Category: Events

Introducing. . .

…The Funky Booth.

So we’ve seen plenty of other photographers calling these things Fun booths, Crazy booths etc etc but we haven’t seen a Funky Booth yet… We have 3 words currently for our photography style and those 3 words are Fun, Fresh and Funky so we thought the Funky Booth was a very fitting name for this side of our business.

If you don’t already know about these things then the images below will give you a whole better idea of what goes on. Basically we rock up at your wedding/birthday/ event etc with a big box of whacky props and take photographs of your guests trying their best to be taken away to the nearest mental institution. OK maybe not but you get the idea.

The first people to take up our Funky Booth for their wedding were Jamie and Charlotte, they were married last month at Stirk House near Gisburn, we unfortunately didn’t shoot their wedding but were asked to bring our cameras and the big box of props. We had a load of fun taking photographs of a variety of guests who wanted in on the action. We can’t wait to do our next Funky booth now.

Paul

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This time last week… The Love My Dress Summer Soiree

This time last week both Kel and I were sporting a slight hangover… Ok a massive hangover!! About now we will have been sat in the breakfast area of Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle. Sipping on strong Coffee, munching our way through a full english, chatting about the evening before with our friends Domonique and Sachin and having a little giggle at the various other guests looking worse for wear that we recognised from the evening before (I’m sure some were even wearing the night before’s clothing still!! I don’t know names but you know who you are).

Whilst chatting about the evening I fished in my bag and pulled out all the photo booth pictures we had acquired the night before, Within seconds we were laughing away like hyenas at the fun we had in ‘The Booth‘. What a fabulous idea that was!!

The day before we arrived in Newcastle just after lunch and picked our friend Domonique of York Place Studios up from the train station then checked into the hotel, Kel and Dom went off for hair and makeovers while I met Sachin and did the manly tog thing of looking round Jacobs Digital and the Apple store. Once the girls had been made to look super glamorous we then met up with Will Ablett and headed for some pub grub. Pizza was the preferred choice and went down really well.

Kelly wanted to look stunningly fabulous for the Soiree so she asked Linda of No 9 Bridal Couture if she would make her something gorgeous, Nothing Linda makes isn’t gorgeous so between them they came up with a Grace Kelly inspired frock (Black and White with a sprinkle of gorgeousness!). Linda was attending the Soiree too and kindly offered to take the frock up to Newcastle for us that way she knew it would be in pristine condition for Kelly when she was ready to wear it, Now thats a great friend for you! We headed over to collect the dress from Linda before then heading back to our hotel room to get ready. Confession here… Now I started to take pictures of Kelly getting ready from her hair to the frock hanging up waiting to go on, but as you know with women, getting ready is a whole story that takes time and time is something we were short on so the minute Kel was ready we had to be on our way to the Venue so I didn’t manage to get any pictures of kelly in the dress!! BUT… We are no putting plans in place to do a full photo shoot of Kel quite literally Rockin’ the Frock in the very near future so keep your ear to the ground on that.

The venue was The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on the Riverside right next to the Millennium Bridge. When we arrived we were greated with the warm welcoming faces of The Smyths or Emma Case and Pete Smyth to be precise. They had made the long journey from Birmingham to be at THE event of the year before heading back down the A1 to Nottingham for a Wedding they had booked the next day. Now thats commitment to the cause for you and big love to them for showing their support for the event like that.

Once at the entrance we were name checked and given a pretty name tag which really suited me I think, then handed a nice glass of bubbly which frankly didn’t last long at all in my possession! (can you see a tone setting here?) Once inside we took a look around and W.O.W! There was a sweet corner with cake pops, cupcakes and other little delights. A vintage corner with an old typewriter, telephone, pictures and beautiful seating. The cocktails were just delicious and such a selection (hence the hangover!). One of my favourites from the night. The burlesque dancers. I dragged Kel to the front for this one! The photo booth was definitely our favourite. With our new friends, Matt, Andy, Marianne, Will and of course Dominique we rocked it by managing to fit all 7 of us in there! Now that’s good going!!!

We had such an amazing night meeting so many wonderful people. We came away with so much inspiration! I would like to end this post by saying a huge Thank you to the lady of the night. Annabel. You looked simply stunning and created the event of the year. We had such a wonderful evening! Head on over to Love My Dress for more detailed information about the event.

Here’s to the next!!!

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  • Dominique Shaw · Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm · Link · Reply

    awww didn’t we have a flipping amazing time! miss you and Kel already! xoxoxox

  • Chris Hall · Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm · Link · Reply

    Just wanted to say – I really like the image at the top of the post. It has a retro feel and the vignette adds a nice touch. Photo booths seem to capture a expression in peoples faces that can never be replicated in a studio. Thanks for sharing – Chris.

    p.s. can you add some links to similar work in the comments for me to take a look if you have any?

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Evan’s Big Ball

I was asked by a friend Nicola Cunningham if I was busy on the 9th October to do the photography for a charity Ball called Evan’s Big Journey. Evan is a little boy who lives locally to us, He has Cerebral Palsy and to improve his everyday life his Family want him to have an operation called SDR or Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. For Evan to receive the operation his family have to take him across the pond to St Louis Children’s Hospital and also need £50,000 to fund it, So Evan’s Big Journey charity was born and the fundraising began. Read more »

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  • Donna Westfall · Posted November 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm · Link · Reply

    Fantastic night, fantastic photos, fantastic photographer you are living your dream Mr C so believe it x

  • Rachael · Posted December 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm · Link · Reply

    Great pictures Paul! What a worthy cause – so great that so much money was raised. I love your write up too. Great job!

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