Meet Someone New: Shutter Booth



Shutter Booth really doesn’t need an introduction!  Want to add something super fun, creative, and memorable to your reception?  Shutter Booth is the answer!

Tell me the basics – who are you, what do you do, and why do you do it!

We are Kimberly & Nolan Gottschalk.  We are the owners and creators of ShutterBooth.  We are primarily a photo booth service company that delivers ShutterBooths to wedding receptions for you and your guests to enjoy and create lifelong memories – but we are so much more than that!

As an example of the “more” we’re talking about, we now offer ShutterYou.com, which is a unique, event-driven photo-sharing website where we host all your ShutterBooth photos from every event in life including all the special events leading up to your big day.  ShutterYou.com also allows you and your guests to post your own pictures from before, during and after your event as well.

ShutterBooth also now offers VideoBooth, ShutterFlips (flip book), Eventis, a unique tool that allows your guests to have the last 8 hours of the photos taken with their camera or phone copied and sent directly to your account at ShutterYou.  We offer so much more and we even have an i-App for Apple Phones.  Feel free to go on our website to learn more about what we offer as well!

We do this, simply put, because we love it!  We’re so passionate about our business and the fun and excitement we bring to our clients.  We feel we fill a unique niche of “fun” that brides and grooms are looking for during their special day.  We love being a part of “the day” but we also enjoy the process leading up to it and the service we continue to offer even after.

When did you decide that this was the industry you wanted to work in?

I don’t really think there was a point where I said “special events is my calling”, however after hosting the first event I fell in love.  We started ShutterBooth while searching for a great gift for my brother’s wedding.  In my search, I found that a Hollywood celebrity, Christina Aguilera had an old fashion photo booth at her wedding.   In the hopes of procuring one for my brother’s wedding I hit a roadblock.  At this point I set out to create my own.  Here we are today with 24 family owned offices, great hosts, just a huge ShutterFamily.

What is your favorite part about your job?

The people we get to work with.  Our clients are wonderful, our hosts and staff are like family and the other family owned offices are like brothers and sisters.  We love all the people internally and externally we get to befriend everyday.

We also love being able to be a part of someone’s special day.  It’s rewarding for us when a bride and groom will trust us enough to let us be a part of the most special day of their lives!

How far in advance do most of your clients secure your services?

We go both ways – currently, we have already started booking for 2011 and are starting to become fully booked for certain dates in 2010.  The other end is we have been called the day of the wedding by panic-stricken grooms and event coordinators both with similar stories.  “I need ShutterBooth to come to my wedding today!  We had other vendors booked, however they can’t come through.”

To ensure you have ShutterBooth for your special day, we encourage you to book early though as we only have a limited number of hosts and booths – and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Why do you think something fun like ShutterBooth should be a high priority for brides and grooms?

ShutterBooth adds a “fun factor” to your wedding memories that you just can’t get from anything else.  At your wedding, there will be many guests from all different facets of your life coming together as one for the evening.  ShutterBooth helps to “mix up” all your different friends and family members who may not know each other.  We’ve often been told by our couples that their crazy Aunt Linda was in the ShutterBooth laughing and having a blast with their college roommates – something that probably would not have happened had ShutterBooth not been there!

ShutterBooth creates a buzz and gets your family and friends up and moving throughout the room.  And with a photo CD sent to you following your event, or getting a scrapbook (which is ready to be brought home that night) you get to see a whole different side of your wedding and experience those memories for years to come!

How are you unique or different than all the other photo booths out there?

We feel the number one thing that sets us a part is our experience.  We know we can assure you a quality product and promise to be a positive reflection of you before, during, and after your wedding.  However, all of this would mean nothing if we didn’t have the longstanding track record to back it up.

Reputation in industry, good or bad, can follow you around for a long time.  We’ve been around for three years now and have over 1300 happy Michigan clients who would be glad to tell you how much they enjoyed ShutterBooth on their special day!

The next most important thing that sets us a part is our professional hosts.  Our hosts are specially trained to entertain and interact with your guests.  If you think about it, no one will interact more with your guests one-on-one than your ShutterBooth host will (and YOU of course) – and we recognize this!

We know our hosts are a reflection of you during your event which is why we are so selective in our hiring and our standards.  Our hosts recognize the importance of giving your guests a great experience and being a reflection of you; which is why we call them hosts and not just “attendants.”

Lastly the experience we can create for you long before and after your event with, Save the Date photos, Video Booth,  ShutterFlips, ShutterBooth i-App, ShutterYou, Eventis, Live from ShutterBooth and the list goes on.  We provide you options so that we can work together to customize your experience.  Once we know we are on your team anything we offer is at your disposal, so at any point if you want to change things around or add to the experience we can do it.

When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?

I suppose like anyone else, we most enjoy spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I’m definitely a Mint Chocolate Chip kind of girl; I like to keep it simple but good!

Anything else cool you want potential clients to know about you?

We have a lot of new and exciting projects that we think are pretty cool for 2010.  We are so excited about them, but they must be revealed in due time!  So we want you to keep checking back with us for the latest and greatest either through our website or you can follow us on Twitter or become a fan of ours on Facebook.

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