We can honestly say we've never set the photo booth up in a creek before Thursday night rolled around, but I guess there is a first for everything when it comes to photo booth rentals!
We joined many cool companies for First Light, which is a private event that offers guests advance access to the annual Creek Show 2017. Guests enjoyed light installations, entertainment and food inspired by the artwork along Waller Creek. Every year the event raises money for Waller Creek Conservancy, and we were so excited to be a part of it all!
Looking for a photo booth for your upcoming company holiday party or gala? Contact us today!
We had such a fun time at the Austin chapter of Tuesdays Together a couple weeks ago! Tuesdays Together is part of The Rising Tide Society, which consists of tons of amazing small business owners and employees. We've been a part of the local chapter for a while now, and there is something so special about getting to finally set the photo booth up and let all of our friends experience it for themselves.
Looking for a photo booth for your upcoming wedding or holiday party, or want to really make a statement for your company at a local festival or large event? Contact us today! We have a ton of brand activation options for businesses, and of course love creating custom designs for all our private event clients as well!
We've seen it all...
After being around the block a few times, we've encountered just about every obstacle there is when it comes to surprise set up locations at events. To prevent these instances from happening twice, we do our best to make sure brides, planners and all other clients know what it takes for a great photo booth experience at their event!
Here is what our photo booth requires for our signature top-notch experience!
- Put the photo booth in an obvious location. Too many times we've seen clients place us outside of the main event hall. If guests can't see us, we're out of sight and out of mind, which just plain stinks! Just in case you're worried about us being distracting during speeches or dances, we make it a point to temporarily stop the photo booth during those times (and turn off our light) so we're not taking attention away from the special moment!
- Acessibility. Make sure the route we'll need to take to get to the set up space is wheelchair accessible. Until someone creates an affordable, futuristic, stair-climbing rolling cart for all of our gear, we prefer elevators and wheelchair ramps. Plus, you want to make sure any disabled guests can access the photo booth once we're up and running! If our only option is a non-wheelchair accessible route, we can make it happen, but there is a small fee that will need to be added to the invoice.
- Space requirements. We need a space that is at least 6’ long by 9’ wide by 10' high, but a 10'x10'x10' space is ideal! Make sure to leave space for a line as well.
- Power. We need a wall outlet (110V, 10 amps, 3 prong outlet) that is dedicated for the photo booth. Sharing an outlet with a bunch of other things like the DJ or lighting can sometimes overpower the plug, but we have a 20 foot extension cord that can help us reach a far away outlet if needed.
- Place the photo booth indoors. Austin weather is unpredictable, and who wants to go outside and get all sweaty just to take a photo? Be proactive and carve out a space for us inside your event hall so weather is never an issue! If your only option is to put the photo booth outside, we can be placed on concrete under an awning, like a porch, or under a 10x10 tent with three tarp walls to protect the backdrop from wind. Also, if you're feeling a bit generous, a portable a/c unit or fan will keep our attendant happy and energized to entertain your guests! The photo booth may not be placed on grass or wet ground.
- Keep the photo booth away from sunlight. Sunlight shining on the photo booth creates harsh shadows on the guests taking photos (not to mention it causes squinty eyes!), but also be wary of putting the backdrop against a window during daylight hours since the light might shine through the backdrop. On the subject of light, make sure there aren't any pot lights or chandeliers right above the photo booth. Those sometimes cause crazy shadows! If there is a light above the photo booth, it can either be turned off or the lightbulb can be sneakily unscrewed and then replaced after the event!
- Provide a 6-foot table with a linen that matches the rest of your event decor. We highly encourage all our clients to do this because it makes the photo booth look like it actually belongs at your event, and is not just an afterthought stuck in the corner. We also like to have at least one separate cocktail table to place near the photo booth, so guests have a spot to set their drinks while they cheese it up in the booth! If you want to make the space look really luxurious, repurpose a floral arrangement from your ceremony and place it on a corner of the table near the photo booth, or create a special sign that says "Photo Booth" or one that has your event hashtag on it.
That may seem like a lot, but at most of the Austin venues we've encountered, there are usually a handful of set up options. If you're struggling with how the photo booth will work in your space, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to explain what we've done at your venue before!
We were asked by the owner of The School of Styling, Kaitlin Holland, to be a part of the dinner party at the end of the workshop, and our course our immediate answer was 'yes!' We've been following Kaitlin on Instagram for the longest time and have seen so many people go to the workshop, and we were honored to be a part of it. Everything about the evening was perfectly styled (what else would we expect??) from the bar area to the seating areas and tablescapes. We were sure to match the prints and backdrop to the decor as well, since we know the School of Styling places such a huge importance on making sure that every aspect of an event is well thought out and cohesive. We are head over heels for these photos from Ally and Bobby!
We are still in awe of the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards at Bass Concert Hall! The pink carpet was rolled out to celebrate all of the Texas-native nominees, including Kris Kristofferson, Scott Pelley and Kenny Rogers, just to name a few! The six-story concert hall was beautifully decorated in magenta and orange with white floral accents. Surrounded by past and current honorees in their gorgeous gowns and tuxedos, our booth and custom designed red carpet style backdrop was placed right in the center of the main floor lobby of Bass Concert Hall. The night left us smiling ear to ear in awe of all that was taking place! (Our owner Kelsey even got a good glimpse at THE John Paul Dejoria, the king of the Paul Mitchell empire!) We were so happy to be a part of such a beautiful event honoring those who inspire and make a difference in the arts in our great state of Texas.
We've been seeing recaps from many guests pop up in our news feeds recently, and we think Austin 360 writer Michael Barnes summed up the glamour pretty well! Also, we saw all the portraits taken of the honorees as well! Check it out here!
GEMS United was founded to encourage and empower young middle school and high school girls through sisterhood, philanthropy and integrity. We got to take photos during their swanky black tie fundraiser at Ranch Austin, where guests bid on silent auction items, and we heard a little bit of Lizzie Velasquez's inspirational story.
Thanks for letting us join you, GEMS!