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"hilariously innapropriate in the best way possible"

 

What is this thing, the Portrait Guestbook?

Well, there are two parts to it: the book and the service.

Our service often gets lumped in with photobooths. I mean, people sit in front of a camera and have their pictures taken. So ya it is similar, except we don't do props and wackiness. 

While you’re enjoying dinner and speeches on your big day, we’ll set up a small portrait area that uses the venue and your décor as the background.  Once the dancing starts, we’ll start shooting portraits of everyone.  Each person (or couple, or trio) we shoot will be given a card on which they’ll write a note to the happy couple (that’s you).

We’ll collect the cards, and shoot each one amongst a little photo set made of some of the wedding décor.  After the wedding we’ll pair each card with the portrait of the person who wrote it, and make a guestbook like no other – a happy note to you on one page, the expressive face of the person who wrote it on the other.

Our aim is to get an interesting shot of each person, so we chat with them and ask them questions. Some are funny, some confusing, others are deep (kind of) and a select few are on the riskier side. Don’t worry, after the first ten seconds we’ve got a pretty good handle on how far down the rabbit hole we can go.

We then send you a grid of all the portraits (great for social media), and a gallery for your guests where anyone can download their high resolution image file (great for printing, and let’s be honest, social media).

We also do on-site printing, so your guests can leave with a 4x6 (or 6x8) print of their shot (ready 15 minutes or so after we’ve shot them).

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Introducing your host for the night...

Once the set is built, the lights are ready and the camera is pointing in the right direction, the person on the camera is more of a host than a photographer.  Make them laugh, make them cry, occasionally push the button.

With that in mind, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for some of the city’s finest chatterboxes, conversationalists and interrogators. 

As such our merry band of miscreants for 2018 is as follows, and while each one brings their own flavour of fun the end result will be the same – an unforgettable experience and a series of photos that will stand the test of time.

 

What's It Cost and What do I get?

 

We've kept it simple: there are two packages. 

Both include the Guestbook (delivered within 6 weeks), and an online gallery where guests can download their own print-ready image file (within 72 hours).  The onsite print package means that guests will leave with a keepsake print from their portrait session (available 15-20 minutes after their shoot).

The Portrait Guestbook: $1950 + tax

The Portrait Guestbook + Onsite Prints*: $2595+tax

All rates are for Metro Vancouver, additional costs may apply if travel is required.

*Onsite prints come in 2 size options (4x6 & 6x8). The price above is based on 4x6. 6x8 prints are an additional $200. 

CONTACT

Shoot us an email or give us a dingle 

604-720-4131

info at portraitguestbook dot com

 

Adam & Kev (the founders of this thing) also shoot full weddings. Check em here: adamandkevweddings.com

faq

What is it?

Our service often gets lumped in with Photobooths. People sit in front of a camera and have their pictures taken. But that’s where the similarities end.

We ditch the wacky glasses and giant moustaches and instead chat with your guests. Think of it as a highly condensed get-to-know-you session where we drill into who they are, how they know each other and what they really think about themselves, their partners and the meaning of life.

It’s like an interrogation, but the only thing really at risk is a small piece of your dignity.

What kind of questions do you ask?

Ah, that’s a trade secret. But some are funny, some confusing, others are deep (kind of) and a select few are on the riskier side. Don’t worry, after the first ten seconds we’ve got a pretty good handle on how far down the rabbit hole we can go.

How does this thing work?

While you’re enjoying dinner and speeches on your big day, we’ll set up a small portrait area that uses the venue and your décor as the background. Once the dancing starts, we’ll start shooting portraits of everyone. Each person (or couple, or trio) we shoot will be given a card on which they’ll write a note to the happy couple (that’s you).

We’ll collect the cards, and shoot each one amongst a little photo set made of some of the wedding décor. After the wedding we’ll pair each card with the portrait of the person who wrote it, and make a guestbook like no other – a happy note to you on one page, the beaming face of the person who wrote it on the other.

Do the guests just line up?

There’s a fine line between a healthy throng surrounding our station and an annoyed trail of people snaking around the block, so we have a few thoughts on keeping on the right side of happy.

We will have a greeter on our team who is responsible for chatting to people in the queue and making sure they know what they need to do while keeping an eye out for the MOB, MOG, FOB, VIPs and SOBs. It’s like crowd control but with smiles instead of batons and dogs.

How much time does the process take?

The main thing to know is that it takes approximately 2-3 minutes to shoot each person / couple / trio / group of 26 smooshed in to an inappropriately small space.

