Elements of The High School Dance: The Student Feedback

“Sweaty from dancing, full from eating, and face hurting from smiling. If you see these three things then no words are necessary!”

The best compliment we received as a company was in our follow up review with the dance committee a student said “man my legs still hurt from all of that dancing.” That is what you want to hear. Compliments don’t have to be “thank you” they can be a really sweaty group of kids heading home for the night laughing it up. Watch the mannerisms of your attendees. Can you see the fun on their faces? Can you hear the excitement once back at school on Monday? Are they ready to have another dance? You will hear these things if you did the aforementioned categories correctly. Each and every school is different. There are no cookie cutter ways that work. The sponsor has to get the committee to understand that delivering an excellent event is their job. Once you deliver a great night, take a bow. You just made everyone’s year!

Q: What is the best compliment you or your committed has heard?

Q: What slight adjustments do you need to make to improve your event?

Q: Did your committee thank the student body publically for supporting the event?

Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment, LLC believes that high school event photography should be creative, cost effective for all students and accessible for years. Our system helps every student feel like the homecoming king, prom queen and valedictorian.

Pierce Brunson, Founder

Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment, LLC.

Firefly Event Photography, Florida’s #1 high school event photography company for homecomings, proms, school events and graduations.
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Pierce Brunson is a high school event consultant that owns Firefly Event Photography and Entertainment, LLC. He has 15+ years of experience working with high schools students, fund raising, success planning and college counseling. His goal is to help students to make their high school days memorable and keep their enthusiasm for life strong as they leave high school and follow the path of their choosing. Contact Pierce Brunson at (727) 599-6153 or pierce@fireflyepe.com to set up a meeting for more ideas of how to get your student committee on the right track to sell more tickets, create a great school dance and gain more positive student feedback. The consultations are free.

Coming Soon: “Dance Floor Empty?” The book of how the nine elements are important in creating a better environment for your school and increasing ticket sales for the high school dance. This covers many of ideas Pierce has used in his consultations to help struggling schools improve their events. It also includes the story of Pierce Brunson and the creation of Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment, LLC.

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Planning the School Dance

Every high school dance comes down to some simple basics. Though there are many variables of fanciness, everyone still has some basic elements to their dance. Our following list contains the main aspects we share with our clients. Results are different but when we work with school sponsors we always discuss the following.
1.Results Desired: This area is rarely addressed. Simply put, if you spend the time to plan and execute this event what do you want for your efforts?
2.Budget: Are you breaking even or trying to raise funds? Your ticket price should reflect your goals.
3.Location: From the gym to the fancy resort there are many places that can host your event. What is your choice and what can your budget purchase?
4.Theme: At the end of the event decorations end up in the trash. So try to recycle and save money on some of the bells and whistles.
5.Music: Find a DJ that can relate to your students musical tastes, not yours.
6.Photographs: Once the event is over this is all that is left. Don’t go cheap in this area. http://www.fireflyepe.com for more info.
7.Refreshments: In other words, food. These are high school kids so you better have plenty. Also have plenty of water available for when they are finished dancing.

For more information please download our free instructional information for planning your school dance. The pamphlet, Elements of the High School Dance, includes valuable information and though provoking questions to help your dance be as successful as you want it to be.

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Pierce Brunson is a high school event consultant that owns Firefly Event Photography and Entertainment, LLC. He has 15+ years of experience working with high schools students, fund raising, success planning, and college counseling. His goal is to make the students’ high school days memorable, encourage and strengthen school spirit, and keep the students’ enthusiasm for life strong as they leave high school to follow the path of their choosing. Contact Pierce Brunson at (727) 599-6153 or pierce@fireflyepe.com to set up a meeting for more ideas of how to get your student committee on the right track to sell more tickets, create a great school dance, and gain more positive student feedback. The consultations are free.

Coming Soon: “Dance Floor Empty?” The book about how the nine elements of the high school dance are important in creating a better spirited environment for your school and increasing ticket sales for the high school dance. This covers many of ideas Pierce has used in his consultations to help struggling schools improve their events. It also includes the story of Pierce Brunson’s transition from the classroom to the business world and the creation of Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment, LLC.

http://www.fireflyepe.com

Elements of the High School Dance: The School

“School should be fun and memorable and that starts at the top and trickles down and out into the community”

The place where you teach is more than just a building with walls and halls. It is a place of learning with so much history. It is a place where the young start to become somebody. Schools are the cornerstone of communities. Their mascot represents a brand that everyone in the community can recognize. The school is the students, the staff, the volunteers, the alumni and the future students so events trickle out into the community for everyone to enjoy. High school days are important. It is where the youth solidify their opinions of the world and how they are going to relate in it. The school is a vital part of what every person does in their life. For so many the high school years are a great time to look back upon to see how far you have come since. Take every opportunity to remember that you are a part of something special. The legacy of your high school is strengthened every year by new students and graduates. The school should remember its past, support its present and dive into its future.

