As a photographer, I had a pretty bad opinion of Photobooth rentals. After assisting my best friend’s wedding and having all night with it, I changed my mind. Photo-booth offers not only a keepsake of your wedding for each guest, but also a variety of funny pictures than a regular photographer cannot catch. Indeed, people a much more at ease in front of a machine, controlling their image, than in front of a stranger vendor asking them for funny pictures.
That’s why I have decided to build my own photo-booth and offer it in most of my packages for free.
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Characteristic of the photo-booth
The machine enclosure is 4 feet tall, 2 feet large and 1 feet deep. It features a lightening panel, a camera, and an iPad with dedicated software. The photography technology itself is automatic, controlled by the iPad. It’s working on batteries and thus can perform independently.
That said most of the people decide to include the printer which needs to be plugged to a power supply. It may also require some maintenance, for changing the paper roll.
In consequence, if you want prints, the assistant photographer will stay close to the machine, making sure everything works fine. Indeed, despite the fact that it’s a simple technology, a bug or an inadvertent use can always happen.
How to take advantage of it?
The simplest way to use it is to let your guests have fun. Some couple may also use it to create another souvenir of their wedding.
Create a personalized guest book
A smart way to use your photo booth keepsake and turn it into great memories is creating an alternative wedding guest book.
Your guests can past their funny print on an album, and let you a message. You can also do that with polaroid (but polaroid are more expensive).
Hang or Pine pictures
A ludic way to use your print is to hang or pin them.
Take a beautiful frame, attach some twine string with a clothespin on it. Or buy a nice Pinboard (you can find some original ones on Etsy).
Each time your guests will take pictures they can attach or pin a print on it.
All you need to know about photo-booths
Unlimited Prints are included in all packages coming with an assistant photographer. If your package does not include prints, you can still choose this option.
What sizes are the prints
The prints are 2 × 6 inches long, like the identity pictures format.
Larger dimensions are possible on the request with additional cost.
Can we enter inside the photobooths?
The photo-booths we offer are a simple enclosure taking portraits of people. So there is not room to enter inside. If you do want a dedicated room, then renting an inflatable tent can be an extra option.
Best Place to Set Up
While photographers recommend couples a variety of best location for their engagement session, to catch better memories, your photo booth doesn’t need any fancy place. You only need a clean background and an electric outlet (for the printer). For this purpose, I will set up the photobooth in the corner of your reception room (or an adjacent room), or close to a wall.
Can You Set It Up Outside?
Yes. The photo-booth itself working on batterie is totally doable. Nevertheless the print needs to be plugged to the electric system. I do have some extension cables, but I won’t be able to cover large distance. So if you want to install it in the middle of a park, you may have to give up on the prints.
We usually use your venue wall as the background of your pictures. If you want a special backdrop, we will be happy to help you (glitter tissue, Jersey, linen, or simple colored photo paper backdrop).
Be aware that some material works better than others. You want to avoid any material that is too reflective, or that are subject to wrinkles (such cheap Jersey, cotton).
Can We Use a Green Backdrop for Incrustation
Yes, that’s possible. Let’s discuss that prior to your event if you want to do that.
Create your own Scenery
Some couple would have fun creating a stage background, using chairs, haystack, tables, and other furniture.
If you want to do that, the best is that the photographer (or the assistant) set up some flash and take the pictures.
For practical and sanitation purpose, we do not include prop with our booth.
You can easily by some on the internet, on amazon, Etsy, or in your local store or a one Dollar Tree.
If your wedding has a special theme, it’s the opportunity to include human disguises.
List of props usually used:
- Chalkboard (don’t forget the chalk for your chalkboard)
- Funny Hats
- Funny headband
- Panels with messages
- Plastic toys: sword, hammer, pistol, magic stick
Are the pictures retouched?
All the pictures taken by the photo-booth camera enter my workflow, and thus will be treated like your engagement or ceremony pictures.
How many hours are included?
You can start it when you want.
Battery is efficient for 6 hours. If you want to use it longer, it can be plugged to a power supply.
I usually start it during the dinner, but I can start sooner, during the cocktail hour.
The booth service end, and when I left, so make sure you and your guests enjoy it before I finish my coverage.
Quality of the sensor
After receiving bad engagement pictures (from other photographers), a couple who were looking for a photographer for their mixed race wedding ceremony worried about the quality of my camera, and my ability to catch at the same time bright and dark skin tones.
I confess that I was a bit surprise by this question. The answer is that there is no problem as soon as the picture is well exposed and that the sensor is good. And it’s the case. So don’t worry about that.
Other Vendors Already Offer You Photobooth Rental Services
The photo-booth offered is a free service for the bride and the groom reception. If you don’t need, it’s simple, I won’t bring it.