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Rising Stars: Meet Leilani Billups

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leilani Billups.

Hi Leilani, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My business was passed down to me by my mother. My mother started a photo booth company about 4 years ago called All That Jazz Events. She originally started with the Mirror Photo Booth and added the Social Booth a year into her business. Originally, she started the business to help earn additional income to provide for my sister and me and provide generational wealth. Once covid took over, the business became slow, and she thought about selling the business. During that transition, I began asking my mom if I could apply for jobs in the neighborhood. My mom decided to give me the business instead of selling it. Since then, I have rebranded under STL Film Junkie and added the 360 photo booth.

Alright, 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?
Due to the continuous covid concerns, it has not been a smooth road. Most people are still socially distanced and do not host events (i.e., parties, weddings, etc.). I apply the tools I learn from school to my business to assist me through my journey. I am currently still learning how to advertise my business as well with the assistance of my mother.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Hello, my name is Leilani Billups. I am 15 years old and the owner of STL Film Junkie. I provide photo booth services for St. Louis and surrounding areas. I am proud to be able to provide a service to families that captures memories for generations to come. Often when families have events, photography services are the last thing to either be booked or it is not booked due to budgets or other reasons. Families gather and enjoy the event without capturing those special moments. When our guests book with us, we provide them with photos, videos, and photo albums that they can later reminisce on and show to future generations. I grew up learning about my family history from photos throughout my family’s homes. I want to continue this throughout my generation and on. We provide luxury services to our clients that exceed their needs beyond what they envision by offering upgrades at no additional cost or affordable rates. Because we are a family-owned and operated business, we guarantee our clients will receive professional services. We attend all events booked with us. Our clients do not have to worry about booking with us but communicating through employees.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love the diversity of the city. There are always events hosted throughout the city to celebrate everyone. I enjoy attending the Hispanic Festival, African Art Festival, Pride, and many more events. What I like least about our city is that sometimes networking opportunities can be hard to include in if you are underage.

Pricing:

  • Social Booth Packages starting at $375 and up
  • Mirror Booth Packages starting at $475 & up
  • 360 Booth Packages starting at $525 & up

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