Our Classic VW Photo Bus celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Posted 4/07/18 in: New Jersey New York

 Our Classic VW Photo Bus and St. Patrick’s Day

Last month, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, in partnership with one of NYC’s premier bars, The Dead Rabbit of NYC, hired our classic VW Photo Bus, Bella, to be part of their multi-city “Boys On Tour” St. Patrick’s Day events to demonstrate how to have a Real Irish St. Patrick’s Day. Each event, hosted at classic Irish bars featured innovative Bushmills cocktails, great food, and great music. Our Classic VW Photo Bus also offered guests the opportunity to jump in the back and take a few free photos to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day 2018!

The Preparation – Transforming our Classic VW Photo Bus

For this particular project, Print Structures of NYC utilized a specific vinyl wrap to transform our VW Bus from an ocean blue to a rose red outfitted with Bushmills branding. Print Structures vinyl wrap specialists, Jesse and Sage, labored for hours, ensuring every last detail of the VW Bus matched the exact designs of the graphic artists. Before my eyes, Bella took on a whole new persona, and she now embodied everything Bushmills upon completion. Kudos two these two exceptional artists and their commitment to their craft.

Hitting the Road – First Stop Chi-town (Chicago)

Our VW Bus parked outside Pippins Tavern in downtown Chicago.

Second Stop – Bean-town (Boston)

Our VW Bus parked in downtown Boston on Boylston Street in front of LIR on Boylston – great bar!

Last Stop – The Big Apple – Our Classic VW Photo Bus returning to New York City

Our VW Bus parked in downtown Manhattan right around the corner from The Dead Rabbit.

We had an excellent time promoting an authentic VW Bus Irish St. Patrick’s day, while also touring the country in our VW Photo Booth bus. Having travelled two thousand miles in one week, Bella, our classic VW Photo Booth Bus, is ready for another road trip to promote your next corporate event!

Our VW Bus at the Tarrytown Music Hall

Posted 3/01/18 in: New Jersey New York

A Photo Booth at the Tarrytown Music Hall

Bella, our Volkswagen Photo Bus at the Historic Tarrytown Music Hall for an annual fundraiser

Last fall, the Tarrytown Music Hall invited our Classic VW Bus to join their 1960’s-themed fundraiser. We were happy to learn more about this venue. Part of being a small business allows us to learn more about our community and support other local efforts in the Metro New York City area.  We are especially big supporters of all local artists, musicians, writers, and film makers.

A Historic Place in Tarrytown, NY

Built in 1885, the Tarrytown Music Hall holds an important place in American history.  Originally, the venue served as a place for wealthy families such as the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts to attend local events. Later on, this venue hosted some of the world’s most talented musicians.  Among the first artists to perform here, Antonin Dvorak and Hungarian pianist Rafael Jossefy. Later artists include Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, BB King, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, and many other talented musicians.

Joining the efforts with our VW Photo Booth Bus

We parked our classic VW Bus in front of the Music Hall and invited the entire community of Tarrytown to take photos in the back seat.  This gave us a great opportunity to start conversation, and direct community members to learn more about the Music Hall.  A creative, fun-filled way to support local community organizations with our classic VW Photo Bus.

Continuing Support

To learn more about this historic venue, check out the http://tarrytownmusichall.org/history/ . If you would like to contribute to this historic venue and continue the legacy of arts and music in the Tarrytown and Hudson Valley area, follow this link to donate.

Authentic, Nostalgic, Elegant – The Vintage Photo Booth

Posted 2/28/18 in: Connecticut Massachusetts

Last year, several of us from Photobooth Planet attended the world’s largest Photo Booth trade show in Vegas learning from other photo booth experts, industry leaders, and business owners.  We also walked through the exhibit floor, observing the wide variety of new camera technology and photo booth designs available for weddings, events, and corporate parties. Amidst the constant flood of new photo booth technology and innovations, it was easy to get caught up in the hype of new tools – robots and mirror booths are two examples. With the current pace of innovation, any seemingly great idea can be made obsolete in a couple years. So we asked ourselves: what made the original photo booth so popular on boardwalks, movie theaters, and five-and-dimes?  While innovators constantly worked on refining and improving the photo booth itself, at some point, they all landed on the final design of an enclosed booth, a curtain, a simple camera, and excellent quality photo prints. As we receive many inquiries for different types of photo booths, our approach is pretty much the same. Keep it simple, and keep it timeless. Our vintage, classic photo booth has a minimalist design, classic construction, with excellent camera technology ideal for “attention-to-detail” weddings in Mystic (Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Jonthan Edwards Winery, The Mystic Seaport), Hartford (Bond Ballroom), Fairfield County, or anywhere else in Connecticut where people are getting married.  While innovation remains key for any business model, in this age of instant technology, finding an updated, yet vintage design can set your event apart.  We find that our photo booth bridges generational gaps, appealing to both the old-fashion, pre-internet generation and the tech-savvy generations as well. As you research your photo booth options, we highly recommend our classic photo booth – simple, elegant, timeless.

