As 2014 winds down, we find ourselves raising a New Year's Eve glass to some of our most memorable events. Whether corporate events, cocktail parties, birthday celebrations or weddings, we've been honored to be there for our clients. We've seen some funny poses, pretty faces, rockin' smiles and a heck of a lot of variety when it came to using props, and that's the recipe for entertainment that keeps up loving our gig. Thanks to everyone who got in the booth this year and made it one of the best! We certainly wish we could post photos from all of the great occasions we were a part of, but for the sake of your browsers, we've narrowed it down and hope you enjoy a scroll through our fun year from behind the booth!
Well, first off, we cannot believe it's almost the end of the year. It's been so much fun to introduce our lovely hosts and hostesses to you. Their personalities deliver an added element of spunky enthusiasm to the events they work, and we couldn't be more proud. So, as we wish everyone a happy holiday, we send cheery vibes your way with a hello from our hostess Sarah. She's been with us since the hot season, and we can't wait to see what the new year brings. Here's a glimpse into her world! What interested you about hosting in the beginning? I worked as an event planner in Mississippi for 10 years. When my family moved to Atlanta in January, I decided to stay home with our three girls for a year. But six months into staying home I missed the excitement of the event world. When I found out I could stay home during the week and work on the weekends with ShutterBooth, plus have the chance to be in the event field, I was sold! Now 4 months in, I love getting to be a part of people's most special days and help them create memories, all while having the opportunity to spend my weekdays loving on my babies! What's your favorite kind of crowd to have in the booth? I love families that ShutterBooth together. It's so fun to see mom and dad and their grown kids or young babies and grand babies all switching props, laughing and being silly together. What's the funniest or best memory you have as a host? I was at Chateau Élan (my favorite venue to date) working a military wedding. The groom's grandfather (a retired marine) got in the booth with our big gold chain and red oversized hat and began goofing off. He had me in stitches! What do people find you doing when you're not hosting? When I am not hosting I am at home teaching, playing and loving on my babies or cooking and entertaining friends. Top favorite thing to do since moving to Atlanta? Less than a year in I really enjoy exploring Atlanta. I will purposely get lost just to explore the area. Oh, and eating. I love to have all these amazing restaurants to test out and try!
Peace signs, puckered lips and powerful men and women gathered at The Southern Gentleman last month for the annual Most Beautiful Meet + Greet with JEZEBEL Magazine. Not only do we love getting to join up with any of the Modern Luxury events, but we loved their option to upload black and white photos to the booth, making the logo pop and the people look even more flawless than they already are. Plus, nothing is more timeless than simple black and white photography. It makes a subtle statement, which is really what being beautiful is all about … in our book. Here's a glimpse at some of our favorites - but jump over to our Facebook page to see the entire album of pretty faces.
In a moment where rustic and shabby chic are paired with the word elegant to describe a lot of brides and their wedding day style, there's something immeasurable about the spaces here in Atlanta that still embody enough of a presence to radiate with just one word. Call it classic, call it traditional, but either way, it's an unmatched elegance found in ballrooms like The Georgian Terrace that make a big day, something bold, beautiful and absolutely timeless.Megan, who hosts at The Georgian Terrace often, said, "The space there is unique because it's downtown location is incredible and there are so many ways to use it. There's an adorable outside patio, a chapel room and a gorgeous ballroom for traditional receptions. In a planner's, or a bride's, eye, that makes for a easy transition when you're directing guests from one part of the event to the other." Across from the glittering Fox Theatre lights, in the middle of energetic bustle of Ponce de Leon and Peachtree Street and cherished by anyone who's stayed the night, jumped in the pool or had a drink at the bar, The Georgian Terrace remains one of our favorite ballrooms in the city.
There are plenty of ways to let the world (read: your loyal followers) know what you're up to. From what you ate for breakfast to your minute-by-minute mood and the sights and sounds of whatever concert you attended, you've got it all out there. Now, here's a way to share your best booth pics with your followers and friends. Appropriately dubbed ShutterGram, it's the latest way to interact with the ShutterBooth and show off your fun poses, status updates and more.
Rebecca, one of our lovely hostesses explains it as, "Guests use their own phones to take pictures at the event where ShutterBooth is. Then, they upload their photos to either Twitter or Instagram using the event's custom hashtag. ShutterGram finds the photos as they're uploaded and prints them out into a custom template designed for the event."
She added, "I think it's great for creating greater buzz on social media, because it encourages people to share their experience online and draw attention to the company."
What makes it even better for event planners is that it's a great option for people who may not want to splurge on a ShutterBooth for their event, or who may not have the room for one, but still want to give their guests a fun souvenir to take home from the event.
"I haven't seen it used at a wedding yet," Rebecca said. "But, it would be a lot of fun for the bride and groom to look through all of the hashtagged photos online after the wedding, and they might get to see moments from their wedding that they wouldn't have seen otherwise."