Q: What about your school’s culture helps you know that you will have a successful high school dance?

Q: What negatives will you have to redirect in order to help everyone feel connected?

Q: What are two positive thoughts, that you can share with others, best describe your school?

Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment, LLC believes that high school event photography should be creative, cost effective for all students and accessible for years. Our system helps every student feel like the homecoming king, prom queen and valedictorian.

Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment, LLC.
http://www.fireflyepe.com

Find us on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @fireflyepe

Pierce Brunson is a high school event consultant that owns Firefly Event Photography and Entertainment, LLC. He has 15+ years of experience working with high schools students, fund raising, success planning and college counseling. His goal is to help students to make their high school days memorable and keep their enthusiasm for life strong as they leave high school and follow the path of their choosing. Contact Pierce Brunson at (727) 599-6153 or pierce@fireflyepe.com to set up a meeting for more ideas of how to get your student committee on the right track to sell more tickets, create a great school dance and gain more positive student feedback. The consultations are free.

Why Homecoming Ticket Sales are Bad (And How to Improve Them)

As we head toward those months of September – November our company recognizes that the homecoming dance season is very important for us to get a great jump on the school year. Year after year we run into a schools that use the economy as the reason that their homecoming dance sales are low. After fielding many questions and working with a few schools I have found 5 keys that cause this issue.
1.No Student Love

Homecoming is during a time where the football team is playing, the school year is new, and there is still optimism for a fun year. Slow sales mean that your school has squelched those positive thoughts. It isn’t the recession. Kids don’t know anything about recessions, in fact kids still get stuff they want even when parents are struggling. Kids still spend money and will spend on something they feel is worthwhile. There is your issue. How to make your dance be a worthwhile cause for students to spend money. Do two things different this year. If you are making signs have people hand out personal invites as students leave the school for the day. A black and white copy print duplicated four times, and cut into squares is a cheap way to put info into the hands of your buyers. Don’t promise, show! Have the companies you want to work with come into your school and sell you on their services. Then have them do something to sell the students.
2.Doing Things Cheaply:

Nothing worse than a cheap DJ. Nothing worse than cheap decorations. Now you don’t have to book the largest hotel room just because but you do have to make the place look like it was worth the money. Stop paying for $500 DJs. Pay a person good money so they will care. If I was a $500 DJ there would be no way I would update my music for you, allow requests, or visit your school three times before the event. Remember paying a person minimally for their talent helps them make a living but paying them what they are worth allows them to make an experience for you.
3.The Sponsor is Behind the Times.

Nothing worse than trying to share a new product with people that have been doing the event at the school since the 90’s. Most of the time there is a rubber stamp that comes with planning an event. With the use of technology a DJ can take requests faster. We are an event photography company and we deliver more images than anyone and faster, why? Technology. If you are still getting the photography company that does presale or always has long lines, they are behind the times (this is where you check out our company Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment http://www.fireflyepe.com to see how we do modern photography). If your DJ doesn’t use subwoofers, and …well you get the picture. Move forward and find the companies that are delivering a more modern bang for the buck.
4.Your Committee Has Issues:

At times we get to experience the school dance committee that is creating the “us” dance. You know, they are planning the dance for the eight kids that are on the committee. Well, there are a large group of buyers that dislike those kids and will take their money to the food court over your dance. We take the time to visit the school and committee many times to make sure of ELE (everyone loving everyone). The committee is there to share the love not absorb it for themselves. Plan a dance that has something for everyone. At Firefly, our focus is all students and we only work with school committees that understand that. We had to start saying no to those committees that were making the dance all about their needs and wants without consideration for the entire group of attendees. Not saying you can please everyone but there are good ways to connect with all groups.
5.You are afraid to raise your ticket prices $15.

I try to give a quick business 101 and help schools understand that all the things kids buy cost money. Just check out the shoes and shirts they are wearing. Yeah, Nike may have an outlet but if that kid want the “new hotness” , it ain’t at the outlet. From my understanding the HC dance is designed at some schools to make money. Well, after you pay everyone you need to have some cash left. Start there, pay yourself first. How much do you want in the coffers after all of your hard work? In order to get the coffers up to that level you have to throw one hell of a show. Hell of a shows cost money but will deliver the best financial gain.

You have to go crazy and love throwing parties to make a real profit on these dances. It seems as if some schools have forgotten that these things are very important to the kids but kids are finicky. Deliver a dance where they get more bang for their buck and leave a sweaty mess from dancing all night and you will have a larger return group the next year.

