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Smiling Dog Entertainment


‘20 Certificate of Excellence

Smiling Dog Entertainment (formerly Photo Booths by SKP) is the premier provider of photo booth experiences, wedding and party equipment and game rentals, portrait and event photography, and event in party planning in Iowa, northern Missouri, southern Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, and western Illinois. Based in Altoona, Iowa we bring fun, smiles, laughter, and love to events as far away as Milwaukee, Wisconsin for an awesome family reunion , Lincoln, Nebraska for a wonderful wedding, Burnsville, Minnesota for a high school graduation party, and to Jefferson City, Missouri for the dedication of a Special Olympics training facility. No event is too big or too small for our team. We enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and to help celebrate special occasions such as weddings, after proms, graduations, significant birthday and anniversary celebrations, corporate events such as holiday parties and staff, employee and customer appreciation events, bar and bat mitzvahs, high school and college homecoming celebrations, school events such as carnivals and family fun nights and more. We've worked with numerous individuals for events for as few as 30 people and for companies such as Mediacom, the Iowa Wild, FlixBrewhouse - Des Moines, Jack Link's, Special Olympics Missouri, and the United Way of the Midlands to provide booths for events for hundreds to thousands of people. With a number of professional photographers and designers on our team we guarantee that you'll love the personalized photo strip and social media upload designs we create for your event as well as the quality of the images captured on your photo strip. Our rental packages are designed to meet the needs of any event and if one of our packages doesn't meet your needs we will work with you to custom design a package specifically for your event.

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What makes photo booths such a great alternative to traditional photographers?

As a professional photographer as well as a photo booth operator I know the value of both traditional photography and photo booths. Where photo booths differ from traditional photography is in capturing the FUN of an event. People who use the photo booth feel comfortable letting their guard down when using the booth and this leads to genuine, fun photos of everyone at the event. We've never seen anyone leave the photo booth without at least a smile on their face and many times they're laughing hysterically at one another over what they've chosen to wear for their photo. Without one of our photo booths and the props we bring you are not going to get a photo of grandpa or grandma wearing neon colored feather boas, over-sized neon sunglasses, and a zebra-stripe fedora. You also won't get a photo of 20 people wearing different color sunglasses, bunny ears, fedoras, policemen's hats, a vikings helmet, and leis. The photos captured by a professional photographer are GREAT but the photo booth captures the FUN and SPIRIT of the event and provides lifelong memories you just won't get without having a photo booth at the event.

What photo booth props do you offer?

We offer an extensive collection of FUN and AMAZING props! It has been a goal of mine since we started our business to have the best and most comprehensive selection of props available for our clients and we regularly receive compliments from the users of our booths on our prop selection. Our prop selection includes feather boas, over-sized neon sunglasses, multi-colored beads, large animal heads, a wide variety of hats, masks, headbands, and much more. We are constantly on the look-out for new and fun props and enjoy having specific props for every event type including birthdays, weddings, themed events, holiday parties, and children's events.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and to help bring more fun, smiles, laughter, and love to their events. I enjoy the smiles and the laughter coming from the booth as people have their pictures taken. I enjoy the smiles on the faces of brides and grooms as they look through their memory album seeing all the photos captured during their wedding reception and reading all the heartfelt notes left by family and friends. I enjoy seeing the goofy costumes that kids put together for their pictures. I enjoy the fact that people ask us to come back year-after-year to be part of their events or for new events taking place in their lives. I enjoy the relationships we've built with clients, venues, and guests at rentals we've done.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Having been a serious amateur photographer for over 30 years I had long been looking for an opportunity to turn my passion for photography into a full-time business. In early 2016 I decided to enroll in a local community college photography program to learn more about photographing people as my specialties had always been nature, landscape and sports photography. While taking classes I saw an ad for photo booths on Facebook and began to explore the opportunities available for owning and operating a photo booth and how that may help me expose people to my photography business. We started with one booth, then added a second, and we now have three booths available for rent. We are also expanding our photo booth offerings to include slo motion video booths, and social photo events (hashtag printing events). We are constantly looking for new and unique ways to bring more fun, smiles, laughter, and love to people and their events with our photo booths.

Why should our clients choose you?

With over 35 years of customer service experience and a passion for and training in photography we are dedicated to and qualified for providing our clients with an exceptional photo booth experience. We take pride in the professional manner in which we treat our clients throughout their experience with our company and for the qualify of the work we provide them. We're honored by the number of individuals and corporations who have asked us to do multiple events for them and who have recommended us to their family and friends. My goal in working with a client, potential client, or venue owner/operator is for them to be excited to work with us or excited to have us back at their venue again for another event. We go above and beyond for our clients and to be good guests in the venues at which we work events.

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