Santa Maria Sun / Biz Spotlight
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 17, Issue 50
Spotlight on: Choice Images Photo BoothBrenda and David Tallmadge, owners
By DAVID MINSKY
A properly planned party has many elements, but should it include a photo booth?
The answer is yes, according to Brenda and David Tallmadge, owners of Choice Images Photo Booth. Based in Santa Maria, the Tallmadges have provided their services for weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, and other parties throughout the Central Coast for two years.
“It’s one way to keep a party going,” David said. “It really makes people loosen up.”
Serving the Central Coast, the Tallmadges bring their photo booth service—including booth, cameras, and props—to events anywhere from Solvang to Paso Robles.
The Tallmadges started their business in 2014 after Brenda lost her job as an office manager at a local business. Even though it was a part-time gig for her, she had the job for 14 years and all of a sudden found herself in need of income. Also, David was already in retirement.
“We had to figure something out,” Brenda said.
They were inspired after the photo booth they rented for their daughter’s wedding turned out to be a big hit.
They ordered a pre-fabricated photo booth kit, plus the equipment, and registered with the state. The going was slow at first—they started from scratch and advertising was word of mouth. But now, the Tallmadges are proud to say that the business is finally able to pay its own bills.
Despite this, they don’t have a huge company—it’s only the two of them (occasionally their daughter will help out) and they only have one photo booth. But they also bring a slew of props to make the photo session fun. The Tallmadges can also provide customized props, if requested, and they’re flexible as far as themes go. The booth can also be customized to fit into a tight space or be set up indoors or outdoors.
The booth is rented for an hourly rate, but you don’t just get the booth, you also get the Tallmadges too. That’s because David wants to provide the “full photo booth service experience.”
A photo session includes four pictures, but for additional cash, anyone can get a photo album or a USB drive with the photos. Pictures are available as soon as 15 seconds after the shoot. Picture templates are also customized.
The Tallmadges are booked until at least September, although you might be able to squeeze in a date for the right amount of magic. If a client needs a date, Brenda said, then they need to ask quickly.
“That’s the thing about being small,” David noted, “once you’re booked, you’re booked.”
They’ve appeared at Cambria Winery, the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, and various other places along the Central Coast. One of their next biggest events is a Mardi Gras-themed party at Martian Ranch and Vineyard in Los Alamos on Feb. 25.
Business has slowed a bit since the holidays, David said, but is picking up again for wedding season—which happens to be now. The Tallmadges are mostly booked on the weekends, but their services are available any day of the week.
Right now, they’re offering a special: book a minimum three-hour event and get $100 off the bill.
The best way to reach the Tallmadges is by telephone or by filling out a contact form on their website. Appointments can be made by calling Choice Images Photo Booth at 714-4030 or online at choiceimagesphotobooth.com.
• Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the veil at Vandenberg Air Force Base? Here’s your chance. The Lompoc Valley and Santa Maria Valley chambers of commerce are hosting a joint luncheon at the base on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Col. Christopher Moss, commander of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg, will give a presentation on happenings at the base. The luncheon will be held at the Pacific Coast Club located at 758 Nebraska Ave. on base. Reservations must be received by 4 p.m. on Feb. 22. Cost to attend is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation, call 736-4567.
Staff Writer David Minsky wrote this week’s Biz Spotlight. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, email, or mail.
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