Worcester Photo Studios unveils a picture-snapping emporium to customers and photographers alike. Inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, a dozen shooting areas surround sessions in a wide range of settings, and mammoth bay doors grant access to larger-than-life props, such as cars, boats, and scale replicas of downtown Worcester. For shutterbugs lacking their own home base, the studio offers a membership program that includes use of its spaces; in the future, the studio plans to install a classroom, salon-style stations, and a kitchen set, complete with fully functioning appliances and a fully functioning Emeril Lagasse.
Image-making expert Suzanne is a wife and mother, so she understands the fast pace and busy schedules most families keep. With her photography, she strives to capture the special moments that might otherwise be missed in the rush of daily life, keeping portrait sessions fun and natural, like organic carrots on roller skates. Use today's Groupon to capture the curiosity of a toddler before she's all of a sudden an accountant, or preserve the confidence of a high school senior before he begins a brand new social climb in college.
Supplying Western Massachusetts and Connecticut with floaty fortresses for more than a decade, K.E.C. Party Rentals stocks the area with inflatable castles, water slides, carnival games, and obstacle courses. Bouncers come in an inflatable rainbow of sizes, hues, and themes ($149.99–$349.99), with customizable motifs from favorite children's movies as well as combination bouncer-slides that allow kids to take gravity into their own tiny hands. Other air-filled arenas include the prismatic 40-foot Adrenaline Obstacle Course ($299.99 for up to six hours), and both dry and wet slides ($329.99–$499.99). K.E.C. also keeps easily bored partygoers from staging goodie bag riots with interactive carnival games such as Bingo Toss ($39.99), Giant Jenga ($49.99), and a Lucky Duck pond ($75).
Marx Entertainment founder Mark Ashe helped transform the role of the disc jockey in party culture since performing at a nightclub in 1979. For the past 30 years, Ashe built out the Marx group with a cadre of award-winning DJs, camera operators, and casino dealers that can upgrade any mere shindig into an extravaganza. Weddings, corporate parties, mitzvahs, and school events all harness Marx production services to make soirees more exhilarating than a game of Pin the Laser Tail on the Ice Sculpture.
If BTTR Booths photo booths were people, they'd be a considerate bunch. Each booth greets guests with a friendly welcome screen and displays a countdown before each shot, allowing patrons time to pin up the corners of their mouths. But of course, the booths aren't people—they're highly portable machines outfitted with big screens, high-resolution cameras, and speedy printers that churn out up to six copies of each photo strip. Before stepping inside its confines, partygoers can accessorize with more than 350 props and consult with the booth attendant, who fixes any glitches and dons a tux for formal occasions.