Face-in-hole technique: getting it right

As you know, we make boards with holes cut out so people can put their faces through them. This creates an illusion in which they magically become a character in a funny scene. What we have found over our many years in this business is that the photo results can vary depending on how you put your face in the hole. But, you may ask, why should this be? Is there a special technique? Putting your face in a hole isn’t hard, is it?

Well, no. But there are various factors to consider in trying to get the best overall effect. To illustrate these, let’s look at a few face-in-hole photos that didn’t quite work out, and think about why this might be.

  1. face in hole board techniqueOkay, the clue is in the name. Face-in-hole board. You put your face in the hole. In this case somebody has gone AWOL. Nul points.
    face in hole board face technique not quite right
  2. This is progress. The face in the right is in the hole, but it isn’t in the hole. You can see a lot of daylight around it and the angle is wrong. A kneeling position would have worked better here. Sometimes what goes on behind the board can be as funny as what goes on at the front!

face in hole board hole too big

3. This is not his fault. He’s doing it right, with his chin resting in the bottom of the hole. But the hole is much, much too big (we didn’t make that one). What kind of face would you need to have to fit in that? I mean he’s got his hands in there as well! Does that look like he’s a pirate? No, it looks like a child’s little head in a massive hole where an unfeasibly massive pirate’s face should be.

We try to cut our face holes just right, with smaller face holes if appropriate, and at a suitable height for children.

4. This one isn’t bad at all, but look at the fellow top left. That’s one of the challenges of putting your face in a hole: knowing which way to face. A quick look at the front of the board would have helped here!

Now let’s look at a few good ones to see how it goes when it’s done well.

awesome technique for face in the hole1. Okay, the beard helps and the hair colour happens to be the same, but he has managed to a)  face the right way and b) get his face well into the hole to stop any daylight getting through.  This is face-in-hole technique perfection. Well done that man!

Vintage face in the hole board

2. Here’s a vintage one. Is the hair theirs, or have they just positioned their faces perfectly? Answers on a postcard.

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3. Which of these has the better face in hole technique? The lady on the left, of course! She has her chin in there and her face is poking right through. That will look a lot better from the front than the chappie’s effort, which is sort of a half-hearted crouch. Bend your knees and get your chin in there, man!

head in hole board technique

4. These two are doing their best with what they’ve got. On the left, it’s a perfect face -in-hole with no light leakage, the whole face is in there and the illusion works. On the right, the hole is a bit small for him, but he’s at least got as much of his face in there as he can.

Gross out face in hole board

5. Technique here is mostly good, but people come in different shapes and sizes so the perfect face in hole photo is an elusive thing. And we’re sorry about the board. We hope you get over it quickly.

For all your face in hole board needs, email office@connectedshopping.com or call 08450 570321.

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Schools love photo cutout boards!

Remember your school open days? Were they fun? Did they bring the school together? More importantly, did both pupils and teachers – and even the head! – get properly involved and have some fun? What can schools do to make sure their open days are memorable?

A brilliant way of creating a sense of unity at school events is to have a face in hole board with a fun, relevant theme and the school logo, social media addresses and hashtags on it. Here’s an example we’ve just done for a new independent school in Surrey, which they have told us was a ‘huge success.’

Schools face in the hole boards
The children must have loved seeing their teachers-to-be showing their fun side. As they say in their comment here, ‘even the senior management team got involved.’

Here are some of the prospective pupils enjoying the board on Banstead Prep‘s Open Day. Schools love photo cutout boards!

Images reproduced with kind permission from Banstead Prep School.

Head in the hole boards for school open days

The board has turned out to be a great marketing tool for the new school, helping to promote it on social media and create a sense of belonging and togetherness.

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Wet sponge throwing at people with their faces through the board is guaranteed fun . It needs to be well organised though.

One popular idea – among pupils at least – for established schools is to have a wet sponge session. Because our boards are made of waterproof foamex PVC and printed on acrylic, wet sponges will not cause them any damage. Sometimes even teachers will allow themselves to be wet sponged with their face in the hole!

Everybody has smartphones these days, which means photos of the board will get shared on social media and photo sharing sites like Instagram. The school can post them to their own social media profiles as well, as Banstead Prep have done. What better advert for a school than to share pictures of teachers and pupils having fun?

With Summer fast approaching, it’s time to consider a photo cutout board for your school. It’s a great promotional tool that will create lasting photo memories – and can be used year upon year.

To find out more about our custom photo cutout boards, please visit http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/create-custom-photo-cut-out-boards.htm, email office@connectedshopping.com or call us on 08450 570321.

 

Businesses go photo cutout crazy!

This Spring we have had more orders for photo cutout boards than ever before! Businesses, charities, sports teams and organisations are adding our face in hole boards to their marketing and fundraising activities because of the fun they bring, the photo opportunities, the social media sharing … in short, the buzz. Here are a few examples of the work we’ve done in the last several weeks as the nation’s businesses go photo board crazy!

