Episode 335 A Conversation With: VALERIE ROMANOFF

“Music is a force and power tool for our well being.” Valerie Romanoff, founder of Starlight Music, is Andy’s guest on the show today. Valerie was on episode 24 of The Wedding Biz back in October 2017 and has had quite a pivot since. So, Andy wanted to have her on the show to catch up and find out what she has been doing. 

Listen as Valerie shares why she uses the terms “still,” “chill,” and “thrill” when discussing the different segments of life, how the vibrations of music can shift energy, and what she does that is so unique and different when putting on a performance. Valerie also talks about having performers who do more than just show up; performers who are aware and more intentional about their performance.

Valerie discusses what she likes to talk about when she coaches her band leaders and why to her every moment, every night is different, and it’s not just a show; it’s an interactive collaboration with everyone who is there. Valerie believes a home run when you have everyone on the dance floor and in a certain state of mind.

Valerie believes we should all look at the gifts this time off has given us instead of focusing on the negatives. She discusses events’ potential to have more meaning and awareness once people can get out and enjoy them again, and where she thinks the industry will go once this pandemic is over.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

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Show Highlights:

[01:45] Welcome back to the show, Valerie!

[02:35] Valerie shares the pivot she has had in her business.

[03:31] “Parties are like a microcosm of life.”

[05:17] Valerie discusses how she believes the vibrations of music can shift energy.

[08:02] What are you doing that is so unique and different when putting on a performance?

[11:04] Valerie speaks about having the band show up and be more aware and intentional.

[13:46] Valerie discusses what she likes to talk about when coaching band leaders.

[14:31] “Every moment and every night is different because it’s not just a show, it’s an interactive collaboration with everyone that is there.”

[18:31] Valerie speaks about event professionals and how their identities are so wrapped up in what they do.

[19:53] Valerie believes we should all be looking at the gifts during time.

[21:15] Valerie talks about having time to collaborate with friends and the creative ways you can be creative.

[22:47] Valerie discusses the potential of events having more meaning because of increased awareness.

[24:39] Where do you think parties will go once we are out of this pandemic?

[26:29] Why being able to play outside moved Valerie to tears.

[27:23] Thank you for listening to the show!

 

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Episode 334 REVISIT: DAVID TUTERA – Finding True Success in Self Reinvention

This is a revisit of Andy’s popular interview of David Tutera from May of 2018 with a new introduction.
Show Highlights:
  • David’s unexpected childhood upbringing that heavily influences his outlook on life
  • David shares how to avoid burnout in a fast-moving industry
  • Why strategically re-inventing yourself in your career is crucial
  • David’s short college experience and his first post-college business
  • How old David was when he planned his first wedding
  • What David thought most wedding planners were missing when he started his event planning business
  • The challenges of starting a new wedding planning business
  • The two pivotal years that put David’s business on the map
  • His experiences on television, including the launch of his first series
  • David shares his two biggest fears, and how he uses them to find empowerment
  • The process David takes with his clients to create custom events
  • Some of David’s favorite weddings of all time (including his own!)
  • About David’s product line
  • How David has seen the wedding/event industry change over the past 30 years

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Episode 333 THE NEXT LEVEL: LAURIE ARONS discusses ERICH MCVEY/Combining Documentary and Fine Art Style Photography

Andy welcomes Laurie Arons back to The Next Level. Laurie is with Laurie Arons Special Events. She has been featured in numerous magazine publications and was listed in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the top planners worldwide. Listen as they discuss how Erich got his start in photography and how important he feels it is to keep his passion for the art without getting lost in the business side, plus much more. 

Erich McVey is a wedding, portrait, and editorial film photographer with a love for medium format cameras, natural light, and incredible scenery. Erich was named by Harpers Bazaar, Brides, and Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the world’s best wedding photographers and twice selected as film Photographer of the Year. 

Listen as Laurie gives her insights into Erich’s preference of shooting with film instead of digital, how she loves the look of film and only works with such photographers for her events. Laurie talks about how she gets butterflies before an event because it’s so intense and there is so much on the line. Laurie also discusses what she looks for when hiring a photographer, for her events, and why she loves Erich’s style and the way he shoots photographs.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [00:59] Welcome back to the show, Laurie!
  • [03:24] Laurie shares how she was able to balance her creative and business sides.
  • [04:35] Laurie gives her insights into Erich’s preference for shooting film instead of digital.
  • [05:48] Laurie talks about loving film’s look and has always sought film photographers throughout her career.
  • [06:48] Laurie discusses Erich’s style and the way he shoots.
  • [10:07] Laurie shares that she still gets butterflies when they approach the ceremony part of the event.
  • [12:14] Laurie says that It’s so intense, it’s live, and there is so much on the line.
  • [13:45] Laurie speaks about what she looks for when choosing a photographer for a client.
  • [15:56] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Laurie Arons – Laurie Arons Special Events

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Episode 332 ERICH MCVEY – Combining Documentary and Fine Art Style Photography

“What I strive to do for every couple I shoot is to deliver variety, quality, and consistency throughout.” Listen as Andy and his guest Erich McVey discuss a variety of topics, including how he got started in photography and what he means by combining documentary and fine art styles when he shoots weddings plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Erich is a wedding, portrait, and editorial film photographer with a love for medium format cameras, natural light, and incredible scenery. Erich was named by Harpers Bazaar, Brides, and Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the world’s best wedding photographers and twice selected as film Photographer of the Year. 

