Guest article by Rebecca West
Nobody attends an event with hopes of not having fun. And today, no party is complete without a prop-filled photo booth. Not only do photo booths keep guests busy, but they’re also a great way to capture memories and create meaningful party favors.
Jared and Emily Shrode, founders of Vannagram & Co., a mobile photo booth company based here in Austin, have mastered the art of guest participation. With an impressive client list that includes South Congress Hotel, The Knot, Austin Way, and other notable national and local show stoppers, it’s clear Vannagram’s street cred runs high.
How Vannagram Got Its Start
Over the course of a five-month road trip in their Volkswagen bus, the Shrodes discovered the high interest surrounding their vehicle. It wasn’t until then that the idea struck to merge two things people are passionate about–photography and tradition.
It’s one thing to have an idea. It’s another to find the confidence to pursue it. The couple did just that, building a mobile business by transforming the VW bus into a funky photo studio on wheels.
The memory maker now brings a story of adventure + fun to event-goers, servicing Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and beyond.
What Makes Vannagram Special
It’s no secret photography has been around for quite some time. But the Shrodes have pioneered the way we view still life at events, treating every affair as a new story to be told. Cleverly housed inside a vintage, mint green VW bus, the highest quality equipment and radiant lighting sits. It’s designed to keep party guests looking fly before sending them off with duplicate photo strips to remind them of the wild time they had.
The self-sufficient photo booth takes parties to the next level and satisfies all guests’ selfie needs with social sharing features and high-quality photos printed on the spot. With on-demand tangible photographs, patrons don’t have to jump through hoops and pester party planners to track down their snapshot. Everybody wins.
The bus also serves as an excellent time filler and distraction from the behind the scenes hustle and bustle party planners are hope will go right over guests’ heads. Despite the small space, the van is comfortable and welcoming, acting more as a lounge than a vehicle.
The wagon stays stocked with festive handhelds and headgear, leaving guests the chance to change their identity for a night and create stories of their own. No barebones props here. From horse masks to medical tools, the weirder, the better.
What to Expect
Those who invite Vannagram to their event don’t just rent a machine. They also rent a husband + wife team with over 10 years of event planning and photography experience. Emily and Jared Shrode bring professionalism and reliability to their bookings and offer customizable packages fit for any gathering. With a variety of hours and themes, plus tons of add-ons for a personal touch, the duo tailors the bus to wherever it parks and open its doors.
Great photos are worth a lot more than great words. Next time you consider getting a photo booth for your Austin affair, think of this mobile local business that produces instant, living art, and memories that last a lifetime.
@theAustinot wants to know:
What is your favorite photo booth memory?
Rebecca West is a former Floridian with a flare for describing art and alcohol perfectly. Strings words together like nobody’s business, but is too cool to rub it in your face.