Blog Contributors Wanted!

Write for B-Boy Productions

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While the B-Boy management team is extremely talented, we realize we can’t do everything ourselves. Because of that, we are looking for a couple of blog contributors to show their stuff!

We’re not in this for ourselves. We want to help promote you and your business as well so this is a great way to cross-promote your brand. We’d like to select our contributors soon and have everything in place by September 1st!

We’d love to recruit 5-6 contributors to blog on B-Boy Productions, Inc. We’ll choose bloggers for each category below. Categories are:

  • Decor/Event Design/Event Planning
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Catering/Desserts

We’ve outlined the details below:

HOW OFTEN WILL YOU POST: 1-2x per month for 6 months.

EXPERIENCE: Yes – Must have an active/updated blog. We’re looking for bloggers who have some knowledge of programs like Photoshop & have a ‘similar aesthetic‘ as B-Boy Productions. The posts you write for B-Boy cannot be posted on your own blog, but you can link to it from your blog.

WILL THERE BE COMPENSATION: Not at this time. But it’s a great chance to gain more exposure & collaborate with the B-Boy blog.

BIO PAGES: We’ll be adding a page with photos & short bios of all the current contributors.

RESOURCES: It’s very important to credit all images properly.

CREATIVE POSTS PLEASE: We consider ourselves creative. That said, we love reading interesting and quality posts with pictures throughout. So please put some LOVE into it!

PHOTOGRAPHER SUBMISSIONS: While pictures are awesome and we do want them posted, please make sure you add some written words to tell the story.

HOW DO YOU SUBMIT: If you want to give this a try, email us and let us know which category you’re interested in. Write ‘Contributors‘ in the email subject please. Also, please include a link to your blog so we can see your writing style!

WHEN WILL WE SELECT CONTRIBUTORS: If you don’t hear from someone at B-Boy in about 2-3 weeks from this post, it means someone else was selected. Unfortunately, we may not be able to respond to everyone. We will post the selected contributors in an upcoming post!

Thanks & looking forward to hearing from you!

Guest Blog Post – Ashley Kersh Fine Jewelry

Ashley Kersh Fine Jewelry

Today, we are thrilled to have Ashley Kersh filling in on the blog! Ashley is a New York City based fine jewelry designer with an insider’s view on everything from the engagement ring to wedding day baubles. There are some great tips for you fellas looking for the perfect engagement ring. And don’t worry ladies, there’s something for you, too! Everything you need to know about accessorizing your wedding day look. Read on!

CUSTOM JEWELS
by Ashley Kersh

Custom Wedding Jewelry

Gentlemen — You have paced back and forth reciting the perfect proposal, and have been searching high and low for the perfect location to propose. Now you must ask yourself: What are the key things to look for when you are choosing a custom diamond engagement ring?

There are a few important aspects to consider. First, make an informed purchase. Never buy out of pressure, anxiety, or adrenaline. Next, decide on a budget. Most of the investment will be in the center stone, so focus on that piece first. Never buy a center stone that is already set in a mounting unless it has a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certificate. What is a GIA certificate? There are many types of diamond certifications that are used to gauge the quality of a stone, but GIA is the most highly regarded in the industry for its stringent test criteria. I recommend never buying a stone that isn’t GIA certified. Also important to note is that when comparing stones, always make sure you are comparing a GIA stone to another GIA stone. A different certification could be one to two grades lower than the GIA certification and will not be a comparable benchmark.

If you decide to choose a diamond for a center stone, you will need to evaluate the various characteristics of the diamond: size, color, clarity, and carat. I suggest picking two that are the most important to you and run with those … you will drive yourself crazy trying to juggle all four variables. It is also very important to understand the dimensions of the stone. You need to be sure you’re not buying a bottom heavy stone. It is very possible to buy a 3 carat stone with too much of the weight underneath and have it appear to be more like a 2 carat.

When it comes to the setting, always go custom if possible. It will be created with much more craftsmanship, less metal, and will be more finely forged. Many jewelers will push towards a prefabricated setting they have in stock, which is why it is beneficial to find a jeweler who is prideful in his or her craft.

Rings by Ashley Kersh

Ladies — Congratulations on finding the man of your dreams. I imagine you’re now planning that perfect wedding — the one you’ve been dreaming of since you were a little girl. If you’re like me, you’ll want to sparkle in jewels that set you apart from any other bride — unique, one of a kind pieces.