As a result, we need a minimum of two hours to get through a decent number of guests, and we like to get a good variety of the older, the younger, those with dependants and the footloose and fancy free.

Got any tips for helping spread the word to the guests?

We recommend asking the MC to announce that the Portrait Guest Book is mandatory for all guests as you love them and want to cherish their happy faces forever. Don’t do this before first dance though – otherwise the first batch of people will be staring at us instead of you during that magical moment.

Worse case scenario our greeter will walk the room and wrangle a few beginners. Once a couple people have been through the experience word will spread and the problem is solved.

What about kids and oldies who may leave earlier than most?

We recognize that younger humans often need to sneak off early and typically take their parents with them. If you want, the MC can announce that anyone accompanied by a minor or two can jump the line to begin with.

What else can you say about timing?

There’s also reason number 816 to keep speeches short. We’ve seen plenty of dinners that are schedule for two hours stretch to four due to the sweet-yet-slightly-insane ramblings of a best man or uncle. That’s fine if we’re scheduled for four hours, but if you only have the venue until a certain time, that might cut our window down to sub-two hours and that’s a long way from optimal.

Where is the best spot to put the portrait station?

Some couples are happy to let us scout the location, pick a spot to set up and get shooting. Others like to have us in a specific place with a custom-built backdrop, bespoke furniture and their own stationary for guests to write on. We can do either option and anything in between.

There are three components to where:

Distance from the band, DJ, karaoke or loud uncle. We need to be able to hold a conversation with guests when they are sitting 4 to 5 feet away. Speakers and drum kits are mood killers.

Close enough to the party. This one is never problem - even if we need to set up outside or what seems like a fair way away, once we get going word spreads and we have a line-up from open to close.

It has to look nice. We can use the venue as the backdrop (and maybe add a little existing décor), or if you’re interested in building one from scratch then let’s chat. We can guide you through what will be in frame, what generally works, and what really doesn’t (spoiler: it’s glass).

When do these details need to get figured out?

Six weeks before vows begin, so it’s best to chat as soon as you’re looking at the floorplan. Often it’s best to chat things through while we’re there at the venue so we always suggest you let us know when you do a site visit.

What will the guests sit on?

We recommend a loveseat, bench or sofa so they can get close and personal, but two or three chairs also works.

Are there any restrictions on timing for the set up?

This typically takes two hours and happens during dinner. If this is going to mess with your schedule just let us know and we’ll work it out. There may be a charge if we need to come in a lot earlier in the day but we’ll work with you as best we can.

What do the guests write their notes on?

You have the choice of using the paper we provide or you can provide your own with a custom design touch. We recommend a minimum of 175gsm, but the thicker the better. We use either kraft, white or cream and we make that call on the day based on the décor.

What kind of power does the portrait setup require?

Our light uses a lot of power so we should be on a separate circuit to everything else, and less than 25 feet from the wall socket (or we’ll need to know in advance to bring more cable or a generator).

Do you need anything else?

We’ll need two chairs that are roughly the same height as the guest seating, and two or three tables – one for people to write notes on (a high top is good), one for our computer tech, and if we’re printing one for the prints to be displayed on.

Oh and cover from rain and wind. We're happy to go outside but if you're planning on this we'll need to discuss weather options.

Add-ons and additional charges.

Onsite print upgrade to 6”x8” = $200 Recommended – the prints are twice the size and even more amazing.

Adding cocktail hour = $600 for the first hour, $250/h after + vendor meals. We honestly think your money is best spent elsewhere - your guests won’t have completely loosened up, and we have to pay our team to “sleep” during dinner. That said, we understand that sometimes the cocktail hour is the main opportunity to get a photo of some of the guests.

Early set-up fee. We typically set up during dinner, but we also understand that this is not always possible. We’ll work with your schedule but may need to charge a fee to cover additional hours for our team.

Travel costs. All rates are for Metro Vancouver, additional costs may apply if travel is required but let’s chat that one through.

Extra hours. Plan on going long? This is worth chatting about. We find that three to four hours is the sweet spot unless there are hundreds of guests - in which case it may be worth running two stations instead.

