The photo strips produced by Happy Days Photography's open-air photo booths have a classic look—they're 4”x6”, each one contains up to five images, and they often depict people posing with wacky props. But there's one drastic difference that sets these booths apart: each shot is snapped by a creative photographer rather than by an automated machine. Those photographers also capture images outside the booths, preserving memories of events from multiple perspectives. Clients can also opt for traditional photo shoots in scenic locations such as Fallasburg Park.
In the curtained-off confines of a photo booth, revelers adjust a digital screen?s controls, then mug for the camera wrapped in feather boas, eyes obscured behind sunglasses. The props and the booth come courtesy of Switek Entertainment, whose photo booths and chief disc jockey?who spins under the name DJ Switek?energize crowds at Michigan wedding receptions and parties. The company also draws on connections to other area businesses, matching hosts with party essentials, such as guests who can put their hands in the air for the entire duration of an event.
Dan Johnson fell in love with photography using a simple point-and-shoot in high school, toting his lens to summer camp, onto rollercoasters, and through marching-band performances. This love has grown into a successful career as a wedding and portrait photographer—one he pursues with his wife, Jodi, in their spacious Grandville studio. Dan and his team deftly capture senior portraits, snap romantic, lively wedding photographs, and preserve images of babies and newborns for use in embarrassing one's children in front of their future spouses. The pair also creates wholesale prints through their sister company, GoProPrints.com.
Planet DJs outfits each party with the appropriate DJ, enhancing wild shindigs with vivacious entertainers and sophisticated weddings and corporate functions with tasteful record-flippers. They accommodate all functions, including bar mitzvahs, proms, and family events, with a choice of speakers and lighting, and complete parties with extras such as karaoke equipment, photo booths, and catering.
Set against silky backdrops and swathed in out-of-character props, party guests pose for pictures inside one of the photo booths by Marvelous Image Booth. As they return their feather boas and monocles to the attendant, photo strips emerge from the printer, each emblazoned with a customized event logo or message. The pictures and strips are unlimited during the rental period, and the images from each event are transferred to a CD for safekeeping or use as a sentimental pocket mirror. Additional amenities include photo scrapbooks for guests to decorate, and VIP treatments with velvet ropes and red carpet.
Partygoers can duck into Fun Booth's spacious photo booths to capture moments during weddings, family reunions, and parties, then quickly share them with real-time Facebook uploads. After the booth's digital camera snaps four pictures of groups twirling canes or combing fake mustaches picked from the prop box, its sub-dye printers fire out photo strips within 10 seconds. The booth is delivered for free and accompanied by an attendant to answer questions. Add-ons include scrapbooks made of all the event's images, as well as a video-booth option where guests record greetings for their hosts or film their Real World: Gary, Indiana auditions.