Lighting: Before & After

The Transformative Power of Lighting

When touring a venue space on the Central Coast, there are many things that must be taken into consideration, and lighting is definitely one of them. Venue walkthroughs often take place during the day, and although it looks marvelous when the sun is shining through the windows, that same space is going to look completely different when it’s dark outside. Which is why we want to discuss an aspect of decor you may not have considered: Lighting Design.

Kramer Events offers several different styles of lighting design, perfect for weddings, corporate events, and other types of celebrations alike. Each style has a unique purpose and the potential to completely alter a venue space to match the style and theme of your event.

The Different Lighting Types

Bistro – String lighting can add the perfect touch of overhead lighting to an outdoor venue, creating a soft and elegant lighting design which looks beautiful in photos, especially as the sun sets in the background. It also provides functionality allowing your guests to see as the sun goes down. 

Pro-Tip: Consider dimming down your bistro lighting after dinner to create a better dancing environment.

Uplighting – Kramer Events offers uplights in a variety of primary colors, pastel colors, as well as color blending — our lighting technicians are skilled in mixing hues to create custom colors that will perfectly accentuate your venue space and event decor.

Pinspots & Washes – These lights offer just enough extra luminance for those important details of your celebration such as carefully crafted dessert settings, table designs, floral centerpieces and more!

Custom Projections – This is a cool option for those who want a truly unique touch added to their celebration. The Kramer Events Lighting Team can project names & dates, images, logos, and more.

Lighting involves more than the brightening of a room; it is about accentuating every aspect of an event in a way that best shows off all the unique touches that the client has envisioned and the venue/vendor team has worked so hard to create. Our Kramer team takes the job very seriously, we want to put forth nothing but the best results for our clients as well as the talented venues and vendors we work alongside to make an event successful. 

The proof is in the photos. 

Learn more about lighting today! 

Kramer Events Services | New DJ System

Throwing it B-B-B-BACK 

Kramer Events is bringing back a little bit of old school swag with the newest innovation in our DJ department and we couldn’t be more excited to present our new DJ system to the Central Coast Wedding and Events industry!

Our new system functions similar to an old-school turntable, combining the convenience and versatility of modern DJing with the ability to bring back the art of scratching records and beat juggling. This is going to open up the door to infinite possibilities when it comes to creativity, giving each of our clients a customized musical experience during their celebration.

You may have seen it debuted at one of the several amazing events the Kramer Team has been a part of over the past few months including the Slo Brew Rock opening party, The All About Events 90s wind down event, and Daou Vineyards & Winery’s 70s themed bash. DJ Conor has been tearing it up on our new system and reminding everyone what it means to be a genuine Mixologist on the boards.

If you’re looking for something unique to take your party to the next level, and enjoy the concept of having your DJ at the epicenter of the excitement, reading and interacting with the crowd through their musical composition, you may want to consider Kramer Events new DJ System. 

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Photography by: Cameron Ingalls

Team Member Spotlight

This month’s team member spotlight is our first group spotlight.  I’d like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our photography and videography team. As you likely know from reading What’s New With Kramer, from this point on, instead of booking these talented artists through Kramer Events, their services will now only be available directly through their own businesses. They will be finishing all their booked events with us through next year and then the sky is the limit! 

Justin Jacobs is a seasoned professional photographer, but more importantly an awesome person and a dear friend.  Event world aside, he’s inspired me to be the best person and best leader for my team that I can be.  He’s an inspiration to everyone he touches and will be opening a Church in Nipomo.  He’ll be finishing out events with us through next year while also be taking new bookings through his long standing business Open Door Wedding Photography.

Nawal is a talented photographer with her own style.  Melissa and I have known her for years on a personal level, but only recently got a chance to see her on a business level.  She blew me away and is very sharp.  We are excited to see her hit her stride in the wedding and event world.  I think she could grow to be a top photographer in our area.  Keep your eye on her.  She will accomplish great things.  She’ll be reachable for new bookings under her business Nawal Kassir Photography and will be finishing all her events with us through next season.  
 
