I had the pleasure of working with John Farr, Founder and President of John Farr Lighting Design, at a recent Bat Mitzvah and I was blown away by the depth of his knowledge and his experience at so many venues in the DC-metro area. It makes sense–his business is celebrating its twentieth year. Wow! Read on to learn more about how John got started, what he loves about lighting and more.
How did you start John Farr Lighting Design?
It started with rock bands. I toured with national headliner rock bands as a stage manager and lighting designer for over a decade. When it came time to settle in, I chose Washington DC. Twenty years later, my company has established itself as a strong reputation for personal service, attention to detail, thoughtful and creative lighting design and technical expertise in the special events industry. I am so proud that we can be found as the top choice and leading lighting and production company in the DC metro region and in magazines such as The Washingtonian.
What’s your favorite part of what you do?
The thing I like the most about the lighting business is the challenge of creating something new and different each time. No two mitzvahs, venues or clients are alike and therefore each has something special that they want to bring to their event to make it personal and unique. We like being involved in the creative design process early on. We have the technical expertise and creativity to provide exciting ideas and solutions.
What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?
Our crew will tell you that I have been seen helping out other vendors and the guests when necessary to make sure the event goes smoothly. Everything from putting linens on tables to assisting guests out of cars! I believe in teamwork.
What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
I love the moment when all the vendors are completely set up, the space is perfect, and the family has the first look.
What questions should parents ask someone in your field?
I appreciate when the planners and parents share their vision of the overall mood and décor of the event in the beginning. It’s important to know ahead all of the vendors involved, and how much power is going to be needed. Someone hiring a Lighting & Production services company should make sure the company has trained technicians, are fully insured and has the overall technical experience to produce the event services requested.