Watch this video above for a sample slow-motion booth video.
If you haven't seen a photo booth at a wedding, well, then you simply have not been to a wedding in the past five years or more. Photo booths have become a "must have" at wedding receptions all over the country, giving guests a fun activity to do while simultaneously providing a nice keepsake and/or favor in the form of a photo strip. But the next generation of booths is now entering the fold: Please introduce yourself to "Slow motion Video Station," a hot new trend that has caught on tremendously on the West Coast, and is just now beginning to trickle in to the Michigan market.
Never heard of a Slow Motion Video Station? Let me break it down for you. Physically, imagine a traditional photo booth, usually a 6 x 8 area with curtains, a printer and an on-site attendant who guides your guests into the booth area to snap a series of photos, before printing the photos off onto a photo strip that is then given to the guests, or sometimes assembled in a scrapbook. A Slow Motion Video Station has the same physical appearance as a traditional photo booth, but instead of an on-site attendant, you can think of that person as a skilled "director." Your guests enter the Slow Motion Video Station and this "director" records them doing whatever they would like for a short time, usually like 8-10 seconds. This clip is then slowed down - way down - to where it plays back in super-slow motion. Instantly (in most cases), the clip is then shown on a monitor outside of the station for all of your guests to enjoy.
The reason it has become popular is that it is a fun and unique experience...your guests are now used to seeing a regular old photo booth, but people are blown away by the slow-motion aspect. Many companies offering this service provide unique props that look very cool in slow-motion, like confetti, party poppers, bubbles, etc. The on-site "director" helps guests in guiding them what to do to make the station experience tons of fun, but also quick, so that guests are in and out of the station much like they are with a photo booth.
Many brides find themselves skeptical at first, mainly because this is something new and something they've never seen before. But those who have taken the leap of faith and have had Slow-Motion Station at their wedding absolutely rave about it.
As with all hot new trends, you have to watch out for pretenders or those who offer the service without the know-how to do it properly. There is a difference in quality. One of the few who are doing it properly in Michigan is Complete Video Solutions , who use a special camera to record at the high frame-rate necessary for high-quality slow-motion. As for cost, with this company, a Slow-Motion Station will run you only a few extra hundred dollars over the cost of a traditional Photo Booth.
Believe it or not, but Slow Motion Video Stations are the cutting edge of hot wedding reception trends, and they will be here to stay...so inquire about one for your wedding and be amongst the trend-setters in Michigan!
Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached