Choosing the right Photobooth for your next celebration

With a range of different photo booths, that regularly appear at weddings, birthdays, breakup parties, graduations and corporate events; it can easily become hard and confusing when it comes to choosing the right photo booth hire.

Probably the best alternative to hiring a traditional photographer, or even better hire both and get complete coverage of your Celebration. The photo booth is on everyone's list of things to book for their party. Whatever event you’re planning, your guests will love piling inside and draw the curtain to take a few cheeky pictures.

But with so many different types available, choosing the right booth for your celebration can be tricky. So we put together this handy guide to help you make up your mind.

Enclosed Photo Booth

The enclosed photo booth typically have a hard sturdy wall or a curtain or an inflatable shell. Generally, with a curtain, most photo booth businesses have a range of different colours and patterns. The one downfall about it can be the wind, so best to use indoors.

They will also print photos, but be careful. Make sure the company you book uses a professional photo-lab quality dye sublimation printer. Not only will these photos last the longest, but they also print quickly and come with a transparent protective coating.

Things to consider:

  • If you’re having an event in a public place or venue where everyone (including people who aren’t apart of the event) can see you, then this is an excellent choice for privacy.
  • There will usually be a restriction on the number of people that can fit in the booth at any one time (so if you want massive group shots, this may not be the best option for you!)
  • Think of space within the venue to position the booth. Most suppliers ask for around a 3x3 meter space to operate the booth and props table. They will also need a power supply usually.

Ideal for:

  • Kids Parties
  • Birthday Parties (16th, 18th, 21st & 30th)
  • Engagement Parties
  • Weddings

Open Photo Booth

Having an open booth (sometimes called a kiosk booth) allows for there to be more space and lets your guests feel less claustrophobic.

Open booths have more options when it comes to backdrops. You could go with one the photo booth company can provide, which are normally a curtain or print design on a portable stand. There is also the option of using the venue’s wall or creating your own backdrop. Lastly, you could use the beautiful view outdoors or from inside.

Due to the design of an open booth if you are looking for large group shots, the can be achieved reliably easily. There are many different types of open booths available to hire so speak with the companies and ask them about theirs.

Another thing to look out for when hiring an open photo booth is to make sure they have correct lighting. Professional lighting is a key feature for these booths. Unlike an enclosed booth, the open needs more lighting.

Things to consider:

  • This is one of our favourite photo booths because it’s simply more entertaining than an enclosed.
  • While people are sitting down having a drink they can watch their family or friends get dressed-up and being silly in the photo booth. It gives other’s tips on what to do next; it keeps guests laughing and is a definite icebreaker.
  • This is an excellent choice if you want everyone to get in on the fun. It’ll make grandma and grandpa feel like they were all involved and they don’t even have to move.
  • With this booth, you can fit loads more people in the photo, unlike the traditional enclosed photo booths. It’s also great if you want to feel like your walking the red carpet at an awards night.
  • It’s spacious, entertaining and loads of fun.
  • Depending on the set up (distance from the background) depends on the space required for this type of booth. But they can be used in very small spaces (usually). Power will also be required.

Ideal for:

  • Weddings
  • Milestone Birthdays
  • Corporate Events

GIF Photo Booth

A GIF Photobooth can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether it is an enclosed, kiosk, open or tripod.

The key feature of the GIF booth is that it takes GIF images. A GIF (which stands for Graphics Interchange Format) is a series of images that are played one after the other. You could say they are like the old flipbook with the drawing of the stickman, running.

Most GIF Photo Booths don’t just do GIF images. Some can do still-shots, Boomerangs, Snapchats and videos. Being one of the most modern photo booths they don’t always print photos. Instead, they normally require you to send them to yourself after each session, or you may be given a link to access them online.

Things to consider:

  • GIF Booths are another level of fun, and I find a lot funnier! Other than that it is an excellent option for those who can’t seem to hold on to their prints.
  • Have you ever been out drinking; squished and ripped the paper in your pocket, lost your phone and never found what you had lost. Well having them sent to your email account is a lot easier, then having to worry the next day about who found that embarrassing photo you took in the photo booth.
  • Usually fits in the smallest spaces!

Ideal for:

  • Kids Parties
  • Birthday Parties (16th, 18th, 21st & 30th)
  • Engagement Parties
  • Weddings

What to do now?

Lastly, before you book, it’s a good idea to start searching the different options available from your local suppliers.

Things to ask yourself

  • Do you need privacy or want a curtain?
  • How much space will you have for a photo booth?
  • How many guests do you want to fit in the photo booth?
  • Are the photos printed in high quality and last long?
  • Do you want to entertain everyone at all times?
  • Would you like to create your own backdrop?
  • If you want green screen check to see if it is availabe.