Classic Photo Booth – Authentic, Nostalgic, Lovely.

Posted in: Rhode Island
Photobooth Planet at Belle Mer in Newport RI

Last year, several of us from Photobooth Planet attended the world’s largest Photo Booth trade show in Vegas learning from other photo booth experts, industry leaders, and business owners.  We also walked through the exhibit floor, observing the wide variety of new camera technology and photo booth designs available for weddings, events, and corporate parties. Amidst the constant flood of new photo booth technology and innovations, it was easy to get caught up in the hype of new tools – robots and mirror booths are two examples. With the current pace of innovation, any seemingly great idea can be made obsolete in a couple years. So we asked ourselves: what made the original photo booth so popular on boardwalks, movie theaters, and five-and-dimes?  While innovators constantly worked on refining and improving the photo booth itself, at some point, they all landed on the final design of an enclosed booth, a curtain, a simple camera, and excellent quality photo prints. As we receive many inquiries for different types of photo booths, our approach is pretty much the same. Keep it simple, and keep it timeless. Our vintage, classic photo booth has a minimalist design, classic construction, with excellent camera technology ideal for “attention-to-detail” weddings in Newport (Castle Hill Inn, Ocean Cliff, Belle Mer), Bristol (Linden Place, Blithewold Mansion), Providence (The Biltmore), or anywhere else in Rhode Island where people are getting married.  While innovation remains key for any business model, in this age of instant technology, finding an updated, yet vintage design can set your event apart.  We find that ourphoto booth bridges generational gaps, appealing to both the old-fashion, pre-internet generation and the tech-savvy generations as well. As you research your photo booth options, we highly recommend our classic photo booth – simple, elegant, timeless.

The Vintage Photo Booth – Timeless Entertainment

Posted 2/19/18 in: New Jersey New York

Visiting the Photo Booth Expo

Last year, I attended the world’s largest Photo Booth trade show in Las Vegas for four days. During that time, I learned from other photo booth experts, industry leaders, and business owners. While walking through the exhibit floor, I observed the various new photo booth designs available for events. Amidst the constant flood of new camera technology and novel photo booth options, I found myself leaning towards these new gadgets.  Advanced drones with cameras, mirror photo booths, and 3D photo booths. With the current pace of technological innovation, any  great idea can be made obsolete in a matter of two years. It begs the question: “what made the original photo booth so popular and appealing to such a wide audience?”

Looking back at the Original Photo Booths

To get a better understanding of the history of vintage photo booths, and to learn more about how artists such as Andy Warhol and Nakki Goranin used the photo booth in their art, check out this great blog post by Max Bloch titled “Behind the Curtain: A History of the Photobooth.” While inventors constantly worked on improving the photo booth itself, at some point, they all landed on the final design of a booth, a curtain, a simple camera, and excellent quality photo prints.  Things have not changed much.  People continue to try new ideas, and I have to admit, it is exciting!  Exciting to observe new ideas using new technology to resemble the original photo booth design.

Keeping it simple

As we receive many inquiries for different types of photo booths, our approach is pretty much the same. Keep it simple, and keep it timeless. Our vintage photo booth has a minimalist design, classic construction, with excellent camera technology ideal for high-end weddings in Midtown Manhattan (The Loeb Central Park Boathouse is one of our favorite, timeless NYC venues), or a low-key family gathering at a private home. While innovation remains key for any business model, at the same time, in this age of constant upgrades, sticking to a timeless, vintage design is often sufficient. Plus, we find that our vintage photo booth bridges generational gaps, appealing to both the old-fashion, pre-internet generation and the uber-tech savvy millennial generation as well. As you research your photo booth options, we highly recommend our classic photo booth – simple, yet timeless.

Our classic photo booth in the modern, chic event space at the Martha Washington Hotel located on East 29th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

VW Photo Bus at a Hudson Valley Wedding

Posted 11/28/17 in: New Jersey New York

Our VW Photo Bus at a lovely Hudson Valley Fall Wedding

Our VW Photo Bus at a lovely Hudson Valley Wedding.  For many, the Fall Season in the Hudson Valley captures a unique beauty in all of nature. The changing leaves, the crisp air, and the beautiful mountains. It is no surprise that the Hudson Valley continues to grow as a popular wedding destination during the Fall Seasons. The Roundhouse in Beacon, NY, is one of those up-and-coming destinations. Last Fall, the father of the bride, a long-time Volkswagen mechanic and expert, invited Bella, our VW Photo Bus, to join in celebrating a lovely couple. He has years of experience working on Volkswagen’s and we hit it off right away talking about the history of the VW Bus, previous restoration projects, ongoing restoration projects, etc… and, of course, we posed for photo booth photos as well.

A Generous Review for our VW Photo Bus

It’s always nice to receive a positive review from previous clients.  So grateful for this generous review. See below:
“What a blast is the first thing I need to say! We met Bella, Tony’s VW Photobus the afternoon of our wedding, and boy did she have presence out of the gate! People loved the spin on the photobooth! Tony was easy to work and communicate with from initial call to the day of, and made our day so special and unique! If you want the traditional photobooth, he can sure do that too, but bringing Bella along for the ride is just too cool to pass up! It’s something people won’t forget!”

