It’s the new thing at every wedding. They are the life of the party. Maybe you’ve seen one on the Keeping up with the Kardashians, the movie Beaches, or have experienced your own at the mall or recent wedding reception. Photo booths are where it’s at when it comes to bringing life and a whole lot of fun to any event. This isn’t your average, back in the day, type of photo booth. I am talking about a portable, open-air, fun, and exciting state of the art high tech photo booth nyc. The trend is growing, giving brides and corporations a way to make their wedding and event special and fun for all.

WHY RENT A PHOTO BOOTH

Not everyone is the same. Believe it, or not, there are people who don’t like to partake in dancing at wedding receptions. Up until only a few years ago, the standard 4 shot strip of photos has captured the hearts of so many, preserving memories like no other photographer. The entertainment value is one to be cherished and honored.

Giving your event guests an opportunity to let loose and get goofy with silly props and close family and friends, creates an environment for people to be who they are and play without feeling ostracized or self-conscious. There is something for everyone. It appeals to all generations of people. It is enjoyable for everyone. Adding props, video, and sound only adds more fun to the event and guests are more than likely to let their guard down and truly enjoy themselves, giving more room for fun, spontaneous pictures. There is something truly special about creating an environment for people who to feel they can let go and really enjoy their photo booth experience.

Everyone loves seeing their photos once they are printed out. The anticipation of it can seem intense with excitement. Everyone loves seeing their photos after they are done. Many rental companies give options for allowing a special logo to be printed on the prints giving your guests a memorable keepsake to remember the event. This gives a great alternative to the need for multiple disposable cameras placed on the table and also provides much more interesting and a better quality of pictures.The Bride and Groom, and/or event host/ess, is usually provided with their own collection of all of the photos that were taken by way of a disc, photo book and/or through online access through social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) or on companies business website. Not only does this give the host/ess a look at all of the fun their guests were having, but it captures those rare moments when family and friends, who are not often together, connect and make precious memories through the fun of the photo booth experience.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Not all booths were created the same and not all companies offer the same pricing. Some companies provide only the service of photos being taken, while others may offer photo books and/or real-time emails and social networking to help companies brand their name into the social networking world. There are a select few businesses out there where this is their primary business, however, for most this is a side business that has been added to other services like dj’s, photographers, and other event rental companies. While this gives way for many people to rent a photo booth, it is important to define which features you want to include and will give you more value at your event. Compare several photo booth companies and make sure to ask plenty of questions. You do not want to be disappointed with your photo booth experience, whether that is price and/or the experience. Ask around and see who other bridal couples or organization have used and why, or why not, you would want to use the same company.

Appearance – There are many different layouts of companies offer.There are booths, tents, kiosks, boxes, and even photo booth pods. Some photographers will set up a few couches, a bouquet of flowers, and a provide a few props and just take your picture, and call that a photo booth. It is imperative that you see exactly what the photo booth looks like BEFORE you commit to your rental company. If there is not a picture of their set up on their website, it probably with good reason. While a cheaper rate might be better for your budget, keeping aware of what the photo booth will look like at your event will prevent any ‘surprises’ the day of. Many people put hard work into their wedding reception and/or corporate events and last-minute surprises and failed expectations are can spoil their special day.

Functions – Each company will have different functions within their photo booth. As stated above, not every photo booth is created equal. Every company will have different functions to make their photo booth stand out amongst their competition. Do your research and find out what is available and decide which functions and features will be best for your event. Again, ask questions. Ask what special features each company has to offer you. Ask what special features come with their booth. For example, do they offer a scrapbook table where your guests can use a 2nd copy of prints to cut up and paste onto a scrapbook for the bride and groom, or guest of honor? Does the company provide props or are you in charge of providing these for your guests? Does the photo booth have video capabilities? If not is the price worth it? Also, ask how many photos it takes. Decide how many photos you’d like and ask if they can change their settings to provide you with what you’re wanting. Usually, photo booth strips and/or 4×6 prints come with 3 or 4 photos along with a custom logo. Ask if you can have single or double prints, and what the difference in cost will be. What kinds of background options to they provide, and are they willing to give you room to create your own? Most important of all, be sure to view prints taken from prior events. This is what you will be given to remember the event by, and the better quality and more you like, the better.

Pricing and Packages -Each company provides different services and each will offer many different extras for their specific price, along with their basic photo booth rental. Some will up-sell from a menu of different options, while others are all-inclusive. In my opinion, no matter the cost, the person renting the photo booth should be given the digital copies from their event, at no extra charge. A key feature of renting a photo booth should be that all of the photos taken at your event are included and should be yours to keep. However, if you absolutely love the company that you’ve chosen and are willing to pay the extra charge, then that is up to you. Location plays a huge factor in pricing. A photo booth rental company in a big city will charge a lot more than a more rural smaller city, so keep this in mind when contacting these companies. Travel costs on top of regular rates can be costly as well. When choosing factor in the booth design, a number of hours, and special functions, or key features. Do not assume these are the same for each rental company.