Episode 430 REVISIT RAY THOMPSON: Lighting Design & The Choreography Of Emotion

Lighting designer and owner of Images by Lighting Ray Thompson is here today to talk about storytelling with lighting for events and designing lighting for lux weddings. He has over 30 years of experience and an amazing passion for creative design.

He also pioneered the modern event lighting industry. His company has created the lighting for events at major corporations like Adobe, Taco Bell, Gillette, NFL Super Bowl and many more. He has also been involved in premieres and events for major movies and entertainers like HBO, DreamWorks Pictures, Disney/Buena Vista, Elton John and more.

In this episode, Ray shares how he got started and was able to transition his passion into a career and an award-winning company. He also talks about the evolution of lighting, changes in technology, tools smaller designers can use to create amazing lighting, how he finds inspiration and more.

 

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Time Stamps

[00:15] Ray Thompson is one of the true icons in the industry for what he does with lighting design.

[00:34] Lighting is critical to telling a story no matter what you’re doing.

[00:49] Many years ago, Ray began lecturing and educating people about lighting and what can be done with lighting and where events were going.

[01:28] When Ray was a kid, he was always good with science and math. His dad owned a vending machine company, and Ray had access to the broken machines, so he would create lighting installations in his bedroom.

[01:59] He would even sequence lights to music. He wasn’t sure how to make a career out of this, so he went into electrical engineering.

[02:55] He moved to LA and was an electrical engineer for Hughes Aircraft.

[03:11] While working at Hughes Aircraft, Ray had created some lighting sculptures in his apartment, which a well-known event professional saw and he tells the story of how that led to building a clientele.

[04:01] Ray shares how one of his first big breaks came from Allan Carr.

[05:26] Once props and scenery became decorations for parties, lighting also became a natural element.

[06:19] Lighting is a dance from the moment you enter an event. Light creates an experience and storyline through color, texture, and intensity.

[07:47] Ray is very spiritual. He loves color and the study of chakra and color on your being.

[11:36] Ray directs the events, and lights can be used to create total theater for events.

[14:33] We discuss Ray’s concept of the relation between lighting and “the choreography of emotion.”

[16:31] Ray likes to be involved early on in the design process and discusses why.

[16:56] We learn the behind the scenes process behind a project from proposal to end design.

[22:41] Messaging for brands like Tesla involves a unique lighting design approach for a product reveal.

[23:38] Ray tells the story behind designing the lighting for the wedding for a king in Dubai.

[27:09] We get to hear about lighting projects such as the Governor’s Ball for the Emmys, the Oscars Green Room, the Super Bowl, and studio and movie premieres.

[31:00] He has worked with very high-end entertainers from Elton John to Katy Perry.

[32:19] Ray shares his secrets for production efficiency and profitability that he’s learned over the years.

[35:11] Ray shares how lighting technology has evolved since he began in the industry.

[38:49] LED screens will get cheaper and cheaper for video walls.

[39:24] Ray reveals the best way for industry professionals to work with lighting designers.

[40:22] Battery packed pin spots and battery packed uplights are great cost-effective and simple ways for planners and designers to notch things up a level.

[41:07] Going to concerts is inspiration and relaxation for Ray. He also gets inspired by the very creative producers that he works with.

[42:42] Andy thought the video screens and the lighting at the Ed Sheeran concert were amazing.

[43:42] Ray loves what he does.

 

LINKS & RESOURCES:

The Wedding Biz

The Wedding Biz

The Wedding Biz on Instagram

The Wedding Biz on Facebook

 

Images By Lighting

Images by Lighting

Images by Lighting on Instagram

Images by Lighting on Facebook

@images_lighting on Twitter

 

Mentioned By Ray

Freedom Par by Chauvet

FUEL Lighting Systems

Alan Carr

 

Colin Cowie & His Interview On The Wedding Biz:

Colin Cowie Lifestyle

Colin Cowie: Part 1 Creating Groundbreaking Luxury Experiences

Colin Cowie: Part 2 Creating Groundbreaking Luxury Experiences

 

David Beahm & His Interview On The Wedding Biz:

David Beahm

David Beahm: Risk & Synchronicity

 

This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment www.kushnerentertainment.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 429 ZAINAB ALSALIH: How COVID Has Changed Priorities and More

Andy is so excited to present this interview to you with Zainab Alsalih who has been on the show once before when we were still in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. Zainab is the founder and creative director of Carousel, one of the most prominent companies in the region for event design. She is considered one of the most respected authorities on weddings in the Middle East, and she has been covered and quoted in countless regional and international programs and publications in many languages, including Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart, and Vogue. She has also been recognized on many occasions as one of Dubai’s leading female entrepreneurs.