 

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Reviews

It was an experience our friends and family still talk about to this day. They broke the mold by possessing the ability to be professional and hilariously inappropriate in the best possible way. They were able to capture the true essence of love and laughter at our wedding in ways we had never seen before.
— Tyler Romano Married 2016
If you’re looking for a unique way to document your guests having a great time, especially towards the later part of your reception when everyone’s had a good amount to drink and be merry - this is it.
— Carissa Chiaco Married 2017
We were so thrilled to have had the Portrait Guestbook at our wedding! It’s been several months but our family and friends still talk about the amazingly hilarious photo booth we had. When we were looking for a photo booth, we wanted something unique and these guys were the answer because they do more than just take photos. They are natural comedians who capture people at their happiest and that is what makes them so special.
— Maridel Constanino - Married 2017
The Portrait Guestbook was a highlight at our ceremony cocktail hour. SO many laughs and fun stories to tell after being in “the booth”…..which was set up as a cozy living room where each participant felt right at home. It was a unique experience and a super fun way to get guests interacting in a less “typical” way. We had nothing but positive feedback and I absolutely LOVE the album we received with everyone’s hilarious and heart warming notes and photos.

Definitely worth incorporating into your plans.
— Janice Benna - 2017
Patrick and I can’t thank you enough for the awesome pictures you took of us and our guests!

Everyone just loved you guys and your energy! We still have friends and guests ask us about you both and tell us how much they loved you guys and how much fun you were to work with. Everyone loved having a picture to take home from our wedding! It’s such a nice keepsake. Patrick and I loved getting the book from you with all of the guests pictures and notes they wrote to us. We had such a good time going through the book and reading all the funny and heartfelt notes.

We can’t thank you enough and would highly recommend to future brides and grooms to book you for their special day, they won’t be disappointed!!!
— Carrie Tomassi - Married 2017
Having the Portrait Guestbook at our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. So often wedding photography pares down to a series of samey glamour shots of the bridal party and immediate family, so we hired Adam and Kev to do something different. For one special evening, we had all the people we love most in one room, and these guys captured them all exactly as they were—happy, natural and engaged in the moment.


We were also thrilled to find that the photographers also served as entertainment, breaking the ice and getting people in an open, talkative, celebratory frame of mind. Everyone told us that they really enjoyed the experience, especially the questions that Adam asked, which ranged from fun and silly for some of our more reserved guests (i.e. grandparents) to totally crazy and raunchy for the less reserved (i.e. our friends).”


Most importantly, though, we now find ourselves constantly going back to look at the pictures and re-live those moments. Our parents feel the same, and have already ordered four additional photobooks to give to family members as mementos (and counting!).
— Peter - Married 2016
We hired Adam and Kev to create our photo guestbook for our October wedding. When we first saw a sample book they had created, we were instantly sold. Not only had we found a guestbook that was memorable and entertaining but that was truly one of a kind. On the day of the wedding, the shooting area was positioned in a location that was easily visible to ensure guests would use the service but that did not impede or deter from the event itself. Our guests were raving about how hilarious and thought provoking the photographers questions were and we were amazed at the gorgeous candid results that followed. Once we received the final version of the guestbook (in a very short turn around period), we couldn’t have been more delighted. We have candid photos to go along with handwritten notes from our wedding guests, packaged into one amazing book that we will look at again and again.

Adam and Kev’s photo guestbook has allowed us to re-live our wedding day from a product outside the standard wedding photos and videos.

We have already recommended their services to family and friends and will not hesitate to continue to do so.
— Jackie & Michael - Married 2016
Having The Portrait Guestbook at our wedding was definitely one of the highlights of the night.

We knew that we wanted to have an opportunity for guests to have candid photos taken where they could be themselves, but didn’t want a “traditional” photo booth that are commonly seen at weddings.

Our guests had so much fun interacting with them, and the pictures they take are incredible! The combination of spontaneous pictures and the handwritten quotes that accompany them is an amazing keepsake that we will actually look at and enjoy forever.

Our family and friends keep telling us about how entertaining our photo booth was!
— Allie & Dave - Married 2016
We hired Adam and Kev to do our wedding photo guest book in May of 2015. They were one of our day’s huge highlights!

The back drop area they chose to use was beautiful and the photos turned out to be amazing!
They spent the whole evening making our guests laugh and their personalities were a huge added highlight to the day! I couldn’t imagine our wedding being nearly as much fun without them being there. It was like talking with someone you’ve known your whole life.

The reactions they captured were perfect, and very candid. I’d say that is a direct influence of them being so easy to talk to. Everyone talked about how great they were for weeks following our wedding!

The final guest book we got is something we will hold onto and keep forever! It is sensational! Thoughtfully put together and full of personality! I really can’t say enough great things about them! But all I need to say is you will not be disappointed if they are apart of your wedding.
— Tara & Aaron - Married 2015