When Louise Birdsell’s brother got married this spring in Phoenix, she and her husband, John Birdsell, were surprised to see a photo booth at the reception.
Curiosity quickly turned to fascination when both took notice of its popularity with the wedding guests. For the rest of the night, the booth was full of bridesmaids, groomsmen, and friends and family of the bride and groom.
When the Guthrie couple returned home the next day, they couldn’t help thinking about what it would be like if they started a photo booth rental business in Oklahoma.
By May, she had researched manufacturers, and in June, they purchased two 800-pound portable photo booths and two trailers from a company in California for $45,000.
Now they call themselves The Oklahoma Photo Booth, though they also travel to Texas, Kansas and Arkansas for business, ranging from corporate events to bar mitzvahs.
After their first event at a San Antonio trade show in June, the Birdsells have rented their booths for wedding receptions, fundraisers, a surprise birthday party and even a student carnival at Kansas University, which was one of their busiest events.
“I hate the phone, but I called (my wife) and said, ‘Honey, you won’t believe this, but there are 60 people waiting in line,’” said John Birdsell, a concrete contractor who also owns two storage unit businesses in Edmond.
Although Louise Birdsell didn’t go to Lawrence, Kan. — she’s also a stay-at-home mom — she usually attends most of the events while John Birdsell transports and sets up booths.