Our Friend Robyn

January 18, 2008

Robyn Mangrum is a magazine publisher. We thought that sounded like a super cool job and wanted to know more. The thing to know about Robyn is that she has a lot of energy and would be voted best dressed anywhere she goes. We’ve known her now for several years and now that the latest issue of Weddings Magazine is out into the world she had a few minutes to answer our slew of questions, some serious, some frivolous.

Q: How would you describe what you do?
A: As a magazine publisher, I would say that my world revolves around photo shoots, graphic design, ad sales and distribution of magazines. But alas, all these wonderful photo shoots and somehow, I never end up in any of them 🙂 The cakes and flowers are much more interesting I suppose!

Q: How many pages is the magazine, and do you get a lot of paper cuts?
A: My magazine is 224 pages of amazing images and helpful editorial…paper cuts? Hmm, none of those yet, but I do get quite a unique ‘high’ off all the ink used on my paper! You should smell my car full of magazine boxes…talk about a head rush!

Q: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
A: My actual favorite part is when the photo shoots morph into our beautiful spreads in the magazine. I love the beautiful images but there is nothing like seeing them laid out in the magazine. The other most exciting part is seeing the final product and holding it in my hands.

Q: If you had to choose between X-Ray vision and flying which one and why?
A: I would say flying…then I could go anywhere in the world whenever I felt like it! X Ray vision may cause me to lose my vision…there are some things best left covered up!! Hence..clothing!

Q: What’s something we might not know about magazine publishing?
A: That it is hardly glamorous! I mean, thank God we love James…cause we spend more time sitting around at our fashion shoots talking about silly stuff while waiting for models to change hair and makeup! Seriously, set up and preparation is what goes on…the actual picture lasts a moment! A lot of work goes into the final product that the reader sees.

Q: Do you prefer soup or salad?

A: Oh…I like some Miso soup…so much so I named my Siamese cat after it!!

Q: What trends do you see for 2008 weddings?
A: I see that ladies who got married in the 1980’s and divorced and are remarrying in 2008 can save a lot of money and pull out the old dress and color scheme! Hate to say it, the 80’s are still holding strong…BUT, at least the colors are toned down! And, on a positive note, blue eye shadow will not be making a comeback! I also see the baby got back song making a comeback!

Q: Do you have an all time favorite book?
A: I am more of a music person myself..BUT, since you backed me into a corner on this ‘book’ thing, I would say I really loved The DaVinci Code!!

Q: What’s next in the world of publishing?
A: More and more local magazines copying us perhaps? LOL! No, seriously, I think a lot has gone to the web but I do feel that brides love to still hold a nice magazine to take with them…so, I see the need for beautiful images to keep getting better and better.

Q: Do you think that Michael Jackson will ever make a comeback?
A:  If he can find his nose….he might have a small shot at a comeback….maybe Billie Jean REALLY was his lover and the kid IS his son and MAYBE, Michael Jackson Jr. will come around and be a bigger hit with a bigger nose! hehe!

Get to Know Joe

December 14, 2007

Wherever Joe Bunn goes, there’s probably a party happening. We’ve known Joe for a few years now and decided it might be fun to do a little casual interviewing with some of our good friends in the wedding industry. With that in mind, Joe is our first official “Friends” interview. The thing we like most about working with him is that there is never a dull moment in the party and he knows how to get the people up and dancing which of course gives us more interesting subject matter to photograph.

We’ve been to weddings where other DJs have complained that no one is dancing because they haven’t had enough to drink yet. (the crowd, not the DJ) On the other hand, the receptions with Joe, some with no alcohol at all, he’ll have the whole crowd dancing their asses off until the last song is played. Below are some random questions I had for Joe and his thoughtful responses. Check him out at www.bunndjcompany.com

Q. How would you describe what you do?

A. My DJ style is very chameleon-like. I can play in a club on Friday and then put on a suit and tie and do a wedding on Saturday. This allows me to able to mix songs in a wedding that usually don’t go together in a seamless manner so that the guests just keep dancing all night! All of our DJ’s have different styles and personalities, this is just mine.

Q. Do you have a favorite band or song or type of music?

A. As a DJ, I really don’t have one artist or genre that I prefer. We have to be able to play it all. We may not love it all, but we need to be prepared.

Q. Do you prefer day or night?

A. I like nights alot better since I think people are more loose and ready to dance.

Q. If you had a time machine where would you go first?

A. Elvis’ Comeback concert

Q. What’s the most outrageous thing that you’ve seen happen at a reception?

A. It’s not fit to print

Q. If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

A. About how important the DJ is at a wedding reception

Q. Between Britney and Lindsay, who do you think is more messed up?

A. Britney, mainly because she lost her kids to that loser K-Fed, and as a parent I can’t imagine that.

Q. Do drunk people dance better than sober people?

A. No, but they are more prone to get out there before the sober ones.

Q. Why do you think people still want to hear the Electric Slide?

A. Wow. Ummm. I think that it’s universal and simple and you don’t really have to know how to dance to do it?? I guess?

Q. What’s the coolest part about what you do?

A. I get to entertain people by playing music every weekend, and when you love music as much as I do, it doesn’t get much better than that!