James Bond Themed Event

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It’s always a pleasure for the Photomaker team when they form part of a themed event and we couldn’t have been happier to contribute towards a recent 50th birthday party which focused on our own favourite movie. 

The planning for the event started well in advance.  David, the host, loves to throw a party and wanted to inject an element of mischief and fun into a somewhat sobering milestone.

The catering was entrusted into the able hands of Chef Stefan Hogan at Corinthia Palace Hotel, who was briefed on the chosen theme.  He created a menu which included Asian and Eastern European flavours which complemented the theme perfectly.

The invitations were inspired by Bond’s ‘Shaken not stirred’ martini penchant and played along the title of another Bond movie with the heading ‘For your eyes only’, with several references and phrases borrowed from other memorable Bond moments.

50th Bday party invitation Photomaker Photo Booth

The text was laid out in the shape of a martini glass.

The dress code for the event was ‘Black Tie’, and very elegantly dressed guests turned up on the night dressed to the nines; the venue had been enhanced by the presence of an Aston Martin at the front door, brought in for the occasion, as well as a Casino Royale sign instead of the usual house name.  The theme was set for the night.

A beautiful ice sculpture, which doubled up as a gin bar, was commissioned from Ice Cool Exhibits and delivered a couple of hours before the event.  Paul Kind had been briefed on the theme, and the sculpture was a masterpiece, carved to the shape of the iconic gun barrel that is synonymous with the James Bond theme.

Ice Sculpture Photomaker Photo Booth

Ice Sculpture created by Paul Kind.

The venue was decorated with touches of black and gold and the Photomaker photo booth was set up to complement the colour scheme.  A bespoke template was created in square 6×6 format with the gun barrel swirl used to great effect.  The photo booth service included both prints and gifs and specially curated luxury props in black and gold were provided.  Guests were able to select to have their picture taken in either colour or Black and White.

Themed print by Photomaker Photobooth

Instant prints onsite in 6×6 inches square format.


Photomaker Photo Booth Boomerang Gif with animated overlay

Boomerang Gifs with animated (fireworks) overlay and title.

When the time came to cut the cake, there was another surprise in store, with a skilfully created piece by CakeArt by Christa.  The ‘tudexo’ cake was another nod at the Bond theme over delicious baci perfection.  It tasted as good as it looked!

50th Birthday Cake Photomaker Photobooth

Baci cake covered in dark chocolate ganache. Delish!!

On their way out, guests were all offered a pair of drink coasters to take home as a memento of David’s milestone.  The coasters had been designed to look like casino poker chips to tie in with the Casino Royale theme.  Horace Enterprises was commissioned with producing them and didn’t disappoint at all.

Poker Chip coasters Photomaker Photo Booth

Cork-backed ‘poker chip’ coasters as a keepsake of the occasion.

The photo booth was busy all night long; the innovative print size and boomerang gifs were a success and greatly enjoyed by the guests in between dancing the night away and having a drink or two.

50th Birthday square prints Photomaker Photo Booth

A small selection of prints from the event.

Introducing the founder of Photomaker Photo Booth Malta

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On the occasion of Woman’s Day, we are taking the opportunity to introduce you to the Founder of Photomaker Photo Booth Malta, Michèle Vella Distefano.

Michèle came into the Photo Booth industry after spending many years organising events for schools, charities and clients.

The photo booth industry merges Michèle’s inquisitive interest in technology with her familiarity with photography.  She was brought up in a family surrounded by photos and photographic equipment; her grandfather Oscar, and later her uncle Frank, ran ‘Distefano’s Photo Studio’ on Tower Road, Sliema. For many years, this studio was the ‘go to’ for those wanting timeless portrait photography and her visits to the studio inevitably found her watching her uncle painstakingly touch up B/W photos, observing him develop prints in the dark room, or chatting with her aunt while she sorted out prints for clients. Sadly the family members involved in the studio have long since passed but the legacy lives on.
The Studio on Tower Road, Sliema.

The Studio on Tower Road, Sliema. Photo Credit: Hive Mind (Flickr)

When Michèle was living in London a few years ago, she was exposed to the positioning of photo booths in the events industry for the first time; they were being used for both entertainment and marketing purposes. She was intrigued by the software and hardware that drives these amazing machines and couldn’t stop thinking how effective and entertaining photo booths could become when used as tools for brand engagement and marketing.

In her quest to continuously learn and evolve, Michèle attended specialist photo booth training courses in both the States and the UK and continues to research and learn by being part of an international network of photo booth owners.

Since 2016, Photomaker Photo Booth Malta has become a popular name in Malta. Our services are sought both by corporate clients for brand activations and campaigns, as well as by individuals seeking a high end photo booth solution at weddings and parties.

Even as the organisation grows, Michèle continues to get involved with every enquiry and to ensure that the service delivered meets her high standards and her clients’ expectations. She is very ably assisted by her PA, a team of highly trained photo booth attendants, a designer and two I.T. consultants.

Feel free to give her a call on 9947 7794 or use the website contact form if you would like more info on our services.