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DIY Valentine’s Day Card Ideas

Make Valentine’s Day special this year, by sharing your favorite memories with your loved ones. Here are a few DIY Valentine’s Day Card ideas to help you spread the love!

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids:

Kids DIY Valentines CardLet the kids get creative! Start out with your choice of a blank photo folder ($0.70 each) or a blank photo card ($1.50 each). This fun DIY Valentine’s Day Card activity for kids can be done at home, in the classroom, or even at daycare. Instant print cameras are great for teachers — just snap a photo of each kid in the class and watch as the camera instantly prints it out! We also have paper frames for Fuji Instax or Polaroid instant camera prints. You’ll want to choose a blank paper photo folder or blank photo card to accommodate your print size.

Next, let the kids decorate their DIY Valentine’s card with:

  • stickers
  • rubber stamps
  • crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • tissue paper + gluestick
  • fingerpaint or watercolor paint
  • sequins and glitter
  • pre-cut paper hearts  + glue

Once they’re done decorating, add a printed photo (or a drawing) to your photo card or paper frame.

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Finally, have each kid handwrite a special message or Valentine’s Day poem inside the card. Let the card dry and seal it up safely inside an envelope! Photocard envelopes can be purchased separately here. Please refer to the matching envelope style on your product page.

Don’t forget to send DIY Valentine’s cards to:

  • Grandparents
  • Godparents
  • Aunts + Uncles
  • Teachers
  • Babysitters
  • Coaches

Photo Cards For Valentines Parties and Events

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Custom Photo folders are great giveaways for Valentine’s Day Parties, a Daddy-Daughter dance or Princess ball, school events, park district events, singles’ celebrations, Galentine’s events, and beyond! We have photo folder designs for 2×6 photo strips, 4×6 prints5×7 prints, and more. Choose one of our stock designs or download our template and customize your own! Guests will love to have a photo to take home, and the photo folders offer plenty of branding space for any corporate sponsors or non-profit organizations supporting your special Valentine’s event.

DIY Photo Cards For Your Valentine

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Use a 4×6 photo from your wedding, first date, or any special memory with your Valentine to create a sentimental DIY Valentine’s Card. Pictured here is our flint white photo insert card. Your photo slips easily into the top pocket opening on the outside of the card- no glue or tape needed!

Another great option is our elegant Valentines Day Heart photo folder with a red foil stamped heart on the front cover (your 4×6 or 5×7 picture will go on the inside).

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Many of our blank or custom photo folders can be made into the perfect DIY Valentine’s Day card. Print out your favorite memories with your Valentine and share the love. With our “quick ship” designs, you may order as few as one piece (no personalization). Hand-write a note, or a short memory inside, slide in your print, and you’ve got a sentimental DIY Valentine’s Day card!

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New Christmas and Holiday Photo Folders from Studio Style

There are lots of memories to be made this holiday season – and what better way to capture the holiday magic, than with a photo? Whether it’s a snap of you and your coworkers, a candid shot of the kids, a family portrait, or an adorable picture of your furbaby, we’ve got the perfect line of custom paper photo frames and cardstock picture holders to create a beautiful DIY Christmas card, event keepsake, party favor, or holiday greeting.

We’ve added a few new designs this year, and we’d love to hear what you think! Leave us a comment below or drop us a note in the comments below, or visit us on Facebook!

New Holiday Foil Stamped Photo Folders

We launched four festive new designs this year to hold your 4×6 photos. Gret for company parties, holiday events, winter weddings, fundraisers, and even as holiday cards. Choose one or 2-color foil imprinting. View the new designs here.

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New 2×6 Photo Strip Holders for Holiday Events

These are great if you’ll have a photo booth at your event! We love working with DJs, event planners, and photo booth rental companies to create the perfect picture folders for every celebration.  Photos make a nice keepsake for your guests, and these 2×6 photo strip holders protect the prints from fingerprints, smudges, and creases. The 2×6 designs are made to order with your choice of corner cut slits or a foldover pocket to hold your photo booth print. View all 2×6 folders here.

