RB: Tell us about Something Blue and how it all began.
SB: Something Blue PhotoBooths & Decor is not your average PhotoBooth. I offer handmade custom PhotoBooth packages for Weddings (and events too!), and stunning table centerpieces. I oversee creative direction and together with my team of magician crafticians (as I fondly call them), we mix vintage, handmade and upcycled elements for a fashionable, beautiful and unique PhotoBooth aesthetic. We also offer the option of giving your guests customized photo strips from your wedding night, which print on-site in seconds. Kalpna Patel is a contributing craftician, with new members to the team being announced soon.
Ideas are a commodity I value, and nothing makes me more giddy than being able to collaborate and work with the most talented and inspiring people I know. Good vibes go down in the Something Blue dream factory! Our goal is for our creations to blow you out of the water. Creative PhotoBooths have developed as a passion of mine through being an event photographer professionally for the last 5 years.
A Something Blue PhotoBooth starts with a conversation about the couple's wedding theme and lifestyle interests, leading to a creation that the couple will hopefully always look back on and remember as uniquely theirs. The skies the limit, and I want to know all about you so I can plan the right PhotoBooth concept.
I have always been obsessed with vintage picking, visual art and fashion. Every time I travel I always make it a point to check out the local thrift store, and some of my favourite vintage items in my apartment double as travel souvenirs. There is something about vintage shopping that makes it the ultimate treasure hunt. You'll never know what you'll find and you'll likely never find it again. Set me loose in an antique market and I'll take off prowling. I have quite the collection of unique items waiting for the right PhotoBooth to call.
SB: I find inspiration almost everywhere and anywhere. We live in a digital global age and take in loads of information that inspires me all the time. When I take a moment to quiet my surroundings, ideas often come to me in big batches. But a big source of inspiration has always been traveling. I suspect little elements of almost every place I've ever been to has become lodged somewhere in my subconscious. In my early 20s I volunteered on an organic farm in the Caribbean for a year. Perhaps it has something to do with my current obsession with pineapples and Hawaiian shirt fabrics.
RB: Do you have a favourite project you've worked on?
SB: They all are special in their own way, impossible to choose!
There's lots of ideas I'd love to try out. Lately I've been mulling over a vision of a Woodstock-themed PhotoBooth I may build in my studio and throw a PhotoBooth party with in the summer. Blow up an old panoramic photo of Woodstock and have that be the backdrop. I may need real life Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin impersonators for this! Mud-coloured face paint, flower crowns, faux electric guitars, the works. How cool would that be?!
RB: What can ReBash guests expect from you at the show?
SB: I’m planning on having a select number of $100-off vouchers exclusive to Rebash attendees, so come get one before they're all gone! Valid for your first PhotoBooth purchase. I will be displaying a custom hand painted Something Blue banner, some of Kalpna's handmade decor, vintage props, and photo albums and samples for you to look through.
I will also be selling some special vintage items that have served their time well with me. So hard to choose what to part with, but I can't resist the mini-flea-market happening at ReBash and making space in my studio for future treasure hunting.