Santa Monica Place (file photo)

Blink Inc., a technology-driven photo shoot experience that captures and delivers professional digital photography in real time, announced the formation of an alliance with Macerich, one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of retail properties in top markets. The two companies will work together to open new Blink Inc. photo studios at select Macerich properties. The first new store will launch at Santa Monica Place during the 2016 holiday season with more to follow in 2017.

“We are thrilled to partner with a like-minded company like Macerich to help support our continued expansion plans to bring Blink Inc. into new retail markets,” said Tristan Davison, Founder of Blink Inc. “They are a smart, forward-thinking company with unique properties looking for what’s new and experimental in retail. We offer them something like nothing else in the market currently with our true omni-channel experience that combines brick and mortar photo studios with bleeding-edge technology. It’s a great fit.”

“Blink Inc exemplifies the type of experiential and tech-driven retail our company believes in,” said Eric Salo, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Macerich. “In fact, Blink Inc. and other digitally native retail concepts see the attributes critical to their success across Macerich’s portfolio. This class of retailer is delivering elevated experiences for our shoppers and becoming an increasing part of our mix.”

Blink Inc.’s mission is to bring beautiful photography to the masses. After recently closing on a $3.6-million Series A round of funding, Blink Inc. now has stores in Corte Madera, San Jose, Newport Beach, and Canoga Park (opening this fall). The relationship with Macerich will allow Blink Inc. to continue to open more locations throughout the Western United States in 2017.

Blink Inc. is an experiential photography studio that inspires creativity, self-expression and personal style. Its proprietary technology makes it easy for consumers to book shoots and buy images online via their computer or mobile device at A Blink Inc. experience consists of a 10-minute (or longer) shoot with a professional photographer.

The result of each shoot is a collection of hundreds of photographs that consumers and businesses can view, buy and share instantly via Blink Inc.’s website. Shoots start at $25. Images can be purchased a la carte for $10 each or all at once with “Buy All” packages. Walk-ins are welcome, with reservations encouraged.

—Submitted by Carmen Herlihy