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Meet Humberto Saenz of LA Photo Lounge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Humberto Saenz.

Humberto, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I fell in love with the event industry specifically for weddings. I’ve been a DJ since the early 90’s and wedding have been my specialty for a while now. I saw a need for quality photo booths that looked presentable at elegant weddings so I decided to do something about it and purchased an elegant “Open-Air” photo booth after I attended the Las Vegas Photo Booth Expo in 2017. I’ve gotten such a great response from past clients and now new clients looking for this type of photo booth with high-quality photos that we’re considering expanding. I also got my wife involved with assisting me with the template design and she also comes out to help me with events every now and then.

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?
As with any new venture, I did have some tough times because I’ve never been a photographer so I had a lot to learn. I needed to learn how to use the DSLR camera, adjust lighting, and make customized templates for the printed photo strips which meant learning photoshop. I’m still learning new techniques and that’s some of the fun that comes with this new venture but besides that, I also ran into the issue of who’s going to hire us? I needed to market the company and let everyone know about us because I didn’t want to just add it as a service to the DJ company I already have. The photo booth’s quality is so awesome that it can sustain itself so I decided to form another separate entity which is now LA Photo Lounge. We’re still in the growing stages but I see a bright future for us.

Please tell us about LA Photo Lounge.
LA Photo Lounge is an “open-air” photo booth company. We are available for all types of events however we are very popular with weddings because of our elegant style. We are known for taking high-quality photos that are crisp and clear and delivering these photos in a customized photo strip or postcard while at the same time posting them on our gallery for clients to enjoy. We are also able to send them to our clients via text, email, and even social media. I’m very proud to say that the company is growing and doing very well at the moment. Our clients love us! They love the quality of the photos, the aesthetics of the booth, the backdrops, and they love the service we provide which is something that sets us apart from our competitors. Our clients get a lot for what they pay for.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite memories as a child was spending time with my family. My father worked a lot and my mother was a housewife until I was old enough to go to school and then she began working. On the weekends my parents would either take us on trips to the park, beach, or we would just spend time at home under our tree. It was great. My father always had a knack for business so I guess that’s who I get it from.

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