When Tony Staub (owner/founder of Staub Machine Co.) contacted us about photographing his company’s 35th anniversary party, we were all about it. Although it was definitely different than what we usually shoot, it sounded like a ton of fun! Tony wanted us to set the the Ayres Photo Booth in his machine shop, so all of his guests could get a fun photo as a party favor. Being the super-fun guy that he is, he also wanted to provide his guests with a wide selection of crazy hats, costumes, and props to make the photo booth even more fun than it already is. It was the perfect place to unveil the Photo Booth that we’ve been working to perfect for quite some time. We’ve been collecting hats, props, and costumes for a while now, to make our photo booth the best (and the most fun) one of its kind! We are so pleased with the results, and are super excited to finally offer the Ayres Photo Booth to all of our clients!
So, what was really cool about the Staub Machine Co. party, was that the whole thing took place right in the machine shop! There were all kinds of vendors and booths set up in the shop, offering tons of different things – it must have been quite an experience to be a guest at this party!
In addition to it being the 35th anniversary of Tony’s company, Staub Machine Co., it was also Tony’s 60th birthday; so, naturally, there was a cake for each event!
Again, not to sound repetitive, but one of the coolest things about this party was the fact that it was taking place in a functioning machine shop. The machines were running the whole time, cranking out parts and pieces all night long. The awesome staff at Staub Machine were giving people tours, and explaining what the machines do and how they work. Ben took some great “machine shots” – they really give you an idea of what a huge, clean, and organized-looking shop this is!
All of the food at the party was spectacular! The fresh cut fries were a particular favorite of mine. There were a bunch of things set up outside the machine shop, as well, so people had the option of eating inside or outside. The weather was heavenly that day!
I’m a vegetarian so I didn’t try any, but according to Ben and our assistant, Hector, Wendel’s BBQ Chicken was TO DIE FOR!
Tony and his staff put out all sorts of goodies for the party guests to take as favors!
There were so many amazing vendors and entertainers that made this party unforgettable for those in attendance. All of the vendors featured in this post are available for weddings and mitzvahs, too! We’ll try to include links for all of them if we can! This guy for example, Saxman Slim, was belting out fabulous saxophone music all night long. He was just a one man show, but he was absolutely fantastic! (I would know, of course, because he was right next to our photo booth, which was so busy that I couldn’t leave it once the whole night!)This guy was pretty unique as far as entertainers go – The Town Crier. He was a very interesting act, for sure!
Ten Thousand Vines made a special “Anniversary Red” blend and personalized label for the party. This would be such a cute idea for a wedding, too! Love it!
A birds-eye view of the celebration…I think this was right after the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Tony.
This guy was unbelievable!! His name is Nels, and I’m pretty sure that there’s nothing he can’t do. He can juggle fire, for one example…
…and, he can get major air with a cool yo-yo thingy!
He seriously held everyone’s attention as soon as he started a trick or routine or whatever you want to call it – he was great!
This is Gayle, owner of the Village Sweet Shop in Hamburg. Check out her page, too…she has AMAZING things to offer as favors or anything else you could possibly imagine! I plan on hitting her up soon for some custom “Ayres Photography” chocolates. ;)
How about ice cream made on-site while you wait (and watch)!? The folks that own and run Nitro Magic Ice Cream are fantastic. Check out the link to their page to learn more about who they are and what they have to offer. We were seriously blown away by their display! None of us had ever seen anything so cool in our lives! TRUST US – you totally want to hire them for your wedding reception or party. They are the bomb!
Ben and Hector rounded up Tony and all of the Staub Machine Co. employees for a nice group photo!
That brings us to (drum roll please………….) THE AYRES PHOTO BOOTH!!! This was the first time we got to bust it out in all its glory, and it was a TREMENDOUS success! Basically, it’s the same idea as one of those old-fashioned booths with the curtain you pull shut, but WAY, way better. Why is it so much better? Well, first of all, it’s not just a cheesy booth, it’s a mobile studio. We set up a studio background, portable studio lights, a professional quality printer that spits out 4×6 prints in under 10 seconds, and a crap-load of amazing props and costumes! Tony wanted as many hats and props as we could come up with, but you can have as many or as few as you want. For this party, we set up a “tunnel” of hats and props, so guests would walk through, choose their props, hop in the booth to have their photo taken, drop off their props in a drop box, and then wait for their photo to print out! With over 400 guests at this party, the booth was rockin’ non-stop!
A closer look at our “tunnel” of hats and props…tons o’ fun!
An aerial view of the photo booth…that’s my brother, Bob, behind the camera. He was amazing to work the booth with! Oh, and that’s me (in case you were wondering) working on cranking out people’s prints as fast as humanly possible.
Kids gettin’ wild inside the “prop tunnel!”
We’ll end this post with a sampling of photo booth results. You honestly can’t look at these without smiling! Tony’s guests had a blast, and got to walk away with a gorgeous, high-quality print to remember it by – what more could you ask for? These are definitely the ultimate party favor. Contact us about booking The Ayres Photography Photo Booth for your wedding or event!
P.S. – Can you spot Ben somewhere in this collage? He got in on the photo booth action, too. ;)