My daughter celebrated her Sweet Sixteen this past week and one of the highlights at the party was a photo-booth! Since has been a little girl she would go nuts when she spotted one on the boardwalk or at a restaurant in NYC. I surprised her with a vintage style booth (rented of course) at her birthday dinner with friends and they had a blast.
You would think it would be an easy task to find the booth but it actually was not. Photo-booths come in many shapes and sizes these days from classic original booth style to home-made creations to simpler versions of a camera and a back-ground. I was looking for the actual vintage style booth. I had mentioned earlier this month that I am helping a client with her wedding design working with her fabulous wedding planner. The photo-booth somehow landed on my “to-do” list and after searching for one for my daughter’s party I realized why, it becomes part of the design details and aesthetics. These photobooth images left are from one of the hippest weddings I found when creating an inspiration board for the wedding design, Ace Hotel Wedding of Ashley & Kris featured at 100 Layer Cake.
This process made me curious, where did these vintage treasures come from? The first photobooth hit the scene in 1925 debuting on Broadway in New York City. Anatol Josepho unveils his photo taking machine, a fully equipped outdoor kiosk with the latest photo technology and a special curtain to enclose the booth’s visitors. Crowds of up to 7,500 would line up on Broadway to have their photos taken for 25 cents for a strip of eight. Here are some famous photobooth images from back in the day; The Kennedy’s, Elvis, Audrey Hepburn with Truman Copte and Mel Ferrer and the last image Salvador Dali, so fun! I just adore The American Photobooth Book that you can buy here and for some current celebrity photobooth sightings click here.
The photo-booth I rented was from Magestic Photobooth, vintage charm with digital images and excellent service. My daughter had a blast and after found a creative way to make her own photostrips from the hundreds of Instagram pics she takes. Learn how to make photostrips from your Instagram photos, an excellent and easy tutorial from College Prep right here. I hope you enjoyed our retro post as much as I have, say cheese!