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Hidden Gems: Meet Nina Ciotola of Magic Mirror

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Ciotola.

Nina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was working at a job that wasn’t fulfilling and was starting to feel burnt out. I started learning about the gig economy and discussing options with some of my friends in the industry. I sat down with my family and we landed on running a photo booth company!

We started out doing backyard quinceañeras and banquet hall weddings in our first year (2019). We would work a lot of open houses for venues to get our name out there. Now we are booking Super Bowl parties, exclusive weddings, NFL events, influencer socials, festivals, and more!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been a smooth road that’s for sure. I believe the hardest part of running your own business and providing a service is knowing you’re own value. You want to respect people’s budgets but you also have to respect yourself.

As someone who didn’t know much about running my own business when I started. I realized quickly that I needed to learn as much as I could to be the best I could be for clients and my team! So studying, taking the time to meet with other business owners, and implementing the needed strategies to make a successful company is hard work!

We’ve been impressed with Magic Mirror AZ, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Magic Mirror AZ is the premier photo booth company serving all of greater Arizona. We provide a magical touch to every event. Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, a social event, or even a festival we guarantee your guest will take home an unforgettable experience!

Our Mirror booths bring fun and interactive technology to all of our Arizona events.

All of our packages include:
Magic Mirror Photo Booth set & breakdown
Full Prop Table
Fun & Professional Attendant(s)
Unlimited Sessions
2×6 or 4×6 prints
Choice of backdrop (30+ to choose from)
Choice of black & white prints or color prints
Custom Personalized graphic template
Red Carpet experience
Gold or silver Stanchions + velvet ropes

Most proud of our professionalism, and ability to have fun with all of our guests. Also, of how amazing our graphic design team is! They can and have created custom logos for clients. They really elevate our company above the others because they take our clients’ dreams and make them a reality

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking.
Deciding to expand is probably the largest risk we have taken. It’s an investment back into your business. And we got the opportunity to do so after only being in business for 1 year.

So taking the risk to grow our business into a company of booths was quite scary because you’re not sure if you are going to have all of your booths running every weekend. Or if you’re going to make the money back and then some on New gear. Luckily for us, we have accomplished that.

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Austin Streff – Magic Mirror AZ

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