Photo Booth Rental USA and Canada: Essential Info
Planning a Wedding, Birthday Party, Corporate Event or School Prom or any important event and you're wondering what can you do to ensure everyone has the best and most memorable time? The answer is simple: rent a photo booth!
Renting a photo booth achieves two important outcomes; Firstly it's entertainment. It keeps guests occupied and having fun. It also serves as a memory preserver by facilitating long lasting memories for both event holders and guests alike which is what makes it a “must have” item. Guests feel uninhibited within the safe confines of the photo booth, allowing them to be silly and more expressive than they would in a normal photo taking situation. Add in a prop box full of wigs, silly glasses and hats even the most serious of people will loosen up and thoroughly enjoy themselves. The end result is some of the most fun and candid pictures ever! The option of a guest-book whereby users place one copy of the photo-strip (most photo booths print two identical copies of each photo-strip) in the album and leave a hand written message. A guest book makes for the most amazing keepsake and is something to be cherished forever especially after a Wedding or other important occasions.
How to find and choose a photo booth?
Use The Photobooth Finder free service to research local North American (USA and Canada) photobooth operators and to short-list the ones you want to get a quote from. Our photobooth rental guide is a great place to start before you do a search. Naturally aside from the right style of photobooth you want a reliable, prompt and professional operator that are still going to be in business come your event! Unfortunately like with many other industries there are some cowboys out to make a quick dollar. These are the ones double booking, not turning up, forgetting the film roll or just being hard to deal with and you've an important event to plan so you simply don't have time for that! Research properly now to ensure you don't fall victim to a cowboy.
Once you have your short-list you can send them all an inquiry so you can start comparing costs and make an informed choice.
Info to Consider When Researching
Be mindful of the floor space your venue actually has when deciding on a suitable size. Not just for the booth but also the table for the peripheral items which form part of the hire like the guest book and/or props. Often there is a misconception that biggest is best but when it comes to photo booths this isn't always true. People often respond better with their posing when in a more intimate, fun setting.
The color and style of the photo booth should be given consideration – it should work in with your theme/venue. A black and/or white photo booth is going to suit all occasions but you may have a particular color theme you want incorporated. Some operators offer a change of curtain color or a different colored backdrop as another way to personalize the photo booth hire.
Once you've decided what color, size and style are suitable you should start thinking about the photo booths features! Don’t assume all booths offer the same features even if they look similar. Things to consider are:
- Does it print and cut duplicate photo-strips each time?
- Does it offer the user the choice of color, black/white or sepia photo-strips as standard? Can this be changed if desired?
- Is an attendant required? If so, do I have to pay for their meals?
- If no attendant is required - are the booths fully automated so you /your venue doesn’t have to worry about anything?
- Does it have an interactive monitor so the user knows what's happening, and can they see themselves in frame during the photo taking process?
- Does the operator take care of all the venue liaison or is that up to me?
- How fast is the print cycle and how many photostrips can I expect for my hire?
- Does it have video functionality?
Is an attendant really necessary?
An attendant or attendants are there to rouse the guest and entice them to use the booth but also to cut the photo-strips and/or to paste the strips into the album. They may also monitor the use of any props and ensure the photobooth is not damaged by over-excited guests. In doing this their presence may actually inhibit your guests whilst using the booth. Another consideration is that they may require being fed at cost to you, so be sure to factor this in when comparing prices.
Some photo booth companies offer unattended photo booths. If using one of these check if they offer automated photo booths or if you have to turn it on yourself. Either way the advantage of this is that the booth can be set up well before your event and not removed until well after or even the next day so interruption is generally avoided. Having no attendant means guests will be less inhibited and possibly have more fun in the booth. The downside though is there is no one to monitor rowdy behavior and not all booths are built to operate without monitoring.
Pros and Cons of Video messaging
Having a photo booth with video messaging can be good especially if you don’t already have a videographer and are wanting to capture some live action! Things to consider though are that video messaging does tend to take up a lot more time than just getting photos taken and can result in relatively less photo-strips than if you didn’t have this feature on. Also think about the likelihood of you actually watching the video messages later. Most people will sit down and look at a filled guest-book as its readily accessible whereas the videos may not receive that much future attention. You need to weigh up the worth of this before definitely deciding you have to have this feature.
It's very important you read and agree with the operators terms and conditions (often in the form of a contract) before booking or making payment. Most operators will require a deposit at time of booking with the balance due shortly before your hire. Be sure to read the fine print and be aware of what portion of the money you pay at any given time is non-refundable as this differs greatly from operator to operator. It's also a good idea to see if you can pay your photo booth hire off in installments. That way you ensure you're not hit with all the big expenses at once.
A professional photobooth isn't always cheap but it is definitely worth it. Be sure to research thoroughly before you decide on the right one, and you can’t go wrong. Your guests will thank you for it!
Want More Info? Read our Photo Booth Rental Guide
Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to provide readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.
(Photo Booth Blogger: Justin Jowett)
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