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Printed Photo Folders for 4×6 and 5×7 Pictures

These full-color folders are a beautiful take-home piece for corporate events, weddings,  school, church, and park district events, fundraisers, and holiday parties. The window border lifts up so you can easily slip your photo into the folder, and the fold holds the print securely in place. View all printed holiday photo folders here.

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Holiday Photo Insert Cards for 4×6 Prints

DIY Christmas cards are easy with our beautiful holiday photo insert cards! Just choose a design, write your message inside, and slide your 4×6 print into the outside pocket. No glue or tape needed. View all photo insert cards here. 

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Whether you’re making your own photo Christmas cards to send to friends and family this year, or you’re an event planner, DJ, or photo booth owner looking to add an upsell to your event packages, we’d love to help you create the perfect piece with our versatile line of custom photo folders, photo cards, and paper photo frames. Need something fast? Choose one of our “Quick Ship” products! They’re on the shelf, already printed, and ready to ship within 1-2 business days. Questions? Give our team a call at 800-346-3063 or email us at cginfo@StudioStyle.com

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Capture Fall Memories: 6 Fun Photo Ideas for Autumn and Halloween Events

The air is getting crisp, the leaves are starting to change, and the sun’s setting earlier each evening, which can only mean one thing… fall is almost here! At Studio Style, we love this cooler, colorful season and all of the fun events that come along with it. From pumpkin patch outings and apple picking to fall harvest festivals, costume contests, and fall photo shoots, – we have some fun ideas to help you celebrate all of the special memories you’ll make this fall. Try our custom autumn themed photo folders for your Instax, Polaroid, 2×6, 4×6, and 5×7 fall and Halloween photo prints!

Whether you’re a photographer or an event organizer we’d love to help you create the perfect photo folder as a keepsake or giveaway for your guests’ fall memories. Check out our fall and Halloween themed photo folders, or give us a call at 800-346-3063 to chat about creating a completely custom piece!

1. School events

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Send parents home with a “back to school” photo of their child working on a project in class, or playing outside on the playground. Whether the kids are decorating gourds, playing in the leaves or making a scarecrow, capturing candid school shots can make sweet memories during the fall season.

2. Fall fundraisers

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Fall fun-runs + and 5k events are popular this time of year, especially with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photos can be a great way to raise some extra cash for your philanthropy, and your community will be glad to chip in for a good cause. Set up a photo booth area with a fun fall-themed backdrop where participants can pose with friends and family. Take donations for those who want to have their picture taken, and offer them prints inside a custom photo folder to match your event theme. Offset the cost of the photo booth and accessories by finding a “photo sponsor” to cover the cost of the booth, props, and photo folders. The sponsor’s logo can be included on the front or back of the photo folders at no extra cost, providing them recognition and exposure to your guests.

3. Pumpkin farm, haunted house, and apple orchard outings

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Nothing says fall like taking a trip to the farm! Orchards, farms, and haunted house attractions can boost engagement by offering seasonal photo ops to their guests, with on-site prints and custom photo folders for sale for a small fee.

4. Oktoberfest and autumn harvest festivals

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You may only don the lederhosen once a year, but you can proudly display your Oktoberfest memories all year long with a custom photo folder. Guests at every fall festival love to take home a personalized photo keepsake, and photo folders are a great way to keep prints safe from beer sploshes and mustard smudges. Custom photo folders for your fall festival also present a great advertising opportunity for event sponsors who want to build brand awareness. Add a logo or a special offer to the back of your custom photo folder for targeted advertising exposure to festival goers.

5. Halloween parties and costume contests

Halloween Party FavorsWho’s the best dressed? Scariest? Best couples costume? Most creative costume? Take photos of everyone as they line up for the costume contest. Have couples pose together and print the images as souvenirs for your guests. Don’t forget best pet costume! This can be a blast for your furry friends, too! Pet costume contests can be a great way to drive business to your doggy daycare, pet store botique, or pet spa. A Halloween costume contest can also help raise awareness for shelters and adoption centers. Hold a special event to drive foot traffic to your location and delight your customers with photos and other prizes! Bonus idea: sell the photo prints or take donations as a fundraiser to help a local animal shelter or wildlife rehab center.

