As parties rage on in the background, up to eight guests can slip into one of Hot Shot Photo Booth’s booths to have a high-resolution camera document the celebratory mood in the air. A professional attendant stays on hand to make sure everybody is properly huddled into the frame and perfectly lit by the booth's defused strobe lighting. In addition to unlimited photo sessions, customers opting for a standard rental receive prints marked with a custom inscription, a DVD of all photos, and a password-protected online image gallery. Extras can include props, a custom booth banner, and a personalized guestbook with custom decorations, such as stickers and decorative paper. Event hosts can also hire Hot Shots' flesh-and-blood photographer to take entrance shots, arrange group shots, and capture candid shots of partygoers grooving on the dance floor or attempting to bob for fruit in the punch bowl.
On top of a table, a 32-inch touchscreen system leans on a stand, waiting for party guests to enter their names. Alone or in groups, people step forward, add their names on the touchscreen, and unlock the purpose of this high-tech gadget: it’s an open-air photo booth. Using its intuitive touchscreen, guests can snap goofy pictures with an array of props and type messages to the party’s hosts. A printer stands at the ready to deliver high-quality photos on demand. Friendly staffers chaperone their device at weddings, birthdays, block parties, or any type of event ready to answer questions and cast a deciding vote in a debate over who has the whitest whites of their eyes.
The tech-savvy staff members at Blue Sky Rental Studios lease three varied studio spaces to clients for multimedia, film, and still-photography shoots. Two studios with multipurpose floors and white industrial walls bathe subjects in natural light spilling in from tall, white windows. The Light Grid studio's four walls and ceiling are inlaid with digitally controlled studio lighting, enabling photographers to join forces with a robot without having to promise their camera's hand in marriage. Outside these three creative spaces, a 7,000-square-foot hall hosts a range of private events such as weddings and new-equipment showcases.
When not hosting creative talents, Blue Sky staffers contribute directly to the process as they provide camera gear and accessories, photography and production assistants, and services such as location scouting and casting. They can also aid in completing a photographer's digital workflow with postproduction work, secure-image archival, and hand-drawing mustaches on models in each photo.