Would You Go to a Selfie Room?
Before 2013 the word selfie didn't exist. Now you see individuals posing with their phone at arms length ahead of them, desperate to get the perfect angle for their 'selfie'. Despite other fads of this generation that come and go quickly, the 'selfie' phenomenon doesn't seem to be fading anytime soon.
While taking a self guided photo it isn't exactly new - remember the days of photo booths? The fascination over taking a 'selfie' has allowed for businesses to capitalize on the trend by making rooms that are 'selfie' ready.
When stepping into a selfie room, there will be one notable thing missing - the photographer. For those that get stiff taking photos every time there is a photographer present, this will be a welcomed change. The lack of the photographer means more than natural photography, it also means that the self-guided photo shoot can reflect any style the client wants.
Customers are provided with studio-quality selfies, and can benefit from pro lighting, DSLR-camera-quality images, elaborate props, costumes, and backdrops. Given the variety of props and backdrops, frequent visitors of selfie rooms include wedding parties, families, couples, and birthday groups.
While the concept is newer to North America, in Hong Kong and other Asian countries, selfie studios have been around for much longer. There's an estimated 30 'selfie studios' just in Hong Kong and others in Beijing, Singapore and Thailand. With the worldwide popularity, it will be interesting to see whether or not more selfie rooms will pop up.