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Meet Theresa Vagnoni of The Pic Addict Photo Booth in Chula Vista and Eastlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Vagnoni.

Theresa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all began in late 2017 with me planning my daughter’s 16th Birthday Party. She wanted to include a photo booth for her party, and after some searching, I wasn’t sure a photo booth was something we could afford. It occurred to me that this could be a business that would be a fun weekend thing that was relatively easy to start, so I took the leap and bought the basics: DSLR camera, basic white backdrop and some silk flowers, and a photo printer. One year, three bridal shows, and 32 photo booth events later, I’m still going strong.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Even though I recently retired after over 24 years in the U.S Navy, I still work a full-time “day job”, which requires me to travel every month or so. Not only that, I am working on my MBA, and staying involved with my crafting hobby. It is very challenging to balance all these schedules and I have to be extremely careful not double-book myself.

Please tell us about your business.
The Pic Addict is a Woman Veteran-owned small business (one employee-me), that specializes in providing photo booth services at a variety of functions such as weddings, birthdays, parties, and corporate events. I am known for going above and beyond, providing superior service on a personal level, working closely with each and every client to make sure everything is perfect for every event. I am proud to provide this personal service and commitment at affordable rates, and I do not nickel-and-dime my customers. The thing that sets me apart from others is that because of my creativity and “maker” ability, I can create props by hand, ensuring every event includes personalized props. I put my heart into each and every job.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was a kid, I used to spend as much time as possible across the street from my house with my friends, many of whom I maintain contact with to this day. We would goof off a pool, or dig holes in the dirt, play hide-and-go-seek, ride our bikes, or just hang out.

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