Listen as Erich discusses controlling variables to position couples to give them a moment and not let the business and repetition kill his zest for creating unique imagery. Erich also shares what drew him to film over digital and why he believes he can live in the camera when he shoots with film instead of dealing with the distraction of digital.

Erich believes that lighting is a photographer’s best friend. Using light is probably the most enjoyable aspect of being a photographer and is a major way to distinguish photographers from one another. Erich says that he loves the fact that this gets to be his job and that it’s totally interpretive.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

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Show Highlights:

[02:22] Welcome to the show, Erich!

[03:26] Erich shares how his mom got him an interview to shoot an ad campaign before he ever even had a camera.

[05:17] Erich speaks about traveling the country for his first job, shooting at different locations for the company, and how the person they paired him up with eventually became his wife.

[08:02] Erich believes his parents were an enormous influence on him becoming a photographer.

[09:15] He shot a family friend’s wedding, and his career started from word of mouth.

[12:01] Erich describes what he means by combining documentary and fine art style.

[14:48] Erich tells every couple he talks to, whether or not they hire him, to look at full wedding galleries from wedding photographers.

[16:12] Erich discusses how he goes about putting couples in a position to have a moment.

[18:52] Having the headspace to roll with and address the variables as they come is very important.

[20:08] Erich believes you can lose your zest and artistry to create unique imagery when business and repetition kill the soul.

[24:13] Why did you choose film over digital?

[26:39] Once Erich determined how he wanted his photography to look, he reached out to Jose Villa and signed up for his workshop.

[28:32] Erich talks about why he likes the look of film over digital.

[30:08] Erich lives in the camera when he shoots film instead of the disruption of using digital.

[31:28] How do you think about framing and composition?

[33:18] Erich believes that light is a photographer’s best friend, and there is a learning curve when you go from digital to film.

[35:40] “Utilizing light is probably the most fun aspect of being a photographer and the way that maybe even distinguishes photographers the most from one another.”

[38:53] What still challenges you and gives you anxiety?

[40:28] Erich loves that this is his job and that he can take a wedding in many directions, which he says is terrifying, but it keeps him motivated.

[42:36] Erich discusses the online photography course he and his wife put together.

[45:23] What is the latest equipment that you are using?

[46:08] Thank you for being on the show!

 

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Episode 331 THE NEXT LEVEL: PHIL VAN NOSTRAND discusses JOSH SPIEGEL/Using Social Media to Create Business During the Pandemic

Andy welcomes Phil Van Nostrand back to The Next Level. Phil is based out of New York and Los Angeles. Phil photographs weddings, commercial, and lifestyle projects and is an expert at capturing bright cinematic lifestyle imagery. Listen as they discuss Josh Spiegel, the Creative Director and President of Birch Event Design, a high-end decor, production, and floral company. 

Phil speaks about a support group of industry professionals that Josh is a part of during the shutdown and how he himself created his own network of people to reach out to. Phil also talks about the challenge Josh had to create something different for each event while planning daily weddings within the same group of individuals.

Phil discusses how Josh used social media to garner business during the pandemic while staying safe by doing smaller events, having the host testing each guest, and social distancing. Phil agrees with Josh that the smaller events will carry over because people see the beauty in creating an experience for their guests and being able to connect on a deeper level.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:12] Welcome back to the show, Phil!
  • [02:08] Phil shares that he has traveled at least once a month since the pandemic.
  • [04:59] Phil discusses the support group that Josh is a part of that has helped him stay connected and grounded during the pandemic.
  • [05:49] Phil says that he created his own support network during the shutdown.
  • [07:04] Phil speaks about the challenge Josh had to make each wedding different when working with the same group of people for every event.
  • [09:35] Phil discusses the events that Josh got from social media during the pandemic.
  • [11:35] Phil shares his theory on people’s beliefs.
  • [13:32] Phil agrees with Josh on creating a more special experience when you have smaller events.
  • [15:10] Phil thinks that more intimate weddings are less about showing off and more about the meaning.
  • [15:42] Phil discusses what he thinks the industry will be like post-pandemic.
  • [17:08] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Phil Van Nostrand – Photographer based out of New York and Los Angeles

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