5 tips to help you make the most of a photo booth!

Photo booths are a great entertainment add-on for weddings and any other kind of party and there's something about a box of fancy dress stuff and a camera that make it very hard for even the shyest of people to ignore.

Three friends in a photo booth

I’ve been offering photo booths now for about ten years and in that time I’ve seen a lot of changes. Back when I started I decided to be different from all the other companies out there and offer a different style of booth.

Open-style photo booths were really popular in America but in the UK the only photo booth companies out there offered the sit-down type, much like one that you would find in a shopping centre. I found it very difficult to push the open booth idea yet now for every enclosed booth booked, I do nine open-style ones.

Photo booths are tons of fun, and make amazing memories but before you book one for your party, here are five top tips for you to consider to ensure that your photo booth experience is the very best it can be!

Choosing the right photo booth

There are LOADS of photo booth companies out there right now and surely it can’t be difficult to choose one right?

It’s important to do your research and consider all the differences. Don’t be conned into booking a booth that isn’t really “a booth“.

A true photo booth brings people together at your party and should give them that special feeling of being inside something. Photos shouldn’t be taken by a person, they should be automatic and printed straight away. It’s a tried and tested recipe for fun and will leave you with some amazing, candid photos of your family and friends!

Involving your guests

Make it very clear to your guests that you have a photo booth and that you would love for everyone to use it. If they know in advance, they are more likely to use it and have some fun! Don’t force it though, no one likes compulsory fun and being told that they have to do something.

Your chosen photo booth must come with staff. They are there to make sure everyone gets the best photo booth experience!

Choose the right place to put it

This is sooooo important! The photo booth should be near other entertainment such as a DJ or band. It should be easy to find and not tucked away in a side room where the venue likes to hide them. Remember, out of sight, out of mind right?

Make sure it’s accessible too, you want as many of your guests to use and enjoy the photo booth as possible so if some of them have mobility issues you need to consider a booth that could accommodate a wheelchair. People with disabilities love having their photo taken too!

Props

Really bad photo booth props

Props are props, right? Wrong! It’s so important to look for a photo booth with proper, quality props (unlike the ones above).

One booth franchise company I know advertises the fact that with each booth you hire from them you get brand new props every time and you get to keep them! Sounds great but the truth is that what you’re getting is the cheapest selection of rubbish from Amazon and it costs less than twenty quid.

Cheap props, like the ones you see on the table above, look cheap and won’t last the gig. This is why I invest serious money in decent props that don’t disintegrate throughout the night and look great in your pictures! It’s also important to know that all my props are cleaned after every hire!

It’s important to also note that you don’t have to have props at all! Some of the best photos I’ve taken had no props at all. Just natural smiles.

Picture quality

This is often overlooked by a lot of photo booth companies.

These days it would be reasonable to expect that a photo booth would take gorgeous, high-resolution photos with a DSLR camera. The truth is that a lot of photo booths still use webcams so whilst the pictures might look great on a 6×4 print once you blow them up to put them on an 80cm wide canvas, the quality is completely lost. Even with a DSLR, if the person operating the booth has no idea how to take great pictures and understand how ambient lighting conditions can affect the pictures being taken, and how to control them with the settings on the camera, then you’re still not going to get great pictures.

Always ask to see some examples of real photos they have taken, after all, these are the pictures that you will look and laugh at for years to come!

I have the benefit of insider knowledge having offered photo booths now for many years. Just a little bit of Googling reveals a ton of company websites all with the same stock photos on them, conning you into thinking that they took those pictures!

I hope that these top tips have helped you a little. If you need a photo booth for your party just fill in my short contact form.  You can also email me directly at hello@ianforest.com or call/text or WhatsApp me at 07799 782764!