May 2018

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Why Rent A Photo Booth For Your Next Event?

Why Rent A Photo Booth For Your Next Event?

Photo booths are the new throw-back ‘it’ thing. Private events, marketing initiatives, corporate celebrations, and weddings use photo booths to create lasting memories. Is it right for your event?

We love hooking clients up with photo booths because they just equal fun. Sometimes, that’s the splash a corporate event needs to be meaningful. When team building is a part of your message, photo booths inspire and cement these bonds.

A Photo booth is a streamlined way to replace the fad of disposable cameras at events, putting less pressure on your guests. It also prevents anyone from constant distraction or selfie obsession like the guy in our photo here. Don’t be that guy. Help your guests not be that guy either.

If you like the sound of any of these benefits, call for our photo booth rental rates today.

Why Rent A Photo Booth: Spontaneity

While a photo booth is not intended to replace an experienced event photographer, an experienced photographer has a polished touch. You may want to see your guests’ creativity shine. Let them loose on a photo booth!

With an open photo booth, you unleash everyone’s creativity, spontaneity, and selfie-loving obsessions. So let your photographer capture the important moments. Just give guests a reason to snap a few shots on the fly!

Why Rent A Photo Booth For A Corporate Event?

All of the benefits here apply to corporate events as well as private. Photo booths certainly make your event more entertaining but they’re practical for business as well. For example, you’ll receive crowdsourced content for later use in social media or traditional marketing. You also get a feel for the energy you inspired.

Without a photo booth, your attendees get all the social media clout. When you also have access to those files you can share, tag and engage for boosted exposure. Promote a customized hashtag before, during and after your event to catch those straight to IG moments, too.

Photo booths build camaraderie which makes stronger teams and networking allies later. From the files we give you, you’ll see the connections that exist between your attendees. Turn these pictures into personalized gifts for sponsors, donors or customers.

Why Rent A Photo Booth: Easy To Use

The tech has advanced, but photo booths are still easy to operate. Many photo booths have simple touchscreen displays. Wireless remotes trigger the camera in others. Let us know if you want an attendant to stick close by to answer any questions and entice guests to take part.

Why Rent A Photo Booth: No Pressure, All Fun

Regardless of the number of selfies in their Insta feed, lots of people are shy. This is especially true at events where we meet strangers and see people we’ve been apart from for years.

Do you think the people attending your event will relish the opportunity to get a picture from a professional photographer? If not, a photo booth is a low-key alternative or addition.

Many photo booths show guests the photo before they commit. This takes all the guesswork and intimidation about having your photo taken. Don’t like the result? Just try again!

Why Rent A Photo Booth: A Personal, Memorable Moment

While party favors are a thoughtful addition to any event, how personal are they ever, really? We mostly shove them in a drawer when we get home or worse, toss them away.

Think your guests will be as quick to toss out their photos? Not likely. It’s a more valuable gift to give the people supporting you.

Since you get a copy of all of the photos, your videographer can even add some to your final event video.

Why Rent A Photo Booth: Novelty

When did you take your last real photo? The kind you walked away with to frame? It’s almost unheard of in the digital age and this makes photo booth pics a novelty.

It’s a double benefit: a real picture now and access to the digital files later.

Rent A Photo Booth In San Francisco

If you’re sold on the benefits of a photo booth, contact us today. We’ll discuss availability and rates. Because we’re a full-service event company, we may have other things to help with too.

Call or email at:
Toll Free: (888) 674-6198
(650) 600-9266
info@diamondsonic.com

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Event Videography: How To Choose A Video Editing Style

Video editing is a type of art in itself, which therefore can be quite subjective. One person will love an edgier video editing style while another prefers something classic. The purpose of your video also dictates the style in some ways. A video of your family reunion might not look the same as a corporate event video.

While the best way to describe what you want to your videographer is to show them some examples, this guide will get you started. It will help you think about video editing styles and understand enough to communicate your needs to your videographer.

Video Editing Style Guide: Romantic

A romantic editing style is very soft without much direct emphasis. Many mid shots are used to help keep it basic and illustrate people’s body language towards one another. The shots are longer and more fluid as the editors focus on the overall storyline and character relationships.

The style is straightforward and vulnerable, focused on shots and camera angles as well as setting the scene. The romantic style is all about flow, continuity, and storytelling.

Video Editing Style Guide: Classic Video Editing

Classic video editing entails many foreign sounding elements but you’ll recognize them in practice.

A classicly edited video clip (often excellent for company events) uses B roll footage to set the tone and provides context. This could be footage of other people checking into your event, a staged planning meeting, close up shots of your products, or maybe techs loading equipment into the venue.

These clips could be used in order to disguise cuts or smooth transitions between scenes.

Other technical details like camera angles and the shooting plane are also employed, but just understand a classicly edited video is subtle, smooth, and not distracting from the subject at hand.

