The brainchild of veteran wedding DJ Shawn Cox and wedding coordinator Carolyn Stark, The Boardwalk Photo Booth Company sets itself apart from run-of-the-mill portable studios by offering vintage-style booths with classy wood-grain exteriors. A winner of The Knot's 2012 Best of Weddings award, Boardwalk fortifies each booth with a high-resolution Canon digital camera and professional flash system, capturing subjects as they mug on comfy benches built for two or three.
Behind the booth's velvet curtain, partygoers model licensed props from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter, along with feather boas, glittering crowns, and spectacles. A high-speed digital printer churns out smudge-resistant memories as a booth specialist lurks nearby to fix technical problems, encourage participation, and serenade the booth for a job well done.
Through a wide-angle lens, a digital SLR camera in a Valentine Photo Booth snaps shots of revelers, and then develops lab-quality prints in eight seconds. The tasteful black booths, lit by flattering rays from a built-in soft box, come equipped with video capacity and are run with touchscreen controls rather than keys that can only be obtained by chasing down a mischievous leprechaun. Attendants tend to technological responsibilities and keep attendees’ party mojos in full gear throughout the night. The spacious booths can accommodate large groups and patrons in wheelchairs, and their modular setup allows technicians to move them easily, and even set them up in outdoor, outlet-free venues. Hosts can also activate optional greenscreen backgrounds for effects far more advanced than the sketch-artist booths that came before them.
Though the laughs and smiles were what inspired the opening of Smash Elite Entertainment PhotoBooth, the business is anchored in more than just fun and games. Each booth is equipped with top-of-the-line technology, including an external monitor and a DNP Fotolusio or Fujifilm sub-dye printer that can print photos onto 4”x6” cards within 8–14 seconds. The booths also offer 40 different strip layouts, customized logos, and an automatic share option that loads photos onto social-media sites as they are taken.
Virginia Beach Photo Booth's custom-built, American-made photo booth spits out color or black and white strips in less than eight seconds. Inside, users utilize a 19-inch touch screen to navigate the booth's many capabilities, such as recording video or uploading shots to social media websites in real time.
RST Photo Booth livens up special events with customizable photo booths adaptable to scores of party situations. Big weddings can allow partygoers to get in and out of the booth quickly with an easy access stand-up configuration, while smaller crowds can take their time with a sit down booth. Rental booths can also be set up with enclosures to let guests get comfortable enough to go wild and goofy for photos, while open air configurations help guests fit all four of their heads in frame. RST is one of the few businesses of this nature that also included props free of charge with all their photo booth rentals.
National publications such as Shutterbug magazine, Professional Photographer magazine, Rangefinder, and American Photo magazine have taken notice of Scott and Adina Hayne. The duo's edgy portraiture style sets subjects at the fore of a wide-angled backdrop and moves in for gauzy close-ups that accentuate natural beauty. The results evoke an "in-the-moment" aesthetic in wedding pictures, leave senior portraits ready for fashion magazines, and prompt parents to wonder who replaced the kids with professional models in family pictures. Besides capturing images, the expert clickers preside over lectures and workshops aimed at digital photographers of all experience levels.