This was a birthday party for Nikki Ojen at her home. The theme of the party was A Night In Hollywood. It was pretty cool. She had red carpet and oscar statutes. She also had placed stars on her tile, simulating the Hollywood walk of fame. Nikki had us set up in an area outside of the kitchen, but on the way to the backyard where the guests would see us. The Hollywood garland Nikki provided added a nice touch to the pictures.
Jodi’s husband, Mike, hired us for Jodi’s 40th birthday party at DC Ranch. We were originally going to set up in one area on the outside of the clubhouse, but because of the threat of rain, the club placed us in a different area, which worked out perfectly. We were very near the bar (which is an ideal place to be), so there was a steady stream of people.
I had told my husband that all of the women should approach Bravo TV to start a segment of Real Housewives of DC Ranch because every single woman at this party was gorgeous.
The view from DC Ranch of the sunset was amazing, and I should have taken a picture, but I didn’t. Perhaps the next time — hopefully.
We used this picture for our weddingwire.com commercial.
This was a Christmas Party for United Blood Services at the Tempe Historical Museum. The person who hired us also resides in Dobson Ranch so she saw our ad in the Dobson Ranch Roundup. For this job, Misty didn’t want a watermark, but wanted me to place their logo on the pictures. I spent hours trying to figure out how to do that, but in the end, I found a teacher at East Valley Institute of Technology who showed me how to do it.
This party also had a hypnotist so I know the guests had a lot of fun. At one point, I recall seeing a line to our photo station that went to the back of the building. We had a paper backdrop for this job, but since then, we have changed to fabric backdrops, as the selection of colors is better.
We still have a choice of a neutral colored backdrop, as well.
One morning at 4:30 I saw that I had received an inquiry email from Lindsay’s mother requesting information about our photo station for her daughter’s wedding and if we were available. I responded to her email right away, which I think impressed her. She was wondering who else doesn’t sleep?
We went and looked at the area and knew that we found a perfect area to set up. The wedding was small and was held in the bride’s aunt’s backyard. We were set up in an area that normally had an RV sitting there. The dimensions for this was perfect. We could be seen by the guests, but we were also out of the way.
I remember that on this night, I decided we needed to have a heater with us because it does get cold during Arizona winter nights.
This was our biggest photo station job. It was held at the Tucson Museum of Art, had 350 guests, one live band, and one DJ. When we first looked at the venue with Sylvia, we had it all figured out where we would be set up. The problem is, I forgot about the wind. We had the paper backdrop by a gate and the wind was blowing, causing the paper backdrop to tear. We ended up moving the backdrop stand up against a wall, which helped. It wasn’t too long after that reception that we decided to try a fabric backdrop.
The bride’s colors were red and black, and boy, was she beautiful. There were so many kids at the reception, and we sort of acted as the babysitter. The kids just kept coming and coming and coming. The line to get pictures taken was so long, and they just kept coming. Good testament to how fun our photo station was that evening.
Shannon is my youngest daughter and for her 21st birthday, I thought it would be fun to set up our photo station with her closest friends and family so she could have a fun memory for this milestone birthday. We had food and fun and then I sent them on their way on a party bus.
Of course, I wasn’t invited onto the party bus because I’m mom and I don’t really consume alcohol. But, it was fun to watch Shannon and her friends and family having fun.