At their home in Joemma Beach Estates, Mindy and David McKeever have a 21st century adaptation of a memory-maker, Viral Booth CRV.
On Sept. 11, the couple purchased the photo booth business where Mindy had worked for three years. They want to make people aware that they can deliver the booth to weddings, anniversary and birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and corporate events.
The booth is 10 by 10 feet and expandable to 10 by 20 for an outdoor venue. It is a soft booth, a metal frame with curtains, or can be used with a backdrop (not enclosed).
Mindy McKeever said the system features a touch screen with a walk-through menu and takes a series of three photographs in seven-second intervals to allow for a change of fun, silly props.
Mindy said a large client recently held a corporate team building event where they got 60 people in one photograph.
According to McKeever, the photos can be automatically uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SMS and email for sharing.
“The social media aspect is really neat for the younger generation,” she said.
The McKeevers recommend delivery and setup one to two hours ahead of events, to make sure the equipment is operational. They need only a couple of days of lead time if the booth hasn’t already been booked.
For wedding keepsakes, guests are given a souvenir photo strip with three pictures. Customized logos are available, and there is an option to record a video message, saved to a thumb drive.
“This service enhances any event and makes it memorable,” McKeever said.
On Dec. 9, Viral Booth CRV will be at the Key Center fire station for breakfast with Santa.
The McKeevers are donating this service as a fundraiser for the fire department.
On Feb. 21 they will have a display at the Kitsap Wedding Expo. They are in line to be at Key Fest in 2015.
Both of the owners have full-time jobs.
“We work hard and play harder,“ Mindy McKeever said. “I’m really excited about the business. I am a people person and this is the perfect thing to do. It is a real business. We are fully licensed, carry business insurance and we pay taxes. It is not a franchise. We are 100 percent owners. We pay a licensing fee and have technical support for the software,” she said.
All photos from any event are stored on the website viralbooth.com.
Package charges range from $175 during specials to $1,400 for six to eight hours. There is no delivery fee. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 447-8886
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