A big Happy 40th Birthday to our Waikato/BOP manager Corey who turns the big 4-O next week. Corey proves that you’re never too young to have your face painted! We think Corey looks pretty great for 40 and anyone who lets his wife do this to him must be a good bloke.
We’ll be rocking the Photobooth at the party tonight – don’t forget to book us for your celebration…photos are the memories you never have to forget (although some you might want to).
Enjoy June everyone – if the weather’s not great where you are, head out and rent (or buy) a NZ made film!
Like the other Photo Booth Fun regions, we’re well into school ball season here in Christchurch – Watching the younger generation bursting to collect their prints, I got to thinking about how long it used to take in the old days and how much less conducive to the non-stop fun of our booth experience that would be.
Did you know that the modern concept of the photo booth appeared in 1925 in New York City and using film processing, took about 10 minutes per photo! That’s about ten times slower than our booths!
The classic photo booths we see in a lot of films and which were popular in the 20th century used a chemical bath process to develop the special photo paper (nope, nothing digital in those days!) and took about 3 – 5 minutes. Even after the photos had popped out, eager users had to wait a few minutes while the solution dried before they could even touch their prints.. Argh, the anticipation! To allow it to be so speedy (yes, in those days, 5 minutes was nothing!), there were no negatives created (for all you young folk, the modern day equivalent is the digital image file!) so the photos really were a one off memento.
These traditional booths are few and far between nowadays and although they’re a great bit of nostalgia, we think we’ve created the perfect mix of classic photo booth meets modern technology. There are a number of reasons why the Photo Booth Fun experience is so good:
With a beaut vintage appearance, the classic charm of the photo booth is there but the waiting is not! Our photo strips are ready to collect (no waiting for prints to dry here folks) in only 40 seconds – But the shorter waiting time has not compromised the quality of our photos – A big differentiating point between various booths you might come across nowadays is the caliber of the images. We pride ourselves on the fantastic quality of our photos, in both the printed strips and the digital files the customer keeps.
Our photobooths are not restricted only to those venues that can fit a large old-school booth through their doors, they’re easily transportable and quick to assemble so we can go just about anywhere – Yep, we’ve been on boats, balconies, in pools (yes, only when empty!), in paddocks, up mountains, up trees.. ok,, ok I got a bit carried away at the end there but theoretically, if you had a platform up a tree, we could do it!.
And finally, our booth’s design means you’re not limited to only a couple of people at once; whether it’s two people or ten, you’ll get a fantastic (and possibly hilarious) shot and we love seeing people attempting to break the record amount of fourteen – We’ve come close here in the South Island but have yet to beat it!
Well we’re well and truly into School Ball Season here in the Sunny (even if it’s getting a little colder) Hawkes Bay! Here’s a few images from the Taradale High School Viva Las Vegas themed ball held at the Rodney Green Events Centre in Napier on Saturday, I especially love it when the staff really get in on the act…
All in all some gorgeous gowns, smart suits, and lots of Photo Booth Fun had by all! Check out the rest of the photos from the Gallery tab above.
Don’t forget if you’re going to a School Ball in Napier, Hastings or anywhere in the greater Hawkes Bay area for that matter and the ball committee haven’t got a Photobooth booked yet make sure they contact us now so you don’t miss out! We’ll bring the fun with us, you can guarantee that.
And just for a bit of extra silliness for the day…
Of course, School Balls aren’t all we do, whether it’s a conference, corporate event, awards ceremony or wedding; whether you’re just wanting to add some fun to the event or some marketing mileage, or even fund raising for a charity; Life’s too short for boring events so get a Photo Booth in there and let the fun begin… because people do the funniest things when they think no-one’s watching!
Well that’s it, it’s officially Winter here in The Middle of Middle Earth and as we bid a fond farewell to the sun for another year we can also look back over the absolute bumper season we’ve had!
Here’s some quick stats for you…
Number of Wellington events we’ve attended in the past year
Amount of photos taken at those events
Total number of photo strips printed
Amazing numbers if we do say so ourselves, and if you multiply that by the number of regions we cover around the country? Well, that’s a whole load of happy customers!
Just like these guys from Alisha’s Sweet 16th!
So we’re looking forward to a winter full of birthdays, parties, corporate events and the odd festival, like Armageddon which is on this weekend. We’ll be there with Media Design School all Queens Birthday Weekend.
Well, summer has well and truly left us now, and with that we have also seen some changes to the Auckland Photo Booth Fun crew. We recently bid a sad farewell to Eden who had been the Auckland Regional Manager since October 2010 (with his very first gig being a crazy Halloween party!!). Eden is taking on an exciting DIY project, as he begins renovations to his new home – and we cant wait to see the finished product!!. All is not lost however, as his lovely wife Suze is still with us, and continues to be the friendly voice at the end of the phone/email when you make your bookings with us.
We have also added 3 awesome operators to our ever-growing team – a fab group of people who are ready to make any gig extra special with their smiling faces and great senses of humour!
Weddings & 21st birthday parties seem to be the flavour of the month for Auckland at the moment. A big congratulations to Alan & Rochelle and Steve & Danni who got married recently, and also to Jaishree and Annelle who celebrated their 21st birthdays (just to name a few!!).
We are so excited about our new role with Photo Booth Fun and are looking forward to the exciting times ahead. We are honoured to be part of some fantastic upcoming charity events – Westpac Chopper Appeal auction and the Ronald McDonald House mid year Christmas party. Its so great to be involved in some really good causes and we will update you on how these go over the coming months.
Until then, wrap up warm everyone and keep on having FUN!
