PhotoBooth Supply Co. Review

How to build a photobooth biz
You build a great business and then you think ‘all right I did it, time to enjoy it.’ And while I’m a huge proponent of celebrating our success and living the life we imagine, I also know that you can’t actually sit still for too long or all of a sudden you’re going backwards. You have to be looking to innovate, improve, grow… If you’re going to continue to have success. Today, I’m excited to share my newest venture with Photo Booth Supply Co

It’s critical to me that I be aware of what’s hot, what’s exciting and what people want. By actively seeking out those 3 components, I know I’m staying relevant and aware of what the marketplace wants. And I, like you have been noticing that the marketplace is in love with Photo Booths. And I’m right there with them.  

Photobooth Open Air
That’s why I was so excited to meet Brandon of Photo Booth Supply Co. back in February. It all began when I stopped by to say hi to my friends and sponsors over at Drop it MODERN. They pretty much had the most amazing booth ever and inside their airstream (yes! A silver shiny awesome airstream trailer!) was the most fabulous open air Photo Booth setup I’d ever seen. And that’s when they told me that I had to meet Brandon the creator behind Photo Booth Supply Co. because we were totally going to hit it off. 

And they were right! 

As I played in the Photo Booth and chatted with Brandon, my mind was spinning with ideas to monetize the booth.

Now, if I was a wedding photographer, this booth would be a no-brainer. You know your clients are going to be looking for a Photo Booth. Why not take that piece of the pie as well!? But I’m not. So I had to know how I would monetize this booth to make the investment worth it? 

By the time I left his booth, I’d already drafted a mini business plan in my mind as a secondary revenue stream. I should maybe interject here and mention that I dream of business ideas the way a third time bridesmaid dreams of her own chance at the big white gown. Anyway… So there I am dreaming up how to make this profitable.

I live in Seattle, so I knew I was in a great market. My strategy would be corporate. I would reach out and market our booth for company functions. I quickly figured out that if I could book the booth 10 times, I’d more than pay for it. I was also excited because our son has been really wanting his own chance at helping with a business and I knew this could be his chance (hello college savings account). More on that later! 

For now, I’m happy to tell you that I am now the proud owner of my very own Photo Booth! Teaming up with PBSCo. has been amazing. They have thought of everything when it came to creating these open air concepts and the clean simple style is perfect. I’ve already used the booth at 3 speaking engagements and volunteered it for the kid’s school carnival. That carnival resulted in 1/2 a dozen inquiries alone.

My first experience with my new booth was only days after it was delivered. I had had the chance to set it up once before I loaded it up in it’s crying case and off we went to the Inspired Retreat in Nashville where I was a keynote speaker. Only days after that, me at the booth headed to Hawaii where I taught the Big Boost Workshop. And a few weeks after that, I took the booth to San Diego for my Thrive Mastermind Retreat. I’m happy to report that it travels really well and I think I’m finally getting the hand of maneuvering it with my other luggage down the terminal! 😉 

Photo Booth Backdrops by Town Booth Seattle

Backdrop Sources: Custom Painted Backdrop | Flower BackDrop | Triangle Mod Backdrop (no longer available)  | Gold Sequin Backdrop  |  White Waterfall Backdrop

PhotoBooth Supply Co. plus Drop it Modern
So there you have it! This is my new set up! Photo Booth Supply Co. + Drop it Modern Backdrop = Coolest Photo Booth Ever!

Thinking about getting a Photo Booth, if you have any questions, just ask them in the comments and I’ll answer back! 

The Synopsis: My experience with Photo Booth Supply Co. has been great! They are so super thorough explaining in their explanation and training when you get your booth and the way they’ve built these booths is awesome! They are portable, simple to use and well designed. It’s an investment for sure but it can easily pay for itself and become a longterm revenue stream. I’m a huge fan!! 


Use my code: gopbsco  to get $200 off at PBSCo. then let me know after purchase and I’d be happy to set up a 20 minute Skype chat for building your booth biz.

Details of The Thrive Mastermind Retreat (San Diego Edition)

Retreat Mastermind Workbook

Hello, my name is Leah and I am a sucker for detail. I love, study and dream details. I’ve planned out details when building each division of my company before I even knew what they were for. My mind thinks in details and then eventually all the details will come together to tell the whole story (at least that’s what we hope will happen).  So, it’s no surprise that it’s in details that I plan and organize the Mastermind Weekends that I teach and host for members of my training program, The Thriving Photographer

Last month we had our 5th Thrive Mastermind Retreat (it makes me giddy just to say fifth!). This time the weekend event was hosted in San Diego, CA. It was an amazing weekend with amazing women. Today, I thought it would be really fun to show you just a few of the details that go into this experience driven weekend. 

When attendees first arrive at the venue, they might be worried they forgot something or are feeling a little nervous, so upon check-in they receive a little Retreat Survival Kit. More than anything, it’s there to remind my guests that they are with friends! 

Next on the list? Guests are going to want to know they are at the right places at the right time. And who doesn’t want to have an idea of what to expect? So, out comes the retreat workbooks. I love these books! We have them printed by  Pro Digital Photos. They offer double duty as they allow for outlines, schedules and note taking to all be in one easy and beautiful place. PDP is actually where a lot of my special surprises come from. I am obsessed with their ultra soft paper, you seriously don’t want to stop petting it. I know that’s a little weird – but test me on it, it’s true! And they have some fantastic card templates that really help my mail to stand our from the rest (love their plopper cards!) And of course, I want everyone to stay hydrated and inspired with our custom, ‘she decided’ Thrive tumblers.

