So what does make an evening so special?

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I read a great article by Sarah Standing recently and she tells of the great fun they had using a Photo booth. It sounded like a great party! Here’s part of the article for you to read:

Last month my sister Emma gave me an unforgettably stylish party to celebrate my 50th birthday.

It was a glorious summer night and the bohemian Indian tent that nestled on the edge of a bluebell wood was decorated with fat, overblown pink peonies. She’d hired Rhubarb to do the food and the Abba tribute band that performed after dinner was so joyously seductive it made even the über-inhibited dance until dawn.

At one point my husband, John, took to the stage with Will Young (both in satin capes) and they joined the band in a rousing rendition of Take A Chance On Me while the dance floor throbbed with guests aged from 18 to 80. It was one of the greatest nights of my life.

One detail that made the evening so special – apart from being surrounded by my closest friends – was the presence of a photo booth.

The photo booth is the star guest that just keeps on giving; the “don’t-stop-till-you’ve-had-enough” ice-breaking, must-have, party drug of the year.

A glamorous-looking version of the bog-standard railway station fixture, it operates on nearly the same principle..At private parties, obviously, the cost is pre-paid, so there is no fumbling for the correct change, but you still go in, pull the curtain, pose, wait for the flash to go off and then step outside to collect your photographs.

One set is a souvenir for the guests to go home with, the other copy is stuck into a keepsake album. The real genius behind this venture is the fact that all the photographs are spectacularly flattering. Everyone looks a better/younger/thinner version of themselves! It’s as if all the photos have been surreptitiously photoshopped and airbrushed on their short journey from interior flash to outside collection.

Even celebrity guests who might baulk at having their photograph taken in “uncontrolled conditions” were thrilled at the outcome and merrily queued up again and again.

As did all of us – there is something irresistibly infantile and moreish about being given the opportunity to lark about with old mates and pull silly faces behind a cloth curtain.

So many people have been using photobooths – it’s appeared at Selfridges for Stella McCartney’s latest launch, the main attraction at many a film premiere, and so many more!

The best news is that it is now available on the Isle of Wight for hire!

Where to get your party photobooth:

Shuffles Events in Cowes: packages start from just £445. Includes event attendant, full delivery with three hours’ shoot time, unlimited prints, prop box and optional USB of images.  (01983 898314 http://www.shufflesevents.co.uk)

Rob Longford