big day, who would fill their shoes and take on the responsibility of making your wedding the perfect day that you’re imagining? Another thing to consider is the experience level of the friend being considered; how many times has this person performed in front of people before? Do you trust them to do a good job, and make sure that everybody has a good time?

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Another common mistake – usually made immediately after realizing the previous mistake – is to call several companies to demand their best price, and just go with the cheapest option. The mistake being made here isn’t frugality… saving money is always a good thing! The mistake here is believing that all entertainment services are homogenous. Entertainers are people too! There are good ones, terrible ones, and every variation in between.

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Possibly the worst mistake that a couple can make when seeking out a wedding DJ failing to realize when they’re talking to an amateur, or worse, a scam artist. The DJ industry is so appealing; who doesn’t want to play music at fun events for a living? Unfortunately, this means that there are always a ton of solo amateurs and startup companies trying to break into the industry. While there are certainly good entertainers in this group, there is far more negative experiences to be found here. The best way to recognize an amateur is the lack of paperwork. Another great way is to call your local Better Business Bureau. At any rate, if an individual is willing to work without a contract, it’s best to avoid this situation altogether.

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Finding a great wedding DJ is all about sitting down with representatives from companies, developing relationships, and going with the company that you trust the most. There’s just no replacement for meeting somebody face to face, and developing a proper business relationship.

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A real entertainment company has you covered; if a performer falls ill or becomes injured, a proper company will have replacement staff ready to go. If a piece of equipment fails, a proper company will replace it as soon as possible; perhaps, before you even realize that anything is wrong. Best of all, a proper company will have paperwork in place guaranteeing that they will provide service for your event. Keep in mind; this company relies heavily on their reputation. They have every reason to want to impress you.

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Do yourself a favor; take the time to hire a professional entertainment company to provide the DJ service for your wedding.

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Why Headshots Are Important

Chances are that if you are in business, you have heard about corporate headshots and how all the biggest and brightest CEOs take great pride in their image this way. You might have just brushed this off, thinking to yourself that a professional headshot isn’t necessary. On the other hand, you might already realise the importance of a professional headshot and are just reading this to solidify your opinion.

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Representing Your Business the Right Way!

Whether you want to post your headshot on your company’s website, or want to post it on your social media pages, you are always representing your business in one way or another. You might deal with other businesses or with the general public, but a professional headshot will put confidence into your business and make your clients (both businesses and public) more willing to deal with you.
Think about it for a moment, if you were searching for a new supplier and found that a certain company was a very viable supplier, but the CEO had an unprofessional headshot in casual clothes – would you be willing to deal with this company?

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Utilizing Platforms Such as LinkedIn

LinkedIn has grown in popularity ever since its inception, it has become of the biggest platforms for businesses and professional individuals. It has an abundance of advantages including networking, advertising, recruiting, and so much more, so it really should be utilized. If you’re not utilizing LinkedIn to its full potential then this is only going to have a negative impact on your business.

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By having a profile on LinkedIn you will be able to connect with business and professional individuals alike, but you need to look the part if you want to get the most out of this platform. A professional corporate headshot will allow you to portray your business the way it should be portrayed.

Getting the Most from Your Headshot

There are many tips and tricks that you can implement in order to get the most from your headshot. One thing that many executives do is try to portray themselves as seriously as possible, this doesn’t always have to be the case! In some industries you might have to look serious, but if possible, make sure to show a bit of personality, people will remember!

All in all, make sure that you go to the right photographer! You can’t have a professional headshot without going to a professional photographer.

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HEAD SHOTS

It seems to be the season for corporate head shots as I’ve shot quite a few in recent months. I thought it therefore appropriate to blog about a few tips in preparing for a shoot and what you should look out for when selecting a photographer for the job. The following article by Sylvester Garza outlines the major strategies you should be using in getting that important head shot.

 

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Pay less and your photos will come out as glorified passport shots. It’s just human nature, but your professionalism is judged by the first image people see. Make sure that image says you care about your career.

2. Go for personality over pretty. Personality wins every time. Make sure the images look like you and not some overdone, airbrushed, facade. I offer photo retouching for temporary imperfections but a little can go a long way. Employers and HR headhunters expect you to look like your headshot. Imagine their trust level falling when you show up looking totally different or 10 years older. It’s not just about looking pretty on film.