The weekend continues to unveil surprise after surprise, from cute Boss Lady pencils to special gifts along the way. Getting to shower my attendees in thoughtful details is my way of showing how much I care and how honored I feel to have them their with me. Hmmm, maybe my love language is details?! 🙂  Of course I can’t reveal all of them, after all – that would ruin the surprise. But I may just share one more post about the details… After all, they are my favorite. 

And a little bit from Instagram

Amazing Sponsors to Thank (and that you should really check out):
Thrive Retreat Workbooks – Printed by Pro Digital Photos
5×7 Organic Bloom Frame – The Organic Bloom
Bold & Beautiful Gold Foil Print – Laura Kathryn Creative 
5×7 Jaded Box – The Luxe Brand by Jane Johnson 
‘She Decided’ Tumbler – The Thriving Photographer 

Special Shout-Outs to: 
Dear Miss Modern (Styled Stock Images)
B is for Bonnie (Boss Lady Pencils) 
Oh Shiny Paper Co. (Thrive Balloon Banner) 

Thrive Retreat – CA (attendees perspective)

Amy Lorraine was capturing footage throughout the retreat (I didn’t even realize it) and created such a fantastic vlog post (see the full post here). 

We had so much fun at the Thrive Retreat – San Diego edition, as evident from Instagram (#thriveretreatCA). And I’ll be sharing my own behind the scenes and styled sessions soon (plus stay tuned for a special retreat swag giveaway) but until then, I l-o-v-e her perspective and asked her if I could share it with you as well. 

If you’ve ever wondered about the Thrive Mastermind Retreat, Amy offers a very fun perspective! 

Connect with Amy on Instagram (she has a beautiful feed). 

White, Blush Pink & Black Glam Studio Space

Studio InspirationWe originally showcased the fabulous studio of Kristin Vining way back in 2011. Since it’s been a few years now, I thought we’d share this drool worthy space again! 

Can you share a little about your business style?
Business style?  OCD!  ha!  Okay, in all seriousness – I am a fast worker.  As a mommy of 4 year old twins and operating two companies, I have learned to master my workflow so that everyone stays balanced and happy.  My typical approach is – photograph the wedding Saturday, Sunday’s are untouchable – they are dedicated to my husband and twinkies, Monday’s I drink lots of coffee while culling images, marrying my work with my 2nd shooter’s, organizing and processing.  On Tuesday’s, my studio manager steps in and starts designing slideshows and storybooks while I begin the blog layout and upload process.  By Thursday, the wedding has posted online and the couple are welcomed back from their honeymoon with a sweet little treat waiting in their inbox reading, “Images Ready!”.  I try to plan my weekday sessions to happen Wed/Thurs/Friday’s.  Of course, on our off-weekends, we’ll shoot any day of the week.  Shooting style?  Clean.  I love crisp, classic and clean imagery.  I love soft skin tones and pretty attire.  I am in love with pink-buttery, natural light and prefer sunrise shooting to sunset.
Will you share a little about the process of designing your studio?
I just turned 37 – can I still say, “Super-duper, Fun!”?  I purchased our space in Uptown Charlotte the same month that I gave birth to my twinks.  I left the walls in its natural cinder block state, but took the two dry walls and had them painted glossy black.  Up until this January it was ‘cool’ space, but I was longing for a “soft, white, clean with a touch of glamour space.”  My girls here in the studio are amazing.  With the help of Lindsey Regan Thorne, Tiffany Ratliff and Liz Connolly, together we started the process.  Lindsey actually has an interior design background so she truly stepped up and started drawing, suggesting and helping me implement what you see now.  We all absolutely adore coming into work and we love seeing the looks on our clients faces when seeing the space for the first time.
What are the benefits and drawbacks to having a studio?
Since the infancy stages of my business, I have always been a proponent of having my own space.  I love the professionalism of a quiet, cozy and comfortable studio when meeting a client for the first time.  I love that my current clients will always know where to find me.  I love that hair and makeup prior to a shoot takes place right here in the studio.  I love having all of our favorite work displayed around for people to enjoy.  Most of all, I love having all of the girls in the studio at the same time.  Amazingly fun times.  Drawbacks?  Truly – I have never looked at studio space as a drawback.  While there is extra overhead, I am still able to keep my pricing competitive with other photographers who are of the same caliber and experience as KVP.
What has been your favorite moment as a professional photographer?
I don’t think I have one favorite moment as much as I have a handful of favorites.  This one in particular definitely stands out in my mind.  Shortly after I was back to shooting from having the twinks, I was photographing the mother/son dance at a reception.  It was the first time I lost it during a dance.  I instantly flash-forwarded 25+ years and envisioned holding my precious, Bray on his wedding day.  The mother of the bride was standing right next to me and saw me choked up (I had to keep the camera square in front of my face b/c I was too embarrassed to let it down).  She took her arms around me and just started loving on me – it was a pretty profound and touching moment.  I still kept pushing the shutter though.  🙂

A huge thank you to the fabulous Kristin Vining for giving wonderful insights into her photography business and sharing her amazing studio on!

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