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the sometimes far from dallas photo booth

… And you thought we only did DFW!  On May 11.  We headed out to Murchison, Texas for Kristin and Daniel’s wedding.  For those of you concrete-loving city folk, Murchison is right here.  The drive to Murchison was a challenge to say the least since there were some extremely heavy storms all over Texas in the few days leading up to that Friday, and it did not let up one bit.

Of course, as always, God was very gracious to us, and allowed sunshine during the time we had to load and unload the photo booth.

Kristin, our beautiful bride, was the winner of our Facebook Like contest back in October at Unveiled. The original plan of having the photo/video booth outdoors was quickly scrapped and we had to set up inside.  Our set-up was interesting to say the least in that the photo booth had to be in front of a door that goes out to a walkway that leads to the bathrooms.  Usually, this poses no problem as guests can go out another door, have a quick stroll outside and use the facilities in the adjacent building.  Due to the horrid weather, our photo booth quickly became the main thruway for everyone!

Great!  Everyone got to enjoy the the booth and we got a ton of great pictures.  There were plenty of great video well wishes to the bride and groom as well.  Oh how I wish we could have gotten the groom and his men put on an encore performance of “Ice Ice Baby” in the video booth.  I did catch a couple minutes of their performance on my iPhone, and its been a good talking point when I talk about how much fun these weddings can be.

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grinning and bearing it!

April 1st marked Social Shots’ 1st anniversary!  I can’t believe it’s been a year!  Our launch party was not until June 16, 2011 at Café Malaga in McKinney (click here for launch party pictures!), but I remember April 1, 2011 very clearly.  I had already gotten the the electronics of our first booth set up and thinking of ways to test it.  Also, the construction of the outer booth shell had already begun, but we were probably about 25% complete at the time.  And I had a 5 page long Microsoft Project print-out hanging on the side of the fridge to make sure we’re on track to make a June deliverable to the world!

I was only dedicating whatever spare time I found between being an engineer, a pool player, and a hockey player to the “photo booth thing”.

So, it’s been a year.  What have we accomplished?  What has changed?  What have we done right?  Where do we go from here?  My main personal goal in this business is to building something with my beautiful wife, Angela.  I figure that in creating and running a business that we would bring the best and worst out in each other.  I was and still am up for the challenge.  I’m the guy with the “What won’t kill me will only make me stronger” attitude.  I am the techie, she’s the one that makes things pretty.  We’re a good combo together.  My professional goal for the year was to make our booths work with no problems!  With God’s good hand on us, we’ve done just that in our first year.  All of our events went off without a hitch!  My best advice to one who wants to do the same is “always be prepared”.  Backups and backups of backups are a must!  I commit to doing the same in year #2 as well as some other goals I have in mind that I won’t share with the audience just yet.  Another accomplishment was that our photo booths’ design was well accepted by our target market! BRIDES!  Countless positive comments about how it looked always brought a smile to my face, as I’m the proud Papa!  We got a very good reception at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Shows, and built some good networks there.  Lastly, we made it to print.  You can see us in the current Texas Wedding Guide Magazine!

As business owners, we’ve learned a lot, and realize that we’ve only scratched the surface.  My background in Software and Project Management definitely gives me a leg up.  I’ve also gained much more confidence in the business and in pleasure.

Where do we go from here?  We get what we put into it.  And that puts a big grin on my face.

~r~

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A dialog between a student and his professor

Source: Unknown

 

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

P.S.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?

Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.

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St. Patrick’s Day Wedding at Trinity River Audubon (Dallas Photo Booth)

A few months ago, Social Shots Photo Booth held a Facebook voting contest for booth visitors that met with us at the Unveiled Bridal Show held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. At stake was a free 2 hour rental. Photo booth pictures were uploaded and friends and family voted for their favorite. Alyssa and Jason got a lot of love and ended up our winners!

The lucky couple were married at the beautiful Trinity River Audubon and enjoyed a night full of photo booth fun. Alyssa even made her own props of cute hats and mustaches for their big day! Congratulations and we wish you both a wonderful future together =)

 

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