Snap Shots

By January 20, 2011

Reception photo booths are all about capturing the wedding’s special moments

A picture is worth a thousand words. But a thousand pictures are worth so much more, and at a big wedding a thousand pictures might not be too far off the mark. A photo booth can be the perfect way to get a great scrapbook while guests let loose.

“When people get inside a photo booth and close the curtain, I think they are a little bit freer,” says Craig Olechoski of Omaha, Neb. “They feel like they can goof off because nobody can see them, even though there’s a picture being taken,”

Olechoski and his wife Kate started The Omaha Photo Booth Company in April 2008 after they attended an out-of-state wedding where a booth was the biggest hit.

“We went back to the booth to get more pictures four or five times that night, and our whole car ride home that was all we talked about,” Olechoski says.

The couple’s retro-looking red-metal photo booths feature a touchscreen interface, 10-second developing times and six poses per page. The center of the printout strip can be customized to match wedding initiations and include dates or other text.

“I think at a wedding [a photo booth] is a really nice update in place of the standard guestbook with signatures,” Olechoski says. “The wedding day is such a special occasion, such a big event, and a photo booth is the most fun and easy way to capture pictures of everyone who was there on that important day of your life.”

Olechoski’s company offers a CD with digital copies of all the photos and a personalized scrapbook. And the sheets of photos with wedding information “provide a nice little takeaway for the guests,” he says.

The novelty of a photo booth removed from its natural habitat (the mall or a boardwalk) never fails to please, says Olechoski.

“People smile right away when they see it,” he says. “Sometimes they walk right over, hop in line and get right in.”

-Genevieve Knapp

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