It’s about representing the real you. Your professional headshot should look like you on your best day. Oh and get plenty of rest the night before too!

 

3. The eyes reveal more about you than just their color. The camera picks up what’s going on behind them. Your eyes should be perfectly in focus, alive, and energized, not dead and glazed over. There should be strong inner thoughts, implying a back-story and a life behind the eyes. A slight squint, and strong piercing eyes will bring a picture to life and help it stand out in a pile of hundreds. A good headshot photographer knows how to bring this out in you. I also deliberately brighten the eyes and whiten the teeth of the images you select.

 

4. Pay attention to framing, lighting, and background. In general, a good headshot is chest up with good lighting on your face, and no strong dramatic shadows, unless you are going in for “The Phantom of the Opera.” Look. Three-quarter shots are good to support additional marketing graphics on a web site.

 

5. Natural light vs. studio. Studio lighting tends to be a little more polished, with a more neutral backdrop. Both can be wonderful. Environmental headshots can suggest an environment and may suggest more an action type headshot.

 

6. Clothing and props.. Keep it simple and classy, and follow the standard format. Professionalism gets you noticed, not desperation. A simple, solid color shirt with a little texture that fits you well and matches your eyes should do the trick. No whites, and no graphics or anything you think might distract from your face.

 

7. Women… don’t go crazy with the makeup. Yes, lots can be done with retouching. There is no need to put on tons of makeup. You want to look like yourself on your best day, and not look like you tried too hard.

Finally, find a photographer that gets you. You have to vibe with the photographer, and that person has to make you feel very comfortable, as you will hopefully be using this headshot for a few years. Research photographers online, call a couple and ask for a consultation… get a feel for how they photograph your type, your ethnicity, your gender, etc. And most importantly, don’t cut corners.

Good luck!

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Affordable weddings …

Ah, the weddings… one of the happiest, joyous, and at the same time torturous, events you will have to face in your life.

It is absolutely amazing what it takes to create that perfect celebration of “love”. The planning of typical weddings is not an easy task while planning affordable weddings on a tight budget is even more difficult.

There are so many little things involved in the planning of a perfect wedding, so many things to be done that it sometimes seems like you’ll never have enough time to finish them all. It may sound ridiculous but it is easy to plan for the obvious. The truth is that the last minute details are those which can drive you insane! Those little things cause all the stress…

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Everyone wants to have a special wedding and one of the most overlooked details of a typical wedding is one of the most important details. It seems like these details are making your wedding so much special for you that you can easy forget that the wedding is not just for you and your future partner.

Weddings are expensive. Every couple will have a different budget for their event and it can range between $2,000-$30,000 or even more according to their financial abilities of course.

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However, it really doesn’t matter how big the budget is — you’ll always have the feeling that you don’t have enough money to afford all those luxuries and special treats you have pictured for years for this special day.

But… The good thing about weddings is that with so many details you can easily cut on the costs and organize budget-friendly beautiful but inexpensive wedding that will never look cheap.

With some knowledge, skill and mostly experience you can save 10% to 50% on the costs of services you use in your affordable wedding event. When it comes to saving money on your wedding if you go for Google search you can easily find tips and free advice about creating low-cost weddings.

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Although you have to work with limited time and budget, you wouldn’t want to have a mediocre, “cheap-looking” wedding that you might regret in the future. You will still want to have breathtaking wedding that for many of your guests will be the best wedding they’ve ever attended.

There are also so many bestselling books and magazines around offering best advice to save money as much as possible but the ugly truth is that most of them teach you to plan either “cheap-looking” wedding or “make everything yourself”.

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Knowing what to do is the easy part, but knowing how to do it is the most important thing — What you need for planning your affordable wedding is how to have a stunning wedding on affordable budget:

* Without having a wedding in your friends/family’s backyard * Without buying a used or cheap quality wedding dress * Without creating and decorating, and cleaning it up after the event by yourself * Without making/baking your own wedding cake * Without having your friend taking wedding photos with disposable camera and risking the loss of the most important moments of your once-in-a-life wedding * Without negotiating with wedding vendors * Without any “Cheap” advice that you will normally find in wedding books, magazines, or websites with rehashed content…

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You do not need to worry about things and if you have enough time to take care of them, you do not need to worry about how to get right on the church, officiant and reception site before everything is booked up and the most important — Not to worry about the little things on your big day!

