introducing: the photobooth

By June 4, 2009Photo Booth

since first mentioning the possibility of an altmix photobooth- on twitter of course, the best tool for breaking news and immediate feedback ;) – we’ve received tons of encouragement as well as delighted inquiries from our lovely brides. adding something this huge to our business was a big dream– until now everything that has our name on it has been exclusively handled by one or both of us but we realized if we were going to do this thing right we were going to need help! we talked and talked and finally got up the nerve to buy the necessary equipment just a couple weeks before we were to run the booth for the first time at heather and matt’s wedding! thank you heather and matt for making things happen! everything arrived and we carefully set up the 9′ booth in our teeny living room- though we could no longer see out of any of our windows we were pumped to see the hours of talking and dreaming become a reality right before our eyes…literally, like, RIGHT in front of us.

so today, friends, we OFFICIALLY launch the altmix photobooth…or whatever more clever name we come up with in the next couple weeks…any ideas, please!? i know, i count on you for so much, but really, my pocket thesaurus did nothing for me when i looked up ‘photo’ and ‘booth.’ out of pure frustration i threatened to name it ‘image cubicle’ before i slowly put the thesaurus down, backed away and decided to ask you. TANGENT. anyway, without further babble, i present a few of our favorite images from the first altmix photobooth EVER:

heather just finished up her master’s and matt just finished up his doctorate so we thought books and mustaches were appropriate props to bring- pipe, glasses, birds and pearls completed the look :)

the groom and his mother- shouldn’t every mother/son portrait be this amazing!?





centerpieces make great props too…?!

remember how we said we needed help running this thing? well, thank goodness for crazy college friends! we were so thrilled to have steve and his lovely wife, katherine, along to run the booth and get everyone excited to jump in! they did an amazing job! …and while big things like the cake cutting were happening, they enjoyed the booth themselves- meet steve:




i tackled a straight minute of repeatedly jumping as high as i could to get a picture where the bottom of my feet are in the shot and surprise! no luck. BUT, one of heather’s bridesmaids is a cheerleading coach so i called her over and she helped my dreams come true! isn’t she awesome!?
what do you do when all of your friends steal the props? pull out a dollar, of course:


soooo….what do you think!? :)


  • frankie says:


  • mattaltmix says:

    YES PLEASE… in case you were wondering- the photobooth was FANTASTIC, like 2 handfulls of insane fun

  • Mike Hall says:

    man that looks like fun… a few of the weddings i’ve shot lately could have used an injection of looniness like that!

  • ashley says:

    LOVE the photobooth. so great!

  • Matt – I LOVE IT!

  • skay says:

    excellent. the mustaches and birds are excellent. and mom & grandma with pipes…classic.

  • Awesome!! We started one too but not sure what we’ll be able to blog from our first one just recently…it was a friends wedding and a lot of people from my day job are in it and don’t want to be…”seen” I guess is the best way to put it. You did a FANTASTIC job!! It looks rockin! It’s a fun thing to have!! A name, yeah that’s a tough one…

  • frank says:

    LOVE them. :)

  • Anne Almasy says:

    Super-cool, you guys! YAY!

  • Hayley says:

    This might be the coolest thing I have ever seen!

  • Laura Daley says:

    Love it!!! Yall should have started this 3 months ago (-: Too fun!

  • Tim Harman says:

    Matt/Kate…props to you two for making this happen. Very cool. I’ve been meaning to do this forever! As for a name…what about “The Altbooth” or “The Altbox”?

  • benji says:

    there’s something very classic about a photobooth. i don’t think you need a thesaurus or some kind of catchy name. it would take away from the glory of it all.

    and if you name it after yourself that would just be pretentious.
    stay classy. call it what it is….a photobooth.

    or call it the benji-booth. as a tribute to someone great….

  • Stacee says:

    LOVE the photobooth!! How fun! And the props are awesome too! I think we need to do this at small group one night! :)

  • suz says:

    um…SO SO SO fun! love it! :)

  • April says:

    Kate and Matt,

    That is AWESOME!!! Totally would have done it at my own wedding…if it wasn’t 6 years ago! :) Keep up the good work.

  • amber says:

    you should call it the smileybooth and the happybooth or the funnybooth.

  • MelissaB says:

    I love, love, LOVE the picture of the 3 little kids making faces! So cute and this is such an awesome idea!

  • Maggie Smith says:

    Kate, these look amazing!

  • bonnie says:

    always wonderful, always lovely, always amazing!

  • love it! we’ve been toying with the photo booth idea since we came across the image is found’s “crazy booth.” you’ve pulled it off very well! …and great props. i really like the mustaches/eyebrows (?).

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  • Any chance you’d want to share details about how you do this?? I adore it and want to try it out at a friends wedding in Aug. but don’t have a clue where to start. What equip/props do you use? Is this an add on to a package or do you do it at every wedding? How do you get it all set up while you’re photographing a wedding? When does it take place at the reception? How long do you do it at the reception? What things did you learn from your first one?

    Sorry I’m annoying!!! I just think this is too much fun not to try!! Thanks for taking the time to read, can’t wait to hear!


  • Jas says:

    Totally love it! I’ve seen versions of this done before but none of the had props – this is SOOOOOOOO cool!

  • holly says:

    this is so great, kate and matt! love all this silliness on a monumental day!

    you should totally set this up like once a month somewhere (on a slow day) and book appointments to come over and use it. or maybe you could have phot(oh!)booth parties—in the style of the old tupperware ones one friday night every month. guests can purchase individual photos from you (or a package) and the hostess gets one photo for free for having it at her house.

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