The word is getting out and everyone wants a photo booth at their event. A lot of people have questions so here is a quick FAQ guide.
Question 1. How much does it cost?
This is a tough question to answer. A lot of it depends on what part of the country. Here in Michigan the average seems to be about 200 an hour. I have seen prices anywhere from $400 for 2 hours to $1000 for 2 hours. So you will really have to call your local companies to get an idea of an hourly rate. Some of the other costs are travel cost some companies will charge around 50 cents a mile for anything of 20 miles but again everyone is different. It’s just my opinion but if you are willing to hire a company and they are willing to take the job it shouldn’t be your responsibility to pay for their travel expenses. Some of the other costs are adding memory/scrap books. You can also pay extra for prop boxes. Some companies offer plastic photo strip holders to give your guests. You can also pay to have different colored back drops. So to answer the question I would expect to pay at least 200 dollars an hour.
Question 2. How does it work?
There are two basic types of photo booths available here in Michigan the older traditional booths that use a chemical process to produce the pictures and the newer booths that use digital technology. The older booths are pretty heavy machines and are difficult to transport so there use is limited. The newer booths are a lot more mobile and easier to operate and much faster a producing pictures. Basically when you step into a new booth you will usually find a screen that is displaying your image this gives you time to make sure everyone is in the shot. When you are ready to take the picture, most booths will have a button to push the nicer booths will have a button to push for color or black & white prints. Usually you get a count down timer and a series of three to six pictures will be taken. The better booths will have a flash to help get the lighting perfect. Some booths have a bench other booths allow you to stand up. After you take your picture you prints will print out. This can take anywhere from 15 seconds to several minutes. Keep this in mind when you rent a photo booth. The quicker your pictures print the more people can get through and enjoy the photo booth.
Question 3. Can I customize my pictures?
When you go with a digital photo booth. Just about everything can be customized and altered. You should be able to add a special message. You could put the date of the event. You could have your picture or a logo placed on the boarders. If you can imagine it it can be created. The layout can be changed as to how many pictures print out. They can be printed in strips like traditional “old school” photo booths or you can print them in all different combinations. The older booths will usually only print out the traditional strip of 3 or 4 pictures.