At age 10, it was choreographed dance moves, Miami Vice–inspired suits, and mixtapes. During his teenage years, it was stints on MTV's The Grind and appearances in music videos and national commercials. Nelson Cruz has always had a knack for bringing the party with him, a talent that he parlayed into a gig as a master of ceremonies and event planner for one of New York’s exclusive entertainment agencies. Now in business for himself, Nelson brings his considerable experience and Rolodex full of party contacts spanning Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island to bear on all of life’s special occasions. Whether supplying photo booths for a rock 'n' roll themed wedding, or carving an ice sculpture in the shape of Honus Wagner, Cruz and his crew outfit bashes with theme-appropriate appropriate entertainment and the latest lighting and sound equipment. Cruz collaborates closely with hosts, listening to all their pre-party needs before dispatching seasoned DJs, photographers, and party motivators—most of whom moonlight as actors and dancers—to keep dance floors filled with moving feet and happy faces.
Founded by Jovan Tanasijevic and Emilie Pickering, Lovely Valentine brings an artist's approach and eye for detail to all its photography, videography, and graphic-design services. Its staffers shoot everything from dance recitals to weddings, as well as family portraits and milestones such as bar mitzvahs and graduations. To enliven any private or corporate shindig, Lovely Valentine also offers photo-booth rentals.
Harrison Photo Booth Company combines the artistic eye of a photographer with the picture-developing power of a photo lab in its party-ready photo booths. Sized to hold up to 10 revelers, the booths click off four pictures per session before developing them into strip-style pictures and storing digital backups for later perusal. Before hopping in for their close-ups, revelers can also adorn themselves in playful provided props, which can be used to elicit laughs or impersonate more photogenic siblings. The booths are available for special events including weddings, fundraisers, and company picnics, and customers can customize packages to include extras such as a high-resolution DVD of all their photo-booth moments.