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Why you need 360 VR video at your wedding

If you haven’t heard of 360 virtual reality video, you soon will. Here’s why you need 360 VR video of your wedding.

What does 360 VR video of your wedding mean?

360 VR video lets the viewer decide exactly where they want to look. With Cheesy360, we send you a 360 VR camera so you can film your wedding, and once you send it back to us we’ll edit the footage into an immersive 360 VR video of your wedding, allowing you to relive the best day of your life over and over.

360 VR video lets you have the wedding of the future

360 VR video is the future. You’re going to be seeing it everywhere over the next few years, and beyond. Cheesy360 means you can future-proof your wedding, because your grandchildren will be used to experiencing everything in 360 VR video – filming your wedding in 360 VR will give them a reason to watch your wedding video.

Cheesy360 is more than just a camera rental

When you have Cheesy360 at your wedding, you’re doing more than just renting a 360 VR camera. We take all the footage you and your guests film of the wedding day and then edit it into an immersive 360 virtual reality experience that brings your wedding to life over and over again.

We then give you all the raw footage and the professionally-edited video on a USB stick. The finished video will also be available to download from online hosting for a year.

Not 1K, not 2K, but 4 whole K’s at your wedding

That’s right. We’re really modern at CheesySmiles. That’s why our 360 VR cameras film in 4K. You’ll get your professionally edited VR video of your wedding in 4K so it’ll look great even on the newest computers and phones.

Want to make your 360 VR wedding video even more real?

Our Cheesy VR headset is a great way to make your 360 VR wedding videos even more immersive. You just need to insert your smartphone and then you can naturally move your head around to look wherever you want in the VR video.

How to have the ultimate Brexit party

On the 23rd June the British public voted 52-48 to leave the EU, which means one of two things: you can have a party to celebrate a bright new future for the UK, or you can have a party to drown your sorrows because of all the doom and destruction that is about to fall on the country.

Whatever way you voted, CheesySmiles has you covered with tips on how to have the ultimate EU referendum Brexit party (what do you mean, that’s not a real thing?)

Taking photos of the ultimate Brexit party with a photo booth

Everybody has cameras on their smartphones, but the problem with that is all the photos will be of other party guests also taking photos on their phones.

So what you need is a photo booth, which you can hire from CheesySmiles, to bring everybody together in one place. Our photo booths are massive, so you can fit in loads of your Brexit party guests to take crazy fun photos with each other, with the props we include in every photo booth hire package.

Getting great videos of your ultimate Brexit party with CheesyMoves video camera hire and editing packages

Just like with taking photos, there will be loads of people filming on their smartphones at your Brexit party, but most of them will be all shaky, and getting all the footage from everyone will be a nightmare.

What makes CheesyMoves great is that we send you two high-quality HD cameras which you can hand out to your guests. They can film all the personal, intimate stuff that really shows how fun everybody is having at your Brexit party (or how miserable everyone is, of course).

But CheesyMoves is more than just a video camera hire service. When you send the cameras back to us, we’ll professionally edit the footage into really fun and creative videos which you’ll be sharing with your friends and family for years to come.

Now, time for the ultimate ultimate Brexit party

The EU referendum results might have half the UK population thinking we’re about to go back to the dark ages, but technology keeps moving on.

That’s why we have an idea for the ultimate ultimate Brexit party. Because it’s the 21st century, we now let you hire a 360 VR video camera for your party. As the name suggests, 360 VR video cameras film in 360 video, giving you the most immersive experience yet.

Instead of being forced to look only where the cameraman wanted you to look, 360 VR video allows the viewer to move the camera around themselves, either on their smartphone, computer, or through a VR headset (with a smartphone inserted).

And, just like with CheesyMoves, we’ll take all the footage you film with our 4K VR camera and professionally edit it into a really immersive experience.

Why you need to have a photo booth at your party

You need a photo booth at your party, and here are a few reasons why.

The party carries on in our photo booths

When most people think of photo booths, they think of those tiny ones where you reluctantly go to get a passport photo of you with a weird blank expression on your face.

Our photo booths, on the other hand, have a high-quality camera and are big enough inside for you and your friends to get together and take crazy good photos.

The party carries on inside our photo booths.

Our photo booths take better photos of you and your friends

Cameras on smartphones have come a long way over the last few years, but your photography skills probably haven’t. Our photo booths take great photos every time; the quality of the photos is only defined by the creativity of you and your guests.

Our photo booths give you permanent reminders of your great party

Our photo booths give you loads of ways to look at your great party photos. Of course, they’re photo booths, so they actually print your photos for you and your friends to take home, but there’s more: after using our photo booth, you get 100 keyrings, so you can take great reminders of your party wherever you (and your keys) go.

For those of you who are more old school, all our photo booth packages come with a guest book for a place to stick all your best photos.

And don’t worry, you can still post your photos to Facebook and Instagram, because our photo booth packages include a web gallery for your photos and a USB stick with all of them saved.

Why having a photo booth at your next party is better than using your smartphone camera

Our photo booths are better for parties than smartphone cameras, and here’s why.

Size does matter (we have massive photo booths!)

While it seems that smartphone screens are getting bigger all the time, their camera lenses aren’t. But that’s not all we’re talking about here.

We’re talking about how big our photo booths are.

Our photo booths aren’t the tiny, cramped, and unloved ones you get in shopping centres and Tube stations.

No, our photo booths have room for you and lots of your friends. You can all step into one of our photo booths and take loads of crazy fun photos together (and you can actually be in the photos because you won’t be on the wrong side of the camera).

Get in our photo booth: enjoy the party instead of spending it sticking your phone in people’s faces.

Do you remember the good old days? When you could enjoy your party instead of worrying about taking photos of how fun your party is so you can post them all to Facebook (even the blurry ones, because why not?)?

Our photo booths aren’t just a way to record the party, they are the party. When everybody steps into one of our photo booths (with the props we include in all our packages) they get to have fun together.

Our photo booths even print your photos – don’t worry, you’ll get a USB stick with all your photos so you can still flood your Instagram followers’ timelines with your party photos.

Put your iPhone away, you’re not as good a photographer as you think you are – we bet our photo booths take better photos than you (is it me or are these subheadings getting longer and longer?)

Admit it, you leave each party you go to with tonnes of blurry and wonky photos on your phone.

And if you’re really shameless, you probably even post them on your social media accounts.

That doesn’t happen with our photo booths.

Our photo booths have professional-quality cameras which take perfectly crisp and clear photos.

Your smartphone doesn’t come with an attendant (but our photo booths do!)

All of our photo booths come with a free photo booth attendant (sorry, you can’t keep them) to look after the photo booth and everybody using it, so no matter how terrible your friends are operation of the photo booth will run smoothly for as long as you hire one (which is usually three hours).

Why photo booths make for the best weddings

Our photo booths make for the best weddings, and here’s why.

Our photo booth hire packages come with the ultimate wedding guest book

Having a guest book at a wedding is a must because it’s something you can look at for years to come to remind you of how perfect your wedding day was.

With a CheesySmiles photo booth you get to make the ultimate guest book – our packages include a guest book for your guests to stick their best photos in (because our photo booths print out photos like a, well, photo booth).

Have a lot of wedding guests? Don’t worry, our photo booths are massive

Our wedding photo booths aren’t like the horrible, cramped ones you’re used to, the photo booths where you have to swivel a squeaky stool so it’s the right height to get an overpriced passport photo.

No, our photo booths are massive and allow groups of people to go in and take some crazy, fun photos (our photo booth packages even include a selection of props for even more fun).

Our photo booths do video messages too (maybe we should call them video booths instead?)

You know how when there’s a wedding on TV or film, there’s always somebody going around with a video camera getting people to give messages to the newly-married couple?

Our photo booths allow you to record video messages so you can do the same thing but without the annoying, pushy man behind the camera.

