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Meet Hilda Vasquez, Brenda and Karen Velazquez of Mementos Photo Booth in Irvine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hilda Vasquez, Brenda and Karen Velazquez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Hilda, Brenda, and Karen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We started almost as a happenstance, we created our own photo booth for one of the creators, Brenda, 30th Birthday bash. It went so well and it was such a hit that we all; Hilda, Brenda, and I (Karen) decided to create Mementos Photo Booth in January of 2014.

We started out by word of mouth, our family members and close friends refer us to weddings and quinceañeras. During the events, we make connections which lead to doing mall events at the shops at Montebello, non-profit organizations like Girls Inc. and school events in San Juan Capistrano.

Another reason why our business has grown throughout the years is social media. Our co-founder Brenda is very savvy at promoting Mementos Photo Booth through (mementosphotobooth) Instagram, Snapchat (mementospb), and our Facebook page.

We would like to think that we have made it in this business because our service to our customers is above par, we really focus on taking care of the consumer by enhancing their event with Mementos Photo Booth. We blend in seamlessly with the event whether it be a corporate, promoting, backyard, or cocktail party and our customers really appreciate that.

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?
For the most part it has been a smooth road, every event that we have done has been a pleasure to be a part of. In the behind the scenes of the business, our team has really learned to recognize the strengths of each individual and how to use it best for the business. The description in our website of the founders could really not be any more accurate in describing us and is the reason why we work as a very well-oiled machine.

Any issues we may have with other vendors or the venues, we have always been able to professionally and promptly been able to resolve. Our main concern is our customer and to deliver the best experience possible. For example, one of the Sweet 16th venue was a yacht, we get there and the captain in no-nonsense voice tells us better think of another booth to use for your equipment, He would not allow us into his yacht with the booth and run the risk of scratching the yacht. We calmly explained that if that were the case we are insured and licensed, but to not worry we will work with his request. We set up shop in the second floor of the yacht and the birthday girl and guest had the best time with their photos. We are quick thinkers and again our only goal is to deliver for our customers the best experience and quality.

Mementos Photo Booth – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Mementos Photo Booth is an open-air photo booth. We add another dimension to the festive ambiance of any event. We specialize in creating amazing memories for the consumer and their guest whether it be a high-end party, backyard BBQ, corporate event, etc. We deliver the captured moments of joy and fun that the party goers have with the photo booth. We love seeing 70, 80 years old come up and wear a prop and smile and have fun, as well as the men and woman be silly and have loads of fun for the 20 seconds of posing, the most adorable though are the small ones, so creative and inventive with their poses and props usage.

We are known for exactly what we just described creating an environment of unlimited joy and capturing it.

What we are most proud of is that we take every event as ours and give it the best service possible. That is what sets us apart we listen to our consumers and deliver a product that is going to seamlessly incorporate to their event. Whether it be the customized props, template, etc. Also, we come to the events with a plethora of props, we do not show up with 3 props and call it a day. Oh no, we have props galore at every event.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Tax Day and seeing our profit margin!!!!!!!!!!! lol, kidding, completely kidding. I think it would be being part of Girls Inc. events. We all participated in Girls Inc. growing up and their motto for girls is strong smart and bold, and to be a part of their events and be able to showcase that we have grown up to be smart successful business woman was a very very proud moment.

In another area but just as equally satisfying is the joy in the people who go up and take their picture, and at the end of the event having the consumer be so happy and grateful to have chosen us to be a part of their event is very humbling and fills us with pride.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: (949) 769-4609
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Mementosphotobooth
  • Facebook: Mementosphotobooth
  • Yelp: Mementos Photo Booth
  • Other: (Snapchat) mementospb

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