Meet The Owners

In 1998, Troy and Donald Bakewell started Camelot Photography in West Saint Paul, MN. Camelot was a wedding photography studio that practiced a photo journalism style of wedding photography. At the time, this new style of photography was only popular on the coasts but would later revolutionize the way weddings were photographed in the Midwest. They were able to book up solid and began hiring and training other photographers to keep up with their clients’ demand.

In 1999, they ventured into the lab business and founded “Profoto” ( to handle all of Camelot Photographys’ growing printing needs. Profoto became so efficient, they began offering their services to other wedding photojournalists and pioneered “Print Numbering” which printed a unique 4 digit number on the back of every proof from an entire wedding making order reprints a breeze. After a few small ads in “Shutterbug”, Profoto had film pouring in from all over the country.

In August of 2001, Camelot Photography became Camelot Weddings ( and began offering DJ services and Video Production in addition to their expanding “Camelot” photography services. They moved into a 3,000+ sq ft commercial building located at 3966 Minnehaha Ave S. in Minneapolis, MN consisting of three consultation rooms and 2 editing suites. In it’s prime, Camelot Weddings was responsible for photographing over 300 weddings per year while employing 12 lead photographers and an array of assistants.

In Dec 2005, Party Booths was founded! After seeing a vending style photo booth at one of the many bridal shows Camelot did, Troy and Donald were impressed with the concept but wondered how anybody could be happy with such a poor quality photograph. They set out to design a more attractive booth that could be easily transported equipped with the highest quality equipment. They did their first paying event on February 18, 2006 and people were simply blown away by the fun! Bookings poured in from MN and they quickly realized they needed to focus all of their energy on Party Booths. They closed down the Video department, sold off the DJ department to their DJ manager Scott Cornell (, and on January 1, 2008 their lead photographer Matt Garceau ( bought the photography division. Matt always said that someday he would own Camelot and his dream came true.

In early 2006 we began offering our services nationwide for the same rate and to date have done over 6,000 photo booth events!

Feel free to ask the owners anything you would like and they will happily respond to all posts.

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