We love the 80’s – 2016 Juice Ball

As usual, Tommy Fitzgerald’s annual Juice Ball was a very fun event for everyone involved!  The themes for the event change every year and I must admit this years theme, The 80’s,  might’ve been one of my favorites!

Off the shoulder sweatshirts, Bright leggings, and many more funny fashions flooded the JW Marriott. The Juice Ball isn’t just for fun though, every year it raises money for Tommy’s organization, Kitchen Sage.  Kitchen Sage is a great program that provides all of these below!

• A Culinary Leadership Academy to build life skills for Grand Rapids youths, teaching budgeting, planning, teamwork, accountability, character development, resourcefulness, and leadership in a fun, food-centered atmosphere
• Resources for smart shopping, recipes and meal planning, nutrition, and the tools and techniques of the kitchen
• Opportunities for local businesses to partner and support each other
• Meaningful volunteer and mentoring roles for community members
• Career preparation skills, including ServSafe® Food Handler Certification

Big Lyle’s is always glad to be a part of such a giving organization and loves volunteering at this event to raise money for such a good cause!


Please view our gallery of pictures from this years event below.


The Ice Man Cometh, with a whole lot of bikes,Traverse City Michigan

One thing about our business, I ALWAY get interesting request for photo-op.

Girl on mountain Bike

Look no mud

If you remember my post from the spring,  We  provided 5th3rd Bank with a fun green screen photo booth experience at the Pre-ride Expo for the participants  and Fans of the annual  River Bank Run in Grand Rapids MI. We had fun (digitally) placing  the attendees at the starting line, the finish line and odd places on the course,  Well they loved the response from the participants so when they decided to become sponsors of the grueling Ice Man Cometh Mountain bike race up in Traverse City MI They want us to recreate the experience for the Bike riders. I was up for the challenge, We had a lot of laughs and so did the those watching in the exhibition Hall.

125 years in production,Carhartt Michigan made

Three girls holding the head of a man

Oh No! what happened to our foreman

We had the honor of being part of the Carhartt clothing company’s 125th-year celebration right here in Michigan. To add to the anniversary theme, we suggested some Old Time photos to Capturing the fun and make souvenir keepsake picture for the employees.  This was one group of workers that needed no coaxing to get in front of the camera we got some great shots and lots of laughs. 

Playing the Big House- 2014 Detroit GridIron Greats Event

2014 GridIron Greats

NFL Player and Wife

Players supporting the past

Lyle And I were honored to provide the Step & Repeat photo service for   “Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats- Sixth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner in Detroit at Ford Field with Detroit Lions, May 16, 2014”  The  Mission of this organisation to help support the Many NFL players who helped build, shape, and mold the NFL into what it is today, and  are paying the price physically, mentally, and emotionally from their on-the-field efforts as an NFL player, These are the men that played before the major salaries were paid and may need assistance in retirement.


Bankers Go Wild at the Saloon – Wild West Corporate Party

Bankers turn outlaws for a day via Green screen photography

A regional Cleveland/ Pittsburgh area bank asked us to throw them a heck of a good time
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Senior Send Off. Time for making memories – University Notre Dame

3 students as cartoons

Look I’m a cartoon

This was a special event for the seniors on the campus of Notre Dame , one last party with  friends before graduation.

Props go to Xtreme Fun Party for once again being the connection to fun.  Listening to their clients request for  something that was fun and entertaining, would fit in at The Legends Night Club and give the  students something to take away,  Brenda new what would fit their needs and  provided them with our  “Pho-Toons”  cartoon style pictures And what can be more fun that costumes for an interactive crazy  experience.


Can’t do this in a photo booth, don’t be boxed in

Man in the sand as mermaid

A unique party photo-op sand sculpture of a mermaid, Just add the head

This weeks photo post is from an event that took  place at the Grand Traverse Bay Resort  of Traverse City Michigan in the dead of the deep cold winter. Event Planners “Corporate production Services Group” Wanted to bring the feel of the summer season to the conference attendees and a warm break from all the intense meetings,   Fun Services out of Grand Rapids MI  provided the fun games to keep the party goers entertained. Now a parties not a party without great party pictures. The planners were thinking outside the box with this event themed “Mermaid sand sculpture” as a photo op couldn’t fit that in a photo booth. To add a bit more fun and another chance to send a photo keepsake home with the guest  they choose to include our Green screen photo unit,  with some digital magic we transported the guest to warm tropical locations I think they could almost feel the sand between their toes.
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Get pumped up, we need a little school spirit

