Photo booths only used to be things you'd see in the corner of stores to get pictures taken for IDs, but now they're extremely popular at corporate events, birthday parties, graduation parties, wedding celebrations or holiday parties.
However, as interest grows, so do the number of companies queuing up to offer photobooth rentals for events. Therein lies the problem; how do you know which one will be the best company to choose?
Thankfully, there's no need to worry as we're going to give you some handy tips to help you find the perfect partner to take your pictures.
Review the reviews
Researching a photo booth rental company should begin with looking at other people's reviews of their service. It will certainly give you a good understanding of what to expect, and if many others have had a great experience, then there's a likelihood your event will go the same way. We're not discounting companies that don't have reviews, but there's no doubt you can have more confidence in a company that has been around for years than those just developing their business.
The amount of money you want to spend is always an important consideration, every event has a budget, and you ideally need to stick within it. Remember that your budget will directly affect the range of photo booths you can choose from and that a lower-end budget will likely reflect in the quality of the images and the equipment on offer. That said, there are a few great budget-friendly photo booth companies that ship photo booth kits directly to you so you can save a few dollars and do-it-yourself. Check out this article where we compare the top self-service photo booth companies. There may be extra fees for certain added extras, and finally, don't forget sales tax will be added on top, so bear that in mind.
Type of Booth
With the advances in technology, there's a whole new world of photo booths out there. Some feature touch screens, some are themed, but the reason for having one at your event is the images. So, it's essential to know that your booth of choice contains the best equipment to get everyone's best side in perfect focus. So it's worth asking what photography cameras are inside; whether they're mirrorless like the Panasonic Lumix GH6 or a Nikon D500 SLR, they need to have decent exposure settings and high image quality.
Printing is also important for some, and again, much like the camera tech, the choices are varied. You can go from the traditional strip of photos seen in a retro booth to options that look like they've come straight from a Polaroid instant camera, or you may want the pictures sent straight to email or even allow for video messaging. Another great option is getting your photo booth prints fulfilled after your event so you can easily create an album of all your event pictures. So, as you can see, it's also important that you to match the printing aesthetic to your event, to make it even more of a memorable experience.
Type of Event
Photo booths are great for all types of events, occasions and milestones. That said, the the photo booth provider you decide to go with should be the one who has the most relevant offering to go with the type of event you're organizing. From bachelorette parties to weddings, school dances to graduation parties, conferences and trade shows to company office parties, or fundraisers, the different events will necessitate different features, budgets, and levels of photo booth engagement.
While the photos are ultimately yours and your guests, you're also putting your faith in a company to provide the perfect service. You need to have incredible customer service. The best customer support will be able to give helpful pointers, direct you to the type of photo booth to pick, choose props and perhaps even suggest some interesting backdrop options too! So before choosing your photo booth company, ask some questions and see how they respond; if they're responsive before the event, they're likely to be just as good during the event.
There you have it, some of our top tips to help you choose the right company to capture super snaps and deliver a memorable photo booth experience at your event, no matter what the occasion.
In case you're looking for more general information about photo booths. Please also read the blog post where we provide literally everything you need to know about Photo Booths.