Our photo booths allow your guests to go home with the perfect wedding souvenir

Because our photo booths actually print out photos (you know, like a photo booth) any guest who uses the photo booth gets to go home with the perfect wedding souvenir, especially if the wedding couple goes in there with them.

Our photo booth hires come with an attendant to make sure your wedding runs smoothly

If you think a photo booth might be one more thing you’ll have to stress over, don’t worry. All of our photo booth packages come with an attendant who will assemble and pack away the photo booth, and then spend the hire time (usually three hours) looking after it.

Also, our photo booths are so fun we need the attendant to stop you taking it home with you.

Why you need a photo booth at your next corporate event

You need a photo booth at your next corporate event, and here’s why.

Photo booths mean you can say goodbye to boring team-building exercises

The best way to build a strong team in business is by giving the members of the team a chance to have lots of fun with one another.

That’s exactly why you should hire a photo booth for your next corporate event, because everybody has fun taking great photos with each other in a CheesySmiles photo booth.

Our huge photo booths have room for loads of your employees or customers

Our photo booths aren’t the tiny ones you’re used to, the photo booths where you go to get an overpriced passport photo.

No, our photo booths are big enough for groups of your employees or customers to go in and have lots of photo fun.

Get your customers to say how much they love your new product – our photo booths do video messages too

If you’re putting on a corporate event to announce your latest product, our photo booths are the perfect place in the event for people to say just how much they love it.

That’s because our photo booths also allow people to record video messages.

You can use the video messages recorded by our photo booths on your website, YouTube channel, social media platforms, and adverts.

Our photo booths come with keyrings to promote your business

Hiring one of our photo booths means people can leave your corporate event with your branding in their pocket.

Our photo booth packages come with 100 keyrings, so your employees and customers will be reminded of your business every time they pull their keys from their pockets.

Put your business’s messages on the photo booth printouts

Our photo booths actually print photos, but what’s even better is that you can choose to have a message on all of the photos – attendees of your corporate event can go home with photos that tell them what your business is all about.

Want to know more about CheesySmiles’ photo booth hire?

If you want to know more about our photo booth hire, take a look at our photo booth FAQs page.

Why you need to have a photo booth at your birthday party

You need a photo booth at your birthday party, and here’s why.

Our photo booths let you relive an amazing birthday party over and over again

At CheesySmiles, we believe that there’s no point taking great photos if they’re just going to be stuck on a hard drive somewhere.

That’s why our photo booth packages give you multiple ways to look at photos of the great time you had at your birthday party.

Our photo booths print your photos, and you even get 100 keyrings included.

We also believe in sharing, so our photo booth packages come with a guest book included so you can stick in your birthday party photos and share them with your friends and family.

For those of you who are even more social, our photo booth packages come with an online gallery and a USB stick of your birthday party photos, so you can still post them on to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

We bet you our photo booths take better photos than you

We want all our birthday boys and girls to have great photos, so our photo booths all have top-quality cameras. That means our photo booths will take way better birthday party photos than you’ll be able to take on your smart phone.

Our photo booths will be the place to be at your birthday party

When it comes to photo booths, size matters. That’s because when you have one at your birthday party, you want to get as many of your friends in their as possible.

Our photo booths are huge, so you can fit in loads of your friends, and you can take loads of really creative photos with each other (and they’ll be even more fun when you use one of the many included props).

Oh, and happy birthday!

Tips for starting a photography business

Starting up a photography business can be a great idea for those people who have photography skills and want the independence running your own business can bring. Since photography businesses are usually run by freelancers and sole traders, you might not have a huge amount of support around you, so here are some tips to starting a photography business.

Oh, and if you found this page while looking for a photographer for a wedding, party, or other event, why not hire one of our photo booths to keep your guests entertained?

Being a people person

Running a successful photography business is about more than just being able to take a great photo. You also need to be a great people person. Weddings, for example, are very emotional events so you need to know how to deal with guests while still fulfilling your primary role of taking great photos.

More than just taking photos

Weddings are also a good example of all the work you have to do other than taking photos. You can’t just turn up on the day and get to work; no, you need to prepare beforehand and do things such as meeting your clients and checking out the venue. You’ll then need to do work afterwards, such as editing photos and choosing the best ones to give to your clients.

Getting into the photography business

Professional photographers often take on part-timers to help them during busy periods. Show them a portfolio of photos you’ve taken and ask them to consider taking you on as a part-timer or apprentice. You’ll probably get a chance to follow them around at a few jobs, and might even be trusted to take on smaller photography jobs alone. This is a great way to get experience of the photography industry before heading out into the world on your own.

Learning to be a professional photographer

You can gain qualifications in professional photography from industry bodies such as BIPP – however, BIPP does require that you are already earning money from photography before you can take any of their qualifications.

Investing in your photography business

Even if you had little interest in photography, you’d probably know that professional-level camera equipment can be very expensive, so you will need to invest quite heavily before you even start working as a professional photographer.

However, you should see it as an investment, one that will make you more money than it cost once you start working, and once you become known for doing a great job much of your marketing will be through word-of-mouth and so not cost a lot of money.

Having a party or getting married? Here’s how to get some great photos while keeping your guests entertained!

If you are having a party or getting married, you are going to have lots of guests to keep entertained. CheesySmiles can help: hiring one of our photo booths means all of your guests (of all ages) get to come together to have fun with lots of crazy photos.

The best thing about our photo booths is that they print out the photos, so hiring one means your guests get to go home with great, personalised keepsakes.

Want to know something else really great about our photo booths? Every photo booth hire package comes with crazy props included to make it even more fun.

Check out our FAQs page for more information about our photo booths.

Why you don’t want to be a professional wedding photographer

When one of our photo booths is at a wedding they have to work really hard because of how many people use them, and photo booths are only inanimate objects.

Now imagine you are a professional wedding photographer, having to deal with and socialise with loads of guests while trying to take great photos of the wedding to keep the bride and groom happy.

It’s very hard work. Here’s why you don’t want to be a professional wedding photographer.

Say goodbye to your summer holidays

Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a nice sandy beach; the sun’s out and you’re getting a nice tan. A nice breeze brings the fresh sea air and blows away all your worries.

Now forget about the beach because you’ll be spending your summer at strangers’ weddings taking photos instead. Quite inconveniently, people like to have their weddings in the summer (something to do with not wanting to get married when the weather is wet, grey, and miserable, apparently).

Are you sure you can handle the pressure?

Another thing about those people who are about to get married is that they don’t very much like it when the wedding photographer isn’t very good.

Your clients expect a lot from you. You can’t just turn up, you need to get involved with the wedding planning because you need to know what is going to happen at any point in the day so you are ready with your camera to take the perfect shot.

You might be self-employed, but you’re not your own boss

As a photographer you probably consider yourself to be an artist, and rightly so. But as a professional wedding photographer you are an artist who has to work for your clients, who will sometimes ask you to make some questionable creative choices. You can try to persuade them otherwise but they get the final say – you’ll have to be okay with this.

You have to be sociable at all times

Not only are you doing a job as a professional wedding photographer, you need to be able to socialise with all of the wedding guests because you are at a very personal occasion, and you need to make people feel comfortable enough to be on camera. If you can’t be sociable even when you are really stressed, you might want to reconsider being a professional wedding photographer.

Weddings are seasonal

All self-employed people have to come to terms with the feast-or-famine cycle, where one week they have way too much work to do, but then a few weeks later they have absolutely no work coming in. Professional wedding photographers also have the fact that the wedding business is seasonal. Most people like to get married in the summer so that’s when most of your wedding photography work will be.

Do you remember what sleep feels like?

As a wedding photographer you can’t just turn up for the few hours the wedding takes, take some photos, and then be done with it. You actually have to put in a lot of hours before the wedding when it is still being planned, during the wedding day while everything is being set up, and possibly hours of editing photos afterwards.

If you are getting married and want some even more fun and personal photos of your wedding, hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles for great memories and mementos.

