We very recently were booked for a Fourth of July party and it was a BLAST . . . and not just the fireworks!
This was not the typical "hey, come shoot my party" booking. We were there to take portraits for the guests. We packed up our entire portrait studio, including a few items we never unpacked, just in case. After two trips from the car and a 45 minute set up and we were ready to go.
The hosts had not announced to his guests that he would have a studio set up, or that the pictures were free. They just let them figure it out. We mostly stood by our studio, in case anyone wanted pictures, and talked to those that came to us. This party was about 80% people we were already friends with, so we chatted lightly in front of our set up. We did not try to push anyone in front of the camera. We were there and fully set up with no one to shoot for 20 - 30 minutes.
And then one of them asked what was going on.
After a quick explanation, she was off to find her daughter for some portraits. Then another of our friends walked up and asked what was going on when she saw that we were taking pictures of the previous two. Then a third. By the fourth person in front of the camera, it was circulating among the guests that we were there taking pictures and they were free and it was fun. Our studio was filled with giggles for the rest of the night until the fireworks started.
Although the hosts had not told their guests about the photo studio, he had told them that cosplay was encouraged. Cosplay is when someone dresses up like a character from an anime, a game, a comic, a movie, a book, etc. Or just dresses up in a strange/cool way because they like it. Think Halloween, but more geeky, and perfectly acceptable any time of year. Many of the guests were dressed up which made for very fun pictures.
A few guests insisted that they weren't very photogenic, or that they didn't know how to pose. These were the people who seemed to have the most fun. We coach you in posing for the camera to get the best shots you'll be happy with. Feeling a little silly also helps you smile more naturally. Many of the guest came back two or three times throughout the night.
I do want to emphasize that this is a seriously fun thing to have at your party, and very memorable for your guests. After we work our magic on the pictures (teeth-whitening, etc), the guests receive individual downloadable galleries which they can post to their facebooks, or other websites, and they can always order prints. You may also prepurchase or preorder discounted prints for your guests so that they may choose a free keepsake from your party.
At the time of this writing, we are charging $100/hour for a party or event studio, with a 3-hour minimum. So, starting at $300 you can have a portrait studio at your party! We are more entertaining that a magician, we stay longer, and your guests get something that lasts longer than a balloon animal!
Call (855) 55-PicNV or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule us for your next party!