More learned at a great party

May 11, 2012  •  2 Comments

So, last weekend was the second time I had my booth out in the wild. Of course it couldn't go smoothly, so again I'm left with a weekend that has better prepared me for those times when things don't go quite as planned!

It started with forgetting the center post that I use to prop up the camera. This one had me floored, since if I don't have that post, I can't really prop the camera up. After a few moments of panic, and thinking some words that would make a pirate blush (with a few sneaking Having fun with the neice and nephew, getting the booth ready to go! past my lips), I had the brilliant idea to go snag a wooden dowel from a hardware store. This turned out to be a great fix, and one that I know I can count on (at least as long as I've got a saw around as well!). That also left an indelible mark on my mental checklist to make sure that doesn't happen again. We'll see how much other clutter in my mind covers that mark right back up in the future.

The other "key" item I forgot was - of course - the keys to the locks on the doors of the booth. This meant I couldn't get the computer into the side of the booth where it is supposed to live, and I couldn't get into the booth in case anything else needed tended to. That was a relatively easy fix, though it left the booth looking less polished than I'd like. A couple screws backed out, and the back door was free to swing right open! I put the computer in through the back of the booth, and no one was the wiser (except the guys who peeked in through the unlocked door).

Other than those two big glitches, everything else went as well as I could expect. The photos were gorgeous, people had a blast, and the booth escaped (mostly) unharmed. What else I learned: lacquer the outside to protect from spills; remember to start the program from the touch screen to make sure the program displays correctly; and alcohol-infused adults will, eventually, take their toll on the booth!

I can't wait to get the booth out there a bit more!


Comments

Photobooth by Yoder Art Works
After that fiasco, I now have a list of things to make sure to pack, and my organization is definitely a lot better!

When I'm going on a job with just my camera, I'm normally so scatterbrained between shoots, I'll take the time to unpack and repack everything in the camera bag, just to make sure I have everything I think I'll need for the upcoming shoot!

I've got a couple events coming up in the next month/month and a half. I'll definitely get a good shot of the booth all set up. It's just been out of my mind every time I've had it even close to together!
Jackie S(non-registered)
Hahah! I hate when I forget things. I am an event photographer and I always leave my flash, the stupid SD card, or the battery for the camera (still in the charger) in the house.

Now, I make sure before I leave the house, I click one picture of myself, to know the camera is ready, locked, and loaded.

Thanks for sharing this. I would love to see your setup of your booth one day. I also love your articles (stories). Are you a writer? Thanks again.
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