How to get the best photos of your corporate event

Hiring a photo booth from us is a great way to use photography in a very social way to keep guests at your corporate event entertained. But if you want to capture the event as a whole, you will probably want to hire a professional photographer too.

Here is what you need to look for in order to get the best photos of your corporate event.

Don’t cheap out on your photographer

Good photographers can seem like an unnecessary expense when you are on a budget, but using an amateur photographer can be even more costly when you go through all the trouble of holding a corporate event only for the photos to not be that great.

Great pictures can make a great corporate event last a lifetime, and can be used for all sorts of marketing purposes – this will be wasted if you cheap out on the photographer and get bad photos.

Use a high quality camera

As great as the camera on your smartphone is, you are kidding yourself if you think it is anywhere near the quality of a professional-quality SLR camera. Getting your guests to take photos of your corporate event is a great way to get some really personal moments (check out our CheesyMoves service – where we send you video cameras for your staff to use – if you want more of these special moments) but if you want the best photos possible you need to hire a professional photographer who has all the right equipment.

Give the photographer as much information as possible to get an accurate quote

If you want the most accurate quote – one without hidden costs – you need to give the photographer as much information as possible about the corporate event and what you need them to do. This includes things like when and where they need to be at the event to capture the important moments and what the photos will be used for.

Remember that not everybody loves being photographed

Let your guests know that there will be a photographer there so that they know what to expect. It is especially important to notify any speaker you might have so they are not taken by surprise in the middle of a speech.

Look at photographers’ portfolios

Don’t just hire the first photographer you come across, your corporate event deserves better than that. Check out the portfolios of photographers to see if the quality and style of their photos is up to scratch.

Make sure the photographer knows the venue

The photographer needs to know his or her way around the venue where the corporate event is taking place, so if they haven’t been there before make sure they turn up early so they can have a look around.

See who owns the copyright and check the terms of photo usage

Before you sign anything you need to discuss who will own the copyright of the photos and what they can be used for. See if you will be allowed to use them for things like your website and future promotion.

Photography for your guests to enjoy

Hiring a professional photographer is great for capturing the corporate event as a whole, but what if you want to use photography to keep your guests entertained?

Hiring one of our photo booths is a great way to bring your guests together to have fun. And because all of our photo booth packages come with props included, they really get to let their hair down. Read more about how hiring a photo booth from CheesySmiles can help bring your corporate event to life.

How to trick people into thinking your photos were taken by a professional

It takes more than an Instagram filter to make your photos look like they were taken by a professional photographer, but there are steps you can take to improve your photography skills.

These tips aren’t going to make you a world-class photographer overnight, you will need to practise at it and use all of your creativity.

Get the exposure right

If you want to get the exposure, or brightness, of your photo right so it looks really professional you are going to have to change the settings of the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO manually as your camera’s automatic setting will try to get somewhere in the middle of all the different brightness levels in the frame. You want to make sure you control which parts of the photo are bright and dark.

Take photos of something worth looking at

You might be the sort of person who loves to take selfies but selfies aren’t going to get many people’s interest. Professional photos look good because they show something interesting so give people a reason to look at the photo.

Most professional photos are edited in some way

Photoshopped photos often get a bad press because magazines often make their models look unrealistic, but most photos need at least a little editing to make them look professional, whether it be changing the colours, the brightness, or any number of other possible changes.

Get in close to your subject

Photos which have too many things in it can distract the viewer from what is important, the subject. An easy way to remedy this is by getting in close your subject so it fills the frame.

Think about all the rubbish around your subject

This is related to the previous point; having too many things going on will confuse the photo. Professional photos focus on the subject, so you need to make sure there isn’t anything messy around the photo.

Get the lighting right

Whenever you take photos, you should also be thinking about the lighting. Good lighting is arguably the thing which will turn a potentially boring photo into a professional-looking masterpiece. Look at how the light bounces off certain objects and creates shadows and think how you could use it to your advantage.

Get creative

Creativity is the one thing that will really make your photos stand out from the rest. Always think about lighting, interesting compositions and subjects. Make sure you tell a story within the frame.

Make taking great photos at parties easy

If you are planning a party and want to actually enjoy it rather than spending all night pointing your camera at people, think about hiring one of our photo booths. Our photo booths are a place where all the guests come together to have loads of fun while taking really creative photos.

How to get more Instagram followers so people actually see your favourite photos

Because we hire photo booths for parties we know a thing or two about sharing photos. If you want to share your best photos on a large scale Instagram is the way to go, but not many people will see your photos if nobody actually follows you. Here are CheesySmiles’ top tips on getting more Instagram followers.

Have a theme

People will have more of a reason to follow you if your Instagram account has a focus, where all your photos follow a theme. The theme is up to you – choose something you yourself are interested in.

Talk to your followers

If the followers you already have comment on your photos, try to always say something back – people are more likely to follow those users who interact.

Like other people’s photos

Liking lots and lots of photos similar to yours will get you noticed. People who follow accounts similar to yours will be more likely to follow you too.

Take interesting photos

Take interesting photos so that your Instagram feed is something you would enjoy yourself if it was made by someone else.

Use your other social media accounts

If you have lots of followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook let them know about your Instagram account – they might want to follow you on Instagram too.

Edit your photos

There are plenty of smartphone apps that make it easy to edit photos, so make sure you edit photos to make them look as good as possible before you post them to Instagram.

Quality over quantity

While it’s a good thing to keep up a schedule and post photos to Instagram regularly there’s no point posting just for the sake of it if the quality isn’t up to scratch.

Use hashtags

Don’t use common hashtags like #cat because you will be competing with millions of other photos, but still try to find hashtags that are relevant to your photos.

Promote your favourite Instagrammers

Have an Instagram account you really admire? Try reposting some of their best photos to your followers, making sure you tag them. The Instagrammer you promote will be flattered and might even pay back the favour and tell their followers about you.

Follow you friends and get them to follow back

Follow the accounts Instagram recommends. These are often people from your other social media accounts so they will be more likely to follow you back.

Hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles for even better parties

When you hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles you make your party extra special because of the crazy amount of fun everyone has with each other and with the included props.

What not to do as a photographer

There are plenty of articles telling you what you should be doing as a photographer, but here’s what you shouldn’t be doing.

Keep auto-flash turned on

If you care about photography you need to be thinking about lighting all the time, and not let auto-flash try to do the work for you. It will not only make you lazy but it will make your photos look bad and all washed out. Rely on natural lighting as much as possible.

Share every single photo you take

It’s quick and easy to post every single photo you take onto your favourite social media platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram, but it’s also a bad idea. You’ll end up showing people loads of repeated and blurry photos rather than showing only your best shots. Go through all of your photos and pick the ones that are actually good – people will be way more impressed if they only see your best shots.

Do the same things over and over again

As a photographer or, in fact, any type of artist, it can be easy to find something you are good at, a particular technique or subject matter, for instance, and do that thing over and over again in an attempt to replicate your success. Doing the same things over and over will only lead to stagnation so you need to keep trying new things.

Think you might not need a camera when you leave your house

If you are serious about photography you should always have a camera on you. There are so many small moments in life that you never know when they will happen, and if you don’t have a camera on you, you miss out on capturing a beautiful photo.

Luckily, most people own smartphones that have decent camera, so you don’t always need to be lugging a big SLR camera around with you.

Spend more time thinking about your equipment than actually taking photos

The most important aspects of photography are things like lighting, composition, and subject matter. The specs of your gear are secondary, so while you might salivate over the most expensive, top-of-the-like lens, owning it won’t actually make you a better photographer. The biggest tools in your photography kit are your eyes and creativity.

Keep all your photos locked away on a hard drive

It’s funny that while so many people have access to a camera, be it on their smartphone or an SLR, less photos are actually printed than ever before. Our photo booths wouldn’t be nearly as fun as they are if they didn’t print photos out, because there’s something special about photos that you can hold in your hands. You’re much more likely to see and appreciate good photography if it isn’t locked away on a hard drive.