Posing for Wedding Photos before the Ceremony in the Hudson Valley

This lovely bride and groom posing in front of our VW Photo Bus at their lovely Hudson Valley Wedding in Beacon, New York

Bellows Booth – an Old Twist on an Open Air Photo Booth

Posted 11/20/17 in: New Jersey New York

Old Fashion Bellows Camera Transformed into an Open Air Photo Booth

Our New Bellows Style Open Air Photo Booth!

This Bellows Style Open Air Photo Booth looks like the original cameras with an accordion front.  Equipped with updated technology, it will feel like you and your guests are experiencing an old fashion photo shoot. Designed after the old cameras from a century ago, these hand-made booths are intricately put together to help you and your guests blast back in time as if you were at your great-grandparents’ wedding.

How it works

Guests pose in front of a standard back drop, look into a computer tablet below, and smile at the camera lens. Just several seconds later, a printed photo strip is offered to them so they will always remember their evening together.

More info

This booth boasts handcrafted wood work designed from cherry, maple and walnut wood, telescoping bellows, solid brass accents and hand-rubbed finish. All in a sleek, compact design. Absolutely gorgeous! It smells nice, too!

Here are some photos of the Bellows Booth in action…

Similar to our VW PhotoBus and Classic Booth, we are in the business of capturing your special event with elegance and class.

Contact us today to reserve one for your special event.

2017 Photo-Strip Hall of Fame

Posted 11/09/17 in: Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island
Connecting in our vintage photo booth at a recent wedding at The Lighthouse in Manhattan

So ends another wedding season.  Grateful to have celebrated with so many brides, grooms, MOBs, FOGs, Aunties, flower girls, ring bearers, caterers, photographers, DJ’s and limo drivers in 2017.  Very soon we will comb through the wedding photo booth archives and select the very best photo-strips from this past season.  If you have one you’d like to submit, please email me at Geoff@photoboothplanet.com.  If we select yours to include in the Top Ten, you will receive a free gift!

More to come, so stay tuned….

Take a Trip Back in Time with PhotoBooth Planet

Posted 11/06/17 in: Vermont / Upstate NY VW Photobooth Bus

From an article in Vermont State Homes…

“Photobooth Planet specializes in customizable photo booths for pretty much any occasion. Owner of the company Chris Centracchio joined his friends’ photo booth venture in 2011, taking the company to new heights. In the formative years that followed, the team patented a hard-sided, enclosed booth as well as an open air bellows booth that looked like a century-old camera. Centracchio also spearheaded the development of a Volkswagen photo bus, one of their most popular mobile booths for rent that takes you back in time.”

“We love helping people bond when they are gathered for the most important events of their lives, mainly weddings and special occasions,” Centracchio said. “The photo booths that we offer all have a ‘wow’ factor to them.”

“At Photobooth Planet, you will encounter an array of options. The vintage style, hard-sided photo booth is a classic choice for weddings and engagement parties. Remaining true to the iconic look of the turn-of-the-century booth, there are no theme park antics or pipe-and-drape kits here. Gracefully styled to match the aesthetic sensibilities of a wedding, this photo booth is roomy, elegant, and possesses a whimsical feel. The company can rent booths in most of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.”

“The traditional open air booth and their recently released bellows booth capture images in the open and allow for customizable backdrops. These booths allow for larger groups, and require guests to press a button to have their picture taken. Two identical strips of three glossy photos (black and white or color, and customizable to include text) are produced and ready to view in seconds.”

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We were recently featured in an article, Take a Trip Back in Time with Photobooth Planet. If you’re interested in Vermont Real Estate, check out what they have to offer for Burlington, VT Homes for Sale.

Our VW Bus on Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Posted 6/06/17 in: New Jersey New York

Our VW Bus on Long Beach Island, New Jersey

This past weekend, we visited the Brant Beach Yacht Club with our VW Bus on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  It was a picture perfect summer day overlooking the ocean.  On top of that, we made lots of great friends with other vendors and guests of the bride and groom.

Making friends

Thank you to Delaney Dobson Photography for the beautiful photo of our vintage VW Bus!  A real pleasure working with you on making this a spectacular event.  Thank you also to Megan at Rustic Drift for her awesome vintage-style furniture.  I love their furniture, their design, and the overall aesthetic Rustic Drift creates for each event!  A perfect compliment to our vintage VW Bus on Long Beach Island, New Jersey!

Newlyweds hanging in our vintage Volkwagen Photo Bus after the ceremony!  Thank you to Delaney Dobson Photography for this awesome shot.

A lovely review from a lovely couple:

“Tony and “Bella”, the VW photobooth bus, were amazing! The perfect highlight to our wedding. Tony arrived promptly, generously gave an additional hour of time, and was fun to work with. Bella was a hit! We would have them again in a heartbeat- fun and different!”