Happy Fall, Y’all

Hooray for fall! Having endured another long and hot summer, it’s time to celebrate cooler weather, the vibrant kaleidoscope of leaves changing color, and the harvest of farm crops in preparation for the coming winter. The autumn season officially begins today, Sept. 23, at least for those in the northern hemisphere. It’s a perfect time for a fall-themed photo booth, so let’s take a look at some inspiration!

Earthy themes abound at this time of year, as people decorate in celebration of the harvest. Pumkins are in season now, and make their iconic annual appearance on porches and tabletops, typifying that harvest aesthetic. Though pumpkins are a key ingredient for Halloween-focused photos, they’re great for autumn-themed photos, too, along with hay bales from farm fields now golden brown. Stack them in your farm-themed booth, use them as a bench seat, or scatter them as a bed of hay.

Corn still in the husk, maybe even still on the stalk, makes a great decorative element in a fall photo booth too, along with another staple of the harvest — the hay barn. Mock up your own barn backdrop from pieces of old lumber, perhaps from a discarded wooden pallet. Leaves — both abundant and free — are perfect decorative elements. The more colorful, the better. Other materials to consider: gourds of all kinds, old farm implements such as pitchforks, and simple, classic burlap. The key: warm colors, rustic charm, and fun!

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Anchors Aweigh!

When the simple wackiness of a photo booth experience isn’t quite what you’re going for, a theme may be just the thing — especially if the party/wedding/friends-for-the-weekend event already has a theme. The nautical aesthetic has a timeless appeal, and lends itself well to retro-styling for both props and backgrounds, if not entire wardrobes. Thoughts of the ocean conjure legends and lore, and the spirit of adventure that you’ll have a great time embodying in wistful and whimsical photographs.

There are opportunities to create scenes for children, where a handmade look will accentuate the charm of your little models, and a variety of ways to handle grownup-oriented photo scenes. Looking for a romantic setting? A boat built for two could be just for you. Looking for something funny? A boat built for two could be just for you… and six of your closest friends.

The key when building a photo booth backdrop that makes the effort worthwhile is to make a backdrop that sets the tone, props that provide inspiration to smile, laugh, gesticulate or otherwise pose, and decorative details that sell the moment. This isn’t a roll of wallpaper hanging behind you. It’s a stage upon which you and your friends and loved ones may create moments worth saving.

Props from Whisker Works that can really help put you in the seafaring spirit include the Beard (a staple of old-timey and modern sea captains alike), the Captain mustache (clearly), and the Engineer, as it is decidedly swarthy. If you’re going for the “I’ve been adrift for a few weeks but only grew a mustache” look, that’s the Naturalist for sure. Other choice elements include an oar, a captain’s hat, and possibly a parrot if you’re going for a Caribbean motif.

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Get Your Party Started!

Sass up your booth with these new props from Whisker Works! Just introduced today, these plastic photo booth messages will sure to be popular at weddings and events.

Photo Booth Phrases

Each sign measures 8″ x 10″ and is made of thick, high-quality plastic with a matte finish to reduce glare.

There are 5 signs to choose from, each displaying two phrases. Purchase all 5 signs and you’ll receive a 10% discount AND a free burlap carrying bag. Find them HERE.

Plastic • Durable • Made in America

Baseball Releases Wild Mustaches, Captured on Film

Justin Burwinkel, a Doctor of Audiology with an eye for photography, spent Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, enjoying all the festivities. Lucky for us, he also brought along some mustache props that he uses for wedding photography! The results are an absolute delight – a collection of smiling faces at Cincinnati landmarks, sporting Whisker Works ‘staches. We’re tickled. Mustaches were the theme of this year’s All-Star Game, as noted in our previous post.

Justin’s broad photographic portfolio definitely demonstrates a keen eye – especially from a man who spends most of his time improving others’ hearing. There’s a clear passion for the art in his work. From images celebrating rustic charm, to stunning portraits in scenic outdoor settings, to dreamlike wedding photos, Justin captures emotion and communicates it in a way that makes you truly appreciate the art form and the artist behind this work.

Take a look at the photos from Cincinnati, and please browse through Justin’s gallery over at justinburwinkel.com. You’ll enjoy the view.

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Thank you, Justin!

Cincinnati Goes Mustache Crazy For All-Star Game

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As baseball’s All-Star Game approaches, the city of Cincinnati has gotten in the spirt in part by decorating its downtown with eight-foot handlebar mustache benches. Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds — originally the “Red Stockings” — were a team full of mustachioed players, and the city’s new decor reflects that heritage.

Huge mustache-shaped benches scattered around downtown Cincinnati, Ohio will help get guests in the spirit of things as the city plays host to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 14th. The Reds, the team hosting this year’s big game, went mustache crazy to promote the team, the sport and the city.

