Stealing Photos – When is it ever going to stop?

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Over the years we have invested a substantial amount of money to build a professional grade photo studio. You might ask why a linen company would do that. The answer is actually quite simple, to get quality, color correct images of our products. We do this so our clients across the country can see true colors, textures and designs of our products. To track our photos, we have invested in Digimarc technology to digitally watermark all of our images.

Fabulous Events Digimarc Sample

Unfortunately, this does not stop people from stealing our images. What do they do with them? They use them on their website to advertise products that they don’t even take the time to photograph. Now I understand that our images are all over websites like Pinterest, but those show where they came from. But to blatantly steal photos that potentially give you financial gain is not only wrong, it is illegal. If you are unclear on why, click here for US Copyright laws.

Fabulous Events Digimarc Example

The irony is they all say the same thing when we call them out on it. “We had a web designer create the site and THEY must have taken the pictures”. We also get “We just told the web designer what the names of the items were and again, THEY took your pictures”. Well, that may be plausible, but not probable. I tend to point out that the product name is usually different from what we call it. So, if I told you that we had a product called “ORANGE” and you found a picture and used it, but you called it “APPLE”. That does not make it legal. Stealing is stealing. They also say “I DON’T SEE ANY WATERMARK”. Yes, that is because it is digital.

Think about this:

  • Why would a company not even care to consider where the images came from? Because they are taking the easy way out.
  • Did they think they magically appeared from the sky? Yup!
  • Here they have great photos that help to sell a product and to representing their company, but they have no idea where the images came from? They know what they are doing.
  • Do they consider the work that goes in to taking these pictures? Nope!
  • Did they think they were free? Yup!
  • Why would any company think they could get things like that for free? Many think that anything on the internet must be free for all. Wrong! 

Now, many people say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Yes, many times this is true. We know why they take our images, because they look great. How about this? Pay for the rights to use our images. Think about that!

Now, I strongly debated listing the names of the offending companies, but I will not. At least not right now. Let’s see if they remove them as promised.

A look back at 2015

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For the past week I have been thinking about 2015 and the year as a whole. All in all, it was a great year. We had our standard road blocks and hurdles to deal with, but we toppled them and moved on.
We surpassed the 2 year mark on our Event Rental Gallery in West Bloomfield, Michigan. It took a lot for me to leave that location in the hands of an employee, but I did it. We hired Kim Steele, aka Happy Day, to run the location. Kim came to us with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Kim brings a great vibe to the location and clients love her. I do work there a day here or there, but I am now focused on other aspects of the business.

In September, I traveled to New York to begin exploration on a new location. I found what I think is going to be an awesome location. As I am typing this, I am also thinking about the fact that the office opens tomorrow! Yes, January 6th will be a new day in New York. Nervous? Yes! I have a great sales rep in the city and I know she will help bring us to the next level with customer service. The location in the Dumbo Heights district of Brooklyn. The views of the city are incredible to say the least. I believe that our amazing customer service and the impeccable quality of our products will win over the clientele. No more reasons to deal with companies that act like you are bothering them. Dumbo Heights Office View
We have built many great relationships this past year as well as building on our current client base. I had a chance to visit many of our clients this past year and every visit was amazing. I saw some amazing facilities and staff, and hope to visit even more locations this year. I truly love what I do and working with our customers. Without these awesome customers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. So a huge thanks to all of our great clients.
We have more than doubled our staffing over the past year. Most of them have been great, a few not so good, but they are not with us anymore. So a big shout out to our Fabulous Staff, thank you!

With the opening of our New York location, we will be introducing a handful of new product lines. These will be sure to peak the interest of clients who want something new and not seen all over the place. So check back often to see what we are releasing. If you are not on our mailing you, you need to be. This way you can get the latest news and promotions that go on throughout the year.

Another large undertaking this past year is our brand new website. We have been working on it for the past 8 months and hope that once it is fully operational, you will love it. It will have a bunch of new features and it will be 100% mobile friendly.

Honestly, I could type on and on, but it may turn into repetition. I just thank all of you for helping to make Fabulous Events one of the nations finest in Chair Cover and Linen rentals. I know that 2016 will be an even better year for Fabulous Events.

Sincerely,

Lyle Brous
President/CEO
Fabulous Events, Inc.

MarioMax Salon Holiday Party

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Last week we had the opportunity to transform the Oakland County Boat Club from its dated clubhouse look to a club like atmosphere. The boat club located on Sylvan Lake has history dating back to 1917. With great views of the lake, it is hard not to love. The only downside is the age of the building.