Affordable, unique and super easy to implement, ShutterGram takes up very little space at an event, and has a pretty short set-up time, requiring little more than directional signs for your guests. In our opinion, that's picture worth a thousand
Last week, Piedmont Park and Park Tavern hosted women of all ages for a different kind of cocktail hour. They traded spritzers for sneakers and colleagues for girlfriends to run the Espirit de She 5K or 10K through the park and surrounding neighborhood. Once they crossed the finish line, some of them added the spritzers back in, got their shop on and of course … jumped in the ShutterBooth to commemorate such a fun Thursday afternoon. "It was a fun, interactive event," says host Johnny, who was there wrangling the females into our booth. "The guests got a chance to not only take photos before and after the race, but also to take home prints with their medals, and post their photos to Facebook." ShutterBooth helped provide a fun activity for the guests (of course), but it also helped to create brand recognition for Lifetime Fitness and Aspire Beverages. Aspire beverages (think, all-natural Gatorade) have been sold at Lifetime Fitness Centers for about a year and a half. We helped to further promote the product to the runners, but also to give guests a chance to claim what they aspire to be (hence, the inspirational props in all of these photos). "I got a chance to meet the co-founder of Aspire Beverages," Johnny added. "He was really pleased with our services, and the different ways we can help promote a company or brand. It shows that our services are not just fun, they are effective - be it from a special event like a wedding to a corporate event. We always provide a memorable experience!"
We love a good trip into the suburbs. In fact, at the special event venues outside the 285 lines, you can find some of the most fun people throwing some of the most fun parties. Such was the case with Sarah and Brad, who said, "I Do" amongst the pine trees and gorgeously landscaped lawn at Norcross's Flint Hill. An historic estate, renovated to host special occasions, it proved the perfect place for this happy couple and their friends to let loose. Luckily, we caught some of that fun spunk and personality inside the ShutterBooth. Here's a glimpse at our favorites.
Some of our hosts have been here for the long haul, and we love them for it. So do our brides, our grooms, our corporate clients and the rest of the ShutterBooth family! Brittany is one of those fun gals we're so proud to have on our team. And for that reason, we want to formally show her off… So, Brittany, how long have you been hosting with us? About 6 months. But, it feels longer ... in a good way. Why did you want to join our team? And why are you still doing it? I saw my first ShutterBooth at the birthday party of another host, and thought it was so cool and interactive! She referred me, and it's been super fun ever since! I love getting to know the individual people at the events I host. You can get a general feel for the crowd of people using the Shutterbooth, but there's always pleasant surprises! What's your favorite personal memory from inside a photo booth? I really try to be personable with the guests, because it makes my day more enjoyable and the guests always enjoy the added personal touch. Every once in a while, guests just *have* to have me take a picture with them! At one event, the guests insisted I join them, and pulled me in with the group. We acted out silly scenes involving feather boas, a giant microphone with about 10 people. Why do you think photo booths are a fun addition to an event? Nobody can be sad or upset around a photo booth! There's always the few who are hesitant at first, but then they see how much fun everybody else is having and join in. They get people to participate in the event - not just spectate. What are you getting into when you're not hosting? When I'm not doing graphic design, I love exploring Atlanta, eating at new restaurants and going on hiking adventures with my boyfriend and my dogs! We also couch potato a lot and watch Netflix. Absolute favorite thing to do in Atlanta? Hike Sweetwater Creek State Park!
There are so many great vendors in Atlanta. They all make your event the most unique, the most fun and something you'll be talking about for years and years to come. So, what makes one stand out over another? We think it's chemistry. And with the team at EllyB Events, we're cooking up some crazy-good stuff. So we asked our host Megan - a big fan of EllyB - to dish on what makes this group of event planning extraordinaires so great to work with. "I like working with EllyB because she never misses anything," said Megan. "I love her team!" " My most memorable event with EllyB would be a wedding at 200 Peachtree for an NFL player and his bride," she added . "The flowers, colors, decoration and the guests were amazing!" Here are some of our other faves… Kristilyn's big day at Biltmore Ballrooms Lulu and Rahul's wedding at Sugarloaf Country Club Raha and Kyle's big day at The Georgian Terrace (see the recap here) Charmaine and Tarrio's wedding at The Foundry at Puritan Mill Nakeemia and Michael's wedding at Piedmont Estate and Gardens "Her style is full of glam and no detail is overlooked," Megan said. "Our brand aligns with EllyB because we both want whats best for the client and do everything to make their event unforgettable." We polled the team over at EllyB, and were so excited to hear the feeling was mutual, that we couldn't help but share. "ShutterBooth is the BEST!!!," says Khadine Springer of EllyB Events. "ShutterBooth's employees are awesome. They go above and beyond before, during and after an event to assist us and our clients. All of our clients are impressed with their work. They absolutely love the book filled with memories." And, as if timing couldn't be more appropriate, she also cites one of her favorite memories working with ShutterBooth as last month's feature, Raha and Kyle's wedding at The Georgian Terrace. Cheers to good times, all around.
It's no secret we push the power of pictures. And we won't stop. We love pictures. They're worth way more than a thousand words. But, when you can say those words, deliver your message with more than a smile or a silly pose, well that's gotta be priceless, right? That's why we introduced the option to provide Video Messaging as part of your photo booth package. Instead of (or in addition to) snapping a series of memorable moments, you can leave audible, personal and meaningful messages for the bride and groom, the birthday boy and/or girl or the guests of honor. "Video Messaging is like a live guest book!" said Megan, one of our ShutterBooth hosts. "Guests can leave little messages to the couple via video, which is so perfect for the couple who is inviting a lot of family and friends that they don't get to see much." "it's also super simple, and us hosts can help guests record exactly what they want to say," Megan said. "What I've noticed is that guests love the option of singing, dancing or just leaving a sweet message. The funniest thing I've seen is a group of friends of the bride who planned and executed a song. They dressed up in props and had choreographed dance moves!" Just be careful… your bride and groom could enter said singing and dancing into the next reality show competition! Add this to your photo booth package... contact us today!