{family fun} photo booth fun!

Normally this post would have fallen under {home & garden} for parties, however, I happen to think this would be fun to do even for a play date or weekend activity, or even a family photo shoot. So I decided to post it in {family fun}.

One of the activities I chose to do at the girls Three Ring Circus Birthday last year was a Photo Booth. I checked into renting one of the machines you see at county fairs and such, but everything I found was a little more than we had in mind.

So instead I enlisted the help of my most favorite Orange County kids photographer, Sandy Heit.  We decided to use the girls playroom as the “booth”.  My sister drew some fun circus artwork on the chalkboard as a backdrop.  Then with a few great props ~ giant glasses, rainbow wig, mustache, clown noses, pink glasses, party hats, colorful balloons, a great red chair, and of course any toy in the playroom….and we were in business! Below are a few of my favorite shots….

{Click on each thumbnail for a larger image}

{Images: Sandy Heit}

It was a fun activity for the kids, and I absolutely love Sandy’s work with kids! Plus I was able to send each family a thank you note along with their photo. (Albeit I sent them over 6 months after the party…KID YOU NOT ~ 6 MONTHS, that’s how off my life and days were this past year!!)

Whether you hire someone, enlist a friend or family member, or just do it for a play date, Photo Booths are definitely a FAVORITE IDEA!

{OC Love} Holiday Mini Photo Sessions {& Giveaway!}

So who has booked their family photo for their holiday cards this year…let me see a show of hands…

I’m waiting….

Still waiting….

You know the photo you take to remember how young you still are?  And how cute your kids are??

Hmmm….lack of hands. You would think everyone has tons on their plate or something….school, kids activities, jobs, running around like headless chickens, catching up on DVR shows

I kid, I kid. But seriously, you haven’t booked this yet??! {Kidding on this too…I just booked ours last week.}

Lucky for all of us, Sandy Heit, (who is my most favorite family photographer and who has been taking all of our family photos since Addie was 2 weeks old). Has just opened up a few more Mini Holiday Photo Sessions!!! Yippee!

Sandy has chosen a few locations to offer additional sessions. 

These are her 3 favorite locations (and yes, ours is going to be at one of them too….we’re branching outside of our house this year.)

San Juan Capistrano – Tuesday, November 1st – 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 5:15

Laguna Beach – Monday, October 17th – 4:30, 5:00. 5:30

Noguchi Garden – Sunday, October 23rd – 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30

Why I love “Mini Sessions“:

1. They last about 20 minutes, which in the grand scheme is realtively painless and is MUCH easier to fit into your family’s schedule. (And faster for your little punks to get the treat you promised them for being good…I mean, if you were a bribing kinda parent that is…)

2. They cost less cashola than a full session, which is nice when you’re having a tight budget year. It’s $275 + tax for Sandy to show you 10-15 images in an online gallery and/or studio appointment. Which includes $150 credit towards your images!

3. Did you read that part? INCLUDES a $150 credit for ordering images which can be used either for prints OR digital files!! (That’s like having free money to spend! Though my father-in-law and husband are both reading this and saying…noooo it’s still costing you money.  Then I say, but “I’m saving money”. Then they say, “But you’re still spending money”.  And I say, “Yes, but LESS money”.) It’s kind of all in how you justify it in your brain, don’t you think??

4. Again, did you catch that part about “OR digital files?” This year Sandy is offering packages to purchase the digital files. 1, 3 or all the digital images from your mini session. Love this!!!

5. Another great idea for a mini session? Use it as an early Holiday gift for a grandparent with the kids….seriously, how much would this gift be loved!!!

My favorite tips Sandy gives for choosing what to wear:

1. Choose items for the entire family as if you were creating one outfit. If your choices were all on one person, would the result be pleasing? (Look past the fact you could be wearing 25 articles of clothing….)

2. Choose one pattern item and then select the rest of the family’s clothes from within that pattern. (Kind of the same approach to decorating ~ use a piece of art, or area rug and coordinate pillows, furniture, etc…)

3. Pick your outfit first. The one YOU feel great in, then coordinate everyone else to you. (Oh my! Mom first??  I think I like that idea!)


You guessed it, Sandy is giving away 1 HOLIDAY MINI SESSION! (This is a $275 value which includes the session, and photo credit.)

RULES: Leave a comment below letting us know your location preference from above. (1 entry)

OPTIONAL: Additional entry: “Like” Sandy Heit Photography on Facebook and let her know My Favorite Everything sent you, then come back and let me know you did.  (1 entry).

Giveaway closes 9:00pm PST Sunday, October 2nd, 2011.

And here is one more treat, book your session and mentionMy Favorite Everything” and Sandy will give you a complimentary 5 x 7 print from your session!

Seriously, don’t wait. These sessions will be lucky to make it to Sunday.  They go soooo fast! Contact Sandy 949.515.3905 or sandy@sandyheit.com

Good Luck ~ and Happy Holidays!
(Can I say that before Halloween?!??)