Whether you’re planning a Wedding, Birthday Party, Anniversary Party, Corporate Party or Product launch event, your party can benefit from hiring a professional photo booth company! So, where do you start?! What are the most important questions to ask before signing the contract?! Well… since you asked, keep reading to find out!
We know that your event – and every event – is important and one of the last things you want when you hire a photo booth company is a silly looking camera on a tripod in a corner at your event! We’ve seen a lot of different kinds set-up over the years, some that hardly qualify as “booths” if you ask us! We’ve seen photo booths of all different shapes, sizes, and quality… and, while we understand that businesses have to start somewhere, as that saying goes, ‘You generally get what you pay for’.
What you’re looking for is a booth that is elegant, classy and professionally constructed! The booth should come with a beautiful interface, where you can see yourself and the photos as they’re being taken.
To an outside observer, a photo booth might not seem like much, just a simple set-up and BAM, you have a photo booth! But there’s a lot – behind the scenes – that goes into capturing high-quality images from a photo booth. So, it’s a good idea to ask the company you’re thinking of hiring to show you sample images, so you can know what is to be expected from the photo booth you’re thinking of renting. You also want to inquire if the booth has professional photo shoot style lighting! This type of lighting ensures that the photos turn out bright, sharp and clean looking, also look to see if the people in the photos are washed out against the backdrop. We’ve seen a lot of companies using flat black or white backdrops, which generally don’t work out when the bride is wearing white and the groom wearing black. Lastly, find out what kind of printer they use for their printouts? The professional industry standard is a dye sublimation printer that can print beautiful black & white and color photos, and can do so in about 7 seconds.
This is a big one! Don’t worry, nothing is likely to happen, but this question helps to separate the unprepared make-shift/DIY photo booth companies from the professional ones. Generally those who run a photo booth business as a side hustle will not be willing or able to pay the costs of having insurance and licenses. In our experience, the more a company has skin in the game, the more invested they are in the outcome of the events they’re hired for.
The best indicator of future performance is past performance, so it’s a good idea to take an interest in their references and reviews! After all, employers, landlords, and others ask for references, so why shouldn’t you when you’re hiring vendors for your event? Reputable professional companies will generally be happy to direct you to their online reviews, and some might even be willing to supply references for potential clients to follow-up with.
You can be sure that if a deal seems way too good to be true, it probably is! Sometimes companies have a low initial price, but one you receive a quote you see that there are all sorts of additional fees that you weren’t counting on! So, sort out if the company you’re looking to hire is charging fees for mileage, delivery, setup/take down, props, USB drives, prints or an attendant. Sometimes a ‘cheap’ photo booth doesn’t end up being a great deal!
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