Nathan Flatt, a Sacramento mechanical engineer, and Justin Straub, a marketing and business strategy guru, quit their day jobs last year to concentrate full time on BloomBooth, an innovative collapsible photo booth that is picture perfect for event planners (Straub has since sold his share to Flatt). The mobile contraption can be wheeled into a venue on a utility cart and unfolds into a full-size booth equipped with camera, computer and printer. With the ability to run on battery power as well as from an electrical outlet, the booth is adaptable to both traditional and out-of-the-way venues like rooftops and beaches. BloomBooth can be rented for events (accompanied by a photo concierge from BloomBooth) or leased for long-term use at bars, restaurants and other locations. It’s currently available in Sacramento, Napa, San Diego, Indianapolis and Atlanta, with new distribution points to be added by the end of the year.
Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.