This month has brought so much change for my family and yesterday brought just one more.
Three and a half years ago when we got married, we wanted a photo booth at our reception. They were just starting to show up at big events and we wanted one. As we planned our big day we sought out photo booth companies and they were all way out of budget for us. Fast forward a few years, we decided to buy a one and start our own photo booth business
and Mad Props Photo Booth was born
We hustled that first year and paid off our new business venture in just 6 months. SIX MONTHS! Starting out, we had no idea what to expect. We weren’t able to have one at our wedding due to expenses, so we vowed to always stay affordable. We were cranking out 4 and 5 events a month and having a blast doing it. Weddings, graduation celebrations, birthdays, corporate parties, and charity events. You name it, we did it.
I was baptized by fire and was forced to learn the art of photoshop and graphic design, a skill I’m so happy I was able to pick up quickly. You should see my very first event photo strip compared to the most recent. I still laugh at how basic those first strips were. Okay, okay…I’ll show you. Just remember…I had no clue what I was doing yet!
Monroe wasn’t even a year old when we started on this new adventure. Now we have two kids and not only is it difficult to find babysitters, it’s expensive. Not to mention, we’re gone for a long time. After travel and set up, we could be gone a minimum of 5 hours for just one event. That’s a long time to leave my newborn and crazy toddler with someone. We love and adore our babysitters and they’re so amazing with my kids, but my mama guilt kicks in after about an hour and I wish I was home. Here towards the end, David would often work events by himself kicking my wife and business partner guilt into overdrive.
After much thought and prayer, we decided it was time to let our baby go.
This business has been such a joy to us. The people we’ve met and friendships we’ve made made it all worth it. We’re so thankful for the people and companies that have hired us to do their events. We have had an absolute blast sharing in these special occasions.
Yesterday we said goodbye as we passed our business in its entirety to another. We equate it to having a child go off to college. Just because it’s leaving us, doesn’t mean we don’t want it to succeed. We grew this business from the ground up. We had no idea what we were doing when we started but I’d go so far as saying we’re photo booth experts by now. We will always have a special connection with Mad Props and will continue following along in the journey. I can’t wait to see where Mad Props is in 5 years. I pray it’s still flourishing.
While I’m sad this chapter has come to an end, I’m also overjoyed. We had an amazing run and I’m beyond thankful for all of the experiences and fun we have had in the process.
Thanks for the memories, Mad Props. We will miss you.