CTE Loves Thompson Pictures

“In high school, I was one of the coolest kids around, and was part of an exclusive group called media tech. There were two types of people in there, the kids that just wanted an easy class, and the other ones that enjoyed making things, creating short films, etc. Fortunately, I connected most with the people that liked making stuff and the rest is history”Being from Texas, Trey decided to go to UT Arlington for school. When he was deciding his major, he had already been working in film production for several years so you would think that would be easy to continue. To challenge himself further, he decided to go into advertising with a minor in business.

Trey has not always been a videographer but he has always been interested in video production throughout his life, which made him choose a career in videography. The “aha” moment of becoming a videographer was more of a process found while working in the industry. “I’ve always enjoyed making things, being creative and problem solving. Working in video production uses all those areas, so it was a natural progression for me.”

Thompson Pictures is a company with bright, cinematic, smooth work. While capturing weddings, they think about how to be creative which can be difficult when not having the ability to direct your shots. “The cool thing about capturing weddings is there’s no second takes, so it’s just that much more rewarding when everything lines up to be an awesome moment.”

Trey’s favorite thing about videography is the moment that everything comes together as a finished product. Being able to show someone one of the most memorable days of their lives is something that Thompson Pictures strives to be the best at.

Videography is such an important part of a wedding because it captures everything a bride and groom may have missed. Trey’s advice to a bride and groom is to hire a videographer “More than 90% of brides who didn’t hire a videographer regretted it and it was their number one regret.” He also said that finding a videographer who works well with the photographer, so they are not competing with each other for a shot, is crucial. Also, make sure that your videographer has a good backup system, “Our philosophy at Thompson Pictures is multiple copies, versions and locations.”

The most challenging aspect to deal with as a videographer is that most of the day is out of their control. They need to be able to “adapt and preform under strict timelines and circumstances.” Trey says Thompson Pictures is not really work for him because “Enjoying what you do, doesn’t feel like work at all.” Getting positive feedback from clients’ or moving a client to tears when they see their wedding on the screen, is what makes everything worth it.

Thompson Pictures is a growing business that continues to train and invest in their team to deliver the highest quality films to their clients.

It’s always a pleasure working with the Thompson Pictures team. From the booking process to the delivery of their feature film, we know our clients are in good hands when choosing them as a videographer. Thank you for all you do Thompson Pictures!

CTE Loves Hotel ZaZa Dallas

Hotel ZaZa Dallas is one of our favorite venues to work with! Since opening in 2002 Hotel ZaZa Dallas has expanded, refreshed and updated their meeting and event spaces multiple times to stay up to date with the hottest trends. The venue offers unique, versatile, creative, inspiring and thought-provoking spaces.

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Their spaces can transform from a formal ceremony setting and seamlessly into the perfect, higher-energy celebration that most guests’ envision for their reception!

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“Besides our dynamic function spaces, I would say that the hotel’s innovative style, location within the city, creative mix of warmth but chic ambiance and our extreme eye to detail/service is what truly sets us apart from other venues in the area.” says Riley Nail, Complex Director of PR, Marketing & Experience.

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Along with their unique spaces, ZaZa also offer complimentary access to their in-house inventory of black chivari chairs and lounge furniture. ZaZa is one of the only venues in the area to offer these items to clients free of charge! And not to mention they have some great options to choose from.

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What would a wedding be without amazing food? All of ZaZa’s catering comes directly from their in-house signature restaurant, Dragonfly. Their Complex Executive Chef, Dan Landsberg, oversees the culinary direction of the ZaZa brand and spares no lack of detail when it comes to our banquet and catering menus!

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Everything can be customized to meet the clients’ wants and needs. The culinary team at ZaZa is very involved in the planning process and always up for the challenge when it comes to being creative and stepping out of the box.

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While ZaZa does offer a preferred vendors list upon request. There are no limitations as far as vendors go, however there are some restrictions regarding outside catering.

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Riley Nail goes on to say that when booking your wedding with Hotel ZaZa Dallas you can expect, “A completely tailored, custom and unique experience that the bride and groom, along with their guests will remember for years to come!”

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Along with an amazing venue space and outstanding food bride and groom to be can still expect so much more. When booking Hotel ZaZa Dallas as your wedding venue you are offered a courtesy room block, along with a complimentary suite for the bride and her nearest and dearest to get ready in for the big day! And on the night of the wedding, they also offer a complimentary suite for the bride and groom along with a custom ZaZa Wedding amenity to help them remember the special evening.

 We just absolutely love to work with the amazing and attentive staff at Hotel ZaZa Dallas. To celebrate your happily-ever-after in true ZaZa Fashion, contact Catering Sales Manager, Aubrey Girard at 214.550.9476 or via email at agirard@hotelzaza.com

All photos courtesy of Hotel ZaZa Dallas.