Monday, April 11, 2011
Fastest Photo Booth in Tampa Bay?
The week before the dance I get an email from the school. The demand for tickets was a little more than expected (oops!) and they were expecting over 500 people for the two-and-a-half hour dance.
Well, I like to think that I can work fast but I can't work THAT fast!
So, we converted to The Vogue Booth. There are several key differences between a portrait station and The Vogue Booth. With a portrait station you bring posing stools and big lights. With The Vogue Booth there are no chairs and I use a ring flash. Vogue Booth prints look more like a photo booth print (but better because of the ring flash). No posing stool means we can shoot faster.
Technical note - "Ring Flash" is a flash that is shaped like a donut. The camera lenses sticks right through the middle. The effect is that you get direct flash on your subject but no shadow because the light is on the same plane as the lens. It's frequently used for fashion photography. "Esquire" magazine shoots almost all their fashion spreads with ring flash.
So the idea was that, instead of taking formal portraits, we would just be running The Vogue Booth. The girls could come have pictures taken with their friends or whoever.
Of course, it didn't work exactly as planned.
Since we had a portrait station last year, everyone was trained to go straight to the photographer when they arrived. We had a big line. Luckily, thanks to the speed of The Vogue Booth and the lovely Bobbi bagging my prints, we were able to photograph all the Dads and Daughters and still have time for lots of fun, photo booth pictures.
When the night was done, we had set a new record (the old record was set last year). 380 prints in less than 3 hours!
It was great fun and hopefully we will be back again next year.
Booray Perry is a wedding and portrait photographer in Tampa FL.