You guys! You may not know this about me, but I am obsessed with photo booths. It all started over 11 years ago when my husband and I popped into a photo booth in Hampden, his home town neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. I treasured that photo of us and since then every photo booth I came across I just had to snap a pic. These photos capture the silliest of moments and show how we have grown as a family. They are displayed on my vintage magnetic kitchen cabinets and in books as bookmarks throughout our home. You can only imagine my excitement when I heard a local lady was creating an interactive photo booth in a trailer. SideShow Photo Booth is going to be packed full of surprises, and we have the inside scoop in this spotlight, read on readers!
Tell our readers a bit about yourself, Pamela! Where are you from and what brought you to Ogden?
My family is from Memphis. And when I say “from Memphis”, I mean generations of Southern blood runs through my veins. I bleed red, white trash, and blue. A couple of years ago my husband and I looked at each other and said, “It’s too hot. Let’s move.” It didn’t take us long to find Ogden and do everything possible to relocate here. We love the mountains and dig how you can enjoy the outdoors in the summer; like how this morning I showered, toweled off, and then felt dry. Miraculous! So last summer we packed our bags, gave Memphis a salute and a “later, ya’ll,” and headed for our paradise. We have never been happier.
What inspired you to start a photo booth?
I’m finishing my Bachelor’s at Weber State. For awhile I was trying to decide between law school and business school after graduation, so I thought I’d dip my little toe in both disciplines to see which I preferred. I declared a minor in legal studies and another in entrepreneurship (I’m an anthropology major-now you know why I have to go to grad school). The photo booth was my intro to entrepreneurship class project. Part of the reason I chose that particular project is because I liked the idea of creating a kind of visual ethnography of Ogden. That genuinely appealed to the anthropologist in me. My professor, Dave Noack, encouraged me to pitch the idea at the Startup Weber competition. I won first place, $10,000 to start the business, and so I was like, “I guess I have to do this really scary thing now.” Everything has fallen into place since then, though. I have received such incredible support from the community and my friends here. Gina and Tony Duffy of She Shreds Co. were particularly instrumental in helping it get off the ground.
Where did you find your dear Lucille?
I am a member of the most rad Facebook group there ever was. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s called the Rad Ladies of Ogden. Throughout the semester I posted surveys for my intro to entrepreneurship class and the rad ladies did me a solid by filling them out. One of the ladies saw what I was working on and offered to sell her 1956 Romer to me. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect- or the price! She had been sitting unused for ten years and needed lots of love. Chris Maw and Todd Shaw, of C & K Auto, are bringing her back to her glory days. My daughter, Natalia, named her Lucille after Lucille Ball. We think she’s as glamorous on the outside, and is sure to be as hilariously fun on the inside, as the I Love Lucy star.
What is your vision for Sideshow Photo Booth? Where would you like to take the booth?
I want the Sideshow to be an Ogden institution! It is such a great vehicle (literally and figuratively!) to promote local business and local events. My goal is to help the world fall in love with Ogden just like we did. Of course, I won’t turn down gigs outside of Ogden, either. But I hope most of our time will be spent at local weddings, sporting events and competitions, festivals, business openings and the like.
What are some fun props and costumes you will have inside the booth and what sets Lucille apart from say, a traditional photo booth?
Traditional photo booths are about the size of voting booths and just as enchanting. Lucille is gorgeous! She will fit right in at weddings and other swanky events; her exterior is as photogenic as her interior. Plus, she’s roomy! An entire wedding party can easily fit inside. You won’t find any boring paper props, either. Sideshow is about vintage, freaky fun. We will have vintage hats, colorful wigs, bizarre masks, mannequin parts and more to give partiers a truly unique experience. And though in some aspects Lucille is a photo booth, a better modifier might be ‘portrait studio’. I want to capture the heart, the abstract quality, of each person who sits down in Lucille. I think that’s where a photograph stops being a picture and matriculates into art. This is not an automated experience. It’s personal and customized. Instead of the traditional photo booth picture strips, we will have 6X8 prints available for purchase. Digital images will be available on our website www.photosideshow.com for free. Pricing will start at $800 for a 2-hour event and will include 200 prints, but for events happening in the next few months, we are willing to negotiate a lower price. And we will always be willing to adapt pricing to a customers needs. A fundraising event will have a different pricing structure than a corporate event, for example.
How can readers stay updated on Lucille?
Please connect with Sideshow on our Facebook page: PhotoSideshow I will be posting regular updates on Lucille’s restoration as well as sneak peaks of our props. You can also find us on Instagram: @photosideshow and Twitter: @PhotoSideshow
As a THANK YOU to all of you dear readers, Sideshow Photo Booth wants to offer one of you half price on your next photo booth rental and 10 of you a FREE 6×8 photo in the photo booth. Just ‘like’ their FB page at Facebook.com/photosideshow and comment below to let us know which one you’d liek to win!