by Brianna Smith-Herman —
It’s been a while since many of us have had a selfie-worthy moment to spice up our Instagram and Facebook feeds that didn’t include wearing a mask.
For those looking to add some color and whimsy to their pandemic pics, Selfie Utopia in Wolfchase Mall is set to open on Saturday (February 27) as Memphis’ first interactive photo experience.
Selfie Utopia offers an array of colorful backdrops, oversize props, optical illusions and interactive set-ups at its selfie museum and interactive event space. Founders Evan Lam and Marina Le envisioned “a safe and fun outlet for members of the community” amid the pandemic.
“It’s a space for a fun time with family and friends and it can also be used to help individuals and area businesses with their content and to expand their social media reach,” said Lam.
“It’s ideal for photo shoots, boutiques, models and for small local businesses. We also can serve as a content creation studio, for music videos and such.”
Selfie Utopia will have selfie guides that assist in taking your pictures and posing, if need be, and selfie sticks. Dressing rooms and lockers are offered if one would like to have an outfit change.
There are 15-plus designed photo-op spaces that include – but are not limited to:
- The Keep Grindin’ Memphis Wall illustrated by Memphis’ Toonky Berry,
- A vintage blue wall of pay phones,
- A red and pink flower wall,
- A white balloon room,
- A drop dem PEACHES pooh wall,
- An adult size ball pit with over 10,000 balls,
- A lovers room,
- A greenery ‘Memphis Made’ wall and
- The all pink airplane set (my favorite).
“This is a community opportunity for us to connect and give people an opportunity to be as creative as they can,” said Le.
Selfie Utopia has installed sanitizing stations and is following COVID-19 safety protocols. Spots are limited per hour and parties must remain six feet apart. Masks must be worn at all times, except when taking photos.
(For more information, including tickets, visit SelfieUtopia.com.)