6. Fall photo shoots for engagements, families, and pets

Halloween Photo Cards from Studio Style

Turn your favorite fall photos into homemade greeting cards! Landscape shots, family photos, engagement pictures, or snaps of your pet against a fall backdrop fit perfectly inside our blank photo insert cards for 4×6 prints. Best of all, you won’t need any glue or tape to hold the photo in place! Just slide your print into the front pocket. Try the natural flax, cocoa brown, bronze lustre, or desert storm colors to make your own DIY autumn and Thanksgiving greeting cards.

Have another fun fall event or photo idea? We’d love to hear it! Drop us a note on the Studio Style Facebook page, or leave a comment below.

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Foil Stamping on Your Custom Photo Folders and Frames

Hot Foil Stamping is one of our favorite personalization techniques at Studio Style. Great for holiday events, weddings, fundraisers, galas, school dances, prom, graduation, golf events, company parties, and any special celebration– this takes a plain paper folder and turns it into an upscale keepsake. The shimmering embellishment brings a truly elegant look to your custom photo folders, photo cards, and paper photo frames. Here’s an overview of the Studio Style foil stamping process, and some of our photo products that look beautiful when customized with a decorative foil imprint.

The foil stamping process

1. Choose the folder or frame product you’d like to personalize. Almost all of our products can be foil stamped! We have horizontal and vertical styles available for all of our products. Type in your desired quantity, and click the teal Personalize button. On our imprint form, you can type in any text you want to be included, choose your foil color, imprint location, and upload your logo or artwork.

2. Please check our artwork guidelines for our accepted file formats, and file size. For a great foil imprint, we need a crisp, clean, black and white image. Your artwork can be a graphic, a logo, typographic lettering, just text, or a combination of these elements. Artwork should not contain fine lines, gradients, drop shadows, or textures as these will not produce a desirable result for foil stamping. (If you cannot supply us with satisfactory art, our experienced art department can help. Art charges may apply – feel free to call our customer service team at 800-346-3063 with any questions.)

File formats we accept: PDF, AI, EPS, PSD, JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, and PNG file formats. As a general rule, we require a minimum of 300 dpi for foil stamping

3. Next, submit your order. Our team will review the art and we’ll contact you if we need any further information. We’ll prepare a free proof if you requested one, and will send it your way within 1-2 business days for approval. Let us know ASAP if your proof looks ready to go, or if you need changes. Once your layout is finalized and approved, we’ll move into production.

4. Your image or artwork is now etched onto a magnesium foil stamping plate (also known as a metal die). New imprinting orders are charged a new plate and machine set-up fee. Foil stamping plates are kept on file for one calendar year. If your order is repeated within a one-year time frame, the next order will only be charged the machine set-up fee, as we are able to re-use your original plate.

5. Finally, we take our blank product, your magnesium plate, and a large roll of your chosen foil to our specialized foil stamping press. The foil film is unrolled and sandwiched between the magnesium plate (which has been heated to an appropriate temperature) and the blank photo folder, frame, or card. The plate and product are then pressed together. Through heat and pressure, the thin layer of foil is transferred off the roll and onto the product.

