As you well know, we’ve been talking it up for some time now. What more can we say about ProFusion that hasn’t already been said?
Apparently, quite a lot. Not by us, mind you. Rather, by the record number of attendees and vendors who were charmed by the magic of ProFusion 2014. And, already, can’t wait till next year’s show.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This year’s show was unquestionably the best to date in the opinion of everyone who was there.
On one hand, attendees were overheard bantering around such phrases as ‘really exciting’, ‘dynamic presentations’, ‘highly informative’, and ‘unbelievably interactive’.
On the other hand, vendors were equally outspoken in their praise. We’ve received an outpouring of gratitude in a flood of emails from our many appreciative vendors: “Thank you for organizing and putting on such a great show.” “It was unbelievable, we had an overwhelming response to our booth.” “Thank you personally for the great vibes and great show you and your team put on.” And, there’s this one that was unanimous, “Sign us up for next year!”
Post ProFusion is also our time to say “thank you”. Thank you to the returning and many new attendees. Thank you to our exhibitors, and for showing up with your new exciting products. Thank you to keynote speakers, Alister and Shane for setting the exciting tone for the show. Thank you to our fantastic seminar presenters for sharing their many skills and talent. And, finally, thank you to the countless Vistek employees who work tirelessly to stage Canada’s premiere imaging tradeshow.
He’s a Grammy-winning musician, an audio expert, a filmmaker, lecturer, a skydiver as well as one of those daredevils who jump off cliffs and out of airplanes in a wingsuit. Oh, and did we mention he’s going to dropping into ProFusion?
We’re referring of course to Douglas Spotted Eagle. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s been here. In fact, he’s become a regular of sorts – due to the overwhelming demand for his seminars.
Douglas, because of the kind of guy he is, has looked at the world from just about every angle. Which largely explains why he’s also one of the world’s leading experts on POV cameras – another one of his famous seminars.
Needless to say, if this guy can’t change your POV, nobody can.
Want to know anything about recording audio or shooting video? Have we got seminars for you.
9:00am – 11:30am
Understanding Green Screen
12:30pm – 3:00pm
Pro Audio Seminar
3:30pm – 6:00pm
If you need a reason to visit the only trade show in Canada custom made for the professional and serious hobbyist, we’ll give you ten.
1. Amazing 2 Day Show Specials.
What’s so special about the Now-famous not to be missed Show Specials? Let’s just say you’ll kick yourself later if you miss them!
2. World class brands
You want to see the company’s that are leading the charge in new imaging technology? They’re all here at ProFusion.
3. Pro Seminars
There’s nowhere you can get this kind of schooling, nowhere except ProFusion. And for the measly low price of $49, you can sit in a room with a leading pro and absorb invaluable tips and information.
Alister Chapman and Shane Hurlbut – This is a lifetime opportunity to see and hear two dynamos in the film industry passing on their knowledge and sharing their experiences.
5. Engaging Free presentations
There’s something fascinating going on virtually every minute of every day somewhere on the massive ProFusion Showroom floor. Either it’s the Shooting Studio with photographer Michael Cooper. Or the Demo Theatre, where new gear being is being showcased.
6. Meet the reps and try the gear
The leading manufacturers are here, which means the people who know the products best will also be on hand. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to ask, ProFusion is your chance.
7. First-in-Canada product launches
As usual, ProFusion is the Canadian launch pad for new and exciting products. ProFusion 2014 is no exception. Among the many, be there for the Canadian launch of the Sony FS7 and the GoPro Hero4 Black and Silver.
8. Sony 4K Booth
It’s an event in itself. This year, at 2,000 sq/ft, the Sony booth will be 5 times the size of last year’s. Along with Sony gear, they’ll find room for keynote speaker Alister Chapman, who also happens to be a Sony Independent Certified Expert.
9. Canon Booth
It gives ‘interactive’ a whole new meaning. You get to watch the production of a music video. And then you get to try the cameras used in the shoot. How cool is that?
10. Show your support.
As Canada’s premiere pro imaging trade show, ProFusion offers you a unique opportunity to come and support the proud Canadian professional imaging community.
My Toronto company (Storey Wilkins Photography) is a great source for storytelling photography. Many of the top event planners in Toronto regularly refer weddings to me because of my special touch in capturing joy with elegance and high professionalism. My background includes a Masters Degree in psychology and a nine-year tenure as a management consultant. I have managed to create a successful home-based business, while juggling the rigors of a busy family life. I have my Master of Photographic Arts from the Professional Photographers of Canada where I am a qualified judge and frequent speaker. I have also been a presenter and a judge for WPPI since 2009.
I found myself in my thirties and home with 2 babies under two wondering if I could ever return to the corporate world. I always loved photography and I made the decision in 2003 to follow my heart and baby #3 was born, Storey Wilkins Photography.
I had been photographing friends and of course my loved ones for years when my friend Kate asked me to photograph her wedding day. It was remarkable to me that on that day my path was clear. You could say I had a moment of clarity. It’s been said that you either love photographing weddings or hate it. For me, I will never forget that adrenaline rush I felt that day. During that first wedding which was a cottage wedding, I was barefoot in the lake, climbing on the roof to get a group shot, and I remember thinking how great this was.
Right after that I launched Storey Wilkins Photography in Toronto. The family portrait and wedding studio is in its 12th year and flourishing beyond what I had ever imagined.
I want to mention five very special mentors that I am also proud to call my friends. I met each of these talents by taking a workshop or seminar of theirs. First is David Anthony Williams from Melbourne, Australia who has been a constant source of wit and intelligence since we met in 2005. He now works with me full time in Toronto. Second is the wise and wonderful Arthur Levi Rainville from New Bedford, Massachusetts. He is a second generation photographer and teacher who brings art history and inspiration to everything he does, and everything he teaches. There is also the incredible Jerry Ghionis who is a visionary in photography, as well as life, and has guided me in immeasurable ways for years. Two other very special mentors in my life are Tony Corbell and Ken Sklute, whose friendship has more value to me than there are words!