Custom-designed emerald earrings

For bridal jewels — whether you choose statement earrings, a necklace, a tiara, a bracelet, or even all of the above — I work with each bride to make the details of each piece come to life. It’s important to consider the wearability of your jewelry. What do you have in your current collection? I always try to add at least one function where the piece could be worn in a different way. For example, you could make a simple diamond stud earring for the wedding, and for the anniversary add a removable emerald pear shape drop. Add an additional closure to your drop, and you could wear it as a pendant around your neck.

The inspiration for your wedding day pieces can come from a color, a special piece of fabric, or even a memory of a place that you have shared with your betrothed. From this initial spark, I make my sketches, and finally, after the twisting of metals and the setting of stones, your special pieces are crafted. It’s not only about creating something for that special day, but also creating an heirloom for your children and children’s children. My hope is that every piece of jewelry I make now for a bride will be the next generation’s “something old,” continuing to inspire young both brides and grooms for years to come.

Good Luck to you both!

Emerald Earrings by Ashley Kersh

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Gold Necklace with Emeralds

 

About the Author:

In 2011, Ashley Kersh launched her New York City based company creating one-of-a-kind pieces for private clients. Ashley’s socially-responsible custom creations include rare and fine stones sourced globally and paired with world-renowned craftsmanship. Implementing different precious metals and finishes, Ashley’s designs harness elements such as diamond slices, vintage ivory, emeralds, and many others. Because Ashley believes in the versatility of fine jewelry, she designs with the idea that your favorite fine jewelry pieces do not need to be saved for special occasions anymore. With this mantra in mind, Ashley Kersh designs allow a ring to transform into a brooch or a pendant. Look for Ashley’s work in recent and upcoming media issues.

Visit Ashley Kersh on the web.
To view the current collection or private client appointments, email info@ashleykersh.com.

You can also follow Ashley on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Vendor Profile: Dear Wesleyann – Wedding and Lifestyle Photography

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B-Boy Productions Inc. handles a lot of destination weddings, and in doing so, we’ve been blessed to work with some of the best wedding and event photographers in the country.

Our friends at Dear Wesleyann are right at the top of the list of folks we love to work with! Dear Wesleyann is a Florida Panhandle destination wedding photographer covering the areas of 30-A, Carillon Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seaside, WaterColor and beyond. With many years in the industry, Wesleyann combines experience and expertise with an efficacious attitude and win-you-over smile! We recently cornered her to get some advice and insights for our blog-reader friends and brides-to-be. Here’s what she had to say:

First, give us a quick recap on your background, experience, and what brought you to the beach?

When it comes to my background and where I’m from, I pretty much fall into that coined term of being a “Third Culture Kid.” Growing up, we were constantly on the move for my dad’s career. Rest assured that no matter where we lived, the Florida Panhandle is where we always spent our summers and had a way of feeling like home! After my 2nd year of college in Pennsylvania, I decided to forgo another year of the cold and snow, and decided to migrate south to the palm trees and Gulf breeze! Never did I have plans to stay here, however, after running into the first boy I ever dated from years past {at the age of 14} … well 7 years of marriage and two little boys later … we’re still here! I’m convinced the beach has a way of never letting you go!!

As far as my professional experience and background … I’ve been a shutter releaser, professionally, for 5 years. Coming from a creative family and living abroad, photography and art have always been a passion of mine. However, the way it became my career was rather serendipitous and ended up being one of those “meant to be” kind of things! With a degree in Communications, a minor in Photography, and life’s journey of ups, downs, twists, and turns … my first real career as a wedding event planner at a resort soon lead me to being a wedding photographer!

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When shooting any outdoor event, weather is unpredictable. What other things does the destination/beach bride need to know? Any advice to share?

Weather here along the coast is very unpredictable, to say the least!! However, when you have a team of wedding professionals you’re able to trust … you can rest assured you’re in good hands! When I got married 7 years ago someone gave me words of advise that I held on to and give to my couples now – remember that no matter what may happen, at the end of your wedding day, the two of you are going to be husband and wife … and that’s what all this is truly about! It’s so easy to get caught up in the midst of everything and it’s important to always have that as a constant reminder!!

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What trends are you seeing for 2013 destination weddings?