A Few More Foil Stamping Tips

  • Please allow 7-10 business days for production time on custom foil-stamped photo products. Often, we can turn them around sooner than that, but we want to ensure that we have enough lead time to do a great job and get them shipped to you well before your event day.
  • Your first order will incur a plate and setup charge (to make your custom plate, and set up the machine). You’ll also have a small running charge for each piece ordered.
  • Have an annual event? Leave off the date and order extra product for next year! We keep your custom plate on file for one calendar year, after which it is recycled. If you place a repeat order with us, we can re-use your original plate, and you won’t be charged a plate fee the second time around.
  • We do offer several ready-made foil stamped photo folder designs, so if you don’t have enough time to personalize a custom folder, we can ship out a pre-made design right away. Just look for the “quick ship” emblem in red on our products page. We have these ready to go for most major holidays and for golf events.
  • Want multiple foil colors? We can do that! For an extra charge, we can create your frames, photo cards, or folders with two foil colors.
  • If you need an exact PMS color match for your art, we’ll move you to an ink-printed photo folder instead of foil

 

A few of our favorite paper frames, folders, and photo cards shown with hot foil stamping: 

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Custom Golf Event Photo Folders & Frames from StudioStyle.com

Golf season is in full swing, and if you’re planning a tournament, we’ve got the perfect keepsake for your guests. Our line of custom golf photo frame products is great for golf outings, company tournaments, and charity fundraisers. Here’s a quick overview of a few products, and some ideas for how to use them as giveaways at your golf event.

 

1. Golf Dimple Easel Frames: These bevel cut frames are available in a single or double mat construction for 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10 prints. These golf frames are made of textured mat board that feels like a real golf ball! Great for raffle prizes, framing awards, presenting certificates or for holding golf foursome photos.

2. Printed Golf Photo Folders: We can create a fully custom 4-color digitally printed folder for your golf event! Highlight your logo, event details, and the story behind your tournament by printing on the front, back, inside, and outside.  Include sponsor recognition for additional branding and exposure! Send these home with every guest to keep your message going long after the tournament is over. Don’t forget to add a website address & contact information! This can be especially helpful when raising money and awareness for a charity to let guests know where they can go to get involved with the organization.

Photographers who affiliate themselves with a country club or golf course can use these folders to highlight the signature hole – golf pros and venues LOVE this because it builds awareness for where the event was held.

3. Quick Ship Golf FoldersWhat if your event is right around the corner and you didn’t order soon enough for a personalized folder? (Custom orders typically take 7-10 business days for production). We also have quick ship designs like the Golf FORE, the Golf Crest, the Golf Ball Tee, and the Golf Gatefold printed photo folders. These designs are pre-made, and are ready to ship the same day you order.

Bonus tip: Get a photography sponsor to cover the cost of the golf folders and frames to help stay on budget when planning your golf tournament.

See more custom photo folder designs at studiostyle.com/golf or call us at 800-346-3063 with any questions, and we’ll see you on the green!

 

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Grow Your Photo Booth Business with Studio Style Photo Folders + Frames

At Studio Style, we’re a team of designers, marketers, and printers who manufacture custom photo folders and frames for all kinds of special events. We’re here to help photo booth owners, DJs and event planners increase their revenue with a unique add-on for their photo booth rental packages! We want to help you get more customers and grow your presence in the marketplace. You spend all night taking good photos, keeping the energy up and the props organized, making sure the bride and groom are happy and their guests entertained– what better way to send guests home than with a memorable photo souvenir! Instead of just handing each guest a photo strip, give them something nice to take home. We’ll help you design personalized photo folders for each event with your logo and company info on the back, in addition to a special greeting from the bride and groom, or a message from the corporate sponsor or host of the event.

Here are some of the highlights from our interview with DJNTV!

Ways to Use Custom Photo Folders

  • Tell your story – include a client’s corporate logo on the folders and highlight your mission + brand identity
  • Order a custom branded folder to show to your clients the possibilities. Include photos of your booth setup and a brief list of your offerings. This makes a good promotional giveaway at event trade shows and bridal fairs.
  • Thank a photo sponsor who underwrites the cost of the booth rental services. Include their logo on the folders for extra recognition at a fundraiser or corporate event.
  • Custom photo holders can serve as a business card given to all guests at the event (be sure to add your photo booth logo + website on the back!)
  • Great referral tool in lieu of handing out business cards or using a traditional digital template with a logo overlay on the print.
  • An inexpensive party favor to give guests to thank them for being a part of the journey (for a wedding or corporate event)
  • An economical up-sell to a booth rental. Charge the customer retail pricing for adding custom folders to their package – grow your bottom line!
  • Put your website and social media icons on the folder –  drive them to your online platforms to get in touch and learn more about your services.
  • Ask for happy customers to leave a testimonial or review to help build trust and credibility online for your brand.
  • Network with other vendors and the venues themselves – send a photo folder w/ a picture from the event to the venue manager thanking them for having you there.
  • Use branded folders as thank you card to clients, also. Send one out after each wedding, party, or event with a photo. Handwrite a short note inside with what you enjoyed most about being part of their special event. Great for a personal touch that goes a long way!

