Bar Mitzvah in Israel and a celebration in Toronto with Instagram by PhotoBot

Last weekend we had the pleasure of providing an Instagram service for the Berman's son Jared's Bar Mitzvah celebration. It was a first for us because we set up the Instagram account almost 6 weeks in advance of our service.

.Jared had his Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem on August 1st at The Davidson Centre Kotel, before the family flew to Israel we set up an Instagram account so they were able to post photos while they traveled.

We printed out those photos before the Friday celebration and pinned them on our display board for all to see. 

PhotoBot's Instagram print station 

PhotoBot's Instagram service puts the photography in the hands of everyone. The best candid shots come when a person dosen't realize the camera is there.

Jared @ The Davidson Centre

Jared's celebration was a whirlwind of activity and we were kept busy printing out guests photos, some were quite creative using Snapchat filters and overlays on Instagram.

Two very cute pups

Aimee was a most gracious host checking in on Wendy and I to make sure we had something to eat. The event was at the Pickle Barrel in the Markville Mall. We've been there a bunch of times now, and they did and always have done, a wonderful job.  

The end result was a great success. Working with our customers to make their special events a creative & personalized service is what I enjoy most at PhotoBot. Stay tuned we did something new again this week.

Posted on September 11, 2016 .

Kitty's 95th and 66 years an Arsenal fan

Susan wanted to celebrate her mother Kitty's 95th birthday with a wonderful brunch at her favorite restaurant Mezza Notte Trattoria http://www.mezzanotte.ca. It was one of the nicest birthday celebrations that we've had the privilege to be part of. The staff and owner couldn't have been more accommodating on our arrival. 

In speaking to Susan prior to the event I came to learn that her mother is a huge Arsenal fan and has been so for more than 60 years. We did a little poking around on Arsenal's website and came up with a digital file of the teams logo. Using our green screen backdrop we incorporated the logo into the photo composition. 

On Kitty's rival she was asked to have her photo taken and when I showed her the print her eyes welled up on seeing her beloved team logo. Kitty told me that it was one of nicest supprize of the day. Everyone wanted to have their photo taken with Kitty and she was a trooper hanging in for the better part of an hour while everyone got an amazing memento of the day. 

 

Kitty & Susan

Kitty & Susan

Posted on September 10, 2016 .

Hostess with the Mostest

PhotoBot was at Erica’s daughter's first birthday last weekend. Erica is a very accomplished lady and organized an amazing party. There were about 30 children and 70 adults. The food was incredible and perfect for both kids and adults. The children were entertained by Jeff Mechali from JStixxLive.com who is an awesome drummer and had the kids mesmerized. I'm hoping that we can work together in the future. There was a clown making balloon animals and ballon swords, a face painter and our PhotoBot to round things out. Erica provided her own backdrop and some additional props as well. We printed an extra set of prints and put together a memory book that we presented to Erica at the end of our service. A great time was had by all and we're happy that we were a part of it. 

Cheers.

Mike Moran

Posted on April 28, 2015 .

PhotoBot introduces Instagram Print Services

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This summer we introduced Instagram Print Service. Maeve & Jay were our very first customers and I'm glad to say that they were more than pleased. Now you can crowd source your candid shots with PhotoBot's Instagram Print Services. It begins when we set up an Instagram # for your event. All you have to do is let your guests know that you have a hash tag set up and your photographic crowd sourcing begins.

On the day of your event we'll be there with our Instagram Print Station and we'll print photos taken at the event within seconds of them being posted.

Posted on October 15, 2014 .

PhotoBot travels to Mexico

Amanda and Corey are getting married in Mexico. They wanted to party with friends that couldn't make it down south before they left. PhotoBot went to Mexico visited the resort shooting photos of the beautiful beach. We brought back a great shot that we loaded into our Green Screen backdrop. Not really (we went on Google Images and searched for photos of the resort). The result was fun in the sun while there was a raging blizzard outside. 

A great time was had by all. Let us get creative and supercharge your next event!

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Beautiful lady's got the beat. Unfortunate moustache and no string volume.

Posted on March 14, 2014 .

Over the Holidays

We pushed the envelope over the holidays with the number of people that we squeezed into a single shot. We did a party for a U of T group where we had 24 guests in one frame. That was the most to date. We were in the back yard of the College Street Bar @ 574 College Street. It was covered, thankfully, but the snow was blowing in and the heater wasn't having much effect. It could not have been colder. That didn't seem to effect the ladies having fun and shooting photos right up until we were ready to pack up.  

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Posted on January 20, 2014 .

PhotoBot's Photo Booth goes to work raising funds for the arts

One of our stops last weekend was a Gala for Gotta Dance Inc. The event was a fundraiser with proceeds going to arts programs for children that don't have access to them in areas of the city that are underserved. The event was well attended with almost 200 guests. PhotoBot was a huge success. They charged $2.00 for each person who had their picture taken. We took about 100 photos in the time that we were set up, and we printed hundreds more for the guests. The proof is in the pudding as they say. We've been booked for next years Gala. We look forward to next year and helping to make the event an even bigger success.

Cheers.

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Posted on November 27, 2013 .