Autoglass

After a successful board last year, Autoglass asked us to make them another one for the Fleet News Awards at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. With a racing theme timed to coincide with the Grand National, this is the design we settled on with them.

photo cutout board for businesses

Royal Veterinary College

The RVC commissioned a board from us for their 2017 Open Day. It encouraged prospective students to ‘step into’ the role of vet, helping them to imagine themselves in the job.

head in the hole board for marketing businesses

And here is the board in action on the RVC’s Twitter feed.

Photo cutout board for open days

Seabrook Crisps

A good example of a hashtag promotion. Seabrook Crisps run a #seabrookselfie campaign and chose us to supply face in hole boards to promote it.

Selfie head in the hole board for marketing

And here it is in use on their social media.

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British Psychological Society

The BPS went for a seaside theme for their annual conference in Brighton. Here we’ve taken one of our stock boards (Doris and Dick) and added some branding. That’s a simple way to create a custom branded board.

Doris and Dick traditional seaside face in hole board

 

Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training

Step into the shoes of dancers with a board used to promote this performing arts school at the Brighton Fringe.

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Here it is in use at the festival.

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So that’s just a handful of the boards we’ve made this month for businesses and organisations. There are plenty more under wraps until after the event has happened.

To promote your business or organisation with photo cutout boards, find out more today by calling 08450 570321 or emailing office@connectedshopping.com 

 

Plan Bee create a buzz with a photo cutout board

Bees need all the help they can get at the moment. And if we help them we are helping ourselves. As essential pollinators, their decline in numbers is a threat to whole ecosystems. And that’s not to even mention the delicious honey they make.

Plan Bee Ltd. are a company who offer beehive adoption, management and educational services. They are an ethical, sustainable eco-innovation business who help organisations to enhance their green credentials. Their customers include Highland Spring and construction giant Balfour Beatty.

Plan Bee offers companies a way of growing their Corporate Sustainability profile by establishing and managing honeybee hives at their chosen location. Hives can also be situated at golf courses, grouse-shooting estates, hotels, farms and in urban environments. They also run community projects and offer hive adoption for individuals.

They asked us to make a promotional photo cutout board featuring their logo and hashtag. It was used at a ‘Go Wild in the Spring’ event an the National Museum of Rural Life Scotland, where Plan Bee’s byproducts were tasted, including lots of that lovely honey.

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This is the Plan Bee board before the face holes were cut out

The artwork was supplied by Shirley Lochhead of Tea And Type. Here’s her page about the artwork. We love it because it projects Plan Bee’s ethos of constructing and building to bolster bee populations in the countryside.

Promotional face in hole boards are a tried and tested way to attract attention at public events. That’s because people love to interact with them by sticking their faces through the holes and having their photos taken. The photos tend to get shared on social media, too, and if the organisation’s web address, phone number or hashtag is prominently displayed on the board, then photo sharing offers more free publicity!

Our bespoke promotional face in hole boards create a focus for people to interact with staff and have a bit of fun. Why not order one for your organisation?

Find out more about Plan Bee Ltd. at www.planbeeltd.com/

To ask us about a photo cutout board for your organisation, call Shelley on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Our Geffrye Museum face in hole board is a bit special

This week’s Board of the Week is one we made for the Geffrye Museum of the Home.

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An 1830s drawing room

If you’ve never visited the Geffrye Museum of the Home in London’s Shoreditch, you really should. It explores home and home life in England from 1600 to the present day.  Just the building is wonderful enough. It’s a Grade I-listed 18th -century almshouses that was built in 1714 from a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye, a former Lord Mayor of London and master of the Ironmongers’ Company. It’s beautiful. Just look at those proportions.

Geffrye Museum, building, beautiful

Inside, displays of middle-class London living rooms and gardens show how tastes, styles, society and behaviour have changed over the centuries. One of the museum’s most popular regular fixtures is the Christmas Past exhibition, with eleven different period rooms decorated authentically for the season. How times change!

Geffrye
A 1695 parlour

The almshouses have been restored to their original condition and give a glimpse into the lives of the poor and the elderly in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

The Geffrye Museum is currently raising funds for its £18m ‘Unlocking the Geffrye’ project, which will open up the Geffrye for all visitors and the local community by developing existing buildings, creating new spaces and preserving the museum for future generations. It aims to provide improved access, new galleries and more collections on display at any one time.

Here’s a face in hole board we’ve made for the Geffrye Museum which they have been using in their fundraising efforts. It is a cartoon depicting a Dandy and a lady with some pretty spectacular headgear.

And here it is in use by the museum on their Twitter account.

Dandy, Geffrye

We’re pleased to have helped yet another fine institution with a photo board for attracting attention!

