Hosts don't need to worry about flaunting their party photos on Facebook as soon as guests clear out—Elite Photobooth NE takes care of that for them, for an extra fee. In fact, before the party's even over, photos fill up friends' feeds thanks to real-time uploading directly from the booth. Another perk of these contemporary booths: they can record 30-second videos, in case guests feel compelled to act out their favorite 30 seconds from Citizen Kane at some point during the party. These cutting-edge extras are just a bonus on top of the traditional photo strips that the booth spits out after every shoot.
Before the advent of photography, folks would immortalize their visages with help from an oil painter and a massive canvas. The resulting paintings were usually solemn portrayals of their subjects. Luckily for us, today's photographs can spotlight our true personalities, as wacky or uncouth as they may be. Especially when those photos are taken in a photobooth.
That's where XO Photo comes in. Up to ten people can pile into the rentable, blue-curtained booths, which is manned by an XO attendant. After the flash bulb strobes a few times, the booth prints out the photos on the spot. Digital copies and memory books are also available, as are marble sculptors who chisel hasty busts of each guest. Option for customization abound: photos can be printed in black and white or color, or emblazoned with lettering. Guests can even request props, which are only used once before going home with the partiers.
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.
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.