We had the good fortune of connecting with Dalphin Tao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dalphin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It all started back in 2017, when Nick was asked to be the best man at his friend Jason’s wedding. Jason mentioned that he wanted to have a photo booth for his wedding. So Nick, being the resourceful person he is, built one. It didn’t take him that long to build, but doing all of the research and planning took around 1 month. Once he was done, we had our first gig at our church’s Valentine’s Day luncheon. Of course we didn’t charge them, and this being our first gig, we wanted an opportunity to go through the process of setting up, working the booth, and taking down. After that, we slowly but steadily started getting more gigs; mainly from family and friends, and then friends of friends. As resourceful as Nick was, it was Dalphin’s vision that took the company to a whole other level. You see, anyone can set up a photo booth, press a button, and hand people their pictures, but it was Dalphin’s keen artistic eye and social media savviness that differentiated us from other companies in the market. Her attention to detail and knowing what customers (mainly brides) were looking for in a photo booth experience; to configure the lighting, props, backdrops, and templates just right bring out the beauty in everyone who stands in front of our lens. Fast forward 3 years later, we’ve retired the first home made booth and acquired 3 more photo booths with social media sharing, boomerang&GIF functionalities, and stylish customized templates.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Nick is an IT professional. He’s done a bit of everything, from programming, to networking, to web development. He also majored in architecture for a stint, which taught him a bit about structural design and building things out of wood. Dalphin was in finance for a few companies while doing wedding planning on the side, but always had a bug for photography. She published a photography book portraying Shanghai and all it’s beauty. Honestly, the biggest challenge we face is the fact that we’re so different. Working together has not been a walk in the park, but it is the aggregation of our differences that makes us such a formidable team. She taught him photography and business while he taught her process engineering and efficiency.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We love going bike riding along Newport and then ending the day with some sushi and tempura at the Mitsua Japanese market food court. Depending on the season, you can go snowboarding at Bear Mountain. It’s not the best place to snowboard, but it’s only an hour away depending on traffic. Socal has so much to offer, it’s hard to limit yourself to just a week.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would like to thank our parents for always supporting us and our family and friends for being the first to hire us and spread the word of our work. And last but not least, we thank God for being the author and director of our lives. To Him be the glory both now and forever.