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.
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.
Quick, quick, slow. Quick, quick, slow. It seems that every dance lesson starts the same way. Students are told, "These are the steps," "Move to the beat," and "Never breakdance on wet cement." But unwilling to settle for the minimum, Seacoast Ballroom helps dancers see beyond getting their feet to move in the right direction. Its founder, Frederick Dunn, strives to inject dancers with grace and musical expression to help them feel dance for what it is?an art form. Its classes range in difficulty from beginner to competition level, and cover a variety of ballroom styles. Solo dancers or couples can strut through a tango, shimmy their hips in salsa, or effuse elegance through the Viennese waltz.
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.
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.