Sherri Barber, preserver of gleaming smiles and curator of glossed memories, frames expressive portraits within her professional studio. Individual portrait sitters or beach-volleyball teams can show off their aptitude for staring intensely into the middle distance or grinning at nearby props as Sherri snaps shots for about 60 minutes. Once all personages have been fully documented, photographees can peruse a photo gallery, culling pictures spoiled by closed eyes or falling ceilings, then immortalizing the best shots in an 11”x14” print and two 5”x7”s.
Photographer Christina Brown manages to cast everything in a flattering light. With a degree from The Ohio Institute of Photography informing her techniques, she snaps subjects against natural backdrops that lend each shot its distinct personality. An expecting mother stands against a field of growing ferns; a graduating senior launches into the air with a smile; a newborn rests soundly in his parents’ hands. In black and white or in highly saturated color, Christina’s images are precisely composed without feeling forced, an aesthetic that carries across her regular in-studio or on-location shoots, as well as wedding sessions that capture the big day better than embedding a hidden camera inside the cake.
The photo booth imbues parties with old-school fun as its modular design allows it to fit in even the most cramped settings, such as the living room of a house located in a shoe. Subjects select from a selection of wild props to spice up their photos while an onsite attendant keeps everything running smoothly. A Sony dye-sublimation printer cranks out pics in 12 seconds, instantly giving customers keepsake photos in black and white, sepia, or color.
Renting a Magbooth doesn't mean some guy in an unmarked van will drop off a hulking piece of machine with little more than a how-dee-do. Instead, a full-time attendant will be on duty for the duration of the event, ensuring proper booth function and strong-arming guests into having a good time. The attendant also brings props and accessories that turn the mini photo sessions into retro fests featuring pirates, kitschy vinyl album covers, and more. Every rental includes unlimited prints, which means guests can get in the booth as many times as they want and take home hundreds of matte 4x6 printouts for unlimited Facebook tagging and darts practice. All of the images will be hosted online for guests to see, download, and order prints.
Bashes go off without a hitch when hosts relinquish control to MyFunOverLouisville, which steps in to provide photo booths, racecar tracks, and portable mini golf. While photo booths capture and print whimsical pictures of guests decked out in provided props, fellow partygoers steer remote-control Ferraris or Mini Z's toward the finish line on the racetrack. If hosts have 350 square feet of indoor or outdoor space to spare, MyFunOverLouisville can also erect nine-hole putt-putt courses and set competitors loose with putters, colorful golf balls, and score sheets to tally strokes or use for sketching the festivities until the photo booth's set up.
The expert photographers at Louisville Model Shots bring their love for the frozen image with a variety of services. They snap shots of models, actors, and families in their 2,000-square-foot studio during photo shoots or let guests take the photos themselves at events with photo booths. To help truly extend their passion to others, they offer photography classes to students of all experience levels and to red-light cameras whose evidence keeps getting discarded at trial.