Introducing The Vintage Booth
We are big fans of Lee Garland. He is so cool and just gets how to make a wedding uber stylish with his contemporary photography and laid back, professional attitude. His vintage booth is just as smart as his photography and we are very pleased to introduce the man himself to tell us all about the story of the Vintage Booth:
“Way back in Aug 2012 I photographed a wedding in France, for Bex and Mark. Bex really wanted a photo booth, something I didn’t have at the time. Nor, I have to be honest, did I really yearn to have one. I loved the idea of a photobooth, but all the ones I’d seen didn’t exactly make me swoon. It seemed as if the booth was a penalty the couple had to pay in order to get the fun shots of their friends and family, rather than something you’d really want to see at your carefully coordinated wedding.
But to her credit, Bex was persistent and couldn’t find one in the Pyrenees – so I agreed to see what I could do. Two things I knew; I wanted their guests to genuinely be able to let loose in the booth, and I wanted the booth itself to look gorgeous. It couldn’t therefore be me with a camera on a tripod, a box of props – asking people to pose. The route to genuine inhibition lies not there – they needed to be on their own, taking their own photos. Secondly, I had to reinvent the booth, because what I’d seen at fairs looked like the ‘booth’ itself was afterthought.
And so, vintagebooth.me was born. We coded the software from scratch, so that we didn’t have to rely on clunky LCD touch screens, and instead operated the whole thing through a single button, mounted in a church collection box. A view camera is hands down the handsomest camera to behold, and naturally makes you smile before you’ve even picked up a moustache. You’re only waiting 30 seconds for your big, black & white print to drop out, free from all the garish branding and gaudy clipart you see on so many others.
The booth went down a storm in France, and from a nervous start watching it sweep off on an airport conveyor belt we’ve now got three staff, two booths and two vans, bringing joy and genuine hilarity to weddings and all manner of events. The cast of Downton have been in it at The Savoy, Bar Mitzvahs in the walkways of Tower Bridge and it’s been on tour with an entire prohibition-era for Bacardi.
We achieved what I wanted – a photo booth I could be proud of, and one that you can be proud to have at your wedding.
We hope to see you in the booth soon,”
Lee, Thom + Vic x
Check out Lee’s lovely booths at: vintagebooth.me