Throwing a party but want to relax instead of taking photos?

If you’re throwing a party, but would rather have fun with your guests than be stressed out about making sure you have the best photos, consider hiring one of our photo booths. Your guests will have loads of fun and they’ll be able take great mementos home because our photo booths print out the photos.

How to be a better child photographer

Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, child photography is one of the most difficult photography skills. However, by following our tips you’ll be a better child photographer in no time.

Set up your camera before you start the photoshoot

Child photography is one of the most challenging types of photography because children tend to fidget a lot and have short attention spans. That’s why you should set up your camera before the start of the photoshoot because children will likely lose interest if they have to wait for you to look through your camera’s settings.

As with most photography, use natural lighting whenever possible

In probably 99% of photography situations, using natural lighting over an artificial flash is the way to go because it will give you the best picture. The easiest way to achieve this is by taking the child being photographed outside during the day – a park is a good option.

Let the child get involved with the photography

If you are a photographer, you probably know that taking photos is way more fun than being the model being photographed. Let the children you take photos of into all the action – show them the screen of your camera as you take photos of them so they are more involved and get excited about having photos taken of them.

Set up your camera for shooting sports

When you take photographs of children there is a very good chance that they won’t be able to sit still for long, which can cause blurry photos if you aren’t prepared. It’s best to set your camera up for capturing fast movements, so pretend you are going to photograph sports and use a fast shutter speed.

Take burst photos to take LOTS of photos

Since children move around so much you never know when they might do something interesting. Set your camera to burst mode so you can hold down the shutter button to take several shots in quick succession.

Let kids be kids and let them play

While there are occasions when you want your child to formally pose for a photo, such as a school photo, child photography is best when you capture children being themselves – that means capturing them when they are playing. When you take photos of a child let them do what they enjoy doing and get your camera out.

Taking child photos the easy way – hiring a CheesySmiles photo booth

Putting on a birthday party for your child? When you hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles, you not only make it easy to capture great photos (because the photo booth does all the work) but the kids have crazy amounts of fun. All of our photo booth packages come with props included for extra fun.

Our photo booths print the photos too, so everybody goes home with amazing mementos.

Reasons why you should be a photographer

We all know photography is cool. If it wasn’t nobody would hire our photo booths for their parties.

But you don’t have to hire one of our photo booths to get in on the photography action. There’s a 99.9% chance you have a camera on your smartphone. Maybe you even take it really seriously and bought an expensive and flashy SLR.

Here are the best reasons why you should get into photography.

Tell your story

Everything you do and see is part of your life story. Photography is a great way of capturing this story and then showing other people.

Appreciate good photos more

Whatever the art form, whether it be writing, music, or photography, taking part yourself, creating your own art, makes you appreciate other art because you know exactly what it takes to create good art.

Do it whenever you want

Cameras are portable, especially if you use your smartphone. That means you can do it without any forward planning. You could just be walking down the street and get the itch to take a photo; just take your camera out of your pocket and you are good to go.

Be creative

Being creative has lots of benefits. It adds something to the world. It gives you energy. It makes you feel alive. People appreciate and admire you more. Photography lets you be creative with little training.

Capture emotion

There is emotion everywhere, but it isn’t just limited to people. Even inanimate objects can show emotion with a perfectly composed photo.

Feel emotion

If a photo can show emotion it means looking at a good photo can make you feel emotion. Even the act of taking photos can make you feel the emotions you wish the photos to convey.

Capture travels

Travelling is an amazing opportunity to see new things and meet new people. What better way to make your travel memories last forever than by taking photos of your experiences? And then you can use the photos to share your experience with friends and family.

Make heirlooms

One of the best things about photos is that they last. Photos can be a way to share your experiences and memories with your kids and grandkids, and their grandkids, and their grandkids, etc.

Communicate with the world, no matter what language you speak

Images can break all language barriers so photography is a great way of communicating with the world because everyone understands a beautiful photo no matter what language they speak.

Smile, you’re on camera! How to take the best candid photos

If you are taking photos of a party you want to show people actually partying and not awkwardly posing for a photo. Taking candid photos is a great way to capture the little moments that make any party special.

Here are our top tips for taking the best candid photos

Use a long lens or zoom

Standing back from the action while getting your lens right into it is the best way to take candid photos because there is less chance of people spotting you and feeling awkward and acting unnaturally.

Use a telephoto lens or a long zoom to capture the action from afar.

Stay in the shadows – don’t use flash!

Camera flashes are often so bright they are blinding, so they’re a dead giveaway that there’s a photographer nearby. Take photos with your flash turned off whenever possible.

Always have your camera out

One of the challenges of taking candid photos is that people often do not act naturally when they know they are on camera. A remedy to this is having your camera out all the time. People will then feel relaxed around your camera because it will seem like it is a part of you.

Capture people’s interactions with each other

A portrait of a single person can be a beautiful thing if done well. However, bring more people into the photo and a magical thing happens – you start to tell a story. Even if it’s a photo of people who hardly know each other the photo will express a relationship which can be much more interesting to look at.

Capture the action

Photos of people doing nothing are boring especially if you are taking photos at a party, which are supposed to be fun. Take photos of people actually doing things. It gives the photos a sense of movement, and just like the previous tip makes the photo tell a story.

Take LOTS of photos

Digital cameras make it easy to take lots and lots of photos without even thinking about it, and storage is cheaper than ever before. Now even smartphone cameras have a burst mode, so it is easy to just hold down the shutter and take lots of photos; you’ll have a much better chance of getting the perfect shot.

Hire a photo booth to make great photography at parties easy

When you hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles you make capturing any party or wedding easy because our photo booths create a space where people want to have fun.

Our photo booths come with loads of crazy props so people automatically know that when they step inside they are going to have a great time.

The photo booths then print out the photos so all the guests can go home with a really fun memento.

How to make your employees happy

CheesySmiles is all about allowing people to enjoy themselves with our photo booths at events such as birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events.

It’s only possible for us to provide fun for everybody else by having happy employees.

However, happy employees aren’t important only in the photo booth hire business. Every single business in the world functions better and more productively when its employees are happy.

With all the corporate events our photo booths have attended, we know a thing or two about happy employees. Here are our top tips.

Let your employees try new things

Employees are happier when they know that their hard work is actually contributing to the success of the business. Let them get involved with other areas of the business from time to time so they get a bigger picture of the business.

Give your employees new responsibilities

When you do the same thing over and over it starts to get boring. The same is true for your employees. If you don’t occasionally give them new responsibilities they won’t grow as an employee and they will get bored – they’ll be more likely to leave, too, meaning you’ll need to spend time and money looking for a replacement.

Let your employees know what’s going on

If you really want employees to be happy, they’ll need to feel as if they are part of the team. For that to happen they need to know what is going on across the business, not just the little area in which the individual employee works. Let them know about the good and bad, from exciting new products that are on their way, to things the company is going to struggle with.

Don’t try to act like your employees’ best friend

Acting like your employees’ buddy isn’t the way to make them happy, no matter how much you think it will. It will likely do the opposite, making them feel bad things about you. You should try to develop an atmosphere of honesty between you and your employees but you are unlikely to be good friends with them – you do have the power to fire them, after all. Don’t try to force any friendships: you will only make them feel uncomfortable.

Pay your employees fairly

You don’t have to pay your employees the highest possible salary compared to other businesses to make them happy, you’ll be thankful to know, but you do need to pay them fairly. Then, once they have started working for you, they will be more motivated by things such as their work environment and knowing that their work is actually achieving something.

Treat your employees from time to time – preferably with a CheesySmiles photo booth

It’s important that you let your employees let their hair down every so often. It keeps them happy, refreshed, and can be good for team building.

Things like going out to a park for a game of football or a drink in a bar are common things but we think they’ve become a little boring.

