Though portrait and fashion photographer Zack DeZon specializes in personalized photo booths, the word booth is a misnomer. Built around a professional still camera and studio-style lighting, his open and visible sets seamlessly blend photo-booth and studio experiences. For each party or event, Zack collaborates with patrons on every aspect of their booth, including color, camera angle, props, and set dressing. Seamless white paper and high-contrast lighting make up his simplest sets, and customizable designs incorporate themes that range from film noir to hall of mirrors, which requires infinite photo booths. He can set up his mobile parties in nearly any location, and he mans the sets throughout each event to field questions and ensure everything runs smoothly.
The WL2P in WL2P Entertainment stands for "We Like To Party," but the team also likes other things—such as laser shows, speaking foreign languages, and doling out wigs. The party experts specialize in festive light shows, which can feature lasers or "intelligent lighting" that shifts to suit each song's mood. The team's emcees, meanwhile, are all multilingual, chatting fluently in English, Italian, and Spanish; in a similarly multicultural vein, their DJ has spent more than 15 years spinning tracks ranging from Top 40 numbers to Greek tunes and Latin hits. Clients can even add a live element to the entertainment by including a professional percussionist, saxophonist, or singer. Their touch-screen photo booths come with an attendant to troubleshoot, as well as wacky wigs that help subjects legally add "Hair Color: Pink" to their driver's licenses.
CandidShots4u makes any gathering an event with photo booths and professional DJs. At birthdays, backyard gatherings, and reunions, multiple guests clamber into their photo booths, adorn themselves with humorous props, and snap off moments that print out onto 2”x6” photo strips. As partygoers bask in the limelight, DJs spin tunes nonstop for those in dancing shoes and accompany the sounds with a small light show.
Husband-wife duo Mark and Marina Frost know what it's like. They saw each other from the opposite ends of a crowded room. They felt a pull toward one another. They knew. Since then, they've been committed not only to one another, but to helping other couples document their own stories through gorgeous wedding and engagement photography. Their expertly lit and strikingly composed shots capture moments big and little: a boutonniere waiting to be pinned on a lapel, the laughter of giddy bridesmaids, newlyweds clasping hands on the dance floor.
Their excitement for each couple and attention to the little things has earned them accolades such as The Knot's Best of Weddings award and Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice award, each for three years running. In addition to wedding-related photography, they also have a photo-booth-rental service for couples who want to remember what their guests looked like 50 years later, when they'll be uploaded to flying cars—the license of which will still only be earned after a four-hour wait at the DMV.
Through photos, videos, and the in-between—short videos turned into photo flipbooks—Kapture provides a fun way preserve memories of weddings, birthdays, dances, trade shows, and other events. Photo-booth sessions are updated from dusty machines in malls to a party's star attraction, where guests can pose—egged on by an interactive video of an outrageous photographer in SuperBooth sessions—and take home custom photo strips as souvenirs. The focus on modern technology is apparent in Instabooth sessions, where Kapture sets up an Instagram hashtag for easy social-media sharing, perfect for photos of friends or carefully filtered snapshots of food. For a more traditional way to remember special days, unobtrusive videographers and photographers are available.
When Fenix Color's photographers approach a subject—be it families, fashion models, or weddings—they eschew meticulously posed shots for more candid moments. Inside their 2,500-square-foot studio, and on-location worldwide, they seek out the small details, from kids reaching for their parents' hands to couples sharing their first dance as newlyweds. After each session, the photographers assemble all their images into an online gallery so clients can choose their favorites to preserve as prints on glossy or matte paper. The same attention to detail characterizes the work of Fenix Color's event planners, who do everything from reviewing vendor contracts to coordinating brunches for the day after your soiree.