Our Green Screen Photo Booth. A good idea well excited results in thrilled alumni @ Camp Kadimah

We were invited to Camp Kadimah's 70th anniversary on the weekend. The organizers thought it would be a good idea to use a photo taken on the bridge with the Camp Kadimah sign in it as a background image. Thomas worked his magic and got the Croma Key (green screen software) exicuting perfectly. We took over two hundred photos with a bunch of them having a dozen or more people in them. The booth was so busy with guests wanting to get their photo taken we were asked to stay an extra hour. A good idea well excited results in thrilled alumni.

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Posted on November 5, 2013 .

Double take Halloween antics at PhotoBot's Photo Booth

The halloween party season is upon us. We were invited to a party for a hotel staff last weekend, the costumes were exceptional. The green screen was put into action and we ran a couple of different backdrops. As you can see the end result is quite different depending on the back ground image. When we're shooting green screen the composition is up to you. We have a little over 50 background images to chose from on our web site, but you're only limited by your imagination for the image you'd like to slip behind your guests.

When searching the internet for images we point our customers to Google and use the advanced tools in Google images to find an image that has enough data so it will print well when as a 4" x 6" photo and is rights free for commercial use with modification to the image. It sounds harder than it is. We'll take you through the process when you upgrade to green screen backdrop if you don't already have an image for us to use as a background. 

Get creative.

Cheers.

Mike, Thomas, and Colin

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Posted on October 29, 2013 .

PhotoBot's photo booth "Macro to Micro"

I've talked previously about how our backdrop can open up to a macro size accommodating 12 or more people in a shot. That's something that isn't possible with a fixed booth. Last Friday we went micro and set up on a stair landing at Maria's house. The landing was about 10' x 7', we set up in a 6' x 7' footprint that still allowed people to pass through and access the rooms at the other end of the landing. We used a 4' x 6' pop up green screen that worked beautifully. At times there were a dozen people on the landing and up to 6 people in the shot. If you're having a house party and think that a photo booth might be too big, think about PhotoBot. Macro or Micro spaces we can manage them all.

Cheers.

 

 

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Posted on October 22, 2013 .

The More the Merrier

An even dozen. Looking like we could fit a few more comfortably. Last night we were at Ersilia and Victors wedding and had a blast with the guests. We ran a green screen backdrop and opened it up to 9 feet, allowing us to shoot a large group. The image you see here is a great example of how bigger is better.  

How many do you think we can fit into a group shot? Give us your best guess in the comment section of this post. Over the next month we'll keep you posted on how we do. 

Cheers. 

Mike and Thomas

 

 

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Posted on October 13, 2013 .

Some Hollywood magic brought to you by PhotoBot

A few weeks ago PhotoBot had the good fortune of being invited to Celine's Sweet 16. We were asked to bring the green screen along and create some photographic shenanigans. With a little bit of staging and our super sophisticated work station, guests were able to see the results of some Hollywood image making in seconds. The Print station was churning out photos that fuelled the laughter, hooting and hollering. PhotoBot was the star of the evening and went beyond supercharging a party to blowing it up. 

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Posted on October 9, 2013 .

Destination wedding comes home to Toronto

Cheryllyn and Ryan had their photographer shoot a number of photo's that were specifically taken with PhotoBot in mind. The shot was pool side looking out to the ocean and was a great background to work with. We used our green screen backdrop and then applied the photo as the selected background image. The guests that weren't able to make the destination wedding now have a little slice of the Caribbean to look at. 

   

 

 

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Posted on October 7, 2013 .

Back to the 1920's

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Heather and Will had a 1920's theme for their wedding. Everybody was having a great time especially the ladies in this photo. We helped out by searching the internet for what I thought was a great background photo. The photo was shot in 1920 according to the writing that was on the left side of the photo (we trimmed that off) so it was period correct. The barkeep looks very proud of his establishment and is at the ready to serve his jubilant patrons. 

We did the search on Google images. The most important thing to consider when looking for an image on the internet is that the photo is of sufficient file size that it won't break down as a background image.

If you're searching on Google images you need to set the search criteria at greater than 2 megapixels or larger than 1,200 x 1,800 pixels. If you do that the search will only show you images that should work very well for a background image with PhotoBot. Then the fun begins as you look through hundreds or maybe thousands of photo's and think about what the photographer saw that day maybe even the story behind the image.

Cheers. 

Mike Moran

Posted on October 1, 2013 .

Polaroid Plus

We were at a couple of great events over the weekend. Emily and Joe asked us if we could format the photo as a Polaroid with the logo "Eat Drink and be Married" and the date of their wedding below the image.

The background was created using our green screen and a design that Emily found. The logo was something that Emily also supplied us with. We had to recreate the text but that was Emily's vision as well. It turned out awesome!

The format is a bit less than optimal for large groups. That means everyone has to get cozy with each other in front of the camera. As the evening progresses that becomes less of a problem.

Cheers.

Mike Moran

 

 

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Posted on October 1, 2013 .

The Blog...

We'll post samples of our photographic shenanigans to this blog so you can see what's going on at PhotoBot. We'll tell you how we are able to achieve some of the innovative images, and how you can have fun putting something together thats very unique to celebrate your special event.

Cheers.

Michael, Thomas, Colin

Posted on September 28, 2013 .