That’s why we suggest you hire a photo booth. Our photo booths are a great and easy way to bring lots of fun to any employee’s day.

The crazy props, which are included in all our photo booth packages, are a great way to get people to open up around each other.

The best thing about our photo booths is that they print actual photos, which your employees can use to decorate the office, reminding them of how much fun they have working for your business.

How to turn a good team into a great team

With all the corporate events CheesySmiles’ photo booths go to we know how important it is to have a great business team in order to be effective at what you do.

Here are our top tips on turning a good team into a great team.

Don’t be a hypocrite

I bet you thought being promoted to manager would mean you’d get to sit back and relax a little. Ha ha! How wrong you were.

You need to work harder than ever before, and you need people to see it. Not only do you need to boss people around (i.e. manage them) by delegating work and ensuring they are on target, you also need to be working hard yourself.

People will not work hard if the people telling them to work hard aren’t themselves working hard!

Hire people who will fit in with the company’s culture

When you’re hiring for an open position and you have a mountain of CVs in front of you, you will probably be distinguishing between candidates by looking at their skills, background, and experience.

This is fine for the initial stages, but once you narrow down the candidates and start holding interviews you need to think carefully about the candidates’ personalities. It’s no good hiring a candidate who has lots of experience only for them to not gel well with the rest of the team.

You can even get your team involved in the hiring. Ask their opinions of different candidates, or even have one or two of them with you in the interview room.

Develop an atmosphere of honesty and openness

For any team to function smoothly and efficiently, there needs to be trust between all its members. This trust needs to begin at the top, with you as the leader creating an atmosphere of honesty and openness.

Team members need to know that they can get on with their jobs and share ideas without feeling that they will be judged.

As a leader you also need to be able to trust your team so you know that they will work at their best even when you are not with them.

Team building

For a team to really function its members need to know and be comfortable with each other, both professionally and on a more personal, informal level.

One of the best ways for this to happen is by letting them have fun with each other every so often.

You could try more usual team building ideas such as going to a park and having a game of football, but we have a better idea.

Team-building the fun way – hire a photo booth

CheesySmiles’ photo booths are a great way to get your team together to have fun. The props included with all our packages instil an air of fun; even the quietist of employees will be jumping into the action.

And because our photo booths actually print out physical photos you can decorate the office with photos of the team having fun together.

Reasons to have a party for no reason (with reasons included)

Parties are great, so why wait for somebody’s birthday to have one? Here are some reasons to have a party for no reason other than because you want to have a party.

You got a new job/promotion

A new job or promotion can be a life-changing thing, and what better way to celebrate it than inviting all your friends over and having a big party – you can afford it now, what with your new job.

You lost your job

So you were partying so hard you forgot to go to work and you lost your job. You hated the job, anyway. See it as an opportunity to pursue a career in doing something you really love – then have a party to celebrate this revelation and new found knowledge of true happiness.

Party responsibly, people.

It’s your anniversary

The best thing about an anniversary? Is it being able to appreciate the incredible love between you and your partner? No, of course not. It’s about the party you have to celebrate! Even better, because it’s an anniversary, you get to have the party every single year.

You are getting divorced

If you read the previous paragraph about having an anniversary party and you are upset because you are getting divorced, there’s no need to feel left out.

Why not have a party to celebrate your divorce? You will either feel terrible about getting divorced, in which case you’ll have lots of friends around you to offer their emotional support, or you will feel great about it and want to throw the party to show everybody just how great you feel.

You moved into a new house

When you move into a nice new house, you want to show it off to everybody. And what better way is there than having a party? There isn’t a better way.

There’s only six months until your birthday

Upset that all your friends are having birthday parties but you still have to wait six months for your own birthday? So have a party to celebrate the fact that there’s only six months left until your birthday.

It’s actually your birthday

This one couldn’t be any more obvious. It’s your birthday so have a party to celebrate. Unless you’re sick of parties after having your only-six-months-until-your-birthday party, that is.

You need a reason to hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles

There’s a small chance we might be biased here, but a CheesySmiles photo booth is so much fun you can use one as a focus of the whole party.

When you hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles, there will be a 100% increase in the love your friends have for you because they will all have such an amazingly fun time (not scientifically proven).

All of our packages come with props included, and the photo booth can print out all of your photos on the spot.

How to plan your wedding

Just got engaged but the idea of sorting out everything for the wedding is a little overwhelming? It’s kind of stressful, isn’t it?

But don’t worry, CheesySmiles is here to show you why a great wedding is all in the planning.

Make a schedule to be organised

You’re reading the CheesySmiles blog so you must be pretty smart. That means you’ve probably already thought about this one, but it bears repeating: write a schedule of everything you need to do to organise your wedding.

You can use it as a checklist to keep track of all the things you’ve accomplished. It’s a good idea to write your schedule in Evernote, Google Keep, or a similar note-keeping software so it syncs to all of your devices, including your smartphone and computer.

Plan a little each week

It’s no good devising a schedule if you don’t actually sit down to plan. To keep things moving at a steady pace it’s a good idea to have a specific day or evening each week where you and your partner sit down together to plan.

During these planning periods you could do anything from flicking through wedding magazines to checking out different wedding venues.

Plan together

Make sure both you and your partner are taking part in the wedding planning. You can look through the list/schedule you have written and each of you decide which bits you want to be in charge of planning.

The wedding day is about both of you, so you will need to make some compromises. The more you are willing to compromise, the fewer the arguments, and the less stressful the wedding planning will be.

Entertainment

The wedding day might be about you and your partner, but you still need to think about keeping your guests entertained. There’s nothing wrong with having a good DJ, but it’s possible to have more than just dancing at your wedding.

When you hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles, you create a space where friends and family from both yours and your partner’s sides come together to have crazy amounts of fun, with all sorts of props (included).

And what’s even better, because the photo booth prints physical photos, every guest who uses the photo booth gets to go home with a memento.

Recording the wedding

You don’t want to go to all the trouble of planning a wedding only for nobody to be able to remember it.

That’s why you need a way to record it. The usual method is to hire a photographer, but come on, this is the 21st century. Why only have photos when you can have video too?

With our CheesyMoves service, we send you three high-quality video camera which you can hand out to your guests. They can film whatever they want (or whatever you tell them to film), and the best part, the part that makes CheesyMoves really special, is that when you send the cameras back to us, we’ll edit the footage into a professional, creative, and fun video of your wedding.

How to become a great events planner

Parties are fun, but sometimes the planning isn’t, especially when it’s a really big, important event. That’s why some people pay an events planner to plan their event for them. It takes all the stress away from them, and in exchange gives you paid work.

Though events planning sounds like a lot of fun, it can actually be a lot of hard work, especially when you are up against the clock and working with somebody else’s budget.

Here are our top tips to being a great events planner.

What does an events planner do?

Events planning will vary from job to job but you will mostly be doing things like finding the right venue for the event, hiring any equipment that’s needed, finding the right food and drink, and most importantly, sticking to the budget given to you by your client.

Getting qualified

It is possible to become an events planner by slowly building up your experience, but it is recommended that you get a degree in events planning or a similar area such as hospitality or communications – that way you’ll really be able to show people you know what you are doing.

Specialising

Most events planners choose to specialise in a certain area, such as weddings, birthday parties, or corporate events. Specialising is a good idea because it makes it a lot easier to market your events planning services.

Make a website

A business won’t get anywhere these days if it doesn’t at least have a website. You can use it to show people what you do, show people how to contact you, and show off your previous work with a portfolio. While it’s now easy to build your own website, it is recommended that you hire a design agency such as Infinite Brush to build you a website that will really impress people.

Who makes a good events planner?

The best events planners all have these qualities in common:

  • They love to interact with other people
  • They are physically strong and so able to be on their feet all day
  • Business-minded and so good at marketing their services
  • Able to keep their cool when the going gets tough
  • Impeccable management skills.

