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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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How to Add Vintage Flair to Your Event Photo Booth

Ah, the photo booth.

Invented in the early twentieth century by an ambitious Russian immigrant1, the photo booth quickly won over the American public with it’s quick printing capabilities and intimate booth atmosphere. It started appearing in cities across the U.S. wherever crowds gathered. Photo booths grew in popularity over the next several decades, and saw such famous visitors as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Truman Capote.

But in the later decades of the 20th century, Americans’ fascination with the photo booth declined. The once-popular photo booths were relegated to dusty corners at malls and shopping centers.

But all that changed about 10 years ago.

As the saying goes, “what’s old is new again,” and this couldn’t be more true for the humble event photo booth. Now they are at weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, retail grand openings, first birthday parties, and graduation parties. Photographers across the U.S. are adding them as a package option for their event photography, and DIY photo booth tutorials abound.

But the fun part for you, the party planner, is all the glamorous details, and what’s more fun than a vintage 1920s photo booth theme? Whether you’re throwing a gala reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, hosting a small art deco-inspired soirée, or just want a 1920s-themed photo booth, we’ve searched high and low to bring you some of the best 1920s vintage photo booth ideas and inspiration.

How to Add Vintage Flair to your Photo Booth - A BIG list of ideas and inspiration for your 1920s themed photo booth, brought to you by Studio Style.

Vintage Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

  • Strips of wrapping paper. Sound silly? It’s not! Put one strip black, another of a subtle black and gold geometric pattern. Just be careful not to clash patterns or create something too loud.
  • Black table cloth. This is perhaps the easiest and thriftiest option, which is why it’s usually the most popular. A simple black table cloth from your local party supply store is a simple but great background.
  • Streamers. Choose two or three colors, and tape streamers to the wall, keeping them all straight, twirling all of them, or keeping some straight while twirling others.
  • Velvet. We’re thinking a red or black velvet curtain reminiscent of the theater. While an actual theater curtain might not fit your budget, check your local fabric store, especially the bargain bins. Or, hang a simple black backdrop, and put on red velvet curtain on each side, pulled back with a gold rope tie. Where to buy: Jo-Ann
  • Clear balloons filled with gold glitter. Easy and fun glitter balloons! Just add a spoonful of glitter to a clear balloon, blow it up (with helium), tie on a gold ribbon, and tape the ribbon to the floor. Fill up enough balloons to cover a wide enough area, and tie on varying lengths of ribbon. Where to buy: Party City
  • Patterns to look for. Whether it’s a piece of fabric, a table cloth, wrapping paper, or wallpaper, look for big, regal patterns like damask or brocade, or for true art deco style, be on the lookout for bold geometric patterns. Inspiration: Pinterest, of course!

Prop Ideas for your 1920s-Themed Photo Booth

  • Hats, hats, hats. Find period-style hats for the guys and the dames. For guys, look for bowler, derby, fedora, top hat, panama, gambler, or homburg. For dames, look for cloche, beret, toque, turbans, and of course, the flapper headband. Where to buy: Candy Apple Costumes
  • Mustache on a stick. Make your own, find some at the party store, or download some vintage-style photo booth printables.
  • Bow ties for the guys. You can either find a few clip-on bow ties (skip the over-sized ones for the vintage theme), or use a printable. Where to buy: Absolute Ties (feeling crafty? Learn how to make your own clip-on bow tie.)
  • Lace gloves for the ladies. So that you’re fit for your elegant affair. Where to buy: Steam Punk Emporium
  • Lace parasol. Look at pictures of people picnicking in the 1920s and you might see some women with lacy parasols, meant to shelter the sun. While a full-size parasol won’t work to well in a confined space, a child-sized or petite parasol would be perfect.
  • Feather boas and playful fans. Time to hit the party store again! Think glitz and glam.
  • Rotary Phone. Why not? Look on eBay or ask around; you might be surprised at who has one of those sitting in their attic.
  • Colorful silk flowers. Not your ordinary prop, but why should the bride and bridesmaids be the only ones with bouquets?

