Selfie Hop, a Milwaukee selfie photography studio, opening June 2021 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

From painting to decorating, a local husband and wife spent the past two and a half months creating a selfie photography studio in Milwaukee. 
Selfie Hop, 2410 N. Farwell Ave., features 20 photo ops, from ball pits to a picnic-themed scene, in a 2,500-square-foot space. 
“I love taking selfies, I love taking photos, and I’m always posting on Snapchat,” said Alison White, who owns Selfie Hop with her husband, Abdelrahman Farag. “This is going to be a lot of fun for me and my kids to do.”
There are 11 themed three-wall “photo booths,” White said, including: 
Other sets include faux monarch butterflies with a bright orange background; an Arabic dessert-theme; a purple-themed grocery store with a shopping cart; a throne with a gold background; and purple and orange ball pits. 
The wall going up to the second level of the space says “I love Milwaukee” and the steps are rainbow-colored. 
The studio is not currently ADA accessible, White noted, but said the owners are working toward making it that way. 
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About three years ago, White visited a Winky Lux cosmetics store in Chicago with her two daughters, a friend and her friend’s child. Toward the back of the business, there was a handful of themed photo booths, she said. 
“I took a whole bunch of pictures with my kids and it was so much fun,” said White, who’s also a kindergarten teacher at Salam School. “I’ve just been kind of waiting for something like this to pop up in Milwaukee.”
Selfie Hop will be making its debut at 2 p.m. June 3. Its regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 
Each Selfie Hop photo op has a ring light tripod with Bluetooth remotes available. The space is lit with LED lights. Guests are welcome to bring in professional cameras in addition to phones. 
For a one-hour time slot, it costs $16 for general admission and $11 for kids ages 2 to 12. Due to capacity limits, White recommends making reservations online ahead of time at selfiehop.com
Walk-ins are permitted if spots are available. The one-hour time slot starts on the hour, not upon arrival, White noted.
“I’m one of those people who loves taking pictures,” White said. “And anytime I go back to look at them, it’s just memories that are right there … Those memories are so important.”
For more information, visit selfiehop.comfacebook.com/selfiehopmke or instagram.com/selfiehopmke
Contact Hannah Kirby at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @HannahHopeKirby.  

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