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Back in July of last year, we ran a Photo Booth promotion via Living Social which was successful as far as volume and amount of interested parties. We have just about completed most of the events of the first run. We also ran one in October of 2012. In February we ran one for our Open Photo Booth services.
If you were lucky enough to grab the promotion or find us through the promotion, here is what to expect from us, and what we expect from you so that everything can go smooth and we can still be somewhat profitable (since this is our careers lol)
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM US
When needed, we reach out to the venues to establish load in, provide insurance needs, setup, etc. Many venues we have been to tons of times and don’t really need to reach the venue except in extreme circumstances.
The frames included in the packages are 75 plastic sleeve type frames. You can upgrade to Acrylic Stand-Up frames or Acrylic Magnet frames to use as table favors and we can have them for you ahead of time.
The scrapbooking is basic scrapbooking either 8×10 or 12×12 with guests photos on each page , notes, and some light decorating. We have FULL Scrapbooking available as well which will incorporate your color theme, include larger pictures and more . See our Facebook for examples
Facebook albums will be posted with watermarks. Prints can be purchased.
Our Open Photo Booths take on a Portrait Studio like setup. They are not touchscreen self-operating booths as our equipment is flexible and used for a variety of services, not just photo booth rentals.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU
We do request to have our staff be considered as vendors and to have vendor meals provided if you are serving plate dinners or to be allowed to take part in buffet style dinners. Our staff will be respectful and not shut down the booth in order to take part. Usually the venue already has places setup for vendors.
Tipping is encouraged as our staff is sometimes working at a discounted rate as well
If you love our services and love how everything went and are so excited that you are telling everyone you know lol…..please let them know the value of the package you got and not the price you paid lol. If you paid $375, you got a $750 package. If you paid $450, you got the $900 package. If you booked direct at $375, you got the $900 package. You get the idea.
We ask this because we don’t want to turn people away when they contact us when they say “Why are we being charged X, when my friend who referred you said she only paid x” ……Its the referrals and eventual full-paying jobs that are the reason for doing the whole promotion in the first place lol. We would be out of business quick if every client was charged 50% off
We look forward to a wonderful event and hopefully many years of providing successful services
The family had found us via our Photo Booth promotion that we ran on Living Social. Do to the really good deal, they decided to add Professional Photography as well. Vanessa’s sweet sixteen took place in the Red Room at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ . The venue was willing to accomodate our needs with the Photo Booth and it was a huge hit.
Although we have been doing Photo Booths, and Photo Favors for several years, providing Photography is a somewhat newer venture for us. We wanted to gain some experience on other events before providing it on our own.
Vanessa and her family were easy going and fun to work with. They were willing to go along with ideas as well as share their own. The end results can be viewed in part via our Facebook photo album from the night. Our personal favorite involves some hamburgers in the backroom although we always tend to find out that its usually the birthday boy or birthday girl dancing with his or her parent that is the most popular photo taken of the night.
This past weekend we got to meet and take part in the festivities in celebration of Sarah’s Bat Mitzvah on April 13, 2013. We started out visiting the family on friday and taking photos while Sarah did her rehearsing of the Torah at Congregation Beth El in Orange, NJ.
On Saturday the reception took place at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange, NJ. Our Professional Photography, Open Photo Booth, Airbrush TShirts and Foosball kept the kids entertained. The event was a blast but don’t take our word for it……view the photos below.
Photography is a persons closest and best opportunity to share how the world appears to them. What parts of a wide open scenery their eyes tend to focus on. Everybody is slightly different in this aspect and therefore everyone has their own photographic eye. The only difference between Professional Photographers and everyone else is how they have learned to use the tools (and there are literally thousands of tools out there) to best capture and share that vision.
With that said, each person is capable of grabbing a camera and learning the tools in becoming a Professional Photographer. There is no license to get going. No school education is required…….only an uncanny vision and a strong desire to share that vision with others. This means that with the tools improving, there are a lot more Professional Photographers around today than there were just a few short years ago. It’s a flooded and very competitive market.
This is one of the main reasons we debated NOT getting involved with providing regular Photography Services in addition to our event rentals such as Photo Booths, Flip Books, etc. It’s a different world although both should come from a clients Photography budget. Photo activities for the most part just require the understanding of software programs and setups. The equipment does all the work. Our creative edge goes into things like Scrapbooking, not Photography. but since we use higher end DSLR cameras to provide the services, its important knowing how these cameras work.
Over the past few years, we have been learning about them, and taking photos at events for promotional use. We have also become Photography enthusiasts learning all about lighting, lenses, macro, fish eye, shutter speeds, iso, and more. All skills that go into being a photographer but are not used as much in the Photo activities world. As time went on, these skilled have grown to the point that we are starting to get pulled into doing regular Photography in addition to the rentals.
So 2013 – 2014 will see Scott Roth Events providing more and more Photography services for Weddings, Sweet 16′s, Bar and Bat Mitvahs etc. In today’s society, selling yourself is important. In 2013 ….The individual IS the product and when there’s a demand for the product….there needs to be supply.
It’s exciting and a little bit nerve wracking but lets have some fun.
Scott Roth – Main Photographer / Owner
Tonight we are doing our Open Photo Booth at the Westwood in Garwood, NJ for the Coles PTA. As it turns out….tomorrow we are here again for Valerio and Donna’s engagement party
Over the years our Photo Booth rental offerings have grown and changed from doing just Arcade Model Coney Island style Photo Booths to big spaced Wedding Model Photo Booths to accomodate larger groups and second level venues.
