The pearly white of a toddler’s first tooth. The glow of a young woman’s cheeks on her sixteenth birthday. These are the things that Classic Imaging Photography’s experts seek to capture with a deft click of the shutter. The professional photographers position subjects during in-studio shoots or go on-location to snap images of newly engaged couples in the park where they met or defeated a rival family of swans. The shutterbugs also photograph or capture video of cake-cuttings and dances at landmark events, attempting to stay quietly in the background all the while. To generate souvenirs and bolster revelry, the crew also brings photo booths to parties.
Husband-wife duo Mark and Marina Frost know what it's like. They saw each other from the opposite ends of a crowded room. They felt a pull toward one another. They knew. Since then, they've been committed not only to one another, but to helping other couples document their own stories through gorgeous wedding and engagement photography. Their expertly lit and strikingly composed shots capture moments big and little: a boutonniere waiting to be pinned on a lapel, the laughter of giddy bridesmaids, newlyweds clasping hands on the dance floor.
Their excitement for each couple and attention to the little things has earned them accolades such as The Knot's Best of Weddings award and Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice award, each for three years running. In addition to wedding-related photography, they also have a photo-booth-rental service for couples who want to remember what their guests looked like 50 years later, when they'll be uploaded to flying cars—the license of which will still only be earned after a four-hour wait at the DMV.
Though portrait and fashion photographer Zack DeZon specializes in personalized photo booths, the word booth is a misnomer. Built around a professional still camera and studio-style lighting, his open and visible sets seamlessly blend photo-booth and studio experiences. For each party or event, Zack collaborates with patrons on every aspect of their booth, including color, camera angle, props, and set dressing. Seamless white paper and high-contrast lighting make up his simplest sets, and customizable designs incorporate themes that range from film noir to hall of mirrors, which requires infinite photo booths. He can set up his mobile parties in nearly any location, and he mans the sets throughout each event to field questions and ensure everything runs smoothly.
Equipped with high-res Canon digital SLR cameras and flash-portrait studio lighting, Vogue Photo Box’s open-air photo booths snap off top-quality pictures during birthdays, bar mitzvahs, weddings, and other special occasions. Booths offer easy on-screen instructions and print out customized photo strips in black-and-white or color. An onsite attendant sets up and breaks down the booth, and is always ready to assist with any inquiries.
Through photos, videos, and the in-between—short videos turned into photo flipbooks—Kapture provides a fun way preserve memories of weddings, birthdays, dances, trade shows, and other events. Photo-booth sessions are updated from dusty machines in malls to a party's star attraction, where guests can pose—egged on by an interactive video of an outrageous photographer in SuperBooth sessions—and take home custom photo strips as souvenirs. The focus on modern technology is apparent in Instabooth sessions, where Kapture sets up an Instagram hashtag for easy social-media sharing, perfect for photos of friends or carefully filtered snapshots of food. For a more traditional way to remember special days, unobtrusive videographers and photographers are available.
When Fenix Color's photographers approach a subject?be it families, fashion models, or weddings?they eschew meticulously posed shots for more candid moments. Inside their 2,500-square-foot studio, and on-location worldwide, they seek out the small details, from kids reaching for their parents' hands to couples sharing their first dance as newlyweds. After each session, the photographers assemble all their images into an online gallery so clients can choose their favorites to preserve as prints on glossy or matte paper. The same attention to detail characterizes the work of Fenix Color's event planners, who do everything from reviewing vendor contracts to coordinating brunches for the day after your soiree.