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8 Technology Tips That Will Make You A Boss At Diner En Blanc

Hey Cuties,

Babe and I are still on this date night roll although the kids are back we are still having fun without them. First Marlon Wayans, then LOL Comedy Honors in New York, and now our annual date at Diner En Blanc.  We look forward to going every year and it never gets old.  DEB 2015 was our first time and we were just trying to figure it out. DEB 2016 I had our packing down to a science. Now we are going to talk tech requirements.
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At our Navy Yard meet up spot.

Tech Tip #1 Cell Phone: Bring your cell phone to capture the event and make sure it is charged all the way up before you leave home.

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Ushering us into our space on Pennsylvania Avenue

Tech Tip #2 Selfie Stick: I know they seem so five years ago, but they are still helpful. In this case, the selfie stick is helpful to capture the crowd shots. Hold it up in the air and snap your heart out.

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They had free face painting.

Tech Tip #3 Portable Battery Charger: You will take so many pictures and video that your battery may die quicker than usual. You can keep your picture taking, Snap Chat sharing and all of that going if you have a portable battery to charge your phone back up.

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The grub, Babe baked chicken breast and we paired it with a salad.

Tech Tip #4 The Money Shots: There are a lot of magical moments that will take place during the event. However, there are two in particular that are the absolute most magical. For that reason, you need to capture them. 1. The waving of the dinner napkins {Video Mark: 02:18} 2. The lighting of the sparklers.  {Video Mark: 02:41}

I told you it is magical.

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Painted up and ready to eat.

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Babe is ready to eat too.

Tech Tip #5 Take Video: Photos are great, but they don’t always fully capture the moment. Switch to video to capture the true essence of the event.

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You will run into old friends and make new friends. This is Babe’s BFF from Elementary school and his wife.

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Oh, she cute. My dress is from Target.

Tech Tip #6 The Location: Every year we are some place new. This year we took over Pennsylvania Avenue with the United States Capitol as our backdrop. We had to capture that in our pictures. In years past we’ve always been in the park. This year they shut the streets down for us.

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Babe and his handsome self.

Tech Tip #7 Camera Settings: Play around with your camera settings to capture your image best. The picture above was taken on my iPhone 7 Plus portrait setting. It is my absolute favorite setting to use.

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Light ’em up!

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Another year in the books.

Tech Tip #8 Back Drops:  Take advantage of the props they have and or the natural props. They make for great photo opportunities. This fountain was a beauty at night with the lights.  Us and everyone else was snapping it up.

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They had chalk for us to write on the street. We totally acted like kids and the street was covered.

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Do you have any tech tips to add? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Ty

    I love your pics. I am always curious about diner de blanc. Do you really have to bring all of your stuff, i.e. tables, chairs, etc? It looks like so much fun but also like a great deal of work.

  2. Dominique

    Oh wow! That’s so nice! I absolutely love DEB. I went to the Toronto version and it was stellar. Seeing all the fashionistas in white was incredible. Nordstrom brought in a huge white birdcage with a flower-adorned swing. Great for instagram! LOL! And they gave us sparklers and lanterns to light up for the big finale. AMAZING.

  3. Sheena Steward

    Those were awesome tips. A good portable charger is a life changer. I think switching to video at times also helps your audience connect with you more.

  4. LeShelle, host of MRTV

    I love all white parties!

  5. Kirstin Fuller

    You take the best pics! I love that you and Reau make this a date night every year. The food looked delicious and I LOVE that they have other activities. Your face paint was cute! Reau needs some kicks to match yours (wink wink).

  6. LaShawn

    One year, I’m going to get to Diner en Blanc! I know the one here in Atlanta is coming soon, i’m on the email list. Fingers crossed I get in this year!

  7. Kita

    I really need to get on the list for this in Atlanta. Looks like a lot of fun and I’ve heard great things. Never even thought of tech tips. I just want to get there. LOL.

  8. Monique Tillman

    There is such that goes on and DC. This is really cool. I have family there and I wonder if they went to this event. It seems awesome.

  9. Candy

    Had the privilege to attend one of these. Talk about fun. Your tips are spot on

  10. Sarah Bailey

    Oh wow what an amazing time it seems like you had on your dinner and how awesome are your photos, you’re right sometimes it is good to have tech with you to capture the moment.

  11. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I’ve never heard or seen anything like this before. It looks so awesome! I would love to get dressed up, and dine in the city like this.

  12. Marcie W.

    What a fun experience and I love the all white theme! I agree that capturing the perfect photos is definitely important. The shots with the capital in the background are my personal favs!

  13. vanessa palma

    I love the pics. I was always curious about this event and you certainly made me feel like I was there.

  14. Joanna

    I would love to attend one of these in Trinidad. The post I read made it seem so lit and it’ll be killing two birds with one stone since I already have family there. You look like you had a blast. Great tech tips!

  15. Ruth I.

    This looks like a great and fun event! Love all the tips and your photos too!

  16. Jaime Nicole

    It looks like you had such a good time! And I hear you on the tech tip – I don’t go anywhere these days without a portable charger!

  17. Liz Mays

    This is great advice for the event! It’s definitely going to be important to capture the best moments from the dinner!

  18. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy

    I love my portable battery charger. I’m bad about remembering to charge it up, but it always comes in handy when I have it.

  19. Brandy

    I have never heard of Dinner en Blanc before, but you shared such great photos and tech tips that will be perfect for anyone! Thanks for this, sharing with my friends!

  20. Tomi C

    I forgot all about the selfie stick. You’re right it’s a great way to capture the crowd shots. As far as add’l. tips, I can’t think of anything, you’ve pretty much covered it all.

  21. Debra Hawkins

    Wow! It looks absolutely beautiful! You are totally right about the portable charger! I don’t leave home without one!

  22. Annemarie LeBlanc

    This would be a great experience. Haven’t been to one but it sure looks like a lot of fun! I don’t leave home without a portable charger and/or a spare battery pack. Not with all the photo opportunities!

  23. Chubskulit Rose

    First off, I love the outfit you are wearing.I love that you took the video, we get to see what you experienced too.

  24. Victoria Heckstall

    I like your pic. It seems you enjoy a lot. I am really curious about diner en blanc.

  25. Nikka Shae

    I look forward to this event every year!! I love your pictures too! Now I need to get my outfit together!

  26. Tina Butler

    Your pictures are beautiful. I love a selfie stick most people don’t but it comes in handy in certain situations. I agree know your camera setting. Sadly I don’t know mine. I am always afraid of playing around with them and messing something up. I really need to sit down and go through my book along with my camera. I am horrible at night photos and yours are perfect.

  27. Terri Beavers

    Wow I love all of the white. This sounds like an interesting adventure. I’ve never had to bring all of my items before but I think I’d enjoy it. I just bought a new portable charger to help me get through this hurricane hopefully.

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