BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Memories last forever, but when the events industry was hit by COVID-19 restrictions, it stopped capturing special moments.
Many weddings, birthdays, holidays and other celebrations have been canceled and postponed across the U.S.
In the Tulsa metro area, Excellence Photo Booths had more than a dozen events planned in the past two months, but business came to a halt.
"This has been a unique challenge because they have banned more than 10 people coming together," says Jake Westerfield, owner of Excellence Photo Booths.
The last event the small business did was the Tulsa Home and Garden Show in mid-March just days before coronavirus restrictions went into effect in Tulsa.
Westerfield says he's had to think outside the box to stay afloat.
"Just last week, we were contacted by a grandparent of a senior, and they’re having a virtual graduation," says Westerfield, "And she said I don’t know if this can be done, but if it can be done, you guys are the ones that can do it. She said can you do a virtual photo booth?"
He's up for the challenge ready to do his first virtual photo booth for the Class of 2020.
The small business owner will combine current software with newer programs to create something unique and memorable for the seniors.
Right now he is rescheduling events that have been postponed for the fall and winter. While his calendar is filling up quick, he has space for more.
He understands people are concerned about the spread of the virus, but he says if you're worried about sharing props, the photo booths offer an array of virtual ones.
"During this transition time, if you are planning an event or especially a school graduation where you can’t get everyone together, we’d love to have pictures of your caps and gowns, send them virtually, and we can provide the virtual photo booth still," says Westerfield.
Whether it's in person or digitally, Jake hopes they can help you create a beautiful memory.
This is one of several local small businesses we've highlighted in our "We're Open Green Country" series.
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