A 360° view of the professionals at Buffalo Entertainment

I have participated in many events over the years, from art festivals to Halloween balls. The only thing that remains constant is change. Change is a good thing, but it is also a beast. To stay on top of your game, you must always bring new ideas into the mix. Luckily, in Buffalo, we have places like Buffalo Entertainment Pros that make it easy to stay up to date with trendy, fun and innovative ways to spice up corporate events, parties, festivals and weddings.

I first learned about Buffalo Entertainment Pros when I was researching 360 photo booths in Buffalo. I had heard about the sensational 360 photo booth technology from friends who had attended a party in downtown Buffalo. Seeing as I’m planning on hosting an event or two in the not too distant future, I decided to reach out to the owner of Buffalo Entertainment Pros, Jacob Becker.

It turns out that Becker has been in the marketing and entertainment business for a while. He started his own agency – Marketing Mayor – in 2012 which was mainly focused on social media. Eventually, he decided to start a second agency – Belly Marketing (2019) – which served a national clientele. The company is named after his daughter Ellie – the ‘B’ is borrowed from Becker.

Becker has been fascinated by technology since childhood. He has always considered himself a leader when it comes to incorporating the latest and greatest technological advances into his work.

“When I was 9 years old, I was saving my money to buy a modem so we could access the Internet in our house,” Becker said [laughing]. “I’ve always been personally tapped into all of this. During the pandemic, my company Buffalo Video (2019) was one of the first agencies to do live video streaming. We knew we had to make adjustments to the way we operate. We were booked like crazy and business took off. It was something that came up very quickly. In 2021, we switched to Buffalo Entertainment Pros.”

As the pandemic began to subside, Becker and his team began analyzing the market again, trying to pinpoint What next?

“Most of the new technology these days is celebrity-driven,” Becker told me. “They are the ones who move the needle. When LeBron James was seen interacting with one of the 360 ​​photo booths, I knew we had to get one. I order it the same week. Trends evolve so quickly. We were entering a crazy video world with live video streaming, TikTok, etc. The AllStar 360 captures video, it’s new, and it’s modern. As soon as we got our first one, it was booked and we started turning people away for events, so we’re ordering another one. It wasn’t long before we ordered a third.”

Along with the AllStar 360, which features a rotating video camera that converts images into dramatic slow-motion video, Becker also commissioned a super-advanced premium interactive touchscreen Mirror Xtreme Photo Booth. Needless to say, these new interactive machines are the hit of parties, partly because of the instant gratification and partly because of their intuitive ease of use. As younger generations grow up with more advanced interactive mobile phone technology, they in turn expect to find “next level” attractions at the events they attend.

Curious about where this all leads, I asked Becker about the Metaverse and what he can expect to see years from now.

“The rumblings are that it’s coming,” Becker replied. “Technology continues to evolve. We’re waiting to see how everything plays out with the Metaverse. There have been so many moments in history when you think about how crazy some technology is… no way. And then, before you know it, everyone is using it. The metaverse is not a something for next year – you have to have mass adoption… but it is is coming Like weddings for example. So that someone can attend a wedding from all over the world by simply putting on a VR set. The rooms are tailored to your senses. It’s like you’re there. As repulsive as some people are, people will marry in the Metaverse. I’d like to think we’ll be one of the first businesses to come into this world and offer something like this. Right now, though, brides want touchscreens and emojis…they want to be part of the ongoing modernization.”

Speaking of all that modernization, I got a kick out of Becker’s response when I asked him what he thought was the hottest wedding venue in Buffalo right now.

“The barn,” he answered. “That’s the current trend here. Not just the old barn – people are building modern new barns, like The Annex WNY. Now there are a bunch of them. WNY has a blue-collar feel, which I think plays into this trend.”

This answer really surprised me, especially after going down the Metaverse rabbit hole. But even those who choose a raised barn setting for a wedding still expect to have all the modern trappings, from DJs to live video feeds to mirrored photo booths.

“We’re the only ones in town with the crazy ‘next level’ mirror booth,” Becker said. “It’s our way of staying on top of our game. As for the DJs, DJ Shy Guy Shawn leads the DJ division – overall we have a great team. We provide ushers for our events who help set up and operate the photo booths. We are a hands-on entertainment business that ensures weddings, corporate events, parties and graduations are as fun as possible.”

And half the fun hosting an event doesn’t mean worrying about all the tech details, whether it’s photos/video, sound, lighting, or the latest and greatest tech gadgets.

Heck, if you’re thinking of getting married in the Metaverse, Becker can probably help you with that, too.

Website: Buffalo Entertainment Pros

Photos courtesy of BuffaloPhotographyPros.com | Video courtesy of BuffaloVideoPros.com

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