April 7, 2011

We met Jeff Hellenbrand a little over a year ago, not long after he brought the Traveling Photo Booth to Chicago. He is one of the friendliest guys you’ll meet in the event industry and their booths are fantastic. It seemed like the perfect company to feature on our new vendor spotlight section!

How long has Traveling Photo Booth been in Chicago? Where did you guys start? After spending two years with The Traveling Photo Booth in Minneapolis as the General Manager, I moved to Chicago in 2009 to bring photo booth joy to brides and wedding guests in Chicagoland.

Traveling Photo Booth is a very unique option. How did you all achieve this? Matt and Jacob, the founders, saw a need (way back in 2005) for beautiful, retro photo booths designed especially for weddings and other events. When they saw that no one else was doing this, they set out to create their own. With Matt’s architecture degree, Jacob’s experience as a professional photographer, a quirky sense of humor and a total obsession with creating a beautiful, authentic machine, they were perfectly suited to handcraft a photo booth built just for weddings. Half a decade later, the (all new) photo booths are still state-of-the-art and cutting edge, they’re manufactured locally and they still hold every bit of charm they always have.

So many of our clients love the guestbook feature of a photo booth. Can you explain? Our photo booth prints two photo strips at once so one goes home with guests as a party favor and the other is placed in a photo strip guest book where guests can write a message for the bride and groom. It’s the best part about having a photo booth (besides the intense quantities of fun and sheer joy at the reception). My wife and I love pulling out our photo strip guest book from our wedding. It’s amazing how much fun people had and the crazy shots the photo booth captured. The personal notes next to every picture are just as priceless.

Are the images you take during an event available for purchase afterwards? Our photo booth has an open-back design for those hilarious group shots. We offer unlimited reprints on-site, so if eight people cram in the photo booth, eight people can get copies right away. If they get a little drunk and lose their photo strip, guests can download them for free online or even order a print off the website for around three bucks.

What is your favorite part of working in the Chicago wedding industry? Chicago is an amazing city. I think my favorite part is that there are so many gorgeous and breathtaking places to get married in this city. Chicago is filled to the brim with super talented wedding professionals (*ahem* Cage and Aquarium *ahem*)  and I feel honored to get to work with so many of them.
We realize it is a bit cliché, but where do you see Traveling Photo Booth in 5 years? Every year is better than the last. Things in Chicago just keep getting better for us as more people learn about having a photo booth at their reception and decide that they want something that’s going to fit the aesthetic of their reception and also print stunning photo strips. In five years, we’re still going to be delivering fun and timeless entertainment for weddings and documenting every second of it with crisp, beautiful pictures that last forever.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about Traveling Photo Booth? We love Cage and Aquarium. When you request an instant quote from our website, enter “cage” as your referral code for an even better deal on the best photo booth in the galaxy.

What a sweet deal for you C&A fans! Now go book a Traveling Photo Booth for your next event!

All photos courtesy of The Traveling Photo Booth®

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