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Happy Birthday, Mindy Kaling

Christina Chairez

I adore Mindy Kaling. As long time fans of The Office, we've been fortunate to meet a few of the actors from the show which has entertained us for years.  Now, we're so happy that she has her own show;  The Mindy Project.

 We first met the talented Mindy at Nicole Richie's 30th birthday party.  I was disappointed to miss her (PhotoBoothDude worked the event), but pretty happy to get a chance to meet her a few months later at the HelloGiggles party.   

This photo strip is: Mindy Kaling, Samantha Ronson, and Sophia Rossi at HelloGiggles 1 year anniversary party at Palihouse, West Hollywood.  What's not to love?

Wishing you a most fabulous birthday, Ms. Kaling.  Enjoy.   

P.S. If you want to see all of the pics from the HelloGiggles party, look here: 

Photo booth by us (Mobile Photo Booth), Professional photos by cobrasnake.


Sarah + Brendon's Photo Booth

Christina Chairez

We were super excited to be part of Sarah & Brendon (of Panic at the Disco) Urie's gorgeous wedding at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu this past April.  Their breathtaking photos were featured over at Green Wedding Shoes (click here for that post).  Along with the jaw dropping photos by OneLove Photography, I thought you'd enjoy seeing the couple's classic photo booth pics.  So, with the couple's gracious permission, here are a few of my favorites from the photo booth along with a few favorites from Sara at One Love Photography.  

Congratulations Sarah & Brendon!    Oh, and p.s. Sarah thinks she doesn't take the best photo booth pics, but I strongly disagree don't you?  :-)  


And, their fantastic vendor list: 

mphotography: onelove photography // venue: Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu California (Chateau Le Dome) // event designer: Michelle Dixon (Formerly Rodriguez-Becker) and Staci Bishopp of Eco Caters // wedding coordinator: Lorena Molina ofBash, Please // makeup: Bride’s makeup done by herself. Bridesmaids + bride’s mother’s makeup by Jérémy Kaikala & Tiffanie Pherson // hair: Dean Roybal of Planet Salon in Beverly Hills // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // catering: Eco Caters // dj: Rick Singer // dress designer, veil + accessories: Vera Wang // flowers: Megan Gray of Honey and Poppies // groom’s attire: Dior Homme // bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew // lighting: Town & Country // officiant: Groom’s brother, Matthew Allred // shoes: Jimmy Choo // papergoods: Vera Wang purchased through Paper-Source // rentals: Town & Country RentalsLa Tavola LinensFound Vintage RentalsCasa de Perrin // photo booth: Mobile-Photobooth // rentals consultant: Michelle Dixon of Eco Caters

NotWedding Photo Booth fun!

Christina Chairez

This lovely couple is Dannielle & Richard, our NotWedding San Diego 2013 couple who ROCKED the photo booth last night! They were so sweet, and said that they wish they had rented our photo booth for their actual wedding ;) They left with a huge stack of great looking photo strips to make up for it though.

Congratulations Dannielle & Richard! Marriage is not easy, and especially after two kids. It's so wonderful to have witnessed your vow renewal.

Best wishes from Christina & Francisco

La Venta Love Tour + Vintage styled photos

Christina Chairez

The Love Tour.  One of our favorite "wedding shows" of the year, this fabulous bridal bash is the anti-convention center show; boutique, upscale, beautiful, and onsite at a fabulous venue.  There was no such thing when I was a bride to be 10 years ago, and I just love the concept. The Love Tour's last stop was at La Venta in Palos Verdes.  This jaw dropping venue exudes vintage charm & style.  You can see a lot more photos of this bridal bash on Zoom Theory's blog.  The photo booth gallery is posted here.

La Venta Photos wedding

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Some lovely vendor friends from the Love Tour decided to collaborate on a vintage styled photo shoot at La Venta. When Meredith & Amanda from Zoom Theory Photography asked us to,  I was 1/4 excited and 3/4 mortified to model in a wedding dress for a vintage styled photo shoot.  My knee jerk reaction was "thanks, but I can't."  It's so easy to turn down things that scare us, right?

When I turned 30, I challenged myself go to a reptile store & hold a snake (my deepest fear).  I made it through that. I guess that each "yes" I make in life when I want so desperately to say "no" (or, perhaps go running for the hills) emboldens me to press repeat and scare myself again.  So this time, I said yes.

Here's a quick teaser, some of my favorites.. The dress is by Kirstie Kelly .  Isn't it gorgeous?!  My hair and makeup were done by Emmalee of Design Visage.  All photos by Zoom Theory Photography.

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You know what? In the end, it wasn't so scary. The ZoomTheory girls are great with giving clear, easy to follow directions, the One Hope wine girls supplied me with some bubbly to calm nerves, and the best part?  He was there.  My husband, who made me feel (yet again) like I'm the most beautiful bride he's ever seen...8 years after the wedding.

