June 21st was the official first day of summer and with that came the promise of standard summertime activities: picnics, pool parties, bike rides, and weekend getaways. The summer months have also become synonymous with concert season in upstate New York.
For my friends and I, nothing screams summer more than the Dave Matthews Band. For the past several years we have all ventured to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a two-day set featuring our favorite band at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Along with the concert comes the whole experience: the road trip, the time spent with great people and, of course, the camping.
It’s always a struggle to fit everything into the car (and to make sure we aren’t forgetting anything crucial) but once we hit the road, it’s all smiles.
Every year we stay at Lee’s Park right on Saratoga Lake and enjoy little sleep, a lot bug spray, and very temperamental weather. But a little rain and a few mosquito bites never hurt anybody, right?
This year we had some fun with henna during the rain and the shine.
The concerts took place on the 3rd and 4th of July this year, making the holiday weekend more exciting and eventful for us. There were even more American flags and hot dogs at the campgrounds than usual, and I had the pleasure of seeing my friends decked out in red, white and blue.
And we can’t forget the entire reason we make this yearly four hour journey: the two amazing shows. Dave Matthews, once again, surpassed our expectations and put on a great concert at one of the best venues.
I’ve made some of my favorites memories from these summertime, music-filled excursions. However, as much fun as it is, every year my friends and I joke about the “post-SPAC depression” we experience following the concerts as we head back into our daily routines.
But why should the weekend memories have to fade once we settle back into work on Monday morning? This year, I decided to use the My Kodak Moments app to ensure that I could bring a little bit of the concert season fun back to the office with me.
When I arrived back to work I couldn’t wait to use the Kiosk to print out my pictures. I decided to make a few simple prints, but was really excited about the collage options. Millennials tend to get a bit “photo-happy,” and I’m no exception, so I had many different pictures from the holiday weekend. The available collage templates allowed me more freedom when picking photos, instead of having to be so selective when printing.
Even better than these collages, though, were the awesome photo books I created quickly and easily from the Kiosk. I was able to fit all of my favorite camping and concert images in different size photo books and bind them into keepsakes I adore.
Finally, I decided to explore the poster options on the Kiosk. For anyone that frequents at concerts, you know how expensive posters at the venue can be. If you’re looking to save some money, or make a more personal poster, Kodak Picture Kiosks provide a great alternative.
I got a bit sentimental when poster-making. I’m a firm believer that meaningful presents are the best gifts, so when I remembered that my best friend’s birthday was approaching, I decided to create a poster size collage for her so she could remember our amazing SPAC memories too. No surprise here—she loved it.
I’m so happy that I was able to capture the memories from the concert and bring them back to the office with me. These prints were a simple way to bring some sunshine into my cubicle and remember an amazing weekend with friends.