Listen in as Zainab touches upon various topics such as how the pandemic has impacted her over the last two years. She also reflects on one of her favorite weddings from the last two years, how she felt having to have virtual meetings when the pandemic was at its height, how rearranging her environment rather than letting it get stagnant inspires her, how the pandemic has caused some people to become more demanding, and so much more!

Andy had such a good time catching up with Zainab, and he really hopes that you enjoy listening to the conversation as much as he did! If you do enjoy it, then Andy would be very appreciative if you would share this episode with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure also to leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!


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Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? 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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Time Stamps

[00:00] – This episode’s sponsor is KT Merry Education.

[0:57]Zainab Alsalih of Carousel returns to the show.

[2:25] – Zainab discusses how she got through the COVID-19 pandemic.

[4:35] – Zainab touches upon balancing her professional life with her family life.

[5:38] – Has business bounced back for Zainab?

[6:53] – Zainab observes that weddings are relatively smaller nowadays.

[8:00] – Zainab reflects on a wedding from December 2020.

[11:53] – Learn how Zainab felt about having to have virtual meetings.

[14:46] – How does Zaibab inspire herself?

[16:25] – Andy and Zainab agree that rearranging your environment is helpful.

[18:07] – Zainab shares an update on her newest book.

[19:18] – What is Zaibab’s biggest challenge right now?

[21:30] – Zainab reveals how she feels people’s priorities have changed.

[24:30] – Andy provides Zainab’s website and social media information.

 

RESOURCES

The Wedding Biz Episode 288 ZAINAB ALSALIH/Carousel Events: One of Dubai’s Leading
Women Entrepreneurs

 

Find Zainab:

Zainab’s Instagram Page
Carousel – Website
Carousel – Instagram Page
Carousel – Facebook Page
Carousel – Pinterest Page
Carousel – Vimeo Page


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The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

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The Wedding Biz Network

The Music Makers

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & KT Merry Education.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 428 BRETT CULP: Embracing Change Empowering Others and Sparking Innovation

Today’s guest is no stranger to the show as he has been featured on it before! Welcome Brett Culp, an acclaimed filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, authors, hall of fame athletes, and royal families, and his films have been featured on Netflix, Apple TV, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. His uplifting keynote speeches deliver practical methods for uniting teams for a meaningful mission and creating growth through trust and genuine connection.

Brett talks about the difficult social climate in which we currently live and what responsibility falls upon the shoulders of entrepreneurs to be a source of light for people. He also touches upon his view of leadership, how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a shift in leadership mindset, the difference between managing and mentoring, how to unlock people’s hidden potential, the benefits of feedback and one-on-one communication, why stress makes us stronger rather than weaker, and so much more!

Andy, as usual, found his conversation with Brett to be enlightening, and he hopes you find it helpful as well! If so, then he would love it if you would share this episode with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure also to leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!

 

Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? 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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Time Stamps

[0:36] – We discover that today’s guest is returning guest Brett Culp.

[2:06] – Brett touches upon our living in a state of constant crisis.

[3:43] – Brett advises on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed in these trying times.

[5:45] – Andy enthusiastically refers to the book The Obstacle Is the Way.

[6:25] – Brett compares the conversation to breaking the sound barrier.

[8:37] – Brett reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to independence.

[11:19] – Mentoring rather than managing is still leadership, Brett asserts.

[13:11] – Brett argues that we need to decide what we want our customer experience to be.

[15:53] – Brett points out that the meaning of leadership is often misunderstood.

[18:50] – Organizations that can respond quickly to change are the ones that will survive.

[21:18] – Andy points out that involving people needs to happen on an ongoing basis.

[22:47] – Learn what it means to be anti-fragile.

[24:19] – Hear where you can get more information about Brett.

 

RESOURCES

Brett’s Previous Guest Spots on the Podcast
Ryan Holiday – The Obstacle Is the Way


Find Brett:

Brett’s Website
Brett’s Facebook Page
Brett’s Instagram Page
Brett’s Twitter Page
Brett’s LinkedIn Profile

 

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The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 427 CORBIN GURKIN: Life as a Photographer

Corbin Gurkin of Corbin Gurkin Photography joins Andy today to talk about her unique journey as a wedding photographer. Corbin has photographed weddings in places as diverse as California’s wine country, the beautiful beaches of Thailand, country estates in Ireland, the hillside villages of Tuscany, and more. Her work has been regularly featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Town and Country, and she has also won PDN Top Knots Wedding Photography grand prize award!