How would you use a photo cutout board to promote your business or raise funds? What would it look like? What messages would be on it? To discuss your ideas with us, call 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com today!

Custom photo cutout board helps Atlantic rowing charity effort

When Dan Baker, Steve Baker, Mark Gibson and John Lakin needed a photo cutout board to promote their charitable cause, they came to PhotoCutouts. Who are they? Four lads from Bristol who are preparing to row across a little pond called the Atlantic Ocean. Why are they doing it? For Movember and men’s health, and for the adventure.

Nuts Over the Atlantic is a team of four friends and adventurers who are entering the 2017-18 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an event dubbed the world’s toughest row. To promote their effort and to raise a target £100,000 for Movember, they have embarked on a nationwide tour called NutsGoRow. It kicked off on the 24th of February and will conclude in London in November. We are thrilled to have made this  PhotoCutouts face in hole board to help promote the tour:

Charity fundraising face in hole boards

At the first event in Bristol (a mere 36-hour non-stop row on rowing machines – they’re just warming up really), the face in hole board was there to help promote their cause, spread their hashtags and generally raise awareness of their campaign.

NutsGoRow Bristol 36hr row finish

Posted by By The Hundred on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Since then it’s featured on BBC TV and generated lots of social media exposure for the team. And that’s just the first event in the NutsGoRow tour – there are still 9 to go!

Here’s a video about a past race.

The 2016-17 race is still going on! On this live race tracker, at the time of writing there is still a solo rower closing in on the finish line with ‘only’ 210 nautical miles to go out of the total 3,000.

Race rules: https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-challenge/race-route-and-rules/

PhotoCutouts are proud to be helping to promote yet another charity event. As it says on the board, NutsGoRow’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/bythehundred/, their Twitter handle is @ByTheHundred, their website is ByTheHundred.com, their G+ is ByTheHundred, and their YouTube channel is this, and their Instagram is #ByTheHundred.

They are doing a great job of promoting their campaign via social media, and we’re proud to be helping them.

Go boys!

Easter face in hole boards – everybunny loves them!

We are very egg-cited about the Easter season this year because of all the Easter parties people will be having. Our Easter face in hole board is great for creating memorable photos. Your guests can be the fluffy Easter Bunny or a hot cross bun, surrounded by a colourful seasonal scene with chicks, a church and eggs on a tree for the egg hunt. Don’t have egg on your face when your Easter party turns out to be a bore! Hire or buy this board to really bring your party to life!

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Bunny and Bun make Easter fun!

It is also available as a roll-up banner with a stand that can be set to different heights. So if most guests are young and not very tall, they can get in on the action without having to stand on anything.

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Another way to use our Easter board is as a roll-out banner

We of course also make custom face in hole boards by demand. Call us with an idea or send us a photo or design sketch and our professional designers will mock up a bespoke board for you. We’ll work with you until it is to your liking, then print it in high resolution onto waterproof foamex board or a roll-up banner. Any image that is meaningful to you can be made into a high quality, durable photo cutout board that you can keep and bring out every Easter!

Here’s a little video about the process of making a bespoke photo cutout board, from initial customer enquiry to a finished and shipped board.

So go for it. Easter is an important seasonal festival and we should be celebrating it in style. Make your Easter party guests happy bunnies with a face in hole board – they’re 24 carrot gold!

Call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Wedding planning for 2017? Put yourself in the picture!

2017 is now getting into its stride as we head into wedding fair season. If you are planning a wedding for this year, now is the time to head to your nearest wedding fair for wedding planning inspiration. When it comes to the vital question of photography, have you considered adding an extra element of fun to it for couple and guests alike? Maybe a little more than the usual or predictable?

We have the answer. Wedding photo cutouts are about as much fun as it’s possible to have (in public!) with a camera. Photocutouts.co.uk will be at quite a few wedding fairs in the first quarter of 2017, but we can’t attend them all, so here is a taste of the fun that face in hole boards can bring to your wedding.

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Nobody can resist them. Long after the bride and groom have posed for their memorable photos, guests will be trying it themselves. We make a range of traditional wedding-themes face in the hole boards to hire or buy, such as Shotgun Wedding, Ball and Chain, Over The Theshold, Father Of The Bride and Bouquet Bundle. See the whole range here.

face in the hole board for wedding planning

Off-the-peg or custom made

All out photo cutout boards are made in-house by our team of skilled designers and carpenters. We specialise in making bespoke face in the hole boards as well as the regular range, and we love creating individualised, one-off custom boards. You can give us an idea for a design or just tell us about the bride and groom or send us photos of them, and we’ll do a draft design for you. We work with you until you are absolutely happy with it, then print the design in full-colour high resolution onto weatherproof, durable, lightweight foamex PVC board and ship it out to you in good time for the big day.

