How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was invited by my Aunt to face paint at my little cousin's fairy-themed birthday party and I fell in love with it. The joy that it brought each child and the imagination that came alive at the party because of all of the face painting made me realize that I wanted to recreate that feeling of happiness more often! When I got home, I started researching face painting designs and before I knew it, it was 3 in the morning and I wasn't even tired. I was hooked! Face painting came so easy to me and considering I didn't have any experience in the drawing, painting or art, I knew it was a gift I had been blessed with for a reason. My new-found passion became my obsession and I started my face painting company, Face Painting by Cynnamon. Within a few months, it expanded into a full entertainment company that offers face painting, balloon twisting and clown entertainers and then we invested in a photo booth. After 3 years of running that business, Cynnamon moved to San Francisco and started Bay Area Party Entertainment to offer face painting and photo booth rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common services we provide are face painting, photo booth rentals, event photography and videography. We provide all of these entertainment services to all ages at corporate events, private events, music festivals, weddings, sweet 16 parties, holiday parties, carnivals and festivals, quinceaÃ±era's, birthday parties and more in the San Francisco Bay Area. At most of the events that we service, we provide multiple services so that the guests stay entertained and excited the whole time! During holidays we do a lot of company holiday parties and during the spring and summer we provide our entertainment services to a lot of appreciation and family events for businesses.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you are looking to hire a face painter, we recommend finding a face painter that uses only FDA approved, face and body paints including brands like Wolfe, DiamondFX, TAG, Arty Cakes and FAB. Its also important to find an artist that can paint at least 15 faces per hour so that you get the most for your money. Our face painter, Cynnamon, not only paints 15 faces per hour, every little girl gets lipstick, painted on eyelashes and glitter! She is quick but her work is still very high quality. Make sure you like the artists work before you hire them! Last, if you are going to hire a face painter for your event, they should have liability insurance just in case something were to happen.
If you are looking to rent a photo booth for your event or party, ask them what kind of booth they offer, what kind of camera is used for picture quality, and how quickly their printed prints the pictures. We also bring a ton of fun props with our photo booth which includes hats, boas, wings, capes, mustaches on a stick, colorful fans and frames and more so ask them what they bring with the booth to make it that much more exciting for your guests.
If you are looking to hire a professional photographer or its important that they have an extensive portfolio, 3+ years experience in event photography, make sure the photographer uses a full frame digital SLR camera with appropriate lenses, speed lights and defusers suited for the occasion.
If you are hiring a videographer, it is important they they have 3+ year of experience in videography, proper image stabilization rigging, lighting and audio accessories.