Learn about how Corbin had originally planned to be a war photographer but eventually decided to become a wedding photographer. She also dives into how she makes standard aspects of weddings such as toasts unique and artistic, what drives her as an artist, what it was like photographing Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner getting married, how she feels about film vs. digital, how the wedding industry has changed since she started shooting wedding photography twenty years ago, and so much more!

Andy found his chat with Corbin to be very interesting and insightful and hopes that you do too! If so, then he would love it if you would share this episode with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!


Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? 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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Time Stamps

[1:24] – Andy announces today’s guest as Corbin Gurkin of Corbin Gurkin Photography.

[2:20] – Corbin reveals that she initially wanted to be a war photographer.

[4:13] – Andy pivots the conversation toward Corbin capturing unique moments.

[6:00] – Corbin argues that the endgame of all weddings is the same.

[8:15] – Corbin offers insight into her subjects being vulnerable.

[10:00] – We are walked through Corbin’s process with her clients.

[12:22] – Corbin discusses having pertinent details about an event.

[16:00] – Learn about Corbin having shot Joe Jonas’ and Sophie Turner’s wedding.

[19:06] – Corbin compares and contrasts editorial work with wedding work.

[20:10] – How does Corbin feel about film vs. digital?

[21:39] – Corbin identifies time constraints as one of her biggest challenges.

[24:18] – Why did Corbin hold off on hiring employees for a bit?

[25:37] – Corbin explains how the wedding industry is different now than when she started.

[28:39] – Corbin discloses how she puts together a cohesive editorial spread.

[30:28] – Discover what gear Corbin is currently using.

[31:31] – Andy reveals where we can find Corbin online.

 

Find Corbin:

Corbin’s Website
Corbin’s Courses
Corbin’s Pinterest Page
Corbin’s Facebook Page

 

Follow The Wedding Biz on Social:

The Wedding Biz

The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

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The Wedding Biz Network

The Music Makers

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment.

Photo by Corbin-Gurkin

Photo by Stephanie David
Photo by Stephanie David

Episode 426 DAVID STARK: How Innovation Comes Out of Constraints

Frequent guest David Stark comes back to the podcast today! David is a renowned event producer and designer based out of New York City, and his team creates events worldwide for weddings, entertainment, fashion, publishing, arts, media, and more! Some of his high-profile clients and events include Brad Pitt, Glenn Close, Saturday Night Live’s fortieth anniversary, Louis Vuitton, and fundraising galas for the country’s most elite. David also has several published books including his most recent, titled At the Artisan’s Table, and has been a guest expert on many television shows and has even been featured numerous times in various major publications.

The last time that David was on the show was in April 2020, just a month after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, so he discusses how the pandemic has impacted him over the last two years. He reveals that he has learned a lot about flexibility because of the pandemic, declaring that innovation comes out of constraints. He also likens creating an event to directing a play and points out how both have similar approaches, and he and Andy also talk about David’s new book, problem-solving, conquering burnout, how David did some unwinding on a recent vacation, and so much more!

Andy always really enjoys catching up with David and is appreciative of his time. He would love it if you would share this episode of the podcast with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!

Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? 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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Time Stamps

[0:27] – Andy is looking forward to going back to New York City.

[1:01]Returning guest David Stark is today’s guest.

[2:07] – David has a new book coming out in October!

[2:44] – David describes At the Artisan’s Table.

[5:51] – David touches upon how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected him.

[8:05] – David argues that warmth and closeness have come out of the pandemic.

[10:20] – We have developed innovations because of the pandemic, David points out.

[13:48] – David reflects on his work with the Robin Hood Foundation.

[17:20] – David reveals an important lesson he learned from his education.

[18:36] – Andy shifts the conversation toward burnout.

[21:25] – Has David recently changed his prices?

[22:27] – Learn about David’s recent vacation.

[25:12] – David loves New York City.

[27:31] – Andy shares David’s contact information with us.

 

RESOURCES

David’s Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz

Pre-order At the Artisan’s Table

 

Find David:

David’s Website
David’s Instagram Page

 

Follow The Wedding Biz on Social:

The Wedding Biz

The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

The Wedding Biz on Facebook: @theweddingbiz

The Wedding Biz Network

The Music Makers

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment.