From painting to decorating, a local husband and wife have spent the past two and a half months setting up a selfie photography studio in Milwaukee.
Selfie Hop, 2410 N. Farwell Ave., features 20 photo ops, from ball pools to a picnic-themed scene, in a 2,500 square foot space.
“I love taking selfies, I love taking photos and I always post on Snapchat,” said Alison White, who owns Selfie Hop with her husband, Abdelrahman Farag. “This is going to be a lot of fun for me and my kids to do.”
There are 11 thematic three-wall “photo booths,” White said, including:
- A turquoise piano with a polka dot wall
- A “super pink” dressing room
- Confetti to mix with a yellow background
- A brick wall with a “love” sign
- A blue sofa with “a bunch” of gumballs on a shelf in the background
- A “gothic” theme
- A teal blue bicycle with spray painted hearts on the walls
Other sets include faux monarch butterflies with a bright orange background; an Arabic-themed dessert; a purple-themed grocery store with a shopping cart; a throne with a gold background; and purple and orange ball pits.
The wall that goes up to the second level of the space says “I love Milwaukee” and the steps are rainbow colored.
The studio is currently not accessible to the ADA, White noted, but said the owners are working to make it so.
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About three years ago, White visited a Winky Lux cosmetics store in Chicago with her two daughters, a friend, and her friend’s child. At the back of the business, there were a handful of themed photo booths, she said.
“I took a whole bunch of pictures with my kids and it was so much fun,” said White, who is also a kindergarten teacher at Salam School. “I was just waiting for something like this to appear in Milwaukee.”
Selfie Hop will debut at 2:00 p.m. on June 3. Its usual hours will be 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Each Selfie Hop photo shoot has a ring tripod with Bluetooth remotes available. The space is illuminated by LED lights. Customers are welcome to bring professional cameras in addition to phones.
For a one hour time slot, it costs $ 16 for general admission and $ 11 for children aged 2 to 12. Due to capacity limitations, White recommends making reservations online in advance at selfiehop.com.
Walk-ins are authorized if space is available. The one-hour time slot begins on time, not on arrival, White noted.
“I’m one of those people who love to take pictures,” White said. “And every time I go back to look at them, it’s just memories that are right there… These memories are so important.”