Month: January 2014

Photo Test #2 (click through to see video)

Photo Test #2 (click through to see video)

This is our second test of our photo booth we are building. We have all electrical parts (except the monolight and modeling lights at the top) and most of the structure, we still have to put the doors on and hang the monitor. All and all I think it turned out great! It’s an easy one button function and prints out a 4×6 professional grade print all in under 1 minute 25 seconds. Next step is finishing up the doors and cutting the holes for the camera lens. Then I’ll finish up the lighting and we should be done.

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Photo Booth Test #1

Photo Booth Test #1

This is the first test of the photo booth we are building! Right now we have most of the electronics that will go inside the booth. This test was to make sure the process went smoothly and the software worked the way we wanted it to. It was a total success! The white bar at the bottom is the watermark but that will go away once we purchase the software.

We do need to get the lighting (I was using our studio lights) and will be using a different background. The printouts are also completely customizable to each event. Our next step is to test the printer that we’ve ordered then it will be on to building the structure. We are shooting for February 1st to have everything done.

Emily and David

Emily and David

Might be my new favorite shot! This was our first wedding for 2014 and if it’s any indication on how this year will go then 2014 will be a great year! We had a lot of fun and they were awesome! It was about 25F degrees outside and we hurried up and shot this. I ran out and set it up then brought them out and stood in the middle of Madison avenue to get the shot!

Small Business Revolution!

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I believe we are at the start of a small business revolution.  Yep, I said it, revolution.  It seems most large companies have taken to the business model of hiring workers as cheap as possible, making products/services as cheap as possible, and selling them for as much as they can.  What do you get from that model?  Employees who aren’t happy and are worked to the max, who then work less efficiently which leads to poorly made products or inferior services provided to the consumer, all the while the company owners and share holders increase profit.  That model won’t stand the test of time.  As a consumer, I am willing to pay more for a product/service if i know it’s a quality product made by happy employees.  

That’s where small businesses come in.  
There’s never been a better time to be a small business owner.  The internet has made it possible for anyone who puts in the time and effort to be able to start their own business.  Got a product?  You can sell it directly on Amazon.  Got a service?  You can make a website and advertise on social media at very low cost.  It’s a lot of work, but if it’s something you enjoy then work doesn’t seem like work anymore.  

The coming revolution will be started by extremely motivated individuals who have found their passion and want to share it with the world.  That’s what a lot of big businesses seem to be missing, passion.  Too many companies are only about profit.  They forget that it’s a trade, they give us a product/service and we give them money to grow their business and pay their salaries.  Consumers choose where they shop and what they buy, and more consumers are starting to choose quality over cost.  That’s good for small business.