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.
Maine Photo Booth Co. delivers fun in booth form anywhere in the state. Its booth of choice is the Model 12, a retro variety that produces images with enough quality to be approved for passport and ID pictures. The booth comes fully-assembled. The metal cabinet style booth appears old-fashioned looking on the outside while the inside is state-of-art with the latest digital technology. Visual and voice instructions guide guests as they pose and pout for a series of six pictures, which the booth slaps onto photo strips and spits out in 10 seconds or less. Maine Photo Booth’s rentals include an unlimited number of these strips in black and white or color, plus one flash drive for the renting party, so guests can share pictures online or frisbee them into a passing neighbor’s car. Since attendants take care of the setup and cleanup, guests need only worry about which celebrity’s smile they want to imitate.
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.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
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.