Monthly Archives: November 2014

A few weeks back I had the honor of having my CrazyFace Photobooth for the Friendship Center’s Fall Fest 2014 in New Caney, Texas.  This was my second year to be asked and so I knew the drill.  The Friendship Center is an organization that helps our senior citizens.  They provide hot lunches at their location, meals on wheels, transportation, & many other services to keep our seniors healthy and active!  WHAT A GREAT ORGANIZATION!
Last year, I realized early on that they weren’t going to be able to experience the full effect of the photo booth unless I changed something.  WHY?  The photobooth program is set to take a picture every 7 seconds — that’s really just enough time for someone to switch out props and then get into “pose position”.  But what I didn’t think about at first is that our senior citizens are just a little slower paced.  To most 7 seconds is plenty of time, but to them 7 seconds was not even close.  Sooooo…I improvised!  They sat on the bench and I “decorated” them with props.  That sounds easy enough, right?  Well let me tell you, it will completely exhaust you!!!  Imagine trying to beat the 7 second timer for 4 different shots.  Multiply that by about 200 people/groups coming in and out of the photobooth.  And did I mention THERE ARE NO BREAKS – non-stop for 3-4 hours!!!  A great workout for sure!
This year there were even more that attended the Fall Fest!!!  From the time the doors were opened I didn’t stop !!!  It was definitely one of my  top 5 most physically demanding days in my career!  But also as one of the MOST REWARDING days EVER!!!  I loved it…the fact that I made so many people smile & laugh:).   It’s funny that no matter how young or old you are, the words “fart, poop, & pick your nose” can still make you laugh!  And one of the sweetest comments I heard was from an elderly woman.  They came to the photobooth a little nervous, not sure what to expect.  I explained what would take place and then started the sequence.  After they finished and got their print from the photobooth, this lady looked at her elderly husband and said “I’m having fun”!!!  So simple, but so sweet.  That just made my day knowing that at least I helped one person smile and have fun.  I’m sure (KNOW) there were more…judge for yourself by watching the slideshow from the day:)
Can’t wait until next year!!!  I’ll know to get extra sleep the night before:)

I’ve slacked a little bit on Tips on Tuesday (quite a bit actually), but today I’m jumping right in. Today’s tip…BACK IT UP & PRINT!!!  The question is not if your hard drive crash, it’s WHEN will your hard drive crash!!!  SCARY RIGHT!  It has happened to me.  Thankfully, I have a backup system in place and was able to recover MOST everything.  A few images, files, & programs were lost but what I lost was nothing compared to what I saved!

My OWN precious digital memories were recovered…YEA!!! Not to mention ALL of my client images…WHEW!  But let’s just think about my own personal images for a minute…what if they hadn’t been recovered?  I would have been devastated.  You know the saying “the shoe peddlers kids have no shoes”?  Well, the same is sometimes true for the photographers kids (shoes…yes, prints…not always:).  I print from our “professional” sessions, but not everything I should from just every day events.  At least up until now…I have a new plan and I like it!

Before my personal images would just sit on the computer collecting “virtual dust” until I had a little free time. WHO HAS FREE TIME????  I have to make the time for my personal images, just like I do for my client images.  I am very OCD when it comes to properly backing up client sessions and events…that’s a good thing for you.  But honestly, I can get a little lazy when it comes to my own.  So I’ve been making the time to print for myself once a month.  Next week (maybe not next week, but the next tip at least) I’ll let you know what companies I trust for my personal prints.  But right now, just get something printed.  Technology changes every day and there is no guarantee that your CD of images or your hard drive of choice today will be around or even be accessible in 5, 10, or 15 years from now.  Who remembers 8-track tapes (that’s even before my time really)???

Here’s a quick rundown of my backup plan (in case you’re interested)…

  1. Download to my “working” hard drive. I go through a lot of hard drives…right now I have a total of 3 that I use {that X’s 10 in a safe off-site storage}.
  2. Copy to a DVD and add to my remote backup service company site.
  3. Choose my keepers, make a new folder on my hard drive for those.
  4. Add my keepers to the remote backup service and add to my backup hard drive.
  5. Print my keepers.

Overkill? Maybe, but it makes me feel safe 🙂

I realize a printed photograph is not necessarily a permanent fixture. But historians have archived photographs that date back almost 200 years and before that hand drawn portraits of people, places, and events.  Do you think 200 years from now an archeologist is going to be able to retrieve information from a CD or hard drive?  I think not, but at least a printed image (even if not properly preserved) has a better chance of surviving the elements and there is no special equipment needed with a printed photograph.

So say it with me…back up and print, back up and print, BACK UP AND PRINT!!!

I hope you all had a great time trick or treating last Friday!  We did and got tons of candy.  Lori’s not much of a candy eater (thankfully), but I am…my dentist will be so happy at my next check up:)

Below are a few images of my “little witch” & “Meow Meow” her new kitty … this was not her Halloween costume, but I couldn’t resist doing this.  Do you want to guess what Lori was for Halloween???  If you guessed Elsa from Frozen you were RIGHT!!!  And she made the cutest little Elsa ever.  I was Olaf…I love all things WARM!  Jason…well, we wanted him to be Sven (the reindeer from Frozen) but that didn’t work out as planned.  So he just turned out to be some sort of Amish guy – lol!



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