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.

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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.

Homecoming Photo of the Day: All Smiles!

Homecoming Photography by Firefly Event Photography

Firefly Event Photography Homecoming Photography

By working with Firefly Event Photography every student will feel like the homecoming king, prom queen, or the valedictorian.
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Pierce Brunson
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(727) 599-6153

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.

Firefly Event Photography Real Value Blog Image 2013

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

Top 5 Reasons for Using an Event Photographer at High School Dances

1.It’s 2013: If you haven’t noticed photography has changed. Have you been to a wedding in the last two years? Have you noticed that the photographer isn’t doing the same thing that was being done 10-15 years ago? Then why are you approaching your event photography in the same way? Your students deserve a modern approach to their special events. These events are just as important as weddings, births, milestones, and other celebrations. No one would want a photographer that showed up with the skills of the 1990’s photographer at their event.

2.Low cost per person: Using an event photographer offers students the opportunity for a lower cost per person when compared to the traditional bring a check/ prepay/ student must remember their money methods of years ago.

3.Multiple Images: Event photographers are great and highly skilled photographers. Event photographers excel in low light conditions, can maneuver to get a great shot, can work within large crowds and while focusing entirely on capturing the best image. By using your traditional photographer, their method takes the approach of sales person and photographer. This usually means a photographer that has been forced to be a sales person, stand in one spot and take a stagnant one image options all night. Event photographers move and capture images for the entire event to deliver more images than traditional methods.

4.Variety of Options Better Images: By using an event photographer you have a person/ company that understands photography and what it means to the individual. An event photographer works to capture the event at the highest level. When schools blow their budget on buildings and have very little money for the DJ or modern photography they are really hurting their students and the options for a great event. The event photography company can switch between the candid images, open air photo booth and formal backdrop option. Their skills are varied as to deliver the best for events. Your traditional photography company is only “decent” at portraits. But they are great at taking one image and letting that be it for your kids.

5.Your Students Grow Up! Your students will one day want to see these images. Event photographers understand the importance of the posed image and capture the event as is. These nostalgic moments should be available for your students as they become adults. If you work with a traditional company they purge files or have an archaic website to view images.

Visit Firefly Event Photography and Entertainment to get more information on a great company that only focuses on high school event photography. http://www.fireflyepe.com

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Elements of the School Dance: The Pictures

“Everyone deserves a professional picture without it being hijacked for a high ransom”

There is nothing about your night that will last longer than the pictures. As our memeory fades of the night the images taken remind us of the great people in the school. This is a great opportunity for a school to add some separation from the old rubber stamping school dances of your rival down the road. Make your event great by having photo booths that are creative (not just a black background), plenty of photographers, and plenty of areas to take creative images. Then get on it! Once the music has stopped there are only memories and yet school committees aren’t working with companies that can handle capturing and securing them. Do you know how often a kid loses his phone, their computer dies or they mistakenly erase files? All those memories are down the drain so you can forget about #TBT (Throwback Thursday) years from now. Visit Firefly Event Photography http://www.fireflyepe.com for great solutions for your students.

Q: How can having a professional photography company enhance your event?

Q: Are your attendees impressed with the picture company?

Q: What results are you expecting when you work with a photography company?

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 about 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.

Share Your Suggestions: Photo Booths with Style

Here are some of our custom backdrops for Homecoming 2013. Share some of your creative ideas that will be fun for us to put together. Please share theme and prop ideas. We would like to hear your suggestions for any of the backdrops. We would love to hear your ideas!

Homecoming photo booth backdrops by Firefly Event Photogaphy

Photo booth backdrops for Homecoming 2013 by Firefly Event Photography & Entertainment

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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. This book 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.