A custom board can be personalised in any way you want to make it unique and memorable. Here’s a little video about how we make them.

So if you are doing your wedding planning, we hope to see you at a wedding fair near you soon. If we don’t run into you, give us a call on 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com to ask about an off-the-peg or custom photo cutout board or two to create great photo memories of your wedding.

2016 retrospective – our best boards

Our photo cutout boards were all the rage in 2016 and orders are already pouring in for 2017. For each month of 2016 we’ve picked our favourite photo board hire for this retrospective look at a bumper year.

January

Le Boat boating company – a bespoke board design for an exhibition they attended.

Photo cutouts retrospective

February

A custom board for Autoglass which they used for an industry exhibition in London. We even made up a jingle for this one:

Autoglass repair

Autoglass replace

They love our photo cutout boards

Through which to stick your face!

No Nobel Prize for literature, then, but it’s a lovely board and Autoglass were very pleased with it. One of our favourites in this 2016 retrospective.

Face in hole board for autoglass - 2016 retrospective

March

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association bought this board from us for their Spring Fling at the Norfolk Show. Here you can see it being shared in Twitter.

Face in hole board for Norfolk Show

April

We really enjoyed making this board for the River Dart Country Park. As you can see, they chose to use a hashtag on the board and also included their web address for photo sharing on social media. face in hole boards from photocutouts.co.uk

May

May saw us create a very successful board for Charity The Dogs Trust, which we featured in a blog post about using hashtags on your photo cutout board.

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June

Travel agent Thomas Cook used a photocutouts.co.uk seaside photo cutout board for a Summer travel campaign.

2016 retrospective seaside photo cutout board

July

The Week Junior Magazine bought a board from us for a promotion. Here it is in use at the event, with a very serious-looking Queen.

The Week Junior Magazine face in hole board

August

We loved this one, and so did the public. Black Cat Fireworks (Standard Fireworks) worked with us to design 2 bespoke boards for use in the run-up to Bonfire Night. Here they are in all their glory, being used by the public and driving forward Standard Fireworks’ seasonal marketing campaign.

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September

The German Embassy in London ordered two large boards to celebrate their football prowess: the World Cup and Olympic gold. Here they are just after we completed them.

German Embassy football olympics world cup face in hole boards

October

Another board for the Dogs Trust, with a snowy Christmas background and some cold weather features added.

Dogs Trust face in hole board 2016 retrospective

November

The National Trust got festive with a photo cutout board from us for their Christmas publicity campaign.

National trust face in hole photo board 2016 retrospective

December

Internetmatters.org is a not-for-profit organisation backed by leading internet providers BT, Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk that provides advice on e-safety issues.

They commissioned two boards from us for their #ChristmasSharing campaign aimed at keeping kids safe online. We blogged about it here. Here they are in use at TalkTalk’s offices and being shared on Twitter to spread the word about the campaign.

Internet safety face in hole boards from photocutouts.co.uk im-3

So that was our retrospective of some of the highlights of 2016. Are you planning an event, wedding or fundraiser in 2017? Do you think a face in hole board would work for you?

To find out more about our boards, call 08450 570321 and ask for Shelley or email office@connectedshopping.com.

Using a photo board to support a cause

Some lucky kids will be getting smartphones and tablets for Christmas. It’s essential to teach young people to be safe online, so they can enjoy their childhoods and also to help them build an online identity that does not come back to bite them when they are older. We are proud to be supporting a cause that promotes internet safety for young people.

Internetmatters,org is a not-for-profit organisation backed by leading internet providers BT, Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk that provides advice on e-safety issues.

They are running a Christmas campaign to help children stay safe when they are sharing Christmas messages on social media. As part of the campaign they commissioned two photo cutout boards from us bearing the campaign hashtag #ChristmasSharing.

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One of the boards in use at a campaign event at TalkTalk

The Santa & Elf and Snowman & Gingerbread boards were a hit because few people can resist the urge to put their faces in the holes and have their friends take and share photos.

A good cause: Christmas internet safety campaign
When a photo gets shared, the hashtag gets shared too.

The boards prominently display the hashtag and the web address of the organisation, which raises awareness of the campaign. For example, you have seen it now, so you are aware of the campaign. That’s how internet sharing works!

These boards have really created a buzz, and now more parents know where to go for advice on how to keep their children safe online.

Kids can be hurt by seeing inappropriate content, posting embarrassing selfies on photo sharing sites, cyberbullying, grooming, gaming with strangers and sharing too much personal information online. The digital world is a jungle, and nobody should let their kids enter it without the best possible advice on staying safe. We are proud to have contributed to internetmatters.org’s campaign.

Photo cutout boards are proven to be effective for promoting a cause or charity campaign. To order one or more for your campaign, call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com.

See more at our custom photo cutout boards page at http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/create-custom-photo-cut-out-boards.htm