I think the beauty of wedding trends now days is that couples can do just about anything the mind can create and their budget can allow!!! I love that couples are making their wedding day sentimental with so many personal touches! One of my favorites I’ve seen a lot this year, is couples who incorporate family heirlooms into their day … it has a way of bringing love, commitment and family full circle!

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You excel in capturing details and emotions! Do you have a favorite “moment” that you always hope to capture at a wedding?

The fact that weddings are all about emotions, moments and memories, I think is what truly fuels my passion for them! Every wedding has those “first time moments”… The look on the bride’s face when she sees herself in the mirror for the first time in her dress, the look on the father’s face as he glances at his daughter one last time before walking her down the aisle, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time … and the first kiss! All those moments are moment capture musts! However, it’s the expressions and emotions just before and after … and then the unexpected moments, that tend to make my heart soar! It’s capturing those moments for my couples that makes a wedding feel “whole!”

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In this age of social media sharing and Instagram, some brides are opting for an “unplugged” ceremony and reception – leaving the first images of their event to a professional. Do you have thoughts on this trend?

When I’ve attended weddings as a guest {and especially now that I’m married}, there’s something truly special and sentimental when you’re engaged in the meaning and words being exchanged as the couple commits to forever together! As wonderful as social media and technology can be, I’ve realized that it can also be a huge distraction … not just at weddings but during life in general! I think the whole “unplugged” concept is a fantastic idea so that you and your guests are able to really enjoy and be in the moment! Because we live in an instant gratification age, and because I know couples and guests are always so excited to see images from the day, I always make it a point to post a few images on Facebook and Instagram within a few days of the wedding!!

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Dear Wesleyann shoots a lot of weddings, but you do other types of shoots too. Give us a quick rundown?

Over the last 5 years, I’ve captured mostly weddings and lifestyle {family, maternity, newborn, etc.} sessions. However, over the last few months, I’ve done a lot of soul searching in hopes of creating a balance between work and personal life. Weddings have always been my passion, so starting in the fall, I’ll mainly be marketing myself as just weddings and wedding related shoots — whether lifestyle or commercial. Even though I’m narrowing in on a specific industry within photography, I’m excited to be able to focus on the creative opportunities and new adventures where my heart truly is … in weddings!

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We’ve heard you have a travel bug and love to do destination shoots. Where have you been recently? And where would you like to go (bucket list!)?

I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to travel for weddings and shoots! I spent 5 years living abroad while growing up, which definitely helped to cultivate a love for travel and adventure!! This year, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot weddings in the North Carolina Mountains, Alabama, and this fall I’ll be heading down south to the Florida Keys! Next year I feel like I’m already on the fast track to crossing things off my Bucket List as I’ll be shooting a wedding at the Biltmore Estate! As far as other bucket list locations … I’m crossing my fingers and toes for a NYC wedding, one in California wine country … and then my dream is to go back to Paris, France where I grew up to shoot!!!

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There you have it! If you’re looking for a fantastic, fun, joyful photographer – especially for a far away, exotic on-location shoot – B-Boy Productions heartily recommends you hit up Dear Wesleyann! And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook!

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Win an iPad Mini!

Win an iPad Mini

B-Boy Productions Inc. is giving away a new iPad Mini to one lucky winner! Entry is easy … just find the contest widget below and sign up to follow us on some (or all!) of our social media channels. We want to be able to stay in contact with you — and share all the FREE new music mixes and event news coming from the B-Boy team.

The iPad Mini is our new best friend — all the features of the regular iPad, but thinner and lighter! Enter today to get in the running for this little bundle of joy …

 

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Turn To B-Boy for Live Musicians to Jazz Up Your Event!

Musicians

Did you know that B-Boy Productions Inc. does MORE than just put on a memorable night of music and dancing with highly skilled DJ/MC/Party Motivators? We also provide seasoned live musicians for wedding rehearsals, cocktail hour, corporate events and more. So whether you’re looking for a chill vibe or some upbeat blues, B-Boy Productions has a solo artist, duo or band on the roster that will fit your needs.

Here are three recent videos of performances from our amazing team of musicians:

Dan Austin – Guitarist/Vocalist
Cocktail Hour Samples

 

Gino Rosaria Band
5-Piece Band (also performs as a 3-Piece Band)

 

Aaron Paul Bostic – Guitarist/Vocalist
Cocktail Hour Samples

 

You can also check out playlists and samples of our artists right here on our website, or follow us on YouTube to keep up with all the newest videos posted from our events.

