While hunting various op shops and vintage markets around Melbourne, I met a couple who bought absolutely everything at my favourite vintage market place in Brunswick.
“Are you guys decking our your crib?” I ask.
“No, we run a photo booth hire business” they replied.
We exchanged details and a week later they were kind enough to invite me over to to take a look at their impressive collection of props over coffee. What a great reason to own all the cool things that you stumble upon at all the vintage markets you frequent.
Jenna and Will owned Mobooth, Photo Booth Hire Melbourne. They initially started a wedding video business in 2012 before they started offering a Slow Motion Booth Service. Eventually, they decided that this was too much fun and began offering photobooth services in Melbourne.
Jenna was very enthusiastic to show me all the various handmade backdrops they she had hidden around the place. She says she often customises them and even builds sets for their corporate clients and they want to start offering this service to brides and groom but she’s yet to get any enquiries.
I was fascinated at their photo booth. I could not believe that they had hand build it themselves in Melbourne, they said they don’t normally offer to show people the inside of their booths as it often took away the mystique but being a photography enthusiast, I just had to take a peek. They really did take pride in their product, as inside it they had modern touch screen, a canon dslr with a fast zoom lens, a flash strobe specifically imported from the united states, a special photo strip printer which they claim can print in and cut strips in less than 12 seconds all controlled through a tiny computer that was designed by Will.
When I got home that night, I couldn’t help myself but to gather all the bits and pieces I had lying around my workshop and I took the pictures with my phone and shot them across to MoBooth. They offered to buy all of it because owning all the props was the funnest part of the photo booth experience and they wanted to make sure that they keep true to their word that they had the best arsenal of props in Melbourne.
Photo Booths have been quite popular at weddings for quite some time now, in fact I’m a collector of various photo strips at all the events I attend featuring a booth. They come in various shapes and sizes, but traditionally closed booths were popular in the beginning and they usually fit around three to five people. MoBooth provides open photo booths, which can take group shots of up to fifteen people depending on the space. Jenna explained that open booths are more popular now as they can fit more people and can have custom backdrops so that each experience is unique.
Guest would first choose props from a prop box customised for the event, they then line up to take their photo and when it’s finally their turn to the a photo, they choose from a touch screen the option of black & white before posing for their photos. Each event comes with unlimited prints so they can take as many as they want depending on how quickly they can pose and for their strips to get printed.
I noticed that MoBooth also collected vintage cameras and had one of those beautiful antique kodak cameras from the 1920s. They had converted one and put a canon DSLR camera inside it and said that this was going to be a new offering in their new venture, Vintage Booth. I wasn’t able to see it in action as they are doing test but it would be a great addition to their already growing photobooth empire.