How much to charge as a freelance events planner

There are plenty of events planning jobs out there if you know where to look for them and you have the right skills.

However, many people decide to start their own events planning business and work as a freelancer. That means knowing how much to charge people for your services.

It can be difficult because you not only have to work out how much an event will cost, you have to make sure your wages will also be covered. Obviously, if you miscalculate and an event costs more than you’d planned, you will eat into your own wages.

Use any previous experience you might have with working for other events planning companies and find out how much other events planners charge to get a picture of how much is acceptable.

Making your events fun – hire a photo booth

So you’ve found the perfect event. You’ve sourced the right food and drink. But what about making the event actually fun?

Hiring a photo booth is one of the easiest ways we can think of to make any event extra special. Our photo booths bring people together to have lots of crazy fun.

And better yet, because our photo booths actually let users print their photos, they get to go home with the perfect mementos – as you can see from our gallery, showing people having fun because of your services is a great way to promote your events planning business.

How to organise a corporate event on a budget

Corporate events are usually designed either to entertain a business’s employees, or as a marketing exercise to show clients and/or the public how great you are.

But there’s no point in putting on a corporate event if it’s so expensive it bankrupts the business.

So here’s our handy guide on how to organise a corporate event on a budget.

Write down all your planned costs

The first step of organising a corporate event on a budget is to actually have a budget.

To work out how much you need to spend, write down a list of all the costs associated with planning and running your corporate event.

This includes everything from speakers and entertainment to food and decorations.

What do you expect to get out of the corporate event?

Every corporate event should have some sort of goal, otherwise there’s no point in having one.

It could be that you want to raise awareness of your brand, or you might want to show off a new product or service.

Whatever your goal, make sure the planning of your event reflects this and that every penny you spend goes in some way towards reaching that goal.

Don’t buy things you don’t need

It can be easy to get a little excited when you are planning a corporate event, so much so that you might make purchases which you don’t really need.

Even if it’s small, low-cost things like extra decorations or food, it all adds up.

So only buy things that you know you actually need for the event.

Food and drink

If you don’t want to order all the food and drink yourself, make sure you shop around before choosing a caterer.

If you are ordering the food and drink yourself, try not to order way more than you need.

It might even be a good idea to order a little less than you think you will need to account for any no-shows – this will make the initial food and drink cost lower and make getting rid of the waste food at the end of the event easier.

Keep on top of your expenses

You should record every single expense that is made, even the smallest ones – it’s the only way to really keep track of your expenses so that you know you are sticking to your budget.

You should also regularly communicate with whoever you have put in charge of spending for the event to make sure they are actually sticking to the budget and not paying for unnecessary things.

Entertainment

If you aren’t budgeting properly, entertainment can quickly use up the majority of your money.

Many corporate events resort to musicians or comedians to entertain their guests, but there is a much more effective and cheaper way.

When you hire a photo booth from CheesySmiles, you choose to make your corporate event extra special, because you create a space where your guests can come together to have fun.

You’ll also want to make a record of the event which you can use for marketing purposes or just to remind yourself of what a great time you had – our CheesyMoves service allows your employees to film the event with our cameras, and then we’ll edit the footage into fun and professional videos.

How to take great photos at a party

Being experts in photo booths, CheesySmiles has learnt a lot about taking great photos at parties.

Here are our top tips on taking the greatest photos that have ever been taken at a party.

Your photos shouldn’t all be formal and posed

Formal, highly-posed group photos are so last century. Photos should show how much fun people had at the party, not just a record of the guests who attended.

Try to take photos of the party as it happens rather than trying to get everybody together to take group photos.

Use props

There’s a reason why all of our photo booth packages include loads of props – it’s because they’re really fun and make for really quirky and creative photos that everybody will love.

You could use anything from a wacky pair of glasses to a wig as a prop – use your imagination, and if it’s a themed party choose props that match the theme.

Take portraits

While parties are about bringing people together, they bring individuals together. You shouldn’t be afraid of taking portraits of people – not every single photo needs to be a group photo.

When people are looking through the photos, it can be refreshing to come across a photo of a single person every so often among the group photos.

Action shots

People move at parties (as they do in general), while a photo doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean a photo can’t show the movement of the party if you take the right shots.

Look out for all the movement at a party – the most obvious example being dancing – and try to capture it with your camera.

Let somebody else take some photos

Giving your camera to another party guest can be great for getting shots you would never have thought of taking yourself. It can also get your cameras to groups of people you do not know well enough to take photos of.

Take lots of photos – delete the bad ones

One of the great things about digital photography is just how many photos you can take.

So use this to your advantage and take lots of photos. Each time you take a photo, take a few more of the same thing.

This way, when you look through your photos after the party, you can delete all the blurry, badly lined up shots so that the photos in your collection all look perfect.

Have fun

Remember to have fun yourself. If the other guests see you having fun, they will be more at ease and more willing to let their guard down in front of the lens, meaning better and more natural photos.

Take even better photos – hire a CheesySmiles photo booth for your party

It’s great that you want your party photos to be really good, but chances are half the party guests will also have their cameras out.

Hiring a photo booth from CheesySmiles fixes this problem because it becomes a focal point of a party, a place where all the guests come together to take fun photos with each other (with crazy props included).

Got any questions about hiring a CheesySmiles photo booth? Check out our FAQs.

How to enjoy a party without alcohol

There are a number of reasons why you might not be drinking alcohol, from using ‘Dry January’ to give your liver a rest to having work the next day so not wanting a hangover.

Fortunately for you, you don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun, especially if you follow CheesySmiles’ top tips on how to enjoy a party without alcohol.

Bring your own mixers

Bringing your own mixers to a party (such as Coke or lemonade) not only makes the host think you’re really nice and considerate, it also ensures you’ll actually have something other than tap water to drink.

Keep hold of a (non-alcoholic) drink

Keep holding your cup of Coke when you’re at the party to stop the other guests asking you if you want a drink.

It means you won’t have to constantly explain that you aren’t drinking alcohol throughout the party.

Be confident

One of the main reasons people drink alcohol at parties is because it makes you feel more confident.

But confidence is something that can be faked if you have the, err, confidence to do so.

You don’t have to go completely crazy – you shouldn’t pretend to actually be drunk – just try not to be too shy.

Not drinking alcohol at a party isn’t a big deal

If you don’t make a big thing about you not drinking alcohol, most people at a party aren’t going to care one way or the other.

So just relax and enjoy the party.

Staring at your phone isn’t an alternative to drinking alcohol

When you are feeling awkward at a party, nothing draws attention to that more than you staring at your phone the whole time.

It also makes everybody around you feel more awkward and even less likely to talk to you, so unless you get a phone call or text message, leave your phone in your pocket.

Talk to people

Most parties essentially come down to spending time with people, and you don’t need to drink alcohol to do that.

So make an active effort to talk to people at a party. You could have fun with your current friends, or get to know new friends who you meet at the party

Host the party yourself

If you want a party that isn’t designed around people drinking alcohol, then host it yourself. Giving the party a focus, such as making it a movie or videogame night, will give everyone something to do and not make them feel like they need to drink alcohol to enjoy the party.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to actually ban your guests from drinking – they can make their own choices.

The photos will still look great – especially if you hire a CheesySmiles photo booth

One of the best things about not drinking at parties is that you’ll still look great in all of the photos.

If you are hosting your own party and want the photos to look especially great, why not hire one of our photo booths?

All our photo booth packages include lots of really fun props, and an attendant who brings the photo booth to the party.

How to throw the best kids’ birthday party in the world

CheesySmiles is a lot like a child in that we love to have fun (and you have to keep us away from sharp objects).

Here are our top tips to making your child’s birthday party one to remember.

Making and sending the invitations

As with every other part of planning a kids’ birthday party, don’t think you have to be fancy with your party invitations.

In fact, it’s best to design them yourself. It’s easy to do if you have a PC – you can even get the birthday boy or girl to help you to make it extra special.