We’ve had an amazing summer witnessing marriages, people celebrating their age, Balloons Over Waikato, expos and School Balls. We’ve been all through the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. We’ve set up the booth in barns, in tents, on a boat, in gardens and under trees. We’ve looked up to mountains, across lakes, over hills and out to the ocean. Now as the leaves take on their autumnal colours, and winter looms around the seasonal corner, one starts to feel like slowing down.
So on a rainy day; snuggled up and watching the original Karate Kid, we were amused to see a Photo Booth (circa 1980’s). Then we were horrified to see it took 4 1/2 whole minutes for the photo strips to print!
All I can say is thank goodness we’ve shaved a good 3+ minutes off that! A reduction of 1 minute every decade is certainly not the greatest feat in technology but it sure means a lot to us here at Photobooth Fun.
So here’s the shot to prove how patient we were back in the 80’s and a reminder of why Ralph Macchio was such a babe in his day…
Once again the month has flown by – And what a month it’s been!
We were pleased to have our booth back at The great NZ Bridal Show in Christchurch this year- Wow, what a day! We met so many lovely couples and had a great time showing everyone the fun of our photo booth. There were a lot of curious looks from passers-by at the squeals and giggles and coming from behind the curtain – we’re so glad so many of you stopped by to have a turn of your own. And congratulations to Toni, the winner of our Expo prize – Well done!
Of course, having a turn in the booth is unrivalled fun, but something that often gives it a good run for its money is watching it all happen from the outside – listening to the sounds of hilarity coming from within the booth and seeing all the feet shuffling about to make their next pose is pretty amusing. So a lot of fun was had by those both in and out of the booth at the BDO conference in Queenstown – We had two booths, a heap of fun props and lots of attempts to beat the most people in the booth at one time record so I’m sure you can imagine the laughs on both sides of the curtain.
And as well as meeting so many cool people at the BDO conference, our trip to Queenstown was made so much easier by our friends, the functions team and the staff at the Millennium Hotel – Those guys are so helpful and efficient and coupled with the excellent amenities and amazing setting, I would recommend them to anyone as a fantastic conference venue.
Last weekend we were proud to be part of the Air Rescue & Emergency Services Open Day, a brilliant day with so many fun things to see and do (who got to ride in the helicopter?!) and an excellent turnout. These guys provide such an important service to the public, it was great to see so many people coming along to show their support. And the weather showed its support of this amazing organisation too by staying fine all day! Lets hope for more of the same as we head into the last month of Autumn..
One of the things we love to do at Photo Booth Fun, whether your event is in Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Christchurch or even further south – actually any where in the country! – is to customize the strip design to match the theme of your event.
Often wedding couples or event co-ordinators have gone to a lot of trouble to design something really special for their big day (or event) so it makes sense to have everything matching right?! That’s where our design team come in. We can either match to your design or even create something especially for you if you haven’t designed anything specific.
So we thought we’d show you some of the great designs we’ve done lately to spark some inspiration or just give you an idea of what can be done; nearly anything is possible.
What do you think? What shall we do for your strip design?
Conference or Corporate Events
If you’ve got an event coming up, whether it’s a school ball, charity function, corporate conference, wedding or party, speak to us about designing a custom strip, or custom album, or custom envelopes for your event. It really will make it all the more special and memorable for everyone!
April always means the Grand Wedding Show which is a fabulous day out for brides and their friends and once again we met hundreds of people super excited about our fabulous photo booth, top quality photo strips and wonderfully friendly staff (we’re not modest at all!!)
We also met some awesome folk at Convene – these scary looking guys are from First Scene in Kingsland – New Zealand’s largest prop and costume hire company!!
We recently attended the Senior College of New Zealand Ball Show with Astra Bridal. Astra Bridal have some amazing gowns so check out their website for the latest in ball gown fashion.
If this young lady becomes NZs next top model we’d like you all to know that we spotted her first!!
Of course school ball season is almost upon us and there is still time to book our school ball package – just email email@example.com with your school ball date and we’ll see what we can do!
Don’t forget we also do awesome birthday parties, weddings and corporate functions – whatever you need we are happy to provide.
We are also super excited about the changes to the marriage law – we’ve done a few Civil Unions in the past so some more weddings would be wonderful – and how cool was Maurice Williamson?!!
It’s been a month of variety here in Christchurch; the warmer months are always a busy time for weddings but that doesn’t mean we can’t fit other events in as well! The start of March saw us at the Twilight Vintage Market held at the Pallet Pavillion - Another fantastic Gap Filler project and one I’ll be sad to see go. Hopefully we will be back at the Twilight Market before the end of April so keep an eye out.
We had a great day at Orana Park for the Radio Network’s 2013 Family Day – It’s pretty amazing being set up in amongst all the animals – I’m pretty sure the monkeys were hoping for a turn to pose but the booth ran non-stop with all the family fun so there was no chance for them!
I love seeing the season change from summer to autumn in Christchurch – The colours are just spectacular everywhere you look. Of course it does go hand in hand with a drop in temperature which is definitely kicking in now. Brrrrr! Although, I don’t know about you but I think I’ve almost been looking forward to some wintery weather – A nice excuse to cosy up on the couch with a DVD or two. And of course, the arrival of autumn doesn’t mean an end to the fun; celebrations aren’t limited to the summer months (thankfully!). In fact, school ball season will be upon us before you know it and we’re booking up fast so get in touch if you want to be part of the fun! We have a great school ball package available and also have some good ideas for fundraising if you need a little extra help to achieve a super memorable night! Just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.
On Sunday the 14th April, we’ll be at the Great New Zealand Bridal Show, the South Island’s largest wedding show. It’s an excellent chance to talk to professionals and get ideas for your perfect day - Come and see us, have a turn in the booth and check out our special expo offer – Hope to see you there!