Jack Hutchinson has been in the events industry since I started and has been a huge part of this local community.  I’m very proud of his work career and his ability to adapt and recreate his brand and his style over the years.  I love that someone with so much experience is still able to grow and push themselves in their own craft.  It inspires me to push myself.   It’s been great having him on our team.  He will be taking bookings through his company Jack Hutchinson Videography for both events and corporate media. 
 
Jeremy has been a great videographer and second shooter for us over the last year.  He’s got a very creative style and can go far in the video world if he decides to keep pursuing it.  I’m stoked he came on board the team. 
 
I’d like to thank all of these artists for their time in partnering with us to give our clients an incredible wedding team.  If you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge fan and am excited to see them all pursue and achieve their goals.  You would be lucky to have these talented professionals on your wedding team.

 

Beau Kramer
Team Leader

Photo Booth Farewell, Office Space Style

Photo Booth Farewell, Office Space Style

At Kramer Events, we highly prioritize regular team hangouts in which our team can get together and simply have fun. Each month we try to do something a little different and this month we had a great idea that put our team’s creativity and collaboration to use. We have been innovating our photo booth department for some time now and one of the key changes we have made is replacing our old Classic photo booth with a new and improved model. 

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What’s New with Kramer | Out with the Old!

In with the New!

At Kramer Events, we are always striving for improvement and innovation in our industry, and our BRAND NEW photo booth takes this concept to a whole new level!

Designed and crafted from scratch by our former lead technician Kris Teunissen, the new Kramer Events photo booth is a perfect combination of the classic photo booth experience with a modern flair that makes it a unique addition to any wedding or special event. 

The New Classic was created with the intention of taking the Photo Booth experience to a new level, and it has certainly achieved this in more ways than one. Some of its innovative features include: 

  • A lightweight design that is easy to transport and assemble in a fraction of the time. 
  • A one of a kind, handcrafted wooden exterior that provides a sleek yet classic appearance.
  • A built-in compartment for power cords to maintain a neat and visually appealing setup. 
  • A tilt feature, making the booth more accommodating to children and taller individuals alike. 
  • A compact design which greatly minimizes the amount of space needed for setup. 

The Kramer Team is stoked on this new addition to our lineup and even more excited to say fair well to the dinosaur that is our old Classic Booth. 

Classic Booth from Kramer Events on Vimeo.

Inquire about our new Classic Photo Booth today! 

See our parody of the Office Space as we send our old photo booth out with style! 

What’s New with Kramer?

What’s New with Kramer?

Fellow wedding industry,

I wanted to share the latest with Kramer Events.  We have decided to exit the Photography & Videography Business.  This will allow us to better focus on our core 4 services, DJ, Lighting/AV, Photo Booth, and Month of Coordination.
 
We’ve had a chance to have some great photographers and videographers on our team in recent years.  Nawal and Justin are incredible photographers each in their own style.  Jack has been in the video business and wedding industry for as long as I have, but it still refining his work and adapting to a new style. All of them have existing businesses that we fully support and endorse.  I appreciate all their work and the time they spent on our team.  Having direct and candid feedback from them, I feel has better enabled us to work as a team with all photography & Videography professionals.  I look forward to continuing to work with their businesses and watching them succeed under their own brands. 
 
 
We are also looking forward to developing relationships with other artists who share our core values and believe in a team-based approach so that we can deliver our best as a team to our mutual clients.  We will be looking to collaborate with our talented photographers, videographers, and cinematographers in our industry and grow together.
 
We originally got into the photo/video business for 2 main reasons. We wanted instant access to quality media for marketing.  But more importantly we wanted to ensure we could have a unified team at each event all helping each other to do their best work.  While we were able to achieve this we realized the industry has evolved.  There are now many artists that share the same team-based philosophy that drives us.  Many of those have the same values as us and are highly dedicated to their craft.  We want to surround our Kramer Team members with these great businesses at events so that we can ensure our clients get the best event they possibly can.
 
