A lot has happened behind the scenes here at IndyVisual over the past couple of weeks, hence my shortage of posts until yesterday. What’s kept me the busiest is moving into a different room within our office building to make room for other tenants, consolidating three rooms and 15 years worth of stuff into one. (Note that our address is still the same.) Amazingly, our operation fits comfortably into a single room, and I already feel more productive with everything I need right at my fingertips. It’s nice to have a fully-leased building for the first time in a few years, and I’m excited about the improvements our tenants are planning to make to the building. I’m even more excited to finally be back in the full swing of editing.
Due to all this craziness, our 15th anniversary mark came and went without much fanfare last week. I was hoping to make a little more noise about it, but I suppose being too busy to celebrate is a good problem to have. I made my first dollar (yes, it’s framed, and I’m a dork) on September 17, 1993 editing an episode of the “Dan Palmer Show” for local TV under the name Ridge Community Video, which I quickly changed to On the Spot Productions, a name that stuck until the year 2000. Going through so much stuff (old equipment, masters, files, etc.) during the recent move was like walking down Memory Lane, and hopefully I’ll still find some time and a way to share some of these memories with you.
One future memory I’m looking forward to is another destination wedding which we just booked coming up in January at Playa del Carmen near Cancun in Mexico. After the one I shot in St. Kitts last year, I figured it would be another 15 years before I’d have the opportunity to videotape in paradise again. But I could definitely get used to doing this every other year! Special thanks to well-traveled photographer Angela Talley for selling her client on the idea of hiring a videographer.
Just a couple of days ago, I was generously invited by consultant Kay Krober to be the official videographer for next year’s edition of the Association of Bridal Consultants’ annual convention called Business of Brides 2009. (“BoB” for short – I love it!) I can’t thank Kay and the ABC enough for thinking of me, and I’m looking forward to what will undoubtedly be our biggest yet most rewarding endeavor next year. Now if I could only get the Jackson 5’s “ABC” out of my head…
I also learned that we finished in the top five of the WRTV IndyChannel.com A-List for the second year in a row. The A-List is really a clever sales campaign that rewards businesses who solicit the largest number of votes (i.e., sales leads for WRTV), and with over 500 clients to hit up for votes, we could probably do pretty well. But after one day of voting in 2007, I decided I had better things to bother my clients with than voting for me year after year for a poll doesn’t really measure quality, and I’ve ignored it ever since. So to finish in the top five again (which I learned by receiving special advertising “offers” via e-mail, ha!) without soliciting a single vote is actually kind of neat, and I appreciate those of you who nominated and voted for us anyway.
What DOES mean a lot more to me than popularity contests is quite simply how well the business is doing, and to that end, we just booked our 50th wedding for 2008! That’s just a ridiculous number to me, and all I can do right now is keep pinching myself. This has truly been a special year that just keeps getting better and better, and I’m so thankful to be so blessed with great clients and friends in the wedding industry who continue to make it happen for us.
And last but certainly not least, our own senior videographer, Emmy-nominated producer, dear friend and all-around overachiever Laurie Buschmann just returned from a weekend in Charleston with a new title – BRIDE-TO-BE! I can’t begin to describe how happy I am for her, so I won’t even try. Suffice it to say she has earned every ounce of happiness that she is feeling right now, and it’s about time! I’ll leave you with a snapshot that I took the minute I realized Matt was “the one” for Laurie…minutes after they met!