Guest getting  a picture in front of a green screen

Create some excitement at your trade show with photo special effects

This week we worked with a local corporation that just completed combining  forces to become SpartanNash, There marketing department wanted to use their annual trade show to launch their new logo and introduce their new partnership to their loyal customers, They choose to capture the occasion with a custom branded photo opp using Green screen digital photography.This service  is a unique option that can incorporate your event theme (this one was School Spirit) create your branded event souvenir with the pictures that are instantly printed on site and provide a fun interactive experience for your guests. [slideshow id=88]


#1 pro-active move to make life more meaningful

Volunteer Kalamazoo’s Annual Fundraising Party

Giving back never tasted so good.

Eat Drink Give 2014 Logo


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Eat Drink Give, Volunteer Kalamazoo’s annual fundraising party, is happening on Friday, February 7th at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.


2014 marks the 9th year for our party, formerly known as Grape Expectations. The party brings out more than 350 guests to enjoy a unique and memorable evening of local food, drinks, music, fun and giving back. “This year’s party is going to be super fun,” says Carrie Vanderbush, executive director of Volunteer Kalamazoo. “Every year, we add something new to the event. It just keeps getting better and better. We are overwhelmed by the support from our friends and the community.” The money raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and donations made at the party itself go to support the great work of Volunteer Kalamazoo.


Volunteer Kalamazoo has been the center for volunteerism in Kalamazoo since 1965. Volunteer Kalamazoo links people who want to volunteer to the nonprofits that need them. They educate nonprofits on how to work effectively with volunteers. In addition, Volunteer Kalamazoo recognizes and promotes all the great work that volunteers do in the community.


Date: Friday, February 7, 2014 Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Location: Radisson Plaza Hotel, Arcadia Ballroom Tickets: $70 online or at the door (21+)


EAT | Bring your appetite, guests will not go home hungry. The following restaurantswill be serving up their tastiest culinary creations at Eat Drink Give. Participating restaurants include: Arcadia Ales, BOLD Restaurant & Catering, The Cheese Lady, Food Dance, Full City Café, Garden Gate Café, Gorilla Gourmet with The Victorian Bakery, Latitude 42, Martell’s, Old Dog Tavern, The Organic Gypsy, People’s Food Co-op, Pistachios Catering, Rustica, Salt of the Earth, Tiffany’s Wine & Spirit Shop, Water Street Coffee Joint Catering, Webster’s PRIME, Zazios, Zeb’s Trading Co. and Zooroona.


DRINK | Guests will find an impressive selection of beverages to sip and taste, including over fifty wines from the portfolio of Imperial Beverage and local wineries Tempo Vino Winery, Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery and Lawton Ridge Winery; sangria from The Sangria Shop in Portage; and beer from New Holland, Arcadia Ales and Latitude 42. In addition, New Holland Artisan Spirits has been working with local bartenders and mixologists to offer our guests a wide variety of Signature Cocktails, while Old Dog Tavern will be sharing the spotlight with their resident mixologist The Traveling Elixir Fixer.


GIVE | This is Volunteer Kalamazoo’s annual fundraising party. Major Sponsors for this year’s party are: Fifth Third Bank, Imperial Beverage, New Holland Artisan Spirits, Big Lyle’s Big Events and the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. Our Supporting Sponsors are Brink, Key & Chludzinski, Metro Toyota, MLive Media Group/Kalamazoo Gazette, Sanford Financial Services and Zhang Financial. A complete list of our sponsors is available on our website.


DANCE | Volunteer Kalamazoo hosts an official After Party called Eat Drink Dance. Join us as we dance the night away with Kevin “Professor Pop” King immediately following the main event starting at 10:00 pm. $15 cover includes: DJ, dancing, and cash bar. Pop City Popcorn, Gorilla Gourmet and The Victorian Bakery will be on hand serving up tasty treats for our guests. (21+) Proceeds benefit Volunteer Kalamazoo.


Volunteer Kalamazoo builds capacity for effective local volunteering, connects people with opportunities to volunteer and promotes volunteerism in our community.


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