This will allow us to focus and innovate the core services we are so excited about growing: DJ, Lighting/AV, Photobooth, and Month of Coordination.  You’ll be seeing exciting innovations coming from us as we narrow our focus.  Our team is excited for what lies ahead.
 
Thank you all for your support over the years as we push ourselves to innovate and create while also adjusting course as needed.
 
Looking forward to raising the industry standard together.
 
Sincerely,
Beau Kramer
Team Leader

Is an Annual Company Party the Secret to a Successful Year?

 

Do you find yourself questioning whether or not an annual company party is worth the invested time and capital? We have definitely been there, but in our experience, a company party can really set the stage for a successful year; let us tell you why. 

 

It gives your team something to look forward too.

A well-anticipated company party can serve as a great tool in keeping spirits and productivity high during the busy seasons of the year. We all know the feeling of overwhelm that can often come from working hard to achieve the results needed to move a company forward, but when you know you have something great to look forward to, it helps you stay motivated and achieve your goals. Raising the bar in the Central Coast Events Industry is no easy feat, and the Kramer Team works incredibly hard at this. I know that after a busy season of helping our clients celebrate their lives in the biggest ways possible, our team has earned that big party in which we get the chance to let loose and celebrate life with one another. 

 

It allows the different divisions in your company to connect with one another. 

It’s very common for the various divisions of a company to become somewhat distant from one another during the busy seasons of the year because they are on separate tracks, working hard to excel in their craft. A company party is a perfect opportunity for new friendships to form amongst people in your organization who don’t regularly get the opportunity to connect. At Kramer Events, we have many specialized divisions – DJ, Lighting, Coordination, and Photo Booth – but it is essential to our company culture that the team synergy remain strong, and this involves all members of the team being able to interact and work well with one another. Having the ability to socialize with your coworkers in a non-work setting can really solidify the bonds that will move your company to the next level in the upcoming year. 

 

It creates a space in which your team’s accomplishments can be celebrated. 

This is possibly the most beneficial aspect of throwing an annual company party because it gives you the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing team of people that are the backbone of the company. Here we can showcase our great successes and find humor and learning opportunities in our failures. We can acknowledge individual employees or divisions as a whole for their hard work and perseverance and present awards to those who have earned them. As the CEO/Team Leader of a company, it is vital to give back to your employees and acknowledge all their hard work and achievement so they feel proud to be a part of the vision you’re all working towards. It also gets everyone pumped up for the next year to come and motivates everyone to raise the bar even higher. 

 

In conclusion, an annual party can be an essential part of achieving success in your company.

Regardless of your industry or the scale of your company, an annual celebration for your team can be a key component in the overall success of the business by keeping motivation up, strengthening ties amongst team members, and creating a space to celebrate achievements and encourage new growth. 

Stay tuned for our next Kramer Corporate newsletter to learn more about the ins and outs of planning your team gathering. In the meantime, check out our party packages here

The Kramer Scoop

The Kramer Scoop

Not following us on social media yet? No worries, here is a recap of what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks. 

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PINKTOBER (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) 

Throughout the whole month of October, the Kramer team repped their pink shirts on all our events to show our support to the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer throughout the course of their lifetime, but those diagnoses can be far more optimistic when there has been early detection. Realizing the importance of yearly mammograms can mean the difference between life and death for some. 

“I lost my Mom a few years back to breast cancer. She skipped getting a mamagram one year. The next year when she got it done, it was a little too late. Don’t put it off! Your family deserves to have you around.” – Beau Kramer

Kramer Events live on 104.5! 

If you are often Up and Adam in the morning, you may have heard Melissa doing her thing in the studio as she chatted it up with Adam and Coral about Kramer Events and what we are up to. Check it out on the BTS section of our Instagram stories! 

