I am very excited about a Halloween Photobooth planned for Halloween Day (October 31) in downtown Brunswick. I’m co-sponsoring the event with Little Dog Coffee Shop, event organizer Amanda Similien of Maine Street Events, and cake and cupcake baker extraordinaire Carrie Fields of Fields of Cake and Other Good Stuff.
From noon to 6 p.m. we’ll have a portable photo studio set up in the front area of the Little Dog Coffee Shop to take professional photos of in-costume trick-or-treaters. All we ask is a $5 donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick. (They will get all of the proceeds, we aren’t taking any of the money to cover our own costs.) Also, at the end of the evening one name will be drawn to win a gift certificate for a custom cake by Fields of Cake & other Good Stuff. (It’s worth dressing up and paying $5 just to get a shot at that!)
Living in small town, Maine, I always get oodles of trick-or-treaters. And, I’m always impressed by how varied and creative the costumes are on Halloween night. It’s obvious that a lot of thought, time and work goes into Halloween.
As a professional photographer I’ve thought how much fun it would be to set up professional lights and a backdrop on Halloween to create professional quality photos of the trick-or-treaters for their parents. And, it wouldn’t require a big investment in new equipment as I regularly set up photobooths for my wedding clients; so I already own most of what is needed.
Last year I finally decided to act on that idea. Using a black backdrop from Halloween fabric I picked up at Joanne’s Fabrics, I set up a mini-photography-studio on my front porch. My second shooter Angie gave up her Halloween to help me, and we sat out on the porch with digital cameras and small instant printers, ready to offer trick-or-treaters candy and an instant portrait. (Thank goodness it wasn’t too cold because we were out there several hours.)
Before long, we were very busy taking photos and making instant prints. We got an overwhelmingly positive response, and it turned out to be a whole lot of fun; I think the parents got a big kick out of having the costumes recorded in professional photos.
So, this year I approached Paul Harrison of the Little Dog Coffee Shop to see about doing the same thing but on a larger scale and as a benefit a local charity. Since the LIttle Dog is right on the route of the Halloween Parade, it seemed like the perfect place to stage the event. And we picked BBBSB/B as our charity as they offer wonderful programs for area kids. Plus, they are a neighbor of the Little Dog.
We won’t offer instant photos this year–“instant” turned out to be a misnomer as we got backed up last year with the pictures that were very slow to print. Instead, I’ll send off digital images the next day to get them printed on a very nice satin card stock offered by my one of my favorite printing shops. We’ll ask parents (or kids) to come back in ten days to pick up their prints at the Little Dog.
Amanda Similen (of Maine Street Events) and Carrie Fields (of Fields of Cake) got involved when we were meeting for coffee (at the Little Dog) and chatting about Carrie’s recent appearance on the Food Network. The photobooth plans were just in the infancy then, and when I shared my ideas with Amanda and Carrie they very enthusiastically offered to join in. Amanda brings years of event planning expertise and Carrie, who is a fantastic baker, offered to donate a gift certificate for a custom birthday cake or cupcakes at a later date. So that’s how they ended up getting involved.
Posters were finalized and printed today, they should start going up tomorrow, and we’ve got a Facebook Event set up. It’s an open event, anyone can invite anyone else, so if you want to help us spread the word, please do so.
And, hopefully we’ll see you on Halloween at the Little Dog!
Here is a link to a larger copy of the poster if you can help us publicize the event by printing a poster and putting up at your workplace.