Instead what you need is to be able to put things in perspective, to be able to coordinate activities, set up certain “jobs” for each of your friends and family members and most importantly, enjoy this unforgettable time of your life.

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Don’t run the risk of struggling by doing things the hard way, taking chance for a possible disaster, forgetting a crucial detail, or unnecessarily paying way more money than you should.

You can make your beautiful wedding and lasting memories if you only follow the sound advice and use valuable tips for planning of your affordable weddings.

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Women and Motor Bikes

Yesterday, Australia Day, Michele and I took off to Eastern Creek to watch our niece ride her motor bike around the infamous western Sydney race track. We parked our car in the spectators car park and made our way to the “pits” to have a chat to Kathryn our niece. The place was buzzing with activity and it was hard not to be in someone’s way as mechanics and riders were preparing for their next ride. I was surprised at the number of female riders taking part and it made me think that perhaps this type of activity was no more the male dominant past time that it once was. The following article describes this passion by women and motor bikes has been going on for some considerable time.  The images below show Kathryn doing her thing yesterday …

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Freedom. Throwing caution to the wind. Oneness with nature. This is how many women are feeling about their motorcycles and they are taking the roads by storm. The notion of women being perceived as backseat ornaments on motorcycles is long past. Women are suiting up all over America and the world to experience the exhilaration that until recently mostly men had the pleasure of experiencing. They’re controlling the throttle while their husbands, significant others and men in general are embracing their new found independence.

When it comes to forming motorcycle groups, clubs and organizations, women are setting their own standards. We should reflect on the past and give credit to the rebels who made this possible by defying the norm.

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Bessie Stringfield also known as “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami” was one of the first African American women to challenge gender and race in this arena. She was known for her “Penny Tours”. She would toss a penny onto a map and set out to ride her Harley to that location, which took her all across America. Bessie received her first Harley in 1927 at the age of 16. She joined the Army as a Motorcycle dispatch Rider during World War II. Bessie was inducted in to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002 subsequent to her death in 1993 at the age of 82.

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Let’s not forget Adeline and Augusta, the Van Buren Sisters. In 1916 the sisters were the first to climb Pike’s Peak a 3,300 mile trip and the first to travel from New York to California on motorcycles.

It was the tenacity, boldness and rebellion of such women that cleared the road for today’s women who ride with passion and finesse.

In 1940, Linda Dugeau formed the Motor Maid Organization, which gave women of that era the opportunity to share their experiences with new-found friends.

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Today’s women are taking the lead, continuing the trend of hitting the open road and even the race tracks, in groups and alone.

As I spoke with Tammy Mullins about her riding experiences, I could tell she embraced motorcycle riding with great passion. As a young kid, Tammy enjoyed taking turns riding a dirt bike with friends. It was something she looked forward to every chance she got. From that point on she became hooked on the idea of riding a motorcycle. During one Christmas holiday, she was deeply disappointed when her brother received a motorcycle and she did not. Her parents were unaware that she had a passion for motorcycles. Over the years, Tammy continued meeting people who rode these two-wheeled wonder machines. For a long time she was a backseat rider which she admits was also a thrill. After years of not knowing how to go about obtaining a license, her husband encouraged her to take the exam. She admits that the exam challenging because “you have to be aware of your surroundings. You’re out in the elements and there’s no padding around you such as with driving a car.” No longer the backseat rider, Tammy owns and rides a Buell Blast made by Harley Davidson, which she loves because “it’s loud which allows others to become aware of my presence.” Tammy always gravitated toward people with bikes because it represented a sense of freedom and independence.

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Driving out in the open, the wind in your hair, feeling oneness with the road is what attracts so many people to motorcycle riding and Tammy’s no different. She expresses it as communing with nature, and “it’s the best feeling.” Her Buell is more of a learning bike for her because she is still fairly new to the world of motorcycle riding.