Find someone on the roster that you’d like to hear more from? Hit us up and we can send you some samples!

It’s Only Mid-June and Event Season is Rockin’!

Our last photo blog post was so well received that we thought we’d give you another quick photographic tour of what the B-Boy Productions Inc. team is blessed to do and see on a weekly basis.

DJ Irving Gil

DJ Irving Gil teaches the wedding guests a line dance!

DJ Duane Mays

DJ Duane Mays rocking the dance floor!

West Emerson performing

Cocktail hour at the Emerald Grande in Destin, FL with West Emerson performing.

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Creating perfect moments!

Dual DJ Setup

Double the DJ systems, double the fun!

donut cake

Now THAT is a cake!

aerialists

The aerialists WOW the crowd at Digital Graffiti 2013!

Event in Milwaukee, WI

Our first time working an event in Milwaukee, WI!

hilton sandestin

Dancing the Night Away!

When is your next party? Hit us up! You can get a FREE consultation, right here on our website!

B-Boy Productions Inc. Happenings – In Photos!

Event season is in full swing! In May we celebrated with old and new friends at 25 events that were filled with surprises and unique details. Take a look at some of what transpired …

B-Boy Team in Action

Irving Gil

Irving Gil killing it!

Cam Ray and Jessica Heit

Cam Ray (keyboardist) and Jessica Heit (violinist) perform at a beach wedding ceremony.

New York Event

<em><strong>DJ Brian B. Selfie! Heading out for an event.</strong></em>

You Know It’s a Party When …

You know it's a party!

You know it's a party!

Get Lucky Remix

Drummer Boy

Accompaniment for the bride and groom’s first dance?

 

It’s All In the Details!

It’s All In the Details!

Wedding MadLibs!

Wedding MadLibs!

B-Boy Happenings!

B-Boy Happenings!

We’re hoping to make this monthly photo recap a regular feature on our blog. Let us know what you think in the comments below?

You can also catch more of our photos on Instagram. Remember that every time we add 100 followers on Instagram, we will be giving away an iPod Shuffle. Get in on the action by following us today!

 

Vendor Profile: Infinity Lighting for Cutting-Edge Lighting and Effects

Infinity Lighting

Our Southern California division handles a lot of weddings, plus quite a few specialty events for corporations, annual conferences, holiday events, celebrity parties, school dances, etc. Whenever B-Boy Productions, Inc. does an event in California that requires heavy-duty lighting such as specialized décor lights, stage lighting, pin spots, or nightclub style dance lighting, we turn to Infinity Lighting of Brea, CA. With 17 years in the event production business, Infinity Lighting has the experience to pull together the special effects and lighting that will always “wow” a crowd.

We checked in with Stephen Shanahan, owner of Infinity Lighting, to learn a little bit more about lighting trends and what their business has to offer:

  1. How did you get started in the event production industry?
    My background and degree is in Lighting and Production design. I started with a small DJ company and built their lighting division up from the ground up. I believe quality design coupled with a quality designer makes for an extraordinary event.
  2. Why should a client consider more than the typical 2 DJ lights that move to the beat of the music and have different patterns?
    It’s all a matter of preference. DJ lighting is great for the dance floor and can give it energy and focus but decorative lighting can truly transform a ballroom to whatever you want it to feel like. Nothing can compare to a well lit room to meet the vision of the couple or client.
  3. What lighting trends are you seeing in the CA market?
    L.E.D. Color changing lighting is a great alternative to the high energy use lights called conventionals. The L.E.D. allows us to change colors of the room from event to event or song to song and they draw a lot less power than conventionals.
  4. Share your top tip for planners/businesses that are interested in adding specialty lighting to their event?
    Going with the minimum is never recommended. It’s true, you get what you pay for but sometimes spending 10% more can give you a 70% better look. Never underestimate a good designer to help complete the vision. Sometimes simple solutions are not only cost effective but they can create a simple answer to a look at an event. Sure you can spend $25,000 on lighting. But you can also spend $1800-$2500 to achieve a similar feeling for the event. The right lighting company can help you maximize your budget.

Infinity Lighting

B-Boy Productions has worked with Infinity Lighting for 7 years. We highly recommend them for their skill and overall professionalism. Catch up with them at their website or on Facebook.

Your B-Boy Entertainer is the Best of the Best – Here’s Why!