Along with the 8-foot, 850-pound handlebar mustache benches decorated in a variety of styles, the team is promoting a mustache-focused logo and otherwise advertising that baseball and mustaches were once so intertwined it would take an experienced barber an afternoon to make sense of it all. City skycrapers near the baseball stadium are getting in the act, too. Already the nearby Scripps Center features an imposing mustache and old-timey baseball cap at the top of the building. Nearby another landmark tower will feature a 30-foot projection of a historic mustachioed player.

Mustaches absolutely dominated baseball in the late 1800s, as exemplified by John Ward of the New York (now San Francisco) Giants. Sadly, by 1895 mustaches had fallen out of fashion, and were essentially vanished by the early 1900s.

There once was a time when playing baseball mustacheless was unheard of. Nose neighbors dominated the sport’s facial fashions in the late 1800s before abruptly vanishing by the 1910s — save for the outlying team manager. Some say batters with mustaches interfered with the pitcher’s concentration. Others said the pitcher’s mustache was at fault, mesmerizing otherwise talented and focused batters. The players formed an agreement that none would wear mustaches during the regular season. At first, mustache-enamored fans revolted, only gradually re-warming to the game we know today as America’s national pastime.

 

Some Prop Kits will soon be gone!

Whisker Works has decided to discontinue three of their Prop Kits and put their remaining inventory on a super-sale! These lovely sets — the Hairy Pair, Classy Couple and Sassy Couple — are $3 each while supplies last. That’s $1.50 per prop, and they include prop signs!

Prop Kits

Find the savings here.

Also, there are a few new additions to the Whisker Works website. You can now purchase the Naturalist, a Lorax-inspired mustache, in all colors of the rainbow. And there are now six new styles of Fancy Bowties — metallic, pearlescent and even a glitter tie!

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Visit the Whisker Works Prop Shop to find these and more great props! All of them are plastic and are proudly made in America.

We found ourselves on the front page!

The headline reads “Photo booths, weddings wild about Sanford pair’s whiskers” on the front page of today’s Orlando Sentinel, featuring a rather large photo of the faces behind Whisker Works!

The hard plastic props have become a favorite with photographers and photo-booth operators in the wedding and event industries. Last year, their company Whisker Works sold more than 35,000 of the props, more than doubling output from a year earlier.

Whisker Works graces the cover of the Orlando Sentinel, February 19, 2015.

Whisker Works graces the cover of the Orlando Sentinel, February 19, 2015.

Visit the Orlando Sentinel to read the full article. Huge thanks to Kyle Arnold for the story and Red Huber for the great images. We are honored to be featured in such a great way!

Amber and Alex Babcock, co-owners of Whisker Works, have cornered the mustache-on-a-stick market from their Sanford home. The couple are making the quirky items as well as marketing and selling them on the Internet. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Amber and Alex Babcock, co-owners of Whisker Works, have cornered the mustache-on-a-stick market from their Sanford home. The couple are making the quirky items as well as marketing and selling them on the Internet. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Amber Babcock, co-owner of Whisker Works removes plastic mustaches from a mold Thursday, February 5, 2015.  (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Amber Babcock, co-owner of Whisker Works removes plastic mustaches from a mold Thursday, February 5, 2015. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

The final sale of the year!

All good things must eventually come to an end, and the final sale of the year for Whisker Works is happening now. For the first time in the history of our Mustache of the Month, we have TWO great props that are just $1.99 each. Visit WhiskerWorks.com for the following Cyber Monday deals:

1. Save $40 off an order of $100 or more using code “CYBER40”

2. The Professor mustache prop is just $1.99 for the month of December! Find it HERE.

3. Snowman Carrot Noses are also just $1.99 each! They can be found HERE.

4. Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all international destinations. NO COUPON NECESSARY.

Now these are deals to smile about!

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Now is the time to plan your Christmas photo booth! Find this holiday set in our shop.The Christmas Mix

Coupon code “CYBER40” is case-sensitive and valid for handmade props only. Coupon may be used a maximum of 2 times per customer.

Shop our Black Friday deals!

Whisker Works has several Black Friday deals happening now, and the best part is you can shop without leaving home! Visit WhiskerWorks.com for the following bargains:

1. Save $20 off an order of $50 or more using code “Holiday20”

2. The Engineer mustache props are just $1.99 each! Find them HERE!

3. Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all international destinations.

Now these are deals to smile about!

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Coupon code “Holiday20” is case-sensitive and valid for handmade props only. Coupon may be used a maximum of 2 times per customer.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico. The holiday is to honor those who have passed, typically with alters devoted to deceased loved ones, while also celebrating the continuation of life. Sugar skulls, the colorful icon of this holiday, and brightly colored roses and flags, are just dying to be a part of your festive photo booth!

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Looking for more Halloween photo booth inspiration? Find it here.

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Masks and Poms Garland: Paper Source
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Five Ladies: Charm School Vintage
Painted Couple: Day Of The Dead Austin