Remember to include your child’s name and how old they will be, the address of the party, your phone number, the date and start and end times of the party, the theme of the party if any, and you can even include a map to show people where the party is.

Use the invitation to remind the parents to let you know if their children are allergic to any food.

Music

If the idea of making a playlist of children’s music drives you insane, there are plenty of compilation CDs you can enjoy.

You probably already have plenty of CDs at home, or use Spotify or similar, but if the party is being held at another venue, remember to take a CD player/speakers if the venue doesn’t have any.

Decorations

Decorations are another part of planning a kids’ party that could be either really fun or a nightmare, depending on how messy you want to get.

If you want to make it easy for yourself, just buy some party decorations.

If, however, you want to get a little creative, and make the birthday boy or girl even more excited for the party, you can make some or all of the decorations yourself. Your child will be showing off to their friends at the party about how you made the decorations. Get your child to help to make them extra special.

The best part about making your own decorations (other than how fun it is) is that it is so cheap – you can make do with some cardboard, glitter, and string if you put your imagination to work.

Entertainment

You could hire a clown or magician to keep the children entertained, but this isn’t the only way.

Since children’s entertainers can be expensive, you could consider learning some magic tricks to perform yourself. You could also keep it more traditional and get the children to play musical chairs or pass-the-parcel.

You could even take them to a nearby park and let them run around or play football for half-an-hour or so.

Food

Save yourself lots of trouble and just keep the food simple. Kids don’t each much and they’ll be happy with sandwiches and crisps.

Make sure you don’t feed any of the children food that they are allergic to.

Hire a CheesySmiles photo booth for your child’s party

What better way to remember a great party than by having a photo booth to give you lots of really fun and wacky photos?

When you hire a CheesySmiles photo booth it becomes the centre of the party, a place where all the children come together to have fun with loads of crazy props (included!).

Want to know more about hiring one of our photo booths for your children’s party? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Seven tips for putting on a great corporate event

If you are planning to put on a corporate event, you’ve probably already been to quite a few others – we’re willing to bet that most of them were pretty boring.

CheesySmiles doesn’t do boring so here are some great tips for putting on an even greater corporate event, one that will make everybody love your company.

Don’t try to split people up too much

As your business gets bigger and bigger, the more groups of people your corporate event has to appeal to.

But don’t make the mistake of trying to split people up by funnelling them to different events. You’ll lose one of the great things about a great corporate event – they bring people together for a shared experience.

Try to not make your corporate event too exhausting

One way to give people a bad impression of your business is by tiring them out – towards the end of the event they’ll only be thinking about when they can go home.

So don’t overschedule your corporate event. Instead, make sure there are empty spaces during the day when your employees and other guests can just relax.

Use your corporate event to shine a light on your employees – let them speak

If your company has done its job properly in the hiring department you should have more than a few employees to be proud of.

So why not show the world how great your employees are by putting them on the stage. Let any employee submit a plan for a short presentation and pick the best ones to speak on stage at the event.

Get a good mix of speakers for your corporate event

Speakers at corporate events tend to fall on two sides – there are those who offer very practical advice which people can easily follow, and there are those who appeal more to people’s hearts and give more inspirational speeches.

Both kinds of speakers are great, but you should try to have a good mix between the two at your event.

Think about networking

Many corporate events give people an opportunity at the end for networking, which is great, but sticking a hundred or so strangers in a room isn’t always the best way to network.

Think about how you can make networking actually work – this is a time, for example, where you can ignore our first tip about splitting people up and group people based on interests or other defining factors.

Hire a photo booth for your corporate event

CheesySmiles is all about making corporate events fun – so fun, in fact, that everybody who attended will fall in love with your company.

We do that by hiring out photo booths for corporate events because they are a great way to bring all your guests together to have loads of fun.

And because our photo booths actually print the photos, your guests will leave with a reminder of how much fun they had at your corporate event.

Let your employees film the corporate event

Want more than just photos of your event? With CheesyMoves, we send you three cameras which you can then hand out to your employees so they can film the event.

Once you’ve sent them back to us we’ll take all the footage and edit it into professional but fun and unique videos showing just how great your event was.

Six reasons why you should have a photo booth at your party

So you’re planning a party. You’ve sorted the location out. You’ve bought more food and drink than your guests could ever consume. You’ve maybe even bought a brand new outfit for the party. You’ve remembered to send out the invites early, giving everyone plenty of advanced notice.

But hang on! There’s still something missing. You haven’t hired a photo booth for your party.

Here are six reasons why you should hire a photo booth for your party.

Photo booths are fun

People already have a lot of fun taking photos at parties, but imagine if you had a space specially set up at your party where your guests can converge to have fun together.

That’s exactly what happens when you hire a photo booth for your party – your party guests can come together and have loads of fun with some cool props (props are included with all our photo booth packages).

Photo booths give easy gifts

If you’re the sort of person who likes your guests to leave with a gift, photo booths are perfect for you because your guests get to print out all their cool photos.

You don’t even have to think about what to get people; everybody who uses the photo booth automatically gets a personalised gift in the form of photos of themselves having loads of fun.

Photo booths give you something to talk about

When people hire a photo booth from us it usually becomes a focal point of the whole party. It’s a space where party guests tend to congregate to have fun together.

This means that a having a photo booth at your party will give you plenty to talk about even months after the party.

Photo booths bring back the magic of photos

Remember the old days when photos were printed out on paper? You could touch them, you could share them, you could stick them on your wall, or you could stick them in a diary.

When you hire a photo booth you bring back some of that magic because your guests get to print out their photos at the party.

Photo booths are for all ages

Having a party with multiple generations attending? One of the great things about our photo booths is that they’re suitable for all ages, from new born babies (with adult supervision, of course) to 100-year-olds.

As well as making a party really fun, a photo booth is also a way to create some really fun and creative family photos.

Hire a photo booth that matches a theme

If you decide to have a theme at your party – maybe you’ve asked your guests to come in fancy dress, for example – a photo booth is a great way to continue the theme.

With a CheesySmiles photo booth you can opt to have the outside of the booth decorated in a design of your choosing so if you’re having a themed party the photo booth will match.

Well, those were six great reasons why you should hire a photo booth for your party – if they don’t convince you, nothing will.

How to put on the best party ever! Six great party tips

CheesySmiles wouldn’t exist if we didn’t believe in having lots of fun. And what’s the best way of having fun on a large scale? By throwing an amazing party, of course!

There are all sorts of parties: birthdays, New Year, Christmas, etc. Or, and we think these are the best kind of parties, you can have a party just for the sake of having fun.

Here’s our little guide to throwing an amazing party, one that all the guests will absolutely love, and a party that the people who weren’t invited to will feel soooo jealous (and then they’ll probably lie and say they were there).

Inviting guests

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to say you’re stupid – we know you won’t forget to invite guests.

But there are different ways you should approach party invites depending on what sort of party you want to host.

If it’s more of a casual party with lots of your closer friends, you’ll be fine with just making a Facebook event and inviting everybody through that.

However, if it’s more formal (maybe you want people to come dressed in suits, for example), it’s a good idea to send invites by post as this will help set the mood of the party, and give your invitees a better idea of the kind of party they can expect to attend.

Sort out your house before the party starts

Yep, this is the boring bit before the party actually starts.

We recommend doing most of this step the day before – if you do it on the day of the party you might be tired out by the time the party actually starts.

If you’re holding the party in your house, you need to make sure it’s up to standards.

Make sure it’s clean and tidy, and that you close off any areas of the house where you don’t want guests to go.

You probably don’t have doors with locks in your house, so stick up signs on any doors people should stay out of – some people will probably ignore them, but at least they’ll know they’ll be in trouble if they get caught!

Food and drinks…or no food and drinks?

You need to think about food and drinks at a party. You can serve alcohol and food at a party, but it’s not essential.

