Picture of success in photo booth

Last updated 08:14 16/12/2013
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Charlotte Curd
Sunita and Hamish Martin's Flash Mob photobooth business has been a huge hit at Taranaki events since they started at the beginning of November.

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A young New Plymouth couple have found a way to make Christmas parties more appealing for the selfie generation - and business is booming.

Flash Mob photobooth is a portable photo booth for hire, owned by Sunita and Hamish Martin.

The business, which started in early November, has hit the ground running.

"We've done a wedding at the Pioneer Village, the Tattoo festival, Christmas parties, council events, and we've been down to Hawera," said Sunita, who was born and bred in Stratford and recently returned to live in Taranaki with her husband.

"We've been so busy, it has been absolutely amazing," she said.

The couple came up with the idea when they wanted a booth for their own wedding but found it was going to be too pricey to hire one.

They ordered it from an Australian company, which had it made in Spain at a cost of about $12,000.

"We got it the day before our first job," she said.

The booth is portable and can be used anywhere with a bit of shelter and a power source.

Punters use the booth, which comes with a suitcase of props, including moustaches, hats, and sunglasses, to take three photos at a time.

There is a five-second gap between each photo, and about six people can comfortably fit in each photo.

Mrs Martin, 34, said two copies of the four-panel photos are then printed and can be taken home.

The fourth panel can be personalised, with the name and date of the event, for example.

"People can take unlimited photos. It's a lot of fun."

The touch-screen booth can be hired for a minimum of two hours and can be taken anywhere from Mokau to Patea.

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