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Photographers Share Industry Secrets on Shooting Events

No matter how much word-of-mouth appreciation or buzz an event gets, memories fade. That’s why the perfect photographer is not only a want for an event planner, but a necessity. We chatted with five photographers around the state to get their tips and tricks on how to capture an event in a way that makes the fete last forever.

Event Candids
ANDREW KURCAN // ANDREW C. KURCAN PHOTOGRAPHER

Checklist: What to Do When Room Pirates Attack

It was a normal day in the office on September 26, 2013 until my phone rang and a confused exhibitor was on the line. This exhibitor had received a phone call and email from a company representing itself as our housing bureau for one of our upcoming events. Aging Services of Minnesota did not contract with this housing reservation company nor did we supply this company with contact names. In fact, our room block and event registration materials were not published yet.

What Type of Planner Do You Want to Be?

In the meetings and events world there are many types of planners. If you know you like planning but are not sure what direction you want to go, how do you decide? Many times it comes down to the first job you get—if you like it, you stay, and if you don’t like it, you make a move in a direction closer to what you think you would like.

Dealing with Murphy: Use Planning Templates, Not Guesswork

Special events are different from other projects. An event is a one-time activity with fixed boundaries and there is little to no wiggle room. Once the date, time and location are set, you face a hard deadline. Ready or not, the show must go on!

According to Murphy, if something does go wrong, the client looks to the event planner—whatever the circumstances might be. This is why meticulous planning is paramount, and using templates will streamline the process.

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