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Way Up North Party in Stockholm.

Our minds are still in a whirlwind, and there's one reason for it. Way Up North in Stockholm. We're not even going to try and put in words all the wisdom, stories, laughs and knowledge that was shared by a group of incredible speakers from all over the world. That would probably require writing a book and not a short blog post.

There was one phrase that started to circulate around the event early on the first day, and soon became like a buzzword, a one word description of the whole event. Community. It felt like we all knew it before, but it never hit home as much as in Stockholm couple of days ago ( Whitney Chamberlin's closing presentation pretty much engraved it on everyone's mind ). There's so much more to this event than keynotes and sponsor stands. It's an amazing, likeminded group of people, who over time changed from being attendees to being friends.

AND ON THE 9TH OF OCTOBER ALL THOSE FRIENDS WORE YELLOW TO WOODEN BANANA / WAY UP NORTH CLOSING PARTY. 

Watch the video below to be blown away, and make sure you book the ticket to next Way Up North here. We'll be there again.

Music lifting the roof by Michael and Matthew from Flashdance DJs, images by the magician of photography Maciej Magic Suwalowski.

Sidenote.

It's the 2nd time Magic's been blowing us all away with his party photography skills, and in the spirit of community he decided to show the world how he does it. Details coming soon on our Instagram, so make sure you follow us here. 


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New Crystal USB

Isn't it a proud moment to see your family grow? This is how we feel about adding this little beauty to our memory stick range. It comes in two sizes - 8 and 16GB, can be engraved on both the and glass, and will add a sense of elegance to your branding. You can have it with most of our boxes, if the option is not there yet, just email us and we'll prepare a custom order for you.

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Let's talk about money - ( part one, our money ) 1

Let's talk about money - ( part one, our money )

This is a copy Wooden Banana newsletter that Mark, our founder, sends to all Wooden Banana family members. Want to to join the Family. Sing up at the bottom of this page. 

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If you’re reading this, there’s a great possibility that you’re a photographer ( or a videographer ). That means you work 20, 30 or maybe 40 days every year and make lots of money, right? Of course, not. Taking photos is only a small part of your job, and most of the time being a photographer means you don’t even touch your cameras.

It’s the same with packaging. I possess a set of DIY skills that pretty much limit me from being a “battery remote changer”, but let’s assume yours are better. You could go to the nearest DIY store, buy some timber, adhesive and make a box for a few bucks. You could also go to eBay or Alibaba and the price would probably be the same. So how come our boxes cost an average of £15-20 if you buy a bundle? It’s a two -way answer.

One: Here comes the bold statement. Our boxes are better! Yes, they are better. We don’t just put a few pieces of cheap pine wood together. We use high-quality alder wood to start with, then we dry it, cut it, glue it, polish it, brush it, stain it and store it for at least few weeks before the box is personalised. In short, we go bananas on quality and each box goes through at least six different highly skilled pairs of hands before it’s posted.

Two: Manufacturing is only a small part of what we do. If making boxes is what keeps us busy, being part of our community is what keeps us motivated. We comment on your images on Instagram to let you know we love your work and share it on our feed. We give away vouchers, cameras and our products in different contests. We have an in-house photographer who keeps taking photos of our products to keep you inspired. We go to events to meet you. We throw a party after every Way Up North that’s slowly becoming legendary (if you have never been to any of our parties, you’ve got to ask someone). We write newsletters like this one (even if it obvious we’re better at making boxes than writing newsletters ) and do different things to make everyone involved excited, including you.

 

Why am I telling you this? I’m telling you because open communication should be at the core of every relationship, and the purpose of this newsletter (and soon our blog and podcast) is to have a conversation.




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Wooden Banana Contest - win a brand new Sony Alpha a7iii

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This is real! We're giving away a brand new Sony Alpha a7ii to one of our lucky followers / clients and we want very little for it. All we need is an awesome photo of one of our products, and the author of the winning image will get the camera.
Here's exactly what you have to do.
1. Take a photo of one of our products ( if you don't currently have one you can order a sample here ).
2. Follow us on IG.
3. Post your image Instagram before the 20th of December and tag us ( @woodenbananastore ) in the photo.
4. Our team will pick up 5 favourite photos
5. The winner will be announced in the public vote on the 1st of January 2019.

If you have any question drop us an email.
Good Luck!

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