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What is a Photo Booth? (and why you need one at your next event)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you probably have a general idea of what a photo booth is and the entertainment that comes with one. 

But, do you know exactly what you’re getting in a photo booth? Aside from the memories, of course.

What is a Photo Booth?

Well, generally speaking, it’s a portable booth or kiosk that snaps pictures of you and your besties, while having fun with props (or without) in front of a backdrop. But in reality, a photo booth is much more than just picture-taking-machine. 

Here’s what we mean:

Imagine a lull in your event…dreadful downtime. 

And just when it seems as though your party is about to take a turn for the worst, your guests start lining up to get their shot with the photo booth. Everyone else sees the commotion and hysterical vibe your photo booth is creating, and even the most serious guests can’t help but get in on the action. That’s what a photo booth is…an entertaining, easy, way to make memories and fill the silence at your event. 

Photo booths (the fun ones you rent for events) are either self-serve or hosted booths that snap a series of photos featuring yourself and your best pals. 

In recent years, the photo booth has become a staple at weddings, corporate events, and even private parties. Guests enjoy posing with props, new friends, and hosts get copies of the pics after-the-fact. 

Photo booths are must-haves at events when an ice-breaker may be needed or there’s a gap in the schedule (think cocktail hour at weddings). 

And even if you’re hosting a rowdy bunch of colleagues, they’ll be happy to let loose and snap some silly pics too. 

What Equipment Comes with A photo Booth

Photo Booth at a corporate party where people wear hilarious props

In most cases, you’ll rent your booth from a professional who knows how to set it up, troubleshoot, host your guests, and tear down after the event. 

Booths are either enclosed or exposed kiosks, depending on the vendor you choose to utilize, and customization is usually possible with different background options or green screens. 

The best photo booths have a digital camera & an LCD screen where you can see yourself before the pic is snapped. A preview is a must when you plan on sharing your memories on social media

And don’t forget the goofy props that come with your vendor’s photo booth. This is one of the components of a photo booth that tends to draw the most attention…and ugly laughs. 

Props are provided to set the stage for your photo booth shoot. Hats, googly eyes, magic wands, capes…anything and everything can be used in a photo booth to create killer memories that last forever. 

So whether your guests strike a goofy or glamorous pose, you can’t go wrong with a photo booth rental. They bring the fun to your event, break the ice, and will be an in-demand addition to your future gatherings for years to come. 

Oh, and by the way, we’re the experts on quality photo booths in Chicago and we roll out the red carpet for our clients. So if you have more q’s that need answering, get in touch and we’ll give you all the details.