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Photo Booth Family Book

I set up the Photo Booth at our monthly family Sunday lunch and asked my family to use it. The photos were easily dragged into the basic online book making templates for the online printer (I used because I had a coupon code but there are lots of options for online printing). It took me 15 minutes to make the book and I also have RAW and in high resolution images of the family.

My daughter loves to look through the book and call out the name of each person. It is her favorite book to “read” before bed.

Book the Photo Booth for your next family gathering!

Here is a flip through of the book:

Just a little background will do: The gas station session

This is a throw back to our daughter’s ten month “birthday”, but I need to start by asking: What is the term for a month anniversary? Calling it a birthday feels dumb and sounds too “parenty” to me. Either way, on with the story.

We’ve made a habit of taking photos the second day of every month to document our kids growth. We happened to be traveling on her 10 month date of birth and having just gone through the song and dance of winding her down, changing her, and feeding her, we realized we had missed the opportunity to take her portrait.
What is a photo-minded parent to do at a gas station in the middle of Indiana? Obviously we were not feeling inspired to fulfill our monthly photo plan but we did it anyway, and I am happy we did.
We saw a small group of 3 trees across the street and took some very average but adequate photos. Here are a few from the gas station session as well as a photo of the “scenery”. We cropped out her pajamas for most of our “keeper” photos but I left a few photos in this set un-cropped as an example of what we were working with.

Here are the take-aways: (I love to use fancy business words so that I can hit the ground running with synergy.)
1. You don’t need a perfect background, you just need “enough” of a pleasant background. The background is often just a 8’x 8′ patch of something.
2. Good light (in my opinion) is more important than a pleasant space. A lot of what is around you can be cropped out (See lesson #1) but not having good light is harder to deal with. I have a series of “questions” I tend to ask myself when looking for a good photo location. If you are interested in hearing about them, contact me for info concerning a “Subscription Photo Lessons” idea I have brewing.
3. What makes for a “good background”? Seems like another good question to get answered with your Subscription Photo Lessons, don’t you think?

Also, if you decide to sign up for my Subscription Photo Lessons (did I mention that is coming?), ask me for tips on narrowing down your background and how to shrink down the amount of background space you need to get acceptable (or even really great) results in a difficult setting.

Bonus lesson: 1 month later we lost that coat. It was our favorite coat at the time (if you found one like it downtown Holland in early November please contact us!). You really never know what will be important about a particular photo in the future… you can get ideas and you can get better at covering your bases, but there will always be new things to discover and cherish about the photos that you took the time to take.

Stay engaged,

Rob, Lisa, & Miggles in the Photo Booth at their Home.

UnPause: photo booth relaunch

Although we’ve been busy with diapers and laundry, there is plenty of other scheming and hard work going on as well. It’s time to start sharing some of the new ideas we’ve been working on.

First up is the photo booth. Over the past years we’ve realized a few things:

  1. Year after year, people continue to have a riot using it. It doesn’t get old.
  2. The prints are treasured. We have seen prints that are over 10 years old hanging on fridges. We have seen them framed and on mantels.
  3. Multiple people have told me that their favorite photos ever have been taken in our photo booth. Because we use professional cameras and lighting the final product is suited to be an heirloom.
  4. We want it available for more occasions. It needs to be cheaper and easier to book for family parties as well as small business promotions.

We’ve done a lot to reorganize and rebuild and we are proud to say that we were able to drop the price significantly while still adding quality features. Although we are finishing up some of the clerical work as well as some new branding, the photo booth is open for booking! Contact us today to get it booked for your event or party.

Stay tuned for future updates. We will be posting new ideas and samples of what the improved (and cheaper) photo booth can do!