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Meet Dee Martinez of Tiny Photo Booth in Diamond Bar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dee Martinez.

Dee, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my journey while attending college as a mean to help bring in extra income. I had a conversation with my Dad who is a computer engineer and he helped me design a build my first booth. Immediately, I started to book events and never looked back. Through word of mouth and making personal contacts with event coordinators, I now have 3 photo booths that can be staged to blend in with any event. Most of my business is catered to weddings but we also have several contracts with local and large businesses to provide services for events such as employee parties, festivals, grand openings, red carpets and Holiday parties. My plans for the future is to further expand my business to cover a larger part Southern California and parts of the Northern California Bay area. To help, I have brought in my brother to cover the Los Angeles area and sister to cover the Northern California Bay Area and wineries. My key to success in remaining a family business and providing unique design and services while providing personal attention to our clients.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest part of owning your own business is dealing with all the organization and keeping yourself on schedule. When I started, I handle all the business and design work myself. As I started to grow, I quickly realized that I couldn’t do it on my own and brought in my Dad to handle all the marketing and business accounting. That gave me the time to deal directly with clients and handle all their special request. Additionally, I had trouble with the original design of the photo booth which was difficult to transport. I didn’t have the revenue to purchase a mass-marketed photo booth shell so my Dad and I designed a smaller version. I’m proud of the process but it took several iterations to finally arrive at our current model.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Tiny Photo Booth – what should we know?
We are family owned and operated business. We specialize in Wedding, Birthday, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Family and Corporate events. We specialized in providing unique designs that will fit any budget and theme. We don’t use templates and each client receives a custom design. We believe your event is special and we only get one chance to impress.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe keeping the business a family affair has allowed us to stay humble and provide personal attention our clients have come to expect. We always try to over communicate and try not to add layers to an already stressful process of planning an event.

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