SCARY-OKE at SLO Farmers Market 

Things got a little spooky at the SLO Farmers market a couple weeks ago where the Kramer Events team was posted with our karaoke setup. Not only did attendees get a chance to rock out to their favorite tunes, they also got the opportunity to drop business cards off and enter a raffle to win FREE Karaoke for their company party. Stay tuned to find out who the lucky winner will be! 

Like what you see here? Well, there is more where that came from! Don’t miss out on all the exciting clips of the Kramer team out and about, behind the scenes goodies, real wedding features and more! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

The Importance of an Engagement Session

Why is an engagement session so important?

Having an engagement session with your Kramer Events Photographer prior to your wedding can make a big difference on your special day, and its something we highly recommend, here is why: 

  • It provides you with the perfect opportunity to get to know your photographer in a fun, stress-free environment and get comfortable with being in front of their lens. Engagement sessions are relaxed and playful so you and your partner get a chance to have your photos taken without the pressure of a timeline and expectations. You can explore poses, be silly, and share lots of laughs while you get a feel for how your photographer works. You have the opportunity to share with them any concerns or preferences you have when it comes to your photo being taken; and most importantly you begin to form a friendship with your photographer, who will be with you for the entirety of your wedding day. Building this trust ahead of time will allow you to truly relax on your big day and know that your photographer has got you covered! 

  • Not only does an engagement session provide a good opportunity for you to become well acquainted with your photographer, but it is also a great time to go over important wedding day information that your photographer will need to know in order to capture your special day most efficiently. For starters, your photographer will need to create their photography timeline for your wedding day and your input is paramount in this process; why not take the work out of it by creating it together over a coffee or delicious bite to eat? Your photographer has been behind the scenes on many weddings and is familiar with the way most venues and vendors work so they can provide you with valuable insight when it comes to planning your big day. They will also need to get a feel for what is most important to you when it comes to the documentation of your wedding. Do you want getting ready shots? A first look? Couple Photo’s at sunset? Family photos before the ceremony or after? Etc. Speaking of family photos, it is incredibly helpful for your photographer to have an understanding of your family dynamics on the day of the wedding so they can make this process as fun and stress-free as possible. 

“One of the coolest aspects of being a wedding photographer is getting the chance to be immersed in the culture of another family and witness the unique bonds they share with one another. It is important to me that my clients feel like I truly care about them and their guests, because I do! Having an engagement session with my couple ahead of time gives me the opportunity to create a family “shot list” and ask important questions about their friends and family so I feel as though I know the people I’m working with on the day of the wedding. This also makes the process of capturing family photos, which can be grueling if not executed correctly, much easier and even fun! People loosen up when you speak to them by name and show a genuine interest in who they are, and thats what I strive for with every wedding I shoot.” – Nawal Kassir 

  • Finally, an engagement shoot is an awesome excuse to get out and have fun with your fiancé while creating memories that will last a lifetime. As we’ve discussed in the past, the Central Coast is well known for its diversity in wildlife landscapes and beautiful cities; the possibilities are endless when it comes to planning an engagement shoot that will perfectly capture the lifestyle you and your partner enjoy together. Whether it be a casual stroll down the beach, a romantic trek into the forest, or a picnic amongst a field of flowers, you and your photographer can plan something that will suit your style perfectly. These photos not only become a cherished keepsake but can serve as unique and creative decor on the day of your wedding. Canvas prints and guestbooks come to mind, but the creative possibilities are endless. 

Photographing a wedding is more than a job, it is a very meaningful service; capturing memories that will mean the world to our clients for years to come. We want to be fully engaged in the process of getting to know our couples and their unique circumstances. An engagement session helps our photographers connect the dots, allowing them to capture your love story authentically in its entirety. 

Looking to book your engagement session? Click here for more information. 

Photography | A Unique Perspective

Photography | A Unique Perspective

At Kramer Events we strive to give each of our clients the best experience possible on the day of their wedding or special event. For our photography division, this means capturing your day in a way that is authentic to who you are and creating images that are a genuine representation of you, the ones you love, and all the custom touches that went into creating your big day.

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