You're Hired

Written By Brian Buonassissi, Managing Partner of B-Boy Productions, Inc.

The single most important job I have on the management side of the business is making the right hires. There are other things that matter but the business is driven by the people in it and believe it or not, talent of the individual is not the first thing I look for. Here are 3 things I look for in our entertainers and why it should matter to our clients.

#1: Are they customer service minded?
This is the first thing I assess in a potential hire. Artists/Entertainers generally get a bad rap for being selfish and having a diva-like personality and there’s a fair amount of truth to that. However, the private event world is the epitome of the customer service business. We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile for our clients – whether that means getting to the venue earlier than required or staying at the event later if needed, adjusting to last minute changes or looking for the little things to add to the event that will make the day special. If they don’t cut it here, there’s no need to go to #2 or #3. How do we qualify this in an individual? I look for a few things.

*Have they been in the service industry sector before (i.e. bartender, server, hospitality, banker, lawn care, commission based sales, etc.)? Folks who have worked in those industries know that their income and job security depend on the relationships they make with their clients/customers. Those that succeed are usually outgoing, personable, and generally well-liked. This translates well to being a private event entertainer.

*Do they participate in any volunteer work and/or community service on a regular basis? This could include serving at their religious institution, animal rescue, nursing home, mentoring, tutoring, etc. This area is also critical. Giving of your time and talents says so much about an individual. It means they put others above themselves in a very visible way. It also shows me that they are good with time management because this is usually above and beyond their normal day to day schedule. Lastly, it shows me that they possess passion. That is hard to fake because if it’s not genuine, it won’t be sustainable.

*How do they handle pressure? It is a running joke amongst our staff that one of my “Brian-isms” I say often is, “Expect the unexpected,” when they are on a job. At an event, it can run the gamut – weather problems, venue issues, gear glitches, etc. – so it’s imperative that the entertainer (who is typically the face of the event) is somebody who is calm, collected and can navigate through these hurdles. I always ask in an interview process, “Has there been a time where things have not gone your way? How have you handled that? Is that a comfortable place for you?”

#2: How do they present themselves?
At first glance, this may sound rather vain and you may be thinking, “You mean, you select your hires based on their looks?” Whether we want to admit it or not, looks matter – especially in the private event world. Professional photographers are constantly snapping photos at private events, some clients may hire videographers and this potential entertainer could end up on a client’s video for years to come. So yes, looks matter. But that only tells part of the story. When I interview someone who is well put together, it means that they took some time with their appearance. I’m not expecting Armani suits or salon-esque hair styling (although that wouldn’t be a bad thing), but how they look does convey to me whether or not they care. Also, these people are usually in shape. Staying in shape takes intentional time carved out of their day to exercise at the gym and eat right. It gives me more confirmation of their ability to manage their time which, again, is crucial to being an entertainer for our company. I also look to their social networking posts (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc.). How are they communicating on a daily basis? Are they generally a positive person or constantly irritable and complaining? A lot of written correspondence occurs between our clients and entertainers so it’s important that I can see what their natural, everyday writing ability is like. Lastly, I listen to their speech during an interview. How do they phrase their answers? Public speaking is at least 50% of our job as an entertainer and while this can and is taught to all of our entertainers, the learning curve can be minimal if they are able to articulate themselves verbally in a concise, professional manner.

#3: Would you pay a cover to watch them perform?
When it comes to live musicians, this is very easy to quantify. I’m looking for something unique and special about the entertainer. We have never settled in this arena for the “status quo” private event musician. Everybody on our roster is extremely talented and the type of act you’d pay  to watch. When it comes to our DJs/MCs, it’s a little different because we train them from the ground up in most cases. It’s more about seeing the potential in someone much like a team talent scout would do in evaluating an athlete. As I’ve gotten older and done this more often, I tend to pick the right ones and rarely miss. When we send the DJ/MC out completely trained (which for us takes a full year to do), our clients will feel like their money was well spent and that’s important to us.

Through this post, I hope you’ve gotten a little glimpse into what goes into our hiring process. It isn’t about making the quick dollar for us. We have an extremely rigid vetting process when it comes to hires and those that we bring on, are generally with us a long time. You can be assured you’re in good hands with a B-Boy Productions, Inc. entertainer. We currently still have availability for 2013 so contact us today to book an entertainer for your event. For a complete list of our staff, go here.

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