Contrary to what it might sound like, the new “selfie museum” created by Danielle D. Hughes, Dr. Danielle Penson and Kierra Pack-Henderson is not a dusty room of shelves with old Polaroid selfies. Instead, The Pose Experience is an interactive venue where guests can create whatever photo experience tickles their fancy. “Pose is a place where you can be whoever you want to be, live in that perfect moment for a while and then freeze that moment in time,” Hughes says.
The three women entrepreneurs and professionals met after being honored with the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 award in 2019. They formed a group chat, then a friendship and a sisterhood. After the stresses of 2020, the women wanted to open a business that combined social media savvy and unique, creative fun. “It was a divine connection,” says Penson. “When three creative minds come together, anything is possible. We decided to open a photo house on Dec. 20, and, a month later, that’s what we did.”
Tickets are $28 for 45 minutes, and only 10 people can occupy the space at once. Enjoy 10 rotating themed “experience” areas where you can take photos, like the Dream Closet, Beach Area, Donut Wall and Girl Boss Office. Pose can also be rented out for parties and private shoots. Hughes says, “It can be a small personal thing with friends or even something like an album photo shoot. We did the whole build-out ourselves and, ultimately, we wanted to create something for people to do that was safe and joyful for the community – even if you just want to dress up on a Saturday afternoon and be cute with your friends to forget how hard things have been.”
15618 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield