We are so excited to introduce our newest Tahoe Unveiled vendor, Jesse and Lindsay from The Traveling Photo Booth. These two are such an important part of any Lake Tahoe wedding, I mean who doesn’t love jumping in a photo booth? We are not embarrassed to say that we have had our share of time in this booth at local events and Lake Tahoe weddings. Seriously, my fridge is full of photo booth photos! Read on to find out more about this couple and the awesome services they offer.
Where are you from?
Jesse is from Park Ridge, New Jersey, Lindsay is from Tahoe City, California
Where do you live now?
We live in NW Reno
How did you end up in your profession and what brought you to the wedding industry?
Jesse was interested in starting up our own business and thought about what makes Tahoe unique. He was drawn to the high amount of weddings, and then from there he just thought about what makes weddings fun, and then came Photo Booth. He researched and found the Traveling Photo Booth and was impressed with the cutting edge technology, attractiveness of the machines and the super high quality photo strip. So, we took the plunge. I was on board because I grew up with entrepreneurial parents and it seemed like a wonderful opportunity.
Tell us about The Traveling Photo Booth and what makes you special.
Our photo booth has a charming, vintage look and offers a unique, real photo booth experience. Our booth is packed with features you won’t find anywhere else, and, most importantly, prints a traditional 7″ photo strip that will have guests looking their very best.
The Traveling Photo Booth began over a decade ago in Minneapolis. The founders, Matt and Jacob, were college roommates and photography and architecture majors, respectively. They saw a photo booth at wedding reception Jacob was photographing and thought, “we could do this better”. So, they went for it. The deadline was a year’s end Christmas party and Matt was literally working all night the night before. We were drawn to the spirit of The Traveling Photo Booth, a bit of competitiveness mixed with tons of fun. We love that our business is always growing and changing with the times. We are always trying to be the best in the industry and are passionate about photo strip quality. In addition, we have features that are patent pending and we use our own software.
What services does your photo booth offer?
Our rentals include a full-time attendant, set up a break down outside of your rental time, unlimited prints and unlimited reprints, access to a password protected online gallery for free downloads, super tones, split tones, animated GIFs, video previews, frame-filing photos, lightning speed, “grandpa approved” software, quality waaay beyond megapixels. Add ons include: hand stitched, hand made guest book, new prop kits, Custom Center Strip, Custom Branding, The Social Package-Telebooth™, post event Photo Strip Collage, Thank You’s, Photo Strip Frames and Event CD’s with lots more coming down the pipeline.
What are some of the Lake Tahoe venues you’ve worked at?
West Shore Cafe, Northstar, Lahontan, Martis Camp, Nevada Museum of Art, The Ritz, Valhalla, The Hyatt, Aspen Grove, The Resort at Squaw Creek, Plump Jack, Sunnyside, Sugarbowl, Tannenbaum
Any advice you can offer couples who are interested in having a Photo Booth at their event?
DO IT! But, beware of stranger danger. There are literally dozens of photo booth companies out there. And many don’t offer a real photo booth experience or post what their photo booth looks like, and even more post their single, raw pictures as examples, not showing the real photo strip, the one that will serve as a party favor. So, get a sample and be sure you can see a picture of what the booth or stand looks like. Photo booths are super fun, but just like any industry, there is a huge variety of cost and quality. Contrary to popular belief, photo booths are not all about props. We suggest keeping it simple; high quality photo strips are really all you need.
Besides weddings, what types of events has this photo booth been to?
Birthday Parties of all ages, Holiday parties, New Year’s Eve parties, Graduation Parties, Gala’s, Corporate events, Anniversary Parties, baby showers…
What trends do you see for 2016 in regards to photo booths?
The Stand. The modern, eye-catching “red -carpet” style is super popular. Social media is increasingly popular as well, getting your pictures instantly and sharing them with the world. Less props. Last minute bookings.
What is the craziest thing to ever happen in your photo booths?
We did a wedding that had many Burning Man goers. So, a lot of nudity.
Do you have any tips for posing for the perfect picture?
If it’s just two of you, scooch forward. Look at the camera. Shout out whatever pose you are thinking and get everyone to join in (falling of a cliff face, thinking man, serious, funny, mug shot,). Go over and over again till you get it right. If it’s a group shot(our record is 11 peeps) get close together, cheek to cheek and look hilarious.
When you’re not capturing those special wedding moments, what do you do in your spare time?
Get outside, hang with our darling daughter, spend time with family, play softball, watch some Met games, read, make delicious food and breathe deeply.
Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?
Summer time it’s often times just chilling at home, recovering from the weddings/events from the night before and possibly getting ready to turn it around for another wedding that day. In the off season, probably going up to the lake or checking out our new home town of Reno.
3 words that describe a Lake Tahoe wedding… Unique, breathtaking, fabulous
Favorite quote… Mine is “be yourself, everyone else is already taken” and Jesse’s is “keep it simple, stupid”
Favorite instagram account… @AmandaBisk, @CordMamas and @WeFollowLucasDuda
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