Hello there, with so many photo booth companies, it can be quite stressful to be sure you're booking the right one. While some companies are clearly better than others, you, the renter, deserve to have the necessary knowledge to weed out those that are not worthy of your hard earned mullah!
Our Chic Booth team created a list of questions you should ask before you book a photo booth. The goal is for you to be as educated as possible so you can make the right choice.
Here we go:
1- Is your booth enclosed or open?
It's important to understand the difference between the two. An enclosed booth includes a structure with the booth, backdrop and props inside, providing more privacy to those taking pictures. Meanwhile an open-air booth simply consists of the booth, backdrop and props, this option allows the photo booth to be a part of your event.
Each type has its advantages and drawbacks. It’s just a matter of preference. Read our Open-air vs Enclosed Photo booth post to better understand the difference between the two before booking.
Some companies will provide props with their services while others will make you pay extra for the props. We’re not saying this is bad practice, just that you should know about it. You may also want to ask if the company can provide personalized props, including printed hashtags or printouts of your face.
3- Can you customize the printouts?
The answer to this question will often be yes! Be sure to follow up with “How much will it cost?”, “Will I have to use some of your templates or can I fully customize them?” and "How many pictures can I have per printout?" The company should be able to send you samples prior to the event. Make sure your printouts are exactly what you want.
4-What size are the printouts?
The two most common printouts sizes are 2×6 and 4×6. Some companies only offer the 2×6, some will upcharge you for the 4×6 and some others will let you choose whichever size you want without a fee.
What? Many companies out there will tell you they offer unlimited printing. Funny enough, that does not always mean that everyone in a photo will get a printed copy, some might do a single printout per session. Don’t ask us why they call it unlimited, we don’t know either. Just ask.
6- What comes standard with every package?
This one is a basic question. Before booking you need to know everything you’ll be getting at the listed price. A low price can sometimes mean hidden cost or poor service offerings. A list of services provided should be made available to you. Here you can see the list of our packages.
7- What takes the pictures?
A camera, duh! The real question is: what kind of camera? Some photo booths use an iPad camera while others use a professional camera with photography studio flash and light. Prices will vary between the two, but so will quality. The choice is yours.
8- Can I see myself before taking the pictures?
We were surprised to learn that a lot of photo booths out there don’t show a live view of the pictures before they are taken. Is it necessary? That’s up to you but think about the lady who needs to check her lipstick or the gentleman who tends to blink when photos are taken.
This is where enclosed vs open air really matters. Choose wisely based on how big of a group you want in your pictures.
10- Will there be an attendant at the booth?
While most booths don’t require one, some companies will assign one or two to provide the best experience for your guests. Some other will have one available in case something goes wrong. And some will just leave the booth unattended. It’s just a good idea to know what to expect. If you ask this question inquire about the dress code as well.
Good luck out there!
PS: As a bonus, we’ll answer any additional question you may have. If you're thinking of booking us, simply call or text us at 904.321.9551