Outside of the packed theatre, a sleek sedan glides its way to the curb. An expectant hush falls over the gathered masses as the door opens to reveal the car's famous passenger. There is a pause, and brief silence, before frenzied cheers are punctuated by a flurry of popping flashbulbs. Scenes like this, common in entertainment capitals all over the world, are what the photographers at Photo Booth of the Stars seek to replicate on a small-scale at private event engagements throughout Chicagoland. Their brand of memory-making has proven especially popular at weddings, where reception guests can pose in front of backdrops that celebrate matrimony with pictures of hearts, rings, and the best man giving a thumbs up.
Studio 3 Productions documents and enhances weddings with an arsenal of services that includes photography, videography, DJing, and lighting. A team of photographers and videographers carefully documents each wedding-day tradition, from the exchange of rings to the firing of the flower girl out of a cannon, producing keepsakes that range from simple scrapbooks to high-tech films replete with montages and other special effects. Meanwhile, the company’s LED lighting can add pizzazz to receptions, with curious customers able to view a small-scale simulation in advance at the studio.
Alternatively, portrait sessions at Studio 3’s studio or on location capture authentic flashes of subjects’ personalities as they pose solo, with loved ones, or with pets. After shoots, the studio’s framing services accent prints, equipping subjects with a high-quality wall decoration to replace their collection of unpaid parking tickets.
By their own estimation, the photographers, video editors, lighting technicians, and other staff at Chicago-based Complete Music And Video are involved in more than 13,000 weddings each year. They cover five major facets of wedding and event production: Using DSLR cameras, their photographers take a candid, photo-journalistic approach, which allows them to capture intimate details, such as fingers gently touching over a tablecloth, or large-scale ones such as horses bursting out of the wedding cake. Similarly, their videographers can preserve the best moments—or an entire evening—using state-of-the-art HD cameras.
Meanwhile, the DJs work with clients to craft evening announcements as well as toe-tapping playlists. Lighting technicians, on the other hand, use overhead lights, monograms, lighted tables, and other elements to conjure any atmosphere you desire. Additionally, Complete Music And Video will let you and your party guests take memory-capturing into their own hands with enclosed photo booths, each of which contains a selection of playful props.
With Club PhotoBooth’s interactive photo sessions, the backdrop is more like a blank canvas. Subjects take their photo in front of a digital screen that displays the photo immediately once it's snapped. The uploaded photo then becomes a touchscreen, with pop-up tools that people can select to spray-paint colorful mohawks or add vintage-style glasses. This high-tech equipment is indicative of Club PhotoBooth’s style—their booths include custom-designed photo strips, a live monitor that shows subjects how they look, digital copies of all photos, and special printers that can turn photo sessions into flipbooks. Like an opera-singing crossing guard, these modern details have grabbed some major attention from media outlets including Brides.com, ABC-7, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
At age 11, self-taught shutterbug Rich snapped his first shots with a camera he received from his accomplished photographer father. Since then, Rich has honed his craft and showcased work on television programs such as the Today Show and Live! with Regis and Kelly. Together with Larry—who published his first photo before turning 18—and Wendi—who boasts more than 25 years of photo experience—Rich frames families, secret families, kids, pets, and models for Vital Image Photography.
Portrait sessions commence at outdoor locales or in the studio, while wedding shoots use documentary-style shots to unobtrusively capture each couple's special day. Alternately, photo-booth rentals document soirees with images generated within 20 seconds of shooting that guests can then upload to Facebook for free. Along with portrait and booth sessions, Vital Image Photography stays busy enriching amateur photographers at workshops.