Why Work with Studio Style?

  • We enjoy working with our customers to come up with a good custom design that fits their needs, whether it’s designing a marketing piece for a bridal fair or a special themed piece for their client’s event.
  • We have an in-house art department!
  • We’ll happily show you a proof of a layout if you need to spec it to one of your clients
  • We’ll send you free samples to show your clients – best way to upsell them is to have some physical samples on hand to demonstrate.
  • If you call us at 800-346-3063 or chat with us on our website, you’ll talk to a real human!
  • Easy process: personalize and order custom photo folders from our website: www.Studiostyle.com (or place your order over the phone!)
  • 5-7 day turnaround for production of custom folders + delivery to your location
  • Quick- ship stock folders available for last-minute events (no personalization)
  • Made in the USA from high-quality 14 pt. card stock
  • We are the manufacturer! We make the photo folders and know how to use them – so we can brainstorm ideas for design and construction of custom pieces.
  • Low order minimums
  • Your wholesale cost is only $0.85 for a custom printed folder utilizing one of our designs
  • Online product images and sell sheets and digital mockups to help you sell

Photo Folder Features + Benefits

  • Preserve the prints – turn photos from the event into photo souvenirs!
  • 100 square inches of design and customization space on our 4×6 folders – compare that to your traditional 4×6 or 2×6 digital template!
  • Ensure each print is safe and not left behind on the floor or table, or used as a coaster – guests will take these home!
  • Custom photo folders provide a safe place to store the pictures while guests enjoy the event.

Studio Style Customer Testimonials

Dennis Marentette, Owner at DDM Photo Booth and a 30+ year veteran of the photography and videography industry says:

“These Photo Folders are one of my most effective marketing products that I use. I will speak about it at the Photo Booth Expo this year. Studio Style is the best in the business. We booked this event with Northstar Aerospace as a result of their General Manager being at a wedding back in September, where I gave out your photo folders. I have booked 2 events from handing the custom photo folder samples from Studio Style out to guests. I could go on and on– the bookings are in the thousands of dollars from using your material!”

Howard, Owner at Step it Up Events says,

“We use an assortment of 4X6 & 8X10 frames and photo folders from Studio Style. We love the excellent quality, and the amazing pricing. Using the custom photo folders and photos frames has helped our business by allowing us to offer upgrades that other vendors do not feature in their packages. It has made us look extremely polished. Plus, the customer service team is second to none! Kevin helps me brainstorm ideas on how to incorporate and market different Studio Style products into my event services all of the time.”

We hope you enjoy these tips and ideas to increase your profits in your photo booth business! Have more ways to grow your bottom line? We’d love to hear them. Please leave a comment below, or share with us on the Studio Style Facebook page!

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Fuji Instax Mini Printer – Print Your Event Photos on the Go!

Want to print your event photos on the go? The new Fuji Instax SHARE Printer lets you instantly transfer photos from your smartphone via Bluetooth so you can print them out on the spot! We love this idea for birthday party favors, photo ops at fundraisers, photo booth prints at summer fairs and festivals, sports games, animal adoption events, holiday photos with Santa or the Easter Bunny, Halloween costume party photos, or capturing memories any special event.

