In-Depth Interview with Tony Barreau of Artistic Vision and Design

MunaLuchi Coterie member and elite wedding photographer & cinematographer Tony Barreau of Artistic Vision & Design (AVD), located in  Hollywood, Florida, has been navigating the wedding industry for 18 years. For AVD, the number one motivation is "being able to bring our client's love story to life." With a commitment to customer excellence, an unwavering professionalism, and an impressive body of high quality work - Artistic Vision & Design provides its clients not only with well-captured memories, but an ideal experience.

Learn all about Tony Barreau and Artistic Vision & Design in this unique in-depth interview.

Name: Tony Barreau
Business Name: AVD (Artistic Vision & Design)
Founded: 03/2008

Describe your business. We specialize in Fine Art Story telling for an array of services including Wedding Photography and Video. Here at Artistic Vision & Design our philosophy is, “there are no imperfections in our clients, just beauty and charm waiting to be discovered.”

What did you do before starting your business in the wedding industry? Investment / Personal Banker

How long have you been in the wedding industry? I’ve been in the wedding business for 18 years.

How would you describe your style? Fun & passionate, romantic, fine art story telling.

What motivates you? Being able to bring our client's love story to life is our number one motivation. From just a mere vision in their minds to actual photographs that capture the love they share is a pure reward in itself. Our clients are never just another number to us, so to see their reactions after viewing their images and videos gives us the push to always do better. Receiving testimonies of never ending compliments on how we executed the thoughts in their minds and emotionally connected with them through their thoughts is what we strive for with every event. A tear from our clients means our job has been done and we must strive for more tears of joys to add to our collection of happiness. Happy clients become family and they take us on a journey with them beyond the wedding. That is ultimate motivation for myself and the AVD family.

Why should brides/grooms choose you? Our team understands the importance of what a wedding means to not only the Bride but her Groom and family there to share this timeless moment with her. We go above and beyond to capture every moment in detail. Our end goal with every wedding is to allow a Bride and Groom the opportunity to relive their wedding day over and over again.

How does your company define and measure success? Our company defines and measures success by client retention, innovation, referrals and testimonials. Our success is based on the hard work our artists put in every day to build relationships with our clients. Client referrals is major in our industry. We can continue to measure our success by testimonials provided and using this as platform to continuously grow and reinvent the wheel of photography and video. Success comes from connecting with our clients on a personal level, listening to the needs and wants and setting effective goals from there.

What do you enjoy most about your work? I simply enjoy being a mentor to those around me. Being able to take what has been done in the photography industry and transform it into a more Artistic vision is a passion of mine. I also enjoy building friendships with like-minded photographers and expanding our style of shooting.

Describe a proud moment while working in the wedding industry. My proudest moment was the day I transitioned from a personal banker to a full-time entrepreneur, followed a vision set before me and started my own business - Artistic Vision and Design Photography. I was working part time taking on small gigs and decided I wanted to go into the wedding industry full-time. It was the best transition I have ever made to see a small seed flourish into this magnitude of success.

What’s the best compliment you’ve received for your work? A client once told me that out of all of her expenses for the wedding, every penny spent with AVD was money well spent. She received her images and fell in love with what we were able to present to her. Tears of joy is what we continue to strive for to make a statement.

What are your business goals? I want to create a brand that is not only recognized but appreciated by wedding professionals and future brides. Our goal is to continuously excel with the amount of success we've already obtained from the ground up. We want our clients to not only share their wedding day experience with us but future life events and one day capture the wedding day of their children.

What’s your favorite part of the wedding industry? Partnering with amazing wedding professionals to create images that are filled with memories for our clients. Memories that transcend the wedding day and allows them to relive that special moment time and time again.

What’s your least favorite part of the wedding industry? Partnering with wedding professional unfit to execute the vision of a special bride. Thankfully our team is always prepared to capture beautiful memories when others are not standing up to their end of the bargain.

Describe your vision of the “perfect” wedding. The perfect wedding is collaborating with a team of wedding professionals that has the bride and groom's interest at heart. Walking into a venue that makes our cameras work tirelessly to portray the same vision as if you were a guest in the audience to witness such a memorable day. Capturing the art work put together by vendors that understood the vision of what their clients' special day should resemble. The bride, groom and wedding party is filled with excitement, which then fills the room with uncontrollable joy. Finally, when a bride and groom are able to enjoy their day despite what may or can go wrong. They work together to uplift their spirits and remember their reason for making it up to this day.

Where do you find the most inspiration? My inspiration comes from experience, growth, learning and teaching.

Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know? Selecting a photography company for your wedding is of the highest importance. When you go to select a Photographer and Videographer for your wedding, you should try to avoid going in with the mindset based on a specific budget. Search for a Photographer that is going to speak a language through photography and video that resonates with you and your vision. Because the only memory you have of your wedding is based on the decision you made to capture such an important day. Selecting AVD is ensuring you are able to share your thoughts and ideas and leave the rest to us. We are here to serve our clients with services filled with class and lasting impressions.

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