When Digital Expressions Photo Booths was hired for Vista Grande High School’s 2014 prom, we were very excited. The theme was Escape to India and because I like to customize backdrops for events, I knew this backdrop was going to be more detailed than I had ever done before (with the exception of the Lululemon kissing booth I made at Christmas). After looking at different ideas, we finally selected the ideal backdrop for the prom. I had everything I needed for the backdrop and what was especially cool was I was able to use the lights that I had purchased for our Christmas family photo shoot — and they are seen in the picture taken with my Galaxy S5.
I really like working jobs with kids who are polite and these kids were no exception. With 350 people for two hours, not everyone was able to get their picture taken, but the ones that had had their pictures taken before let the ones who had not yet had their pictures taken yet. From what I understand, the photographer has a photo booth but no attendants. Her backdrop is white and the kids would be able to upload their pictures the next day (probably at a price). With our booth, everyone got pictures and we printed about 450 pictures in two hours. I don’t know — white backdrop or ours? I think there is no choice.
I remember when Lindsey’s mother hired Digital Expressions Photo Booths for Lindsey and Eddie’s wedding. She was so excited. I love the purple and grey colors for the photo booth. My stepdaughter, Sara, helped with the photo booth and did a great job.
Grey and purple photo booth backdrop
Although we were hired to run for four hours, the DJ came to us on numerous occasions and asked us to shut down for dinner, for the bridal dance, for the garter toss, and bouquet toss. Unfortunately, although we were hired for four hours, we actually ran closer to two hours based upon the instructions of the DJ. I don’t completely blame the DJ. The house manager also told us we would be shut down for the dinner hour. When I told her that we traditionally keep running through dinner because people will come take pictures, she indicated that we would be shut down.
I always learn something new with every job we do. The next time a DJ or house manager try to dictate our hours, I will ask them to get approval from the person who paid for our services. I think some DJs believe we take the guest’s focus off them and I don’t think they like that very much.
Nevertheless, we got a lot of great pictures and Lindsey was a beautiful bride. My favorite part of the night was watching her smile and laugh. Every time I look at her smiling pictures, I get a little smile, as well.
Nikki hired Digital Expressions Photo Booths in the summer of 2013. I remember when we first met at The Farm, my thought was the wedding was quite far away. At first, Nikki just wanted to use the natural background of The Farm, but when I showed her the burlap and lace backdrop, she fell in love with it.
Nick and Nikki are a beautiful couple and you can tell by the pictures that they are fun. There were not going to be any kids at this reception so I felt comfortable with pulling out the AK-47 props. Those and the Viking helmets are usually the most popular. The event coordinator mentioned that our photo booth was the favorite of the guests for the evening. I like to think that what our photo booths do is enhance the event I believe the guests will be talking about how awesome the photo booth was for a very long time.
Digital Expressions Photo Booth was hired for Timothy and Tayler’s wedding reception at Orange Tree Golf Course. When we were all set up, and before we even started, Tayler’s mom and her friend took some “test” pictures so I could check the background and lighting. It makes me feel so good when I heard the feedback from people who enjoy our photo booth.
Tayler’s mom and her friend were so excited from the pictures they took that they couldn’t wait for the fun to begin. We were there for two hours and took almost 400 pictures. We had taken quite a few pictures with Tayler and her mother, but we were not about to leave until Tayler and Timothy took some pictures at our photo booth. I only had to wait fifteen minutes, but they finally did.
Cinde first contacted Digital Expressions Photo Booths through Thumbtack. She wanted a bid on a photo booth rental. She was very interested in our open photo booth because she wanted something unique from the regular photo booths everyone else gets. We happened to be setting up at the Orange Tree Golf Resort that day so Cinde and Phillip came to the open house and had their picture taken. I heard from Cinde about a week later when she called us to let us know that she wanted to book us for her wedding reception at American Royal Palace. Cinde and Phillip had a traditional Laotian wedding and it was probably the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
Bride and Groom
Bikash found Digital Expressions Photo Booths through an online company called Thumbtack. Bikash lives in Atlanta and Seema lives in another state, but they were getting married in Chandler. We had been at the Crowne Plaza hotel a couple of previous times so I knew the perfect place to set up. The one thing Bikash knew after he saw our product was that he wanted us at his reception. The bride and groom had a traditional Hindu wedding and Bikash wanted a red backdrop for their photo booth. In doing some research regarding wedding colors, I learned that red and gold symbolize prosperity, so I decided to add a little gold to the background. I loved how the picture turned out and Bikash was pleasantly surprised.
Digital Expressions Open Photo Booths has done quite a few events at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, so their event coordinator invited us to showcase our photo booth at their bridal open house held on January 29, 2014. There were not a lot of people who attended, but it was a great success. I had even invited a few couples who were considering hiring us for their wedding. They came by, took a picture, and hired us. The white background with the silver overlay is becoming my favorite.
One thing I have added is the crowd control (stanchions). I had purchased them from Arizona Commercial Surplus because I needed some way to keep people away from the camera, but keeping the area looking professional. When I ordered the stanchions from Arizona Commercial Surplus, I had the option of ordering signs that would go on top of the poles. Now, the stanchions not only showcase exactly what we are, because most people do not know what an open photo booth is, but guests are directed away from the camera. When the pictures are being printed, people tend to crowd around the printer and they slowly migrate near the camera.