We were tasked with turning this lump of coal into a diamond. When meeting with the owner of the salon, i expressed my concerns with the room. My final thought was, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig”. Apparently I spoke my thoughts and in turn was assured if anyone could do it, I could.

Working with a limited budget, I went to work transforming the room. I knew that the club was a great place to hang out and had amazing drink prices. But I also knew the cons associated with a building that is almost 100 years old. I also knew that the salon owner who was also a member, wanted to bring the business to the club.

The day of the party came and my staff arrived to make the transformation. We started out by wrapping the entire room with black drape floor to ceiling. We also wrapped the columns in the center of the room. Once we completed that, we brought in a bunch of cocktail tables low and high. We covered all the tables with black matte satin tables linens. The chairs were covered in black spandex. You may be wondering why everything is black, we wanted to change it up completely. We then brought in a couple dozen LED uplights to illuminate the room. Last, we topped off all the tables with candles. Once we finished the room, we stepped back and looked at the transformation. It was amazing to say the least. The club manager as well as several board members came up and could not believe that this was the same room.

Once the party started, I stepped back and watched the guests as they trickled in. Many had never been to the club, so they did not know what we started with. Others who were familiar with the club were amazed. The best part of the night was seeing the smile on the client’s face. I was so happy to be part of this event. We hope we have a chance to do more events at the boat club in the future.

Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah Celebration

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This year we kicked off the Bar/Bat Mitzvah season on August 29th. We were so fortunate to be part of Ethan’s big day. When I say big day, I mean BIG DAY! The party was held at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I love working with Lauren Jackson from Leave it to Lauren as she did an incredible job pulling all of this together. Working with Lauren and the client to make a vision come true is always awesome. The décor was provided by Debbie LeClaire from Dimensional Designs. Debbie is the rock star of décor. The DJ/MC’s were from Star Trax and as always, kept the dance floor packed full of fun. Our team at Fabulous Events brought in all the pipe and drape, table linens, chiavari chairs and napkins. Once again, Justin Munter took some amazing photos of the event and we thank him for sharing with us.

We started out draping the entire the entire room with over 450′ linear feet of our white spandex panels. In addition to that, we put of horizontal drape for the bar back as well as the backdrop for the DJ. We brought in our clear chiavari chairs for the adult tables and silver chiavari chairs for the kids tables. Lauren even brought in some black lacquer tables and we used our silver glamour linens on the balance of the tables. VTI put flat screens all around the room to allow everyone to see the video. All in all, this event was super fun to be part of.

Here are the Facebook links to the great partners who pulled this event together:

Event Planner – Lauren Jackson – Leave it to Lauren

Linens, Chiavari Chairs, Pipe and Drape – Fabulous Events

Décor – Debbie LeClaire

MC/DJ – Star Trax Productions

Event Venue – Knollwood Country Club

Videographer – VTI Productions

Photographer – Justin Munter Photography

Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah Celebration

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Last month we had the opportunity to work with the Chaika family for their Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. The event was held at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township, Michigan. This event was just amazing from every aspect. The event planner was Lauren Jackson from Leave it to Lauren and she did an incredible job pulling all of this together. The décor was provided by Debbie LeClaire from Dimensional Designs. Debbie never ceases to amaze me with her lavish décor. The DJ/MC’s were from Star Trax and as always, kept the dance floor packed full of fun. Our team at Fabulous Events brought in all the LED uplights as well as the pipe and drape, table linens, chair covers and napkins. We are truly grateful to Collective Image Photography for providing us the awesome photos from the event.

Rachel was called to The Torah on June 13th as a Bat Mitzvah. What a special time in ones life, and again, we are thankful for being part of it. We started out draping the entire 240′ of wall space in the room with our white spandex panels. We added 40 LED lights to the room to bring in all the colors to match the linens. We covered the hi tops with white spandex and lit them up from underneath. The colors in the room were breathtaking when you entered the room. Debbie brought in oodles of fun décor to bring this swim party themed event to life. After the meal, it was up to Star Trax to bring it on, and did they!  The entire night was perfect from beginning to end.

Here are links to the great partners who pulled this event together:

Event Planner – Lauren Jackson – Leave it to Lauren

Linens, Chair Covers, Pipe and Drape, Lighting – Fabulous Events

Décor – Debbie LeClaire

MC/DJ – Star Trax Productions

Event Venue – Edgewood Country Club

Photographer – Collective Image Photography

 

 

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