Recently, to meet growing demands, we have started providing an Open Photo Booth model which although doesn’t have the look or feel of going into a private Photo Booth behind a curtain, the photos are far superior with the ability to allow more ambient and professional lighting into the photo. We previously only offered this photobooth for destination weddings, such the two we did in Montego Bay, Jamaica at the Half Moon Bay Rock Resort & Spa
The Open Photo Booth also allows for more flexibility as far as setup and overall use. Such as doing a Red Carpet Step & Repeat style photobooth where people can take photos as they enter the reception or venue.
We recently provided the Open Photo Booth at Basking RIdge Country Club, in Basking Ridge, NJ for the PTO Adult Social, as well as The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ for a Sweet Sixteen party. Each event was a success in it’s own right and we had a great time. Check out our Facebook page to see some photos from these recent events.
Over the past 2 years my photography has grown leaps and bounds. Here are the TOP THREE things Ive learned or figured out along the way.
A few photography TIPS
1 – The Size Of Lens In Relation To The Size Of The Camera
I have a 18-200mm zoom lens ….on the Rebel Canon series, this lens is huge and the weight alone can cause a blurred image when hand holding. A battery grip on the camera will help balance some of the weight. With a bigger 60D or 7D body, the weight is much more manageable. In other words, the lens itself and ITS abilities are usually not whats causing your picture to be blurry.
2 – NEVER EVER EVER USE DIRECT FLASH
Unless you know what you are doing and are specifically going for that effect, never use it…..carry a plain white card and put it in front of the flash at a slight angle. Hell use the back of a business card. Bouncing Flash is the first big step to improving your indoor candid photos of friends, etc
(most people buy big expensive cameras thinking that its the camera that makes a candid photo of friends and family look so professional. This simple white card bounce-flash tip will make even point and shoot cameras give more professional looking photos.)
3 – Learn Optical Zoom For Night-time Focusing
Rather than letting your camera focus hunt and find a focus…..turn your LCD screen on, use the zoom button (the ones with the + and -) and zoom in all the way on the subject (a person who is posing, a building, etc) and focus based on that. For skylines shots this works great cause then when you look close at the final photo, the buildings and lettering etc will be crystal clear. This coupled with a remote shutter is great
On a side note -
Photography for me is all about perspective. Some people look at editing photos in photoshop as cheating lol. To me photography is all about trying to share with the world what your eyes see. The camera is a tool that helps do that. The computer editing and photoshop aspect, helps do that too. So long as its ONE photo that you’re editing. ……..i do however feel that when someone uses the clouds and sky from one shot and blends it with the foreground of another, that thats cheating HOWEVER, if said person framed their camera the same way twice, marked spots on the ground for where their tripod stood, and took one shot at 7pm for the foreground and another shot in the same place at 11pm for the backdrop (such as stars trail shots)
and merged those two shots into one that that ISNT cheating…..mostly because one process is accomplished by knowing how to use a computer, cut and paste, etc and the other is accomplished by studying photography
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it comes a slew of proposals. Have you found yourself in a strong and steady relationship this past year or two? Are you taking that next step by getting engaged? Than this promotion is just for you.
Book a Photo Booth for your still being planned Wedding and get $300 towards whatever your heart desires. Upgrade to a Video Photo Booth. Add Green Screen to the photos. Or just lower the cost of the regular Photo Booth. All you have to do is reach out to us, give us as much details as you can, and confirm within one week to get your $300 credit/discount.
On Friday January 25, 2013, our Wedding Photo Booth found it’s way to the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Woodland Park was formally called West Paterson but changed it’s name a few years ago.
The Westmount is a gorgeous venue as far as the feel of the environment. There are two main ballrooms on site. The Grand Ballroom and the Continental Ballroom. This time we were in the Continental Ballroom. There was ample space for our 5×7 romp room party booth which was good, cause people tend to always crowd around the Photo Booth to see what all the fuss is about.
We were in a spot close to an awesome looking fireplace and two couches which made for a lavish lounge feel.
The staff at the Westmount were easy to work with and accommodating to our needs. We got fed which is always a plus The load in was easy as far as turns are concerned. No tight corners or messy kitchens to go through. It was however a bit long and a cart is definitely suggested (for those vendors who read our blogs). The door were automatic which was a big help.
The color was Red & White, so we had a cool Red colored door frame on our black photo booth, and went with a new damask style background which looks great in photo-booth photos. We have also been incorporate more wedding magazine photos into the scrapbooks to really give them a more lavish look. There are always great photos for a red and white theme in them.
We took about 60 photos (which is about 120-150 considering 2-3 people per photo) and the wedding scrapbook came out great, thanks to the awesome assistant Lindsey Crowell.
All in all
The Food was great. They even came around with “sobering up” food at the end (pizza, desserts, etc) which could take away from the classiness of the place, but it was well done.
The Load In was relatively easy, but a cart is recommended
The Environment was cool with the couches, fireplace and color theme. The dance floor was in an awkward position from the main room, making it a difficult view for the first dance, etc.
The Staff were helpful when needed
Thanks for checking in. We were also at the Manor in West Orange, NJ which we will be reviewing as well.