When planning an event, there are plenty of do-it-yourself projects you can take on to save money. When Tyson Navarre and Mara Jenkins were planning their wedding, they took this to a new level: they built their own photo booth. After Tyson popped the question in 2007, the couple knew they wanted to have a photo booth at their reception, but were taken aback when they saw the cost of renting a booth.
So, with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, Tyson and Mara built their own. It was such a big hit that their family and friends were almost immediately asking to rent the photo booth for their own events. After getting rave reviews from their friends, Tyson and Mara began receiving more and more requests and Rock the Booth was born.
It’s no question why; Rock the Booth’s prices are considerably less expensive than most competitors. And not only do renters save money, the money they do spend is supporting a great local business, along with the eleven Michigan residents Tyson and Mara now employ. Tyson remarks that this is part of what makes Rock the Booth so rewarding; he says, “Showing everyone that businesses can grow and thrive here in Detroit is icing on the cake. We have talent here in Michigan that is just waiting to be tapped.”
And Tyson and Mara are part of that talent. Since the inception of the company, when it was only one homemade booth from the couple’s wedding, Rock the Booth has grown to serve 300 events a year with six state of the art photo booths. Each booth fits up to ten people (although the record is nineteen) who simply follow the instructions on screen, and can even watch a video preview to be sure to be picture ready. Event guests outside can enjoy a slideshow of the photos as they are taken while they wait for their turn in the booth.
As fun as taking the pictures is, the best part of a photo booth is that you get to take the memories home. Renters can choose to give their guests black & white, color or sepia photos, provide frames or photo sleeves, and, soon, Booth Mail- the option for guests to input their email address in the booth and receive and share pictures online instantly!
Of course, renters won’t leave empty handed either. Not only do event planners get to design their own logos to appear on the bottom of each set of pictures, they also receive a CD and one year access to a web gallery with all of the photos from the event. As a cool additional option, renters can have a scrapbook made: a duplicate of each print is placed in the book where guests can write messages and help create an awesome keepsake.