LIMA — Taking a “selfie” has become a widespread phenomenon since the advent of front-facing cameras and social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Many businesses have taken advantage of the selfie craze, creating devices such as the selfie stick, where individuals use an external monopod to take photographs beyond the normal range of the arm.
Local residents Staci Corsaro and Jordan Sawmiller have also capitalized on this trend with their new business, Peace Love & Selfies.
The business started in October when the sisters purchased a “selfie station,” which operates in some ways like a traditional photo booth. However, the selfie station is not limited by a booth, and the photos generated by the machine are able to be shared electronically from the device itself.
“It will take selfies that you can print on site, or you can send it via text, email, Facebook or Twitter,” Corsaro said. “You do it all right from the machine, so it’s really cool.”
The selfie station is a portable device that looks almost like an oversized iPhone. On top of the machine is a high-definition, DSLR camera. A 32-inch, interactive touch screen allows individuals to see the photos being taken, and a green screen situated behind the selfie-takers provides an abundance of backgrounds to choose from. Corsaro said each background can be custom made, based on the event.
During a recent Disabled Veterans Hunt, which is organized by Hunting with Heroes, the sisters were able to load the group’s logo onto each photograph.
“My husband was like, ‘these are a bunch of veterans that are hunting, they don’t want to take selfies,’” Corsaro said, “but you’d be amazed at how many of them loved it.
“I think it draws out that excitement a lot of people don’t get in everyday life.”
Corsaro said this is the appeal of the selfie station — bringing out the inner child in all of us.
“It gives you that minute to be someone you’re not normally,” she said. “I look at someone who is on the straight and narrow — they get in there for a minute and do something goofy, so it’s just fun.”
Corsaro said the selfie station is perfect for weddings, school events, parties, corporate functions, reunions, festivals and more. The price to rent a selfie station is $150 per hour, which includes additional prints of each photo for the host or hostess. Also included in the cost is an on-site attendant, instant prints, an online photo album, props and a customized photo frame.
Though Peace Love & Selfies is a business, Corsaro said making money isn’t their main goal.
“I’m not doing this to try and get rich,” she said. “It’s more about making people happy.”
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