Chris and Jess fell in love at Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street photo booth, and now they are running the business, preserving history, and planning an exhibition.

Preserving a Melbourne Icon

Christopher Sutherland and Jess Norman, after sharing their first kiss in the historic photo booth at Flinders Street Station, have now taken over the business from the 91-year-old owner, Alan Adler, and are dedicated to preserving the legacy of vintage photo booths.

From Romance to Business Owners

Chris and Jess not only became a couple after their first kiss in the photo booth but also took on the responsibility of restoring and managing the booth, along with a dozen others they are working on bringing back to life. Their journey from a first date to business ownership has been intertwined with the history of the photo booth.

Challenges and Rewards of Vintage Photo Booths

The couple faces challenges such as sourcing rare parts and maintaining the old photo booths in a digital age. Despite the difficulties, they find the emotional and nostalgic connections people have with the photo strips to be incredibly rewarding, making all the efforts worthwhile.

Expanding the Business and Honoring the Legacy

Chris and Jess have expanded their venture by opening a second photo booth at The John Curtin Hotel, another iconic site in Melbourne. They also plan to curate an interactive exhibition and a documentary on the history of photo booths, inviting the public to submit their photo strips and stories for the project.

Celebrating Alan Adler’s Legacy

The couple pays tribute to Alan Adler, the previous owner, and operator of the Flinders Street photo booth for over 50 years. They aim to celebrate his work and the joyous moments captured by the photo booths, turning their exhibition into a celebration of his contributions.