Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals Show #32 (Encore) Harpist Tatyana Shapiro and Live Maui Webcasts

Stephen Boeker, Live Maui Webscasts

Harpist Tatyana Shapiro

First guest, Stephan Boeker of Live Maui Webcasts came over to Maui from New York City about 11 years ago.  Seeking a change, he moved to Paradise, and can’t imagine living anywhere else.  Stephan started by doing wedding photography and then began dabbling in video because he kept hearing the bride or groom saying, “how I wish mom and dad could be here”.  He looked for a way to fill this need and as the tools to do this started becoming available, he got into the business of live streaming weddings. 

Stephan meets with the couples and explains his various packages to them, so they have a selection.  In Stephan’s best package, he provides the live webcast, it streams worldwide live or on demand, it can be viewed at a later date from the archives, the couple gets a fully edited DVD which includes interview of the couple abd guests.  The differentiating factor between Live Maui Webcasts and others is that Stephan likes asking deep probing questions of the bride and groom so when they watch the DVD years from now, they can see and hear what they were thinking. 

The lilting sounds of White Sandy Beach being played on the harp fills the air as we open the next segment with guest Tatyana Shapiro.  Tatyana is originally from St Petersburg, Russia.  Her father was a professional opera singer and her grandmother a good pianist, so musical ability runs in the family.  When she was 6 or 7, she was already playing the piano and at 10, she got interested in the harp.  Tatyana also lived for many years in Los Angeles, where she performed as a concert harpist, while also doing weddings and other events; she has also played in an orchestra and pop and rock bands.

Tatyana was married herself on Maui and she thinks it is the most beautiful place to get married in the Hawaiian Islands.  It can be taken to the beach or any place; she also has a smaller harp for when she can’t transport the big harp.  She always meets with the bride and their most popular choices of songs are the Bridal March by Wagner, Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Canon in D and the Hawaiian Wedding Song.

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