Video Editing Style Guide: Modern Video Editing

Modern video editing, on the other hand, can stand out on its own. If you’ve watched a video and thought about the editing, it could be in the modern style. Things like jump cuts can be used deliberately in this style to create a sense of awareness in the viewer.

Party and concert footage may use modern video editing elements successfully, but you may not want them in your corporate video.

Video Editing Style Guide: Edgy Video Editing

Edgy video editing places pretty conspicuous editing techniques in the viewer’s line of sight to communicate an artistic and avant-guard tone. For instance, transitions in an edgy video could drop to color negatives or dissolve and shot angles may be unusual and compelling.

Basically, you’re pushing the envelope here making this style great for brands with a bit of bite to their identity, music videos, and art projects.

Highlight Reel vs Video

You also must decide if you want a quick highlight reel of your event that gives a quick 2-5 minute overview or a longer 30-40 minute video. Think of the highlight reel as a trailer or recap of the best moments in a sporting event. It’s more exciting and attention catching because it boils down the best parts of your event or message.

We often recommend highlight reels to our clients, both corporate and private. A highlight reel of your wedding or conference could be more useful than a longer piece of content. It prevents wandering attention and is more likely to get viewed in its entirety.

Communicating With Your Videographer

Even if you’re more confused than when we started, the real key is communicating effectively with your videography vendor. Spend time explaining exactly what you are looking for as well as what music you want in the final video. Provide examples when you can, particularly of videos the videographer you’re working with already shot.

We absolutely love collaborating with clients to come up with the right theme for them. Contact Diamond Sonic today to request a quote or schedule a time to talk about the best style of editing for your goals.

 

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Corporate Event Planning Logistics

Corporate Event Planning Logistics

An event is an event, right? What could go wrong? Take a professional’s advice and don’t even pose that question to yourself. There are real planning differences between a corporate event and a private event. Even if you are experienced in one, don’t blindly assume the same rules apply to the other. We’re here to share the logistics we find most important from our vast experience as a corporate event vendor.

Think about these things the very moment you decide to have an event. Putting them on the back burner could cost everything.

Corporate Event Planning Logistics: Liability And Disclosure

There are legalities and privacy concerns at play with corporate events that aren’t as obvious with weddings or family reunions. Although, it’s not a bad idea to ask for proper insurance at your wedding, either!

Event Liability Insurance

Event liability insurance provides coverage for damages you could be liable for. This includes accidents during your event that cause injury or property damage. Hundreds of people attend large corporate events and it’s impossible to prevent damages on that scale.

Many venues may require proof of insurance coverage from you before contracting to host your business event. Be prepared and talk to an agent before you venue shop.

Your vendors should also be properly insured. Specialty vendor insurance protects concessionaires, exhibitors, and vendors as well as the company holding the corporate event. Claims arise from limitless situations including operations, premises, products, completed operations, advertising or personal injuries.

Request a Certificate of Liability Coverage from the vendors working your event.

Request Additional Insured Coverage

You can take your caution a step further and ask for Additional Insured status on your vendor’s insurance policies. This covers any liability running to you if, for instance, a speaker falls over injuring someone.

The best practice is asking the vendor to add your business to their policy as an “Additional Insured” because this places you under the umbrella of their insurance. Your status should show on the Certificate of Insurance. Request this coverage for the day of the event and additional set up and tear down days also, if necessary.

Non-disclosure Agreements

NDAs are a different type of insurance. They protect your information from unwanted leaks whether intentional or unintentional.

You’ll work with many different individuals and companies to successfully plan an event. You may share information with them that is sensitive, proprietary or confidential. This is an important reason to establish a Non-disclosure Agreement with vendors. This ensures that no sensitive company data is breached before or during your event.

Corporate Event Planning Logistics: Team Planning

Entire teams often work together to plan corporate events and you need to manage this process correctly. Working with so many people can cause lags in communication when deadlines are at stake. It’s also easy to lose track of what each member of the team is doing.

It’s important to remain professional and courteous with your vendors and the venue. Give them as much advanced notice as possible when decisions are made. The same goes for changes in the plan.

Remember that vendors themselves are often involving 3rd party professionals or rentals and they need to secure those services in advance. In spite of the best intentions, corporate planning teams often suffer from an internal breakdown in communication that delays crucial details causing last-minute scrambles.

You must manage the input from your team and the needs of your vendors to keep your timeline intact.

Corporate Event Planning Logistics: Pulling It All Together

 

 

Your event is a big deal. You’ve spent a lot of time planning it and you have a message to deliver that’s important. That’s why proper planning is important. It’s the silent backbone of every successful event. When done expertly, it goes completely unnoticed. It’s glaringly apparent when it doesn’t go smoothly, however.

For help executing the videography, audio visual rental and support and photography for your next corporate event, contact Diamond Sonic. We’ll take it from there.

 

 

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