The SP-2 model features high-speed printing in 10 seconds, producing high-quality, high-resolution images with print pixels of 800×600 dots, at 320dpi. You can download Fujifilm’s free Instax SHARE app which lets you print and share your smartphone or tablet images with ease. Then, you can frame your Instax Mini prints in our Instax Mini Photo Frames! These sturdy cardstock frames accommodate Fujifilm Instax Mini Film.

Fuji instax mini print frameWe even have plain white Instax Mini frames that are great for coloring on, or decorating with stickers! This can be a fun activity for the kids at any event.

We’ve got some brand new frame designs, or you can customize your own. Foil stamped personalization on these Instax Mini frames is optional for an additional charge. We can imprint your logo, event name, and date in any of our foil colors on the sturdy cardstock frames.

Click here to browse all of the Fuji Instax Mini Photo Frames available at Studiostyle.com.

 

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Photo Insert Cards – Customer Spotlight: Andrea with ResQDogs Group, Inc.

At Studio Style, we love seeing how our customers use our photo insert cards for their 4×6 photos. We’re always amazed at their creativity — and we truly enjoy when they share their work with us, especially around the holiday season.

Andrea Shaw, President of ResQDogs Group, Inc. uses our photo frame cards to create these beautiful holiday collage cards with photos of her clients’ Airedale Terrier Champion show dogs. She also creates similar photo cards for all dog breeds. What do you think? Leave us a comment, or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Dog Christmas Card © 2016 ResQDogs Group, Inc.© Bryant Dog Photography & ResQDogs Group, Inc. - Dog Holiday Card

© 2016 Bryant Dog Photography & ResQDogs Group, Inc. - Dog Holiday Card

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For 4″ x 6″ Photos

Traditional paper photo frame cards, also called photo slip in cards or photo holder cards—no glue or tape needed!

Slide your photo into one of our archival photo insert cards and make a personalized greeting that will last. Photo insert greeting cards are great for sharing photos for milestones and holidays, as well as for photographers looking for a professional photo frame card to showcase their photographs. Choose from our exclusive collection of Simplicity blank cards for photographs or our foil stamped Christmas photo holder cards.

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How to Grow Your Photography Business with Photo Folders and Paper Picture Frames

If you’re a professional photographer or a photo booth owner, we’d love to help you grow your photography business with our photo folders. They’re a perfect add-on for your events, and it’s easy to incorporate them as an up-sell with your existing photography packages. Contact us at 800-346-3063 to learn more about our wholesale partnership, or sign up here: www.studiostyle.com/photo  (valid resale tax ID # required).

Our photo folders come in foil stamped or full color digital printed designs. Choose from our stock frames, OR create completely custom photo folders with your own logo and artwork. We promise they’ll be a hit at your next special event or celebration, and they’ll help you grow your photography business. From corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, and beyond, here are a few reasons to use our folders:

  1. Boost your revenue. Offering photo folders with your packages adds to your income! You get our custom folders at a wholesale discount, and can sell them at retail value to your clients. They’re a perfect add-on and up-sell!
  2. Print your own logo on the back of the folders. Get lasting exposure for your brand or studio, and send guests home with your business info! This is a great way to ensure referrals from the attendees.
  3. Do your clients want their folders for FREE? Encourage your customers to find photo sponsors to cover the cost of their photo folders and even your rental services.  The sponsor pays for photography costs and in return, their logo and web address are printed on the folder for increased branding exposure with all of the event guests.
  4.  100 + square inches of branding space means you have a LOT more room to print a personal greeting from the bride and groom, corporate branding and sponsor recognition or your own logo than what you’d get with a traditional photo booth template. We even have folders with perforated coupons that can be used for raffles at your events!
  5. Photo folders protect your prints. They ensure that prints from the event aren’t left behind on the floor or a table, bent or ruined from fingerprints or spills. Guests will take home an upscale, personalized keepsake to remember all the fun they had.
  6. Made in the USA – At Studio Style we don’t just sell folders – we make them, too.  Right here in St. Charles, IL. That means we can offer quick turnaround for last minute events (7-10 business days), an in-house art department for design work and best of all … low minimums!

