In 1986, Woburn videographers Joyce and Joe Bertolami of the Joy of Video, along with two other videographers recognized the need to establish standards in the emerging field of wedding and event videography. They determined that the best way to accomplish this goal would be to include like-minded professionals and form an association. In 1986, there were few resources for the wedding and event videographer, so the concept of an association dedicated to this fledgling industry was well received. Realizing the widespread potential of this developing industry, the organization was named the National Professional Videographers' Association (NPVA).
The first meeting was held on August 18, 1986 at the Waltham, Massachusetts Public Library, eight people were present. The NPVA has grown over the past 20 years to over one hundred members. The membership consists of independent video producers and representatives of the various companies that support the video industry. The association has sponsored the Northeast Video Expo and conducts monthly meetings to keep its' members informed and to provide a forum for networking. Its' monthly newsletter, the Viewfinder, is widely distributed and is anticipated each month by videographers throughout the nation. One of the most beneficial events conducted by the NPVA is the Vista Awards competition. This contest challenges the members to improve their videography techniques as well as providing an educational experience for the entire membership. Recognizing that a major tenet of the association is to raise the standards of wedding and event videography, all members are eager to share their knowledge with their colleagues.
On September 18, 2006 a gala celebration was held at the Holiday Inn in Dedham to commemorate this special anniversary. Industry leaders from around the country joined NPVA members as Roy Chapman of WEVA International, the Wedding and Event Videographers' Association, presented the Chairman's Award to our current president, Richard Talmage; Joyce and Joe Bertolami; and the NPVA membership in recognition and appreciation of 20 years of dedication, commitment, education and service to the wedding and event video industry.
At the celebration, current and past board members were recognized for their contributions which have made the NPVA one of the most influential and successful local video associations in the country. In 2004, the NPVA established the honor of Senior Membership, which recognizes consistent attendance and dedication to the Association as well as to the Industry.
In 1982 when Joyce and Joe started the Joy of Video, it was not unusual to have a client wondering whether they would have color and sound on their wedding video. "Several of our couples would say they didn't know anyone who owned a VCR, " Joyce recalls, "so we had to give them credit for having the foresight to have their events captured on video."
Before we started the NPVA we didn't have a good resource for finding the best equipment and for developing the most efficient production and editing techniques. Through the NPVA, members became a united force for creating video excellence and with the strength of one voice are able to call industry representatives with technological questions and suggestions. They are considered valued colleagues in the exciting industry of wedding and event videography.
If you have any questions about membership in the National Professional Videographers' Association or the importance of choosing a videographer for your event you may contact us at NPVA.org.