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.
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.
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.