We know you’ll love our photo folders –but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what a few of our customers are saying:





Want to see some for yourself? We’d love to send you a FREE sample pack with a selection of our most popular printed folders themed for weddings, holiday events, and corporate events. Your kit will include a variety of vertical and horizontal folders for 4×6 and 5×7 prints. We know it’s easier to sell the benefits of custom photo folders to your clients when you have samples in hand to show them. Request your samples now — (while supplies last): Call us at 800-346-3063, or email KevinH@studiostyle.com today! Our team has lots of other ideas to grow your photography business — just ask!

 

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Event Planning: 10 Reasons to Have a Photo Booth

Having a photo booth set up at your venue brings a fun, interactive experience to events and celebrations of all shapes and sizes. From weddings, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and fundraisers to corporate events, trade shows, festivals and conventions, the modern photo booth entertains guests, captures memories, and provides marketing and branding engagement opportunities for businesses.

At the 2016 WPPI Expo in Las Vegas, Studio Style had a chance to meet up with Ted Llamas, owner of Emoji Photo Box — the Premier Photo Booth Rental Company serving Las Vegas and Southern California.  Ted shared his insights into the events industry, what it’s like to be a photo booth owner, and why photo booths are an essential part of every successful event. “I can’t imagine a big event without a photo booth.  There is so much value to having one,” says Ted.

Top 10 Reasons to Have a Photo Booth at Your Event:

Entertainment value: The novelty of a photo booth is something guests won’t soon forget, and their reactions will prove it. Ted loves hearing his customers remark, “You guys are awesome!” and “Your photo booth is so much fun!”  But what really puts a smile on his face was when a party-goer says, “Man, thank God you were here.  You really made the party!”

Break the Ice: A photo booth gives guests a chance to let loose, have a ton of fun and be themselves.  It’s a great icebreaker activity for guests who may not know one another, and it allows for easy mingling and networking at business events.

Instant Party Favors: Everyone gets to take home at least one (in most cases, many) personalized party favors. If you’re on a budget, skip traditional party favors and let the photos serve as a keepsake. Plus, Studio Style can create custom photo folders to protect your printed event pictures! Send guests home with an elegant photo souvenir that matches your event’s theme.  No need to wait for the photographer to edit the images from the event! With on-site printing, your guests can have hard copies for themselves within seconds.

Emoji Photo BoxFun for All Ages – Young or old, anyone can enjoy a photo booth. The fun themed events are always the birthday parties, according to Ted. “We’ve had a lot of great themes, but one that stands out was a little girl’s 3rd birthday party with The Very Hungry Caterpillar themeWe were able to make the ‘standby’ screen look just like the book, include the hungry caterpillar in the layout and have some props to go along with the theme.  The little girl’s face was priceless –  and to hear her saying, “cat-piller” every time a photo printed out, was just precious.

 

Raise Awareness: One of the most memorable events Ted has serviced was A Walk for Baby Lukey.  The event was a 5K walk/run to raise awareness for Dandy Walker Syndrome.  “A good friend of my cousin lost their infant son, Lucas to DWS. Although the loss of their child was devastating, they planned a wonderful memorial event for their son to raise awareness. The photo booth was placed near the finish line and everyone stopped by to take their silly pictures.  It was a nice touch that played well with their theme of having fun and keeping it light hearted.”

Quick Prints for Everyone– “I think printing on-site is the standard and has always been.  That is the staple of the photo booth,” says Ted. “People who know what a photo booth is will expect a printout, and those who aren’t familiar are blown away when they get a print in 10-12 seconds!” You don’t have to wait for a professional photographer to touch up and edit the images before sharing them with guests. Guests can grab them and go, and you’ll often be able to access your images online as well.

“I’m a big advocate for reprints for when a group of 4 or more enter the booth.  I reprint enough copies for that group, which keeps everyone happy. I have been to a couple of weddings where I’ve taken a big group shot with family members I rarely ever see, and the photo booth operator only allowed two strips for our group of 8.  As a photo booth owner, I was sad to see this happen.”

emoji photo box instagram printOnline + Social Media Sharing – This area has grown over the last few years and it’s only going to get better.  The software available today allows photo booth goers to upload their pictures to Facebook or email themselves right on the booth’s touchscreen, or on a separate iPad kiosk.

