One Shot Photography's professional knows how to infuse subjects' personalities into shots that might otherwise be mundane in the hands of another photographer. Instead, tots' gap-toothed smiles light up a Father's Day portrait, a gaggle of pugs happily cavort in a family photo, and a mom-to-be's pregnant belly is compared to her partner's taco-induced pudginess. Specializing in outdoor photo shoots, the photographer captures friends and family members beneath the natural light and warmth of the California sun, ensuring that their unique character shines through in the finished product. The staff aims lenses at subjects as diverse as graduating seniors, newly engaged couples, or newborns.
My Social Booth captures memories with two types of photo booths: a traditional booth with silky curtains and an elegant freestanding booth. All three have advanced cameras, touchscreens, and high-resolution inkjet printers that create black-and-white, color, or sepia-toned photo strips. Groups can get creative with props and accessories such as mustache silhouettes.
Matt and Alex of Thought Box Photobooth tote their six-person photo booth to weddings, festivals, and birthday parties within 45 miles of Santa Barbara to immortalize these moments in all their goofy-hatted glory. Props from Jagger-size smiles to mustaches the size of Mick Jagger enliven vogueing sessions. Guests can sit, stand, and cavort for unlimited photos, and each model receives duplicate 2" x 6" photo strips containing four shots each. A DVD album compiles all the high-resolution shots for the party's hosts. The photos will also appear in Thought Box's online gallery for all to enjoy, safe from the ravages of time and portrait-nibbling shutterbugs.
My Flash Photo Booth captures memories that might otherwise be lost in the excitement of a soiree. Its mini booths stand atop tables poised to snap candids, and freestanding booths freeze frames in the open air. Printers spit out photo strips on the spot, and hosts will also get a flash drive and DVD containing all images. These files can then be printed out and placed into photo albums or stuffed into a piñata that will be busted open at next year’s event.
SunnyNight Events lights up soirees with a blaze of photo-booth flashbulbs. Its staff rolls out several different photo-booth packages, which all include setup, tear down, and whimsical props to embellish poses. The snapshots print on photo strips within seconds, and hosts get a DVD or USB drive of every shot.
Billy Dickson and the photographers at Just Shoot Me Photography specialize in chronicling two of the most memorable times in life: the emotion and excitement of a wedding day and the wonder at the introduction of a newborn. During weddings, the team captures the big moments—the march down the aisle, the first dance—but they also spy subtle moments that evoke the mood of the day: a ring gleaming on a side table as the bride gets ready, or a close-up of a bridesmaid's hands as she clutches a bouquet of flowers.
The team also shines working around infants, often photographing babies as young as 4–14 days old. They adore shots in which parents cradle their newborns in their hands, a pose which puts the tiny size of the mini models in perspective. Brothers and sisters can join in these portraits, too, stepping off to the side to play a Nintendo 64 game console or discuss how to convince their parents to name their new sibling "Ludwig van Baby" when it's not their turn in the spotlight anymore.