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Women feel a deep sense of independence when riding their bikes that they can’t get from driving a car. She would like to see the motorcycle industry cater to women a little more by building bikes with power but less weight and width.

Some dealers are now beginning to take women riders more seriously. It is a growing market for them. Companies like BMW and Suzuki are beginning to design bikes that are tailored to the female physique.

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Generally speaking, women have less upper body strength than men and many of them are not as tall as the average male rider. One thing Tammy dreads is picking up her bike if it falls over.

There is a special bond that exists between motorcycle riders. For example, the wave that motorcyclists use when they pass each other; bring your hand down to your left side and point your finger down.

Tammy’s husband Jim has been riding motorcycles since about 1975. As a teenager in San Antonio, Texas, he realized he could obtain a license for a motorcycle before obtaining an automobile license and to him this meant freedom, in a different sense. It gave him the opportunity to leave the house without his mother having to chauffer him. His mother was not too pleased about him riding a motorcycle though. He traded his first motorcycle in for a Harley and twenty years later discovered it in a private collection at a motorcycle shop. He regained ownership and plans to restore it. According to Jim, one of the safest motorcycles you can purchase is the BMW.

Early on when Tammy first began riding, Jim accompanied her quite often for safety reasons and to help her gain confidence; but it was also much more enjoyable when riding together.

Jim’s view of women riders? If they want to ride, then more power to them. He suggests that first time women riders should purchase a bike that is less expensive and easy to maintain. That’s what Tammy has done.

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Donna Pfoff on the other hand has always been a backseat rider. It makes her feel alive and as though she’s a part of the scenery that surrounds her and her husband as they glide down the road. Her first experience on a motorcycle was an enlightening one but also frightening. When her husband purchased his first Harley, she didn’t exactly take to the idea. “Was I supposed to lean when he leaned? Was I to sit absolutely still like I was a mannequin?,” she states. As time passed she began to relax and literally sit back and enjoy the ride and the scenery.

When Donna and her husband traveled to vacation spots on their motorcycle, they experienced some of their most glorious rides. One experience she’ll never forget she says is when they rode from Cody, Wyoming to the Beartooth Mountains. Standing in the snow at a 12,000 foot elevation was truly breathtaking, scenery you would normally only see in a photograph.

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I gather from my conversations with the Mullin’s and the Pfoff’s that motorcycle riding places you in a completely different state of mind where you gently release your worries and stress as you blend with nature. Who knows, maybe I’ll give it a try.

There is a side of motorcycling that must be discussed and that is safety. On motorcycles there is no such thing as a fender bender; the slightest bump will knock you off your bike. As I conversed with Tammy and her husband, they offered a few points about safety.

  • Until you become an experienced rider, be careful with acceleration
  • Always wear a helmet with a face shield or eye protection
  • Wear a heavy protective jacket with padding at the elbows, shoulders and back
  • Wear heavy boots that cover the ankles
  • Dark clothing is not the best choice, especially if you are riding at night; if you choose to ride after dusk, wear reflective clothing
  • Allow tailgaters to pass by slowing down, pulling over and waving for them to pass;

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And here are a few more points if you are new to or have an interest in motorcycle riding:

  • Take a motorcycle safety course first
  • Find friends and/or a mentor who rides
  • Consider purchasing a used or less expensive bike

Female motorcycle groups are extremely diverse in age, the style and make of their bikes, their professional and ethic backgrounds, and they range from novice to the seasoned fast-lane race track rider. One thing remains constant, the friendships and the special bonds that bring them together. It’s not all about coming together for leisurely rides. While enjoying their new-found freedom and independence, these women are making a difference in their communities. They are participating in charities, donating gifts and riding for causes such as breast cancer. They are forming friendships that enrich their lives and the lives of people around them.

Riding motorcycles is no longer a “man’s thing”, it’s also a “woman’s thing” and they’re doing it with style. Move over Easy Rider, the ladies have arrived.

Ms. Davis is Founder and Editor in Chief of Exceptional Magazine http://www.exceptionalmag.com, a publication that takes an innovative approach to showcasing some of the world’s most extraordinary people and their accomplishments; revealing why they are successful at what they do and the motivating factors that make them excel. The magazine promotes among people of all socio-economic backgrounds a renewed vision, unity and better living through positive media.

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