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No other company delivers more images per event for a lower cost. Always unlimited access, sharing, and downloading of image files. Your students will love the results!

Firefly Event Photography is looking forward to working with our new clients in the fall for Homecoming!

Contact Pierce at pierce@fireflyepe.com for more information and to set up a consultation appointment.

Feedback Needed: Animation Script For Our Prom Photography

We are looking to do an animation script for our prom photography and would like your feedback on if the following words deliver a visual as you read the information.

Feel free to share constructive advice so we can deliver the best animation to our potential clients in the near future.

1. It’s prom planning time and if you are like other sponsors you have a budget based on the number of tickets you will sell at a certain price.

2. This budget includes things like the venue, decorations, DJ, and food.

3. If there is any leftover then you may look at a gift for the students that attend in the form of something labeled, or something you can put in their hand.

4. Most schools take the little excess and add a trinket that has impact but no lasting value.

5. At the end of the night when you have spent your entire budget, what do your students have left over?

6. The DJ has pulled the plug, the venue has locked the doors, the photo booth is packed away and you may be stuck with boxes of leftover trinkets that kids don’t want.

7. At Firefly we deliver years of lasting value with our photography system that is accessible to all students at your event.

8. At Prom our photographers capture as many images as your students desire and provide an online gallery to view, share and download the picture.

9. Your students get to create the memories they want with the people they enjoy the most without worrying if they are going to wait two weeks to get images, loose the paper strip from the photo booth machine, or pay extra sums of money per image.

10. It’s time your students had a one-time pay service that lasted longer than a few weeks.

11. Firefly delivers hundreds of images for one payment within 24 hours. Your students never have to worry about losing images or paying extra fees down the road. Access and unlimited downloading never expire.

12. Firefly Event Photography: Helping every student feel like the homecoming king, prom queen or valedictorian.

Thank you for your input. You can email me directly at pierce@fireflyepe.com if needed.

Adding Real Value for Students at Prom (Homecoming and Graduation)!

Value Price vs. Hidden Cost for Prom Photography

As we have talked with many school sponsors it is astonishing how many don’t know how much pictures are actually costing their students. Many schools allow a particular company to come to their dance because they show up for “free” or for a minimal fee usually under $1000 but what they fail to realize is that it is costing your students more in the long run when compared to Firefly Event Photography’s innovative approach. This approach is dedicated to helping add value to student events while saving them a lot of money. Continue reading to see how Firefly Event Photography adds value and savings for high school students.

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Real Photography Value For High School Students

As a teacher/event sponsor that is responsible for adding REAL value to your student’s lives it is time for a company like Firefly Event Photography to help your students have access to REAL value.

ACCESS to IMAGE FILES:
With Firefly: Always INCLUDED: Unlimited access, sharing and downloading of high resolution image files.
Other Company: Each student will have to special order and pay more for this type of access.

EXTRA IMAGES:
With Firefly: Always INCLUDED: Additional candid images taken at your event. These images show personality and are available to everyone at your event. These are also available for unlimited downloading.
Other Company: None

SPEED of RETURN:
With Firefly: By 9am the next morning after the dance for unlimited digital access.
Other Company: Two weeks for prints

REAL COST:
With Firefly: Based on 400 attendees $26 per couple for unlimited posed images (this also includes the extra candids). Students average 5 images per person.
Other Company: $45 per couple for up to 2 poses, printed. NO Candids, Long Lines, Two weeks wait time.

EXTRA CHARGES:
With Firefly: None, unlimited access for a minimum 13 months and up to 20 years.
Other Company: Pay Once, Get print, get upsold for online access (up to $45 per image)

VALUE:
With Firefly: Your students will pay an upfront fee via their ticket price and never have to pay again for access to their images.
Other Company: They start out free or cheap but their goal is to continue to upsell your students without your knowing.

ADDITIONAL VALUE:
By using Firefly Event Photography for the three major events at a high school (Homecoming, Prom and Graduation) your Seniors will only pay $75 extra ($10 at homecoming, $15 at prom and $50 at graduation) for UNLIMITED images (at all events) and three years of INCLUDED UNLIMITED ACCESS AND DOWNLOADING. This also includes unlimited candid images.

Now compare this to a student that went to all the events their entire high school career.

4 Homecomings – $40
2 Proms – $30
1 Graduation – $50
Total Extra cost for 4 years of images $120

When you use other companies graduation images alone will cost $95 extra for a basic package and no candids included.

Once again, are you really saving your students money and adding value or are you faking it?
Firefly is here to help students receive REAL value! Contact Pierce for a 30 minute meeting to share how we can help your students start getting real value. That is the mission of Firefly Event Photography!

You can’t beat unlimited and you can’t beat saving REAL dollars!

Let me know what you think via any social network.

Pierce Brunson, Founder and President