Husband-and-wife team Robert and Sonia combine two types of life experience to make a truly versatile photography company. Robert spent a decade photographing his travels around the world, including trips to Sweden, Chile, and Hawaii. Sonia, on the other hand, learned about lighting, styling, and posing during her years as a model for such companies as Gap, Reebok, and United Colors of Benetton.
Now, as the faces behind 29:11 Photography, the couple shoots portraits set in the studio or outside at various scenic locations. Flowering fields and graffiti-covered walls serve as backdrops for graduating seniors or expectant mothers. Newborn photo packages follow babies for their entire first year of growth, and wedding shoots follow the bride and groom on their special day, capturing everything from the “I do’s” to the traditional bride-and-cake dance.
Barbo Productions helps partygoers savor the good times long after the final song has ended. Much like a digital guest book, Barbo’s easy-to-operate video booth records personal messages from guests. Similarly, the company’s photo walls capture goofy grins and vacant stares by letting revelers pose freely in front of themed and decorative walls instead of squeezing into booths. Barbo Productions also offers wedding packages that cover ceremonies and receptions with high-definition broadcast cameras.
Photobooth Phun's booth creates pictorial evidence of celebration shenanigans while adding flair to any party. With this deal, you get complimentary setup and delivery, plus four hours of unlimited photos (a $945 value), as well as an on-site attendant to maintain the machinery and to tell Clark Kent to find another booth. The twin printouts come into this world in color or black and white, with various backgrounds and a box full of props (a $50 value) to add kitsch to the snapshots. The last slot of the four-framed picture can be customized to include a logo or picture commemorating the event (a $65 value), stamping every series with an engagement photo, company crest, or the best man's phone number.
ShutterBooth's touch-screen capsules print personalized party favors and capture live video. Savvy staff members manage booth setup prior to three-hour rentals, providing hosts with a far easier way of immortalizing the night than administering a crayon rubbing of each guest. Up to 15 partygoers can strike elaborate poses or make use of provided props at once, producing their choice of black-and-white, color, or sepia prints embellished with a custom design. The camera will also take video if asked nicely, allowing guests to record sweet messages or hone one-person reenactments of The Godfather. A booth attendant oversees the memory-catcher throughout the night, lest there's a photo-paper shortage or a coup d'état by novelty mustachioed glasses.
When they aren't snapping shots of their own romantic getaways, husband-and-wife photographers William and Schellie focus on documenting the ultimate display of affection: weddings. The duo photograph essential moments of weddings worldwide, from the bride and groom's preparation to their exchange of vows, mixing together both candid shots and poses. Cinematographer Steven Broome accompanies the pair to some ceremonies to capture video. William and Schellie also snap couples during the pop-the-question phase by offering customized engagement sessions.
Though the two only handle weddings, their photo booth fits any event with an open-sided space that accommodates more than 20 guests or one clown car at a time. Besides providing unlimited prints—each of which is ready within 12 seconds—the booth can transfer images to an online gallery and string all the images together as the backdrop for a music video.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Schedule at least 30 days in advance
Fun Flash Foto! Photobooths' tent-style booths encourage up to 10 friends and family members to squeeze together for fun photos. Each booth contains an 18-megapixel Canon Digital SLR camera and a 22-inch touchscreen, allowing guests to easily interact with the machine and check to see how they look.
After the booth fires off a round of flash-free photography—there's no need for light enhancement with the in-booth studio lighting—it spits out two individual photo strips within 10 seconds. Though the whole operation is automated, a friendly, professional attendant is on-hand to fix any issues that arise, to take care of setup and takedown, and to brush the prop mustaches.