Be sure to leave us some comments and let us know what you think!

Lunar New year, explained

Christina Chairez

We're gearing up for the Lunar New Year at our house. Which, for me means lots of cleaning as it is considered unlucky to start out the new year with an untidy home.  You also must not clean on New Years day, as you will sweep away your good luck!

I just had to share this video of our (then 4 year old) daughter explaining Tet, or the Lunar New Year.  She covers a lot of important points, like eating red foods, putting out fresh flowers, and of course the lucky money envelopes (what kid doesn't love that?).

On New Years day, we'll be headed to the San Diego Public Market for the event "Taste of the Market" with some of San Diego's top chefs.  The event is a kickstarter reward event for those who supported the opening of the market last year.  However, there are a few tickets available for purchase (also, $ goes to support the market) -here:  If you're a fan of local foods, come out and support your local farmers, chefs, and food artisans (oh, and yes, get in the photo booth too!)

If you don't have plans, I hope you join us on Sunday, and I hope you enjoy this little clip as much as I do, it totally warms my heart ;)



Vintage style family photo shoot; a confession

Christina Chairez

photo of couple at train station

photo of couple at train station


I have a confession to make.  Of the 8+ that we've been married, I've sent out Christmas cards exactly twice (not this year, sorry Mom!)

And, although I've taken thousands of photos of our sweet girls, I've hired a professional photographer to take our family photos exactly twice as well.

It's not that I don't value good photography (or Christmas cards!). On the contrary.  I ADORE great photography. happens.  I just never "had the time" (or so I thought) that it would take to properly plan out, prepare for, and then actually schedule a photo shoot.

Then, when I was crazy pregnant with Lucia, we did it.  Upset over the fact that there are hardly any photos of me pregnant with Eva, we took a great family photo shoot when I was 37 weeks pregnant in 2011 with our good friend & great photographer Natalie.  I LOVE & cherish those photos!  Why ever did we wait so long?

So, I know what you're thinking.  She probably did newborn photos, 3 month photos, 6 month photos, etc...right?  Oh, no.  My oh my those months flew by, and good intentions don't add up to much if you don't make plans!  Finally, I had an idea to mark our 10 year engagement anniversary (I'm a sap, yes...)

I had two desires for our family shoot. I wanted it to be:

1. true to our family's style 

2. different than what I've seen.

While I just love seeing other people's family shoots at the expected So Cal spots, I had a hard time envisioning our family in the photos. What I finally came up with was a Vintage travel style photo shoot, embracing our family's love for vintage style & colors.

Our Inspiration: I have always loved these vintage style engagement photos by Clayton Austin that I posted about back in 2010.  I didn't spent a lot of time looking at family photos online, because what I found when I looked once was a lot of work that I didn't care for, and I also didn't want to be swayed to design something based on someone else's idea.

The elements:

Our Photographer:  Our photog was the über talented Meredith of ZoomTheory Photography, who we have had the pleasure of working with on several weddings, as well as the Love Tour  that she has helped to curate (ps. if you're engaged, there are 3 stops on the Love Tour this spring- please join us!)


Meredith & Amanda are amazing, their work shows their dedication to their art.  I love their wedding photography.  It's easy to see that they capture something that's different about each couple/family, and turn that into a story.


Our Stylists: Studio 514over in Oceanside. I love this place.  A sweet spot just across from Hill Street Cafe, this studio exudes vintage cool (they even play their music on a record player!).

photo of papa with rollieflex
photo of papa with rollieflex

Francisco was styled by Mike Taylor, who regularly cuts his hair into the most perfect vintage style.  I love the haircuts that he gets from him, and I'm a tough critic!  My husband's thick hair is easy to mess up.  Trust me, I've seen it.  I've also seen so-so & unforgettable styles, but the cut he's been getting for the last year or so is my favorite ever.  He's one handsome man (insert swoon here)!


My hair and makeup were done by Andra del Rosario of Studio 514. Andra is one truly talented hair and make up artist, and whole bunches of lovely on top of that!  My stylist, Gloria, recommended that I see Andra to create the vintage style hair and make up that I had in mind.  This was a component that I never guessed would add so much to our photos.


What she did was better than I imagined!  I am planning a follow up blog post about the whole experience of getting my hair and make up done, and why I now think that every bride should do this.  It's a whole load of stress of your shoulders!  I've always wanted to have my hair and make up done for the Bridal shows (oh, those 14 hour days are horrendous on a girl's makeup).  Now it just seems like a must!


Our location: the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego.  It's a gorgeous building!  I love taking the train in to the city and ending up there, it's a lovely space in which to enter the city.