DIY Vintage Photo Booth Signs

  • Pointing to the photo booth. Free photo booth sign printables abound online. Here are just a few: Apothecakery, Elegance and Enchantment, Poptastic Bride. Creating your own? Look up some 1920s slang to make it even more authentic.
  • How to use the photo booth. Avoid the risk of losing pictures, having damaged equipment, or just confusing your guests. Kelly from A Side of Sweet provided a simple list of instructions for guests at her wedding.
  • How to pose and use props. Yes, this might sound silly, but it could be another way to add some vintage flair. Find some old photo booth pictures (old family photos from the 1920s will work, too), put them in a gold frame, and place them on the props table.

Protect Your Prints! Personalized Photo Booth Favors

  • Photo Booth Strip Folders. Help your guests protect their 2″ x 6″ photo booth prints. Personalize with your event details. Where to buy: Studio Style
  • Photo Holder for 4″ x 6″ Photo Booth Collage. Perfect for the larger prints! Choose a vintage design, or create one of your own. Where to buy: Studio Style (Psssst… the Vintage Props is our most popular design for events like this.)
  • An envelope. Get envelopes to coordinate with your color or design theme. Leave them blank, add a label, or personalize with some fancy calligraphy. Find these at any stationery supply store. For 4″ x 6″ photos, look for the A6 envelope size.

DIY Photo Booth Tutorial List

If you’re one of the brave individuals looking to set up your own photo booth, check out this list of tutorials from experts and beginners alike.

  • The Offbeat Bride. No expensive camera needed, just your computer and a web cam. The ultimate budget-friendly option.
  • Simple Booth. Have an iPad? Here’s a really easy one for you. Buy the app, and set your iPad up on a tri-pod
  • Photography Concentrate. Photographers Lauren and Rob Lim share their photo booth setup. This one is perfect if you have a dSLR and a separate flash unit.
  • dslrBooth. Photo booth software for those with Nikon or Canon dSLR cameras.
  • Viget. For a more professional setup with dSLR, lights, and live photo slideshow, see how the staff at Viget set up their photo booth.

If You’re Hiring a Photographer…

Sometimes it’s more fun to let someone else handle the technical side of setting up a photo booth, and that’s ok! You can still choose props, backdrops, and other photo booth decor. We’ve found most photographers love working their clients’ ideas into their booth to help personalize the experience, so if you are hiring a professional, ask them if you can use your own props and backdrop.

Ready, Set, Go!

Whether it’s for your wedding or your kid’s birthday party, your photo booth will bring out the goofiness in your guests, and there’s nothing like a vintage theme to really get them to open up.

Are you doing a vintage photo booth theme? Let us know what your set up looks like—we’d love to see it!


1 “The History of the Photobooth”

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New Photo Booth Folder Designs

Introducing our expanded photo booth folder collection.

These new photo booth folder designs from Studio style make beautiful and inexpensive keepsakes to send home with your guests. Photo booth folders can be customized with your event date, your name, or company information. Order these custom photo booth folders for a lasting memento from your special event. Photo booths are growing in popularity as a fun and entertaining activity for weddings, fundraisers, corporate events, birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvah celebrations, anniversary events, and beyond.

Photo Booth Picture Strip Holders

New Photo Booth Folder Designs from Studio Style:

  • Mustache – Inspired by the most popular photo booth props, with a vintage twist.
  • Script Heart – A bit of flourish and whimsy with this modern calligraphy design.
  • Damask – Always a winner for wedding patterns and design.
  • Ritzy Typography – Black tie affair? Put on the ritz.
  • Birch & Bird – Cute and wonderful for outdoor or rustic weddings. Put a bird on it.
  • Nautical Anchor – Ahoy! It’s finally here, a nautical themed design.
  • Monogram – Classic and simple, monograms are always in style.
  • Gatsby – An art deco inspired design that is both ritzy and glamorous.
  • Laurel Wreath – Beautiful for a winter wedding.

As always, all photo booth folders have die-cut slits on the inside to hold your photo strip in place, and can be customized for your wedding or event colors.

View all photo booth folder designs here.

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