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Meet McLain Harvey of Pixster Photo Booth

Today we’d like to introduce you to McLain Harvey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us McLain. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Starting in my garage and boot-strapping the business with little to nothing, my partner and I have grown Pixster into what is now one of the largest non-franchised photo booth rental companies in the country. The company started with a vision to transform photo booth rentals into a seamless experience for both clients and users.

We specialize in weddings, corporate events, formals, and parties and are continually striving to set ourselves apart through an exceptional customer service experience, high-quality photo booths, unique services, and competitive pricing. Pixster has a history and goal of providing outstanding service, and we offer customers a seamless experience with added services not typically provided by similar companies.

This year, we celebrated our five year anniversary! We are blown away looking back at all of our accomplishments over the past five years. Pixster has serviced over 6000 events, taken over three million photos and had over 800 thousand people use our booth. The numbers just keep increasing, and we’re so proud of our team who has helped make Pixster what it is today.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For the most part, we have been very blessed to have a great business and a smooth journey. That being said, there have been ups and downs along the way. Since we are still operating very much like a startup, the rate of growth and changes are rapid.

From one photo booth in my garage to over 50 booths in four markets, the processes and norms change almost daily. With the rapid changes come, what at times seems like, insurmountable challenges. Change is never easy, and change-management is even harder.

Employees have come and gone, and it is always sad when another page turns for the company.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Pixster Photo Booth story. Tell us more about the business.
Pixster Photo Booths is the premier photo booth rental company in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Austin. We provide a first class experience to all of our customers and ensure that we go above and beyond to meet the needs of even the most discerning bride. Through customizable packages, the most technologically advanced photo booths, low profile designs, professional staff, and transparent pricing we pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional product.

Pixster offers customers a seamless experience with added services not typically provided by similar companies. One such service is our open-air booth which allows our users the opportunity to fit up to 15 people in a picture, create customized backgrounds, and instantly Instagram, Facebook, Tweet, or Email their photos.

With 3 million photos, you would think we would get sick of taking pictures! Well, that’s where you’re mistaken. We can’t get enough of the photo booth business, and we’re still improving ways of taking the best photos possible! Last year we upgraded our flash diffusers and created a 180-degree gif photo booth in-house. This year we’re building cleaner, sleeker, faster booths and taking our 180-degree gif photo booth to the next level with a nine-camera array!

We’re constantly improving the way we take photos every day. After five years in the business, we love staying ahead of the trend and delivering exactly what our customers want!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has played a very little role in the company. The only thing I would say we got lucky on was the timing. Pixster started right at the cusp of photo booths starting to blow up. Other than that, the success has primarily come from working hard, staying true to our core values and continually pushing ourselves to be better.

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