CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Remember the thrill of squeezing into a photo booth with a couple of friends, dropping a few coins into the slot, then hamming it up for the four fast flashes that come along, ready or not? Then there's the joy of throwing open the curtain and waiting impatiently for that little strip of photos to be spit out into your hands, bringing gales of laughter from all involved?
Will Price can bring that photo booth experience to your wedding, to your prom, to your class reunion, combining the vintage feel of the booth with the latest in photo technology.
Will and his wife of 12 years, Danna, own Price Portraits and Commercial Photography on D Street in South Charleston. They have two daughters, ages 18 and 15. They do the things that many photographers do: take pictures of weddings, take portraits, pictures of new babies and high school seniors, plus a fair amount of commercial work for businesses -- pictures of people, products for websites and catalogs, interiors of factories, hospitals and more. They've won national awards for their photography.
"We travel a lot across the nation -- as full-time photographers, we attend seminars, and we're always learning about the latest trends," Will said. "It seems like everything around here is behind a few years, because these have been popular in larger cities -- like Pittsburgh, New York, Atlanta -- for a while."
So about three or four years ago, the pair purchased a vintage booth with antiquated equipment. They gutted it, painted it, added a high-quality camera and lens, a computer and printer. A local seamstress custom-made curtains for the booth to recapture the old-fashioned feeling of privacy and enclosure offered by the old booths.
"There are other photographers who offer photo booths, but they are often not enclosed," Price said. "What we have is a real novelty."
The couple adds fun touches for each event; they bring along silly hats, goofy sunglasses, feather boas and funny mustaches held up on sticks for patrons to use in their photo session. As their website, www.wowbooth.com, says: "Pull the curtain, hit a button and unleash the FUN!"