My name is Darren, owner and founder of Funky Pictures.
Myself and my family have been in the entertainment industry now for just over 10 years, supplying and hiring everything from DJs, sound and lighting equipment to staging and inflatables. Our work has taken us all around the UK and on occasion even having the pleasure of providing our services across some European countries, working alongside some of the biggest names in the business!
But it was only about 5 years ago that I decided to add Photo Booths and Magic Mirrors to our services. I had always seen them around in many venues and at many events, but it was only when I started to see the difference with and without them at parties that I become really interested to learn more.
parties with them always seemed to be a lot more fun, giving the whole event a completely different atmosphere and vibe. Everyone would always come away from the booths laughing, queues would begin to form and before you knew it, everyone at the event was smiling and having lots of fun. They give guests another form of entertainment, a place where they could dress up, be creative and make some crazy pictures, I was hooked!
But I didn’t want to just hire photo booths and magic mirrors, I wanted to provide the BEST I could find – ones that would offer people even more fun, and much better quality of picture.
I didn’t really know much about things like software at first, I thought photo booths were all pretty much the same, plus every company was telling me they had the most advanced and latest software. To be honest, it was really confusing to say the least.
Whenever I was at any event and I saw a photo booth or Magic Mirror, I would ask as many questions as I could. I started to notice a pattern, not just with the photo booths but also the types of companies that hired them.
You had a few types around.
Those that purely specialised in photo booths!
Those that had them as an extra, like DJs and venue dresses, photographers!
And those that would only do hires in their spare time.
But what I noticed about them more then anything when I was at the events was that the majority that specialised in just photo booths had a lot more passion for their work, better quality pictures, better props and also much better, up to date equipment and software. They would put in a lot more effort in general, giving the events a much better positive vibe.
The more I saw, the more I finally understood what my dad said to me when I was younger about companies that do everything – “Jack of all trades master of none”.
It was from remembering that and seeing the clear difference in those types of companies that I decided to purely specialise in just Photo Booths and Magic Mirrors, with the added few non-specialised items such as Dance Floors and Love Lights.
I researched night and day for weeks on end. I also used our many contacts within the industries to help find the very best Photo Booths and Magic Mirrors from all over the world. I really wanted to give our customers a quality and entertainment factor unlike any they have ever seen before! After months of research I finally bought our first Photo Booths and Magic Mirrors. Funky Pictures was born!
5 years on and we are now one of the UK’s leading Photo Booth and Magic Mirror hire companies for Affordability, Quality and Service.
PS. and FUN