FUNARAMA™ was founded in 2005 in Toronto by Hosam Khirala, the first company to specialize in portable photo booths for special events in Canada.
Hosam - an architect by training - fell in love with the concept. After briefly trying some of the photo booths offered by various commercial manufacturers, he quickly realized that photo booths designed primarily for use in public settings among strangers, lacked many of the necessary aspects required for social gatherings among family and friends.
Among the most obvious shortcomings was the lack of any personalized attention or adaptability offered to the guests. This included the inability to print more than 2 strips per session even when photographing groups of 4-8 people (leaving many guests disappointed), a non-adjustable camera that cannot zoom or tilt to fit the guests (resulting in the shots being either too far or too close), the inability to pause or restart the photo session (in case guests needed more time between shots or a “second chance”)
Hosam’s goal was then to create a "Guest Friendly" photo booth that offered a more fun, personalized, adaptable experience for every guest. Instead of being just an automated machine, the photo booth would be highly interactive incorporating the skills of an actual photographer.
The photographer would operate the photo booth, select the number of strips printed based on the number of guests photographed, adjust the zoom level of the camera, pause or restart the photo sequence as required and offer a host of other personalized features.
Hosam utilized his flair for design and high technical standards, put together a team of top-notch industrial engineers, graphic artists, and software programmers and set to bring his vision to reality. Many late nights and several prototypes later, FUNARAMA™ was born! The unique concept was a smashing success at various events, received rave reviews, and was featured on several hit TV shows including Rich Bride, Poor Bride and Wedding SOS!
FUNARAMA™ continues to strive for excellence in both technology and personalized service, and looks to the future with the greatest dedication and optimism.
Hosam received his Bachelor's degree in architecture in 1994. He worked in several major offices in Toronto until he started FUNARAMA™ in 2005. He combines a passion for creativity along with a fun loving personality. Hosam resides in Toronto with his wife and 3 children.
Maya handles all sales and customer service issues insuring every event is a great success. She strives to insure every client receives the utmost attention and service and she’s not shy to ask for a glowing testimonial once every event is completed!
Ryan designs the custom funstrip graphics for each event. A graduate from Seneca College's Graphic Design program, he combines a high artistic ability with meticulous attention to detail. Ryan enjoys creating unique graphics that truly reflect each client’s personality and passions. Many clients love his designs so much; they end up using them also on invitations, wine bottle labels, and table centerpieces!
Known for his striking "blue" shoes and friendly, professional personality, Chris loves helping people and making sure they have a great time. Chris is also an aspiring music recording artist.
With a bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Guelph, Bernadette brings her deep passion and understanding for people to every event. Her exciting, upbeat personality is admired by both adults and kids alike.
Professional, efficient and well organized, Alex brings his positive attitude, upbeat manner and fun-loving personality to all the events.
A veteran in the special events industry, Pamela has worked in the video recording business for years. Her technical skills and people oriented attitude make her a wonderful addition to any event.
FUNARAMA™ is always looking for great candidates to join our growing team. You must love working with people and have a positive upbeat attitude. We are currently looking for Booth operators. You must have your own vehicle and be available to work on weekends. Please submit resumes with cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the overwhelming demand for this unique service, FUNARAMA™ is planning to expand throughout major cities across Ontario. Please email Hosam Khirala at email@example.com for more information about this exciting business opportunity.