Friday, September 22, 2006

The "BUZZ" is Back!

...The BEST seminar I ever attended! ...Wow! Just what I needed! ...This seminar comes at the perfect time in our profession!

Yes, The Digital WakeUp Call Tour is underway again - an the attendees are loving it! While we had thought the summer months would provide some time to relax and enjoy the time off the road, we found ourselves busier than ever!! You know you're too busy when you're anxious to hit the road again just to slow down your daily routine!!

The week before starting the Tour David spoke at the largest - over 3500 attendees - PhotoShop World in Vegas. He headed up the first ever wedding track by giving 5 programs on Friday and also held an on-location Pre-Con session on Wednesday. We took the red -eye flight early Saturday morning 1:00 am. so David could shoot an all day wedding on Saturday. It was GREAT just busy, busy, busy!!

We packed our rental van all day Sunday and for the first time on the Tour we hit rain in our travels. Unfortunately, the rainy conditions followed us from location to location the first 4 days. We started off Monday, September 11th in Columbus, then Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Thursday in Buffalo. We then drove to Sturbridge MA for the PPANE Convention and Trade Show. David spoke on Saturday while I ran the tradeshow booth and we both worked the booth on Sunday. At the close of the tradeshow hours, we quickly packed up and started the DRIVE to Nashville, TN. an 18 hour drive. Yes, many are questioning if we are NUTS!!

Our plan was to get as far as Allentown PA, just over 4 hour drive, check into a hotel and meet up with old friends for dinner. To our amazement, Allentown PA was holding an Agricultural Convention and the first 5 hotels we attempted to check into were fully booked. We finally had to settle on a Red Roof Inn. We drove approximately 9 hours on Tuesday and completed the drive Wednesday morning to reach Nashville for Wednesday evening program.

Our audience was terrific in each city. We kicked off each program with an ete opening lighting demo which David popped on the screen with Canon's wireless transmitter. It was a "kick for all.
ColorVision and ExpoImaging joined our sponsors list for the second half of the tour as well and added substantially to the door prize give always. We are giving away about $1700 per city for the second half of the tour. Kudos to all of our sponsors.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Digital WakeUp Call Fall Tour Underway

Wow! Where did the summer go. We were at Photoshop World in Las Vegas 2 weeks ago presenting their first ever wedding track of programs. What a great crowd - the largest Photoshop World ever - over 3500 enthusiastic participants! LaDawn and I hit the road again last week and had a great kick-off week for the second half of the Digital WakeUp Call Tour. We visit Nashville on Wednesday, and head for the West Coast next week.

I promised a review of Canon's new ProGraf5000 inkjet printer over the summer. It arrived 2 days before we left for Photoshop World 2 weeks ago. As soon as we land back home we will get it up and running and give you an update. We are at the PPANE Convention this weekend and Canon printed off a few images for me - they looked fantastic!!! I can't wait to get it fired up. Check out the review at Luminous-Landscape's site - - lot's of great info on the printer.

We will check in a bit more often now that we are back on tour.

All the best to everyone.

--David and LaDawn