There are even a couple of software companies that have designed a way to create a whole subcategory of photo booths, with a “Hashtag Printer Station.”  This is a separate unit comprised of a tablet, software and a printer enclosed in a nice looking box. It allows attendees to print out their own pictures from the event that they’ve already uploaded on Instagram using the specific hashtag of the host (bride/groom, company, etc) wants them to use.  Now the print isn’t your normal 4×6 photo you pick up at Walgreens.  This is a 4×6 (vertical) that looks exactly like your Instagram page, with your name, date, and even has the comments you made.  You can customize this by adding the (bride/groom info/ company info, etc) and your own information like a web address.

Customization: From themed backdrops and green screens to custom props and background templates, there are lots of ways to customize a photo booth experience for any type of event.  “For the event planners looking for a photo booth, all photo booths are not created equal.  Cheaper isn’t always better.  Do some research to find a company that can fulfill your needs.  There are a lot of great photo booth rental companies out there, Emoji Photo Box is just one of them,” says Ted.

Survey Your Guests: Most photo booth software can be customized to include a quick pop-up survey for attendees to complete before their session can start. The questionnaire can ask the guests whatever the host or business wants to know, and shows up right on the photo booth screen. It’s a great way to capture leads or gather important business data from current and potential customers.

Increase Brand EngagementPhoto booths work well for business events when a company or organization is trying to grow their social media presence.  Host an event and encourage everyone to take pictures and upload them to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using a specific hashtag.  When consumers have fun and get engaged with a brand’s photo booth, they also leave with a cool souvenir that has the company’s brand all over it. For businesses, it’s a no-brainer to have a photo booth.  Not only does it get your guests, employees, and customers to interact during the event, but it also builds your brand exponentially.  Ask your guests to tag themselves in the photos on your company Facebook page, or even hashtag your company’s brand and event info on Instagram!

More about Ted and Emoji Photo Box:

How did you get started in the photo booth industry?  What do you love most about it?

I always knew I wanted to own my own business, but never really pinned down what I wanted to do.  One day I was at a CVS waiting for my infant son’s medication and was flipping through a small business magazine.  It was there that I found an ad for owning a photo booth.

After doing this for 4 years, I still love how the photo booth adds life to the party!  Seeing people rush to the photo booth, seeing all kinds of funny faces and introducing the photo booth to those who have never experienced it — (there are always some first timers at every event)– makes me smile.

Tell us about Emoji Photo Box – what sets you apart from other photo booth rentals? 

At Emoji Photo Box, we work as a team to cover all of the business aspects that come with owning a photo booth.  Many companies lack in one area or another.  I truly believe we that we prosper in customer service, communication, social media and staying up to date on new technologies.

Any sage advice for prospective photo booth owners to grow and market their business?

Social media is a must, but high tech doesn’t beat high touch.  Get your booth (and your personality) out there.  Do a free event.  All events you service with your booth can create an opportunity to get you booked on another paid event.

Anything else you’d like to say about photo booths and their impact on the events industry?

Photo booths aren’t going anywhere.  They are just as much a business branding tool as they are a form of entertainment for your guests.

There are a whole lot of photo booth owners out there and that number keeps growing.  I believe this is one of the best small businesses one could own.  I believe it so much, that I sell photo booths to people who are just getting started, or to photo booth owners looking for another booth to add to their fleet.

Even with the growing number of photo booth owners, I still believe that there are enough events for everyone.

We hope these tips help you plan your next event! Have another reason photo booths create fun at any event? Leave us a comment below!  If you need photo booth folders to hold your event photography, we’d love to create them!  Browse our custom photo folders online or give the Studio Style team a call at 1-800-346-3063. Photo Booth for Events

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