Well, 2009 was a very cool year for the Cool Shots PhotoLounge and it's off to a great start in 2010 as well! One of the first events of the year was a Bar Mitzvah for a really cool guy named Charlie. Charlie and his family worked very hard on all the details and it showed! The theme of the event was karate, since Charlie is a black belt, and the colors were black, red, & white. They had a DJ for entertainment, the PhotoLounge, an airbrush artist, a sorbet & ice cart, yummy food including a candy rollup that looked like sushi, and then a "take-out" candy counter where the guests chose their favorite candies to take home and enjoy! So many cute details are sure to make an event feel special and really show the time and effort that was put into the planning. It was this attention to detail that inspired the next 'upgrade' for the Cool Shots PhotoLounge.
Now, if you're not familiar with the "PhotoLounge" concept yet - I'll catch you up :) We take the Photo Booth and create a lounge by surrounding it in drape and then add in a bench and lamp for a swanky effect. Add in some silly props plus the happy party-goers and you have hours of entertainment! Typically with an event with a guest of honor, like a birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, or a wedding, we also put together a scrapbook for them to keep. The Photo Booth prints out two identical prints - one goes home with the guest as a keepsake and the other goes into the scrapbook. Well, for this event, we had the help of a professional scrapbooker, Dina Glass with Close to My Heart Scrapbooks, and boy did she make a difference! Her cool scrapbook pages were just another element of planning that really added some "Wow" factor to the final product! Here is a picture of a couple of the finished pages (the kids got to add on the photostrips & stickers themselves).
The next week, I grabbed up some colored paper and a few scrapbooking supplies and tried to recreate the look myself! It was much more challenging than I had expected but also a lot of fun. It inspired me to pay more attention to this aspect of the PhotoLounge. Putting together the scrapbook at an event is just another cool activity to engage your guests. It lets them be spontaneous and creative, while also giving them a chance to leave special messages to the guest(s) of honor. I get chill bumps thinking about how twenty years from now, Charlie will find that scrapbook and look back through it, and have such a great record of everyone that was there and all of the fun they had. To be able to be a part of someone's biggest life events like that is truly one of the greatest rewards of my job. Thanks to Charlie & his family for having us out, and special thanks for letting me make a few choices from the candy counter :) Also, here are a few of the scrapbook pages that I did -