But what is important is that you tell guests on the invitation whatever it is you’ve decided so they know whether they should eat before they head to the party, and whether they should bring their own alcohol.

Setting the party mood with music

Music is one of the most important things to get right at a party.

If you’re hosting a party in your house, you probably don’t have a budget, so hiring a DJ is probably out of the question. However, if you do have a budget, it’s a good idea to hire one, since you’ll have much less to worry about and more time to enjoy the party.

If you don’t want to hire a DJ, there are a few ways you can go about choosing the right music. If your party has a theme, it could make music selection a little easier – just choose music that matches the theme.

You could also ask all your invitees to choose their favourite tracks before the party and then make a playlist using their suggestions.

Or, you could buy a Google Chromecast Audio and plug it into your hi-fi so that any of your guests can use their smartphones to play a track through Spotify or similar services.

Hire a photo booth to make your party extra special

Everybody has a camera on their smartphone these days, but that means a lot of the specialness of photos has disappeared.

CheesySmiles makes photos fun again, and in doing so makes your party even more fun. When you hire one of our photo booths for your party, you’ll get a space where your guests can have crazy amounts of fun with each other and with lots of props (included, of course).

Your guests will be able to print photos from the photo booth while they’re still at the party, and you’ll also get access to digital copies so you can post them all onto Facebook and Instagram as you usually do.

Get your guests to film the party

Another great thing about smartphones is that you can record video, which is great for creating memories. But filming the party on phones means you’ll have lots of little snippets of videos in all sorts of places, so it can be really difficult to see the big picture of how amazing your party was.

Our CheesyMoves service is the solution. With CheesyMoves, we send you three high-quality video cameras which you hand out to guests and let them film whatever they want (or whatever you tell them to film).

Then you send them back to us and we’ll edit them into fun and unique professional-standard videos that will really show off how much fun everybody had at your party.

How to make your wedding a day everybody will remember forever

At CheesySmiles, we’re all about having fun and creating great moments you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

And there’s nowhere where there’s more pressure to do this than your wedding day.

Our handy tips will give you some great ideas for planning a wedding day that all your guests will remember forever.

Leave each guest with a note – tell them how much you love them

Tell your guests how much you love them. You could try doing that on the day, but getting through every single guest is going to be exhausting. So a good idea is to write each guest a note before the wedding day to leave with their place setting.

Make sure your guests aren’t bored to death – keep them entertained

If your wedding day leaves your guests bored to death, your wedding will definitely be a very memorable day, but for all the wrong reasons.

So keep your wedding guests occupied by hiring in some entertainment. It could be anything from a comedian or artist to organising some fun games.

But our favourite (you’ll be absolutely shocked to know) is to hire a photo booth for your wedding.

Hiring a photo booth from CheesySmiles for your wedding is a great way to keep your guests entertained, and because everyone goes home with incredibly fun photos they’ll always be able to remember your special day with fond memories.

Use props for some great photo moments

Taking photos of everybody all lined up posed for the camera is all well and good but it can be a little too formal and doesn’t show what the day was really like, a day where people had lots of fun.

Try bringing fun props for your guests to use in photos and to help show what a great time everybody had.

Or better yet, save yourself the trouble and hire one of our photo booths for your wedding. Whatever package you choose, it will come with heaps of really fun props for your guests to goof around with.

Hire a videographer

This is the 21st century, and having only photos of your wedding just doesn’t cut it any more.

We’re talking about video. What better way to relive your wedding day over and over again than watching a video of the event?

But make sure you hire a good videographer because you don’t want the entire video ruined because the videographer didn’t really get your personality.

Or, better yet, get your guests to film it for you

Having a professional film your wedding can be great if it’s done really well, but it can often be a little too professional, with the film not doing a good job of conveying the personalities of you, your new husband or wife, or your guests.

So get your guests to films the wedding for you. With CheesyMoves, we send three high-quality video cameras for you to hand out to your guests at your wedding. When you send the cameras back to us, we edit the footage into, fun, creative, and intimate videos.

Take a break

Weddings can be exhausting, especially for the two people getting married. You don’t want to look back at your wedding and only remember how tired you were.

So plan a break somewhere during the day so you can come back refreshed and ready to enjoy all the fun.

Remember to have fun, and congratulations on your coming wedding!

We hope these tips were useful, and we hope you have a great, fun, and memorable wedding day!

If you want to read more about how hiring one of our photo booths for your wedding can turn a great day into an even better one, check out our FAQs.

How to run a corporate event that’ll make people fall in love with your business

You’re here for one reason, and one reason only – somebody has put you in charge of organising a big corporate event that’s supposed to show the public and/or the business’s clients just how amazing the company is.

So the first thing you did, in a panic, was to Google “how to put on a corporate event”. And here you are: an article on the CheesySmiles photo booth hire website.

Get comfortable because we’re about to tell you exactly how to put on the perfect corporate event, an event so amazing guests will be talking about it for years to come, and even people who weren’t there will claim that they were.

We’re going to show to how to organise a corporate event that will make people love your company.

Start at the beginning

One of the reasons you’re in such a panic is probably because you’re imagining the finished product – you’re wondering how you’re going to get from the bin overflowing with screwed up, abandoned notes to the actual event, which in your head is already in mid-swing and full of hundreds of people expecting a great time.

So start with the basics. What’s the point of a corporate event, exactly (don’t say that to your boss)? What are you trying to achieve? Who is the event for?

Don’t even think about making any arrangements for the event before you know who and what it’s for. Once you’ve worked these things out the ideas should start to flow.

Put yourself in their shoes

Our time is precious because we only have so much of it. So when you’re organising the event try to get in the heads of the kinds of people you hope to attract.

Is it an event that you’d get something out of yourself? Do you think it would have made all the effort it took to attend worth it? Or would you feel like you were wasting your time, and disappointed that the event didn’t have a CheesySmiles photo booth?

Get your colleagues to film the event to show how much everybody is enjoying themselves

CheesySmiles doesn’t just hire out photo booths for corporate events. We also have CheesyMoves where we send you three video cameras which you can give to your colleagues at the event.

They can then film the event from their perspectives, maybe showing how much they enjoy working for the business, or they could even interview some of the guests to get some great testimonials. They can be as creative as they want.

When you send the cameras back to us, we’ll edit the footage into professional, fun, and creative videos which you can use for marketing to really show how great your business is.

Hire better people

This guide is supposed to show you how to put on a great corporate event, but not everybody but not everybody has the skills to organise a corporate event, nor is Nigel from the IT department (the most boring man on the planet. Sorry Nigel from IT) going to make much of a barman at the event.

If you’re not capable of organising an event, the quicker you can admit it the better.

There’s no shame in hiring a promotions agency to organise and run the event. Once you’ve explained what the company is all about, and what sort of people you want to impress, the promotions agency will have all the right sorts of creative, friendly, and charismatic people to run an event that generates all the buzz you need.

Make the event fun

Most corporate events are boring.

But at CheesySmiles, we don’t believe in boring. If anything, we’d go as far as to say we’re pro-fun. We wouldn’t have started a company that lets people hire photo booths for corporate events otherwise.

Maybe you’ve attended a few corporate events and been bored to death and so you’re now wondering, what’s fun got to do with corporate events?

It’s got everything to do with it. The whole point of putting on a corporate event is to promote your business, and boredom isn’t something you want people to associate with your business.

Make the event even more fun (by hiring a CheesySmiles photo booth)

You should aim to make your event as entertaining as possible, and the quickest way to do that is by hiring one of our photo booths (we would say that, wouldn’t we?).

But seriously, our photo booth hire service for corporate events is an easy way to create a space where guests can let their hair down and be as silly as they want.

And what’s more, when you hire one of our photo booths you get the option to have your business’s branding on the booth itself, and on the printed photos, which makes it a great marketing tool.

People will look at the photos of themselves and the ridiculous amount of fun they had in the hired photo booth will forever be associated with your business.

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