With SO many photo booth rental choices in the Phoenix area, it's hard to know which one to choose. Here is a list of our top priorities when looking for a booth.
#1 Quality prints
Sadly, a lot of photo booth companies aren't professional photographers and don't understand how the photography side of the photo booth works. This can result in poor lighting and blurry images. Make sure that your photo prints are sharp and well lit. You can always ask the company for sample prints to see exactly what your final prints will look like.
#2 Open Air Booth vs. Enclosed Booth
Consider what kind of party you are having and what type of booth would work best. Enclosed booths don't hold as many people but offer better lighting and a nostalgic photo booth experience. The enclosed booth also adds a little privacy in case you are shy about posing with a line of people watching you! But an open air booth is great for larger group shots and is more interactive with the whole party.
#3 Who's manning the booth?
It might be a lot cheaper, but don't hire a drop and pick up company. You want someone there attending the booth in case something goes wrong. The right attendants can also make the photo booth experience more memorable.
#4 Always read the reviews
Always read the reviews to see what people are saying about the company. Bad reviews are a good indication that the reviews are robot generated, so don't go running for the hills if you see one. I like to read the best review and the worst review before making a decision on anything.
#5 Size matters
If looking for an enclosed booth, consider how many people can fit into the booth. A lot of enclosed booths are very small and may only seat one individual. At Vintage Photo Booth Rentals, we offer a large bench that seats at least 3 adults across with a pull out bench on the bottom for more seating.
When it comes to photo booths, you often get what you pay for. Someone with cheap equipment and can fold the booth to fit in the trunk of a car won't have to charge as much as a booth that needs a truck and a trailer to haul. Usually paying more, means getting all the bells and whistles that accompany the price tag.
#7 How much time do you actually need?
It's tempting when booking to book the cheaper package with less time, but will that give your guests time to get through the booth? Generally guests at a party or wedding don't line up together and all get their photos at once. 3 hours is usually sufficient to get all the guests a turn and 4 is even better.
#8 Can it be customized?
If you have a corporate party or a very customized party, you might want to consider how much it can be customized. We have multiple options for customization including, templates, backdrops, props and signs. We've even built new signs to be displayed on top. We can fully build and customize a backdrop for our open air booth as well. If you can dream it, we can build it!
Are you getting actual props or print out paper on a stick? If it matters to you, you might want to keep that in mind. We use real props that can be sanitized. Not just paper that is held to 100 different lips all night!
Being a photographer, lighting is my top priority. You don't want photos that are overexposed (too bright leaving a glare on your skin), or underexposed (too dark leaving skin looking muddy). Make sure they have a flash with a softbox or studio strobe lights.
The fun part about owning a photo booth company is being able to do my own family's receptions! This was at my sister's back in 2012 when we had a different booth and equipment. But it was still fun!
What a cute way to display your engagement photos! I love this little wedding trend of having your program look like a real newspaper.
Did you realize that a photo booth is perfect to have at your baby shower! I used it at mine and it was perfect for my bow tie themed shower.
Not all photo booths are created equally! People ask us all the time, why is your booth more expensive than this or that other photo booth company? Why is a Mercedes more than a Civic? Photo booths are not all the same either. Let's look at some different categories of photo booths:
1. Actual photo booth: This is where you actually walk into a booth to get your picture taken, just like in the old days. That is how we made our booth. These often require trucks or trailers to transport and can't be shoved in the trunk of a car.
#2 Curtain booth: These booths are usually constructed of PVC pipe and fabric. You usually stand up in these ones while having your photo taken. Most of the really cheap "photo booths" out there are constructed like this. They are easy to transport and can be folded and put in a box.
#3 Photo stations: This is a box brought to your event and set up. It has the camera and flash all inside the box. You usually stand against a wall to have your picture taken or a white backdrop is brought.
Here are some other considerations while renting a photo booth.
#1 Size: While you might find a real photo booth to rent, how many people are actually going to fit in that booth? Is it meant for only a couple? Or worse? One person? If you are planning on getting pictures with your bridal party or family, this is definitely something to consider. Ours can fit 4 adults seated and we have benches we can pull out for double stacking.
#2 Quality of prints: If your photo booth company doesn't understand photography, you're not going to get high quality prints. We use two strobe lights in our booths for studio quality prints.
#3 Position of camera: If you want your pictures to look like the old fashioned photo booths then you better make sure your camera in the photo booth is set to take the photos chest up. This is the most flattering way to do it which also means the camera is most likely not taking at a wide angle which causes distortion to the face making your nose big and your face to appear cartoonish.
#4 Props: My favorite part about Vintage Photo Booth Rentals! Consider what your guests will be wearing to your wedding and how much time they spent getting ready. Do they really want to see themselves wearing silly glasses and a pimp wig? Consider classy props that actually almost look like they wore them to your wedding!
Vintage Photo Booth Rentals uses real vintage hats and plastic lips and mustache that we clean before and after each event. We also have handmade masks.
Man finally identified by family after finding 445 mysterious selfies……
We are a Vintage Photobooth Rentals located in the Phoenix area. We offer a unique, elegant photo booth that is not only beautiful but has the highest quality studio prints.