The view from the Rolleiflex, how great is that?


Accessories: Vintage suitcase was a loan from my stlyist, Andra (how sweet is that?), and the Vintage Rollieflex (that would be the sweet vintage camera) was a loan from my bestie Angela.  This camera was inherited from her beloved grandfather, and it means so much to me that she let us borrow it for this occasion.  We even had an older gentleman stop and tell us about the camera, and how he remembered them fondly.  I love moments like that.  Warm fuzzies all around ;-)

That's all for now!  I definitely plan to follow up with 5 reasons you should have your make up done for your wedding & tips for creating a styled family photo shoot of your very own.



Best pregnancy announcement ever!

Christina Chairez

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Enjoy, and thank you to Claire & Pete for letting us share this special time & their sweet story.

Update:  They are having a boy!  Big congratulations to these wonderful parents.  We can't wait to meet the little guy ;-D



Stop puggin' around!

Christina Chairez

[caption id="attachment_983" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Yoda the Pug, Francisco, & Declan "puggin' around"[/caption]

I love any photo strip involving our pug dog yoda!  We rescued him from the Humane society two years ago, and now I can't imagine life without him.   In the middle of the photo strips are my love & Declan, one of our favorite photo booth attendants!



(your Photo Booth Girl)

Wendy + Alan's wedding photo booth

Christina Chairez

We were so excited to see Alan & Wendy's wedding feature on Style me Pretty's Little Black Book blog a few days ago!  Here are a few of my favorite photo booth pics from their Orange county reception, beautifully planned by LVL Weddings & Events.  We LOVE working with LVL, their events & clients are always the best!

Here's what Wendy had to say about MPB:

"Instead of getting our guests traditional gifts they could take home like candles and candy…we wanted them to have some fun with their gift and essentially take home a memory from the wedding. We decided to get a photo booth in which our guests could have fun taking pictures. I came to know about Francisco and his business known as the Mobile Photo Booth by shooting various weddings. He had amazing client relations and delivered a high quality product with efficiency and finesse. It was a huge success at our wedding and made the day extra fun and memorable for us and our guests."

Thank you so much for choosing MPB, Alan & Wendy!  We hope that newlywed life is treating you well ;-)

Christina & Francisco

The Mobile Photo Booth difference

Christina Chairez



 My dashing husband

Photo credit: Sara, OneLove Photography

A girlfriend recently asked me:

"I want to tell my friends and family about you, I know I love your booths, but what is the difference between you & other companies?"

That's a great question, and you know what? That's totally fair! After all, most people have never rented a photo booth before & have nothing to compare us to.

  • Our well appointed, high quality booths are equipped with DSLR cameras & professional printers, and give the classic experience of a vintage photo booth (photos even drop out the side slot).  The archival quality photo strips are printed on high quality (read: not paper thin) photo paper.
  • We are bonded & insured, and can provide insurance for the venue with the venue name if requested.
  • We arrive early to set up (1.5 to 2 hours in advance, if that works for the event), to ensure that we are on time & ready for the event.  If there's any resounding issue that we've heard from our coordinator friends about photo booth companies, it's that another company was unreliable and/or showed up late.  We assume that there will be traffic, and plan to be at the venue well in advance to compensate for any  travel issues.
  • We have a rockin' team of photo booth attendants who are professional, fun, and knowledgeable.
  • We've been in the photo booth business since 2003, and are one of the original photo booth rental companies.
  • We provide back up equipment of all technology for your event. This includes a back up camera, printer, and computer.  I don't think any other company provides this peace of mind.  As everyone knows, you can't trust technology to be flawless, and although we test and re-test our equipment on a weekly basis, we still send (expensive) back ups of everything.  If something goes wrong, we just swap out the piece and keep rolling.  We've rescued several events on the account of a photo booth not working or being broken, even saving some other popular companies in the area!
  • We are referred by top event planners in the world.  Our quality & reliability have earned us preferred vendor status for several venue spaces including the New Children's Museum, Choura Events, Vibiana, and many more.
  • We are the Photo booth of choice for A list celebrity events
  • We are a full time operation, this is not a part time or side/weekend job for us.
  • We have the photos online for your guests to download (free of charge) within 72 hours of your event, usually earlier.
  • The quality of our prints is second to none.
  • We are a GREEN, eco conscious company & family.  We are members of the Green Chamber of commerce, and we even ran a booth on solar power once!  We purchase our ink from a local company, we boycott Wal-Mart, and we try to support as many local businesses as possible with our business $$.

I'm sure there's more I could tell you, but those are some key differences.  Thanks for all the love, we're so grateful to be doing what we LOVE and are truly passionate about, and THANK you to all who refer us to your friends, family, and clients.  Know that we'll give them the same rockin' customer service as our Celebrity clients.