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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

Fall Photo Folders

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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How to Sell Custom Photo Folders to the Wedding Market

Photo Booth Owners — want to grow your bottom line? Add custom photo folders to your event packages! They’re a great upsell and make affordable, personalized party favors. They also protect your prints!

In this video, we chat about how to sell Studio Style photo folders to brides and the wedding market.  We came back from the 2017 Photo Booth Expo last month, and wanted to address a question we heard from some photo booth owners: “Now that we have our photo folder sample kits, how do we sell these to our customers?”

 

Here are some of the big takeaways:

  1. Chat with your bride about her theme. Mention that you can offer custom photo folders to match the colors and style of the wedding.
  2. Photo folders protect the prints! Slip the prints inside to keep them safe from fingerprints, creases, and food/drink spills.
  3. Pitch the photo folders as inexpensive party favors. This ensures that all guests get a nice personalized keepsake to take home.
  4. Our designs are fully customizable! Change the colors, the text, or add a special message from the bride and groom.
  5. Offer a discount when they book! As a photo booth owner or photographer, you get wholesale pricing, so you can use these as an incentive to get brides to book with you, or offer them at a special price to thank them for choosing your photo booth service.
  6. Quick turnaround time (5-7 business days for production). Assure the bride that you’ll gather all of the details she wants to be printed on the folders, and you’ll take care of the ordering process for her.
  7. Get to know our designs! You can use our product photos on your website and in your marketing materials to showcase. Have samples on hand to show your prospective clients, and let them feel the quality and durability of the cardstock first-hand.
  8. Call us at 800-346-3063 or chat with us online at www.studiostyle.com if you have any questions, or are ready to order!

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Photographer Spotlight: Melanie Taylor | Tips for Beautiful Event Photography

Melanie Taylor is a local photographer from the Chicago, IL area who’s passionate about capturing stories on camera. She specializes primarily in event photography, but her talents and experience also span commercial and residential photography, candid and portrait photography, wedding photography, photojournalism,  styled interior architectural photography, and beyond. We sat down with Melanie to pick her brain about what it takes to be a successful professional photographer. We’re excited to share her tips and tricks learned over her 20+ years of experience with you!

Tell me about your journey to becoming a freelance photographer. 

I started shooting in high school. It was back in the days of wet labs and film. My first camera was a Canon AE1 with a 50mm 1.8. I had a big crush on Georgia O’Keeffe and my early work had a lot of flowers. When I started incorporating people, I loved it. I’ve never been much with a brush and paper, so photography gave me creative freedom. I put in years and years of wedding photography for bigger companies before I was comfortable shooting on my own. I got to mentor under lots of different photographers as a second shooter and with that experience, you start to see how to work on the fly.

Melanie_Taylor_PhotographyWhat’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as a photographer?

It’s as much about the images as it is about how you make someone feel about themselves. I once worked with a wedding photographer who had a really big, over the top personality.  He’d exude positivity and enthusiasm, and knew exactly how to make people feel confident and relaxed. He’d be shooting a bride and groom and he’d say  “OH MY GOD– these look so good, you look so amazing,” and just kept the praise going. He did it so well that they believed it, and they felt more confident all day, without even seeing the shots he’d taken.  Half of it is making someone feel like they look really good, and then they’re going to do better for you during the shoot. I tried to absorb that and it’s definitely one of my stronger aspects.

I’ve photographed a lot of families – and sometimes the men can get weird and awkward.  They do this tense smile, and turtle themselves (rigid shoulders and neck) so it’s really important to help them relax and get them into a more natural pose, with the shoulders out, neck back, and a slight turn of the head.  To help them feel more comfortable, it sometimes helps to touch them gently and give them eye contact, which boosts their confidence. Don’t be afraid to say, “You look so good!” and tell them how beautiful their wife and children are. Bring some jokes into it, softly feel out their interests. 95% of the time it’s the women who are booking the shoot, so it’s helpful to quiz them a little bit. Ask what her husband is into, take note of any special interests, ask about his cars, favorite sports, just to have something to talk about.  “Oh, I hear you have this really big truck,” you say — then you can see when someone cracks and you break past that uncomfortable barrier.

Melanie_Taylor_PhotographyWhat’s your favorite subject matter to photograph and why?

I really enjoy photographing events and the people enjoying them. It’s super rewarding to see people interacting and capture their feelings toward each other and the space where it’s all taking place. My favorite event last year was the 4th of July celebration at Rolling Green Country Club. So many happy people, amazing food, beautiful decor, and a huge firework display!

 

 

What’s the biggest challenge you face as a professional photographer?

It can be a highly competitive field. I’m very fortunate to be part of the Happy Tog group. They are like minded photographers who enjoy sharing knowledge and resources. With wedding photography, the biggest challenge is usually managing the client’s expectations and talking them down from anything that’s unrealistic.

Melanie_Taylor_PhotographyHow do you prepare for a wedding shoot? Any rituals or special techniques to get to know the bride and groom beforehand?

When a couple inquires about a wedding, we always meet for coffee first. I want to get to know who they are and if we are a good match. We usually hang for an hour and talk about their priorities for the day. If they have a Pinterest board already, we look at it together. About a month before the date we spend another hour on the phone talking about the timeline and what are realistic expectations within it. The week before the wedding, we confirm addresses. On the wedding day, we relax and have fun!

Any advice for other photographers just starting out on their entrepreneurial journey?

Find good mentors and DON’T work for free! There’s nothing like tons of experience to make you better. Just putting those hours under your belt will help you learn to work on the fly and adapt to the environment.

Melanie_Taylor_PhotographyCan you tell me about the most fun photo shoot you’ve ever done? 

Last fall I had the opportunity to take pictures for an engagement. We had so many rainy weekends in a row that scheduling had been a problem. Finally, we had a 2-hour window on a Saturday morning. We tromped through the woods to a spot that had some colorful graffiti I had scouted earlier in the year. Well…now there was a raging stream halfway into it due to the rains. It was unexpected and I have to hand it to the guy, he kneeled down right in it and proposed. The water soaked his pants and shoes and made for an amazing image. It was so beautiful, I couldn’t help but let a couple tears flow!

How do you market your photography business? Can you talk about your social media strategy and what works to secure new clients?

I have my website, MelClicks.com and my Facebook business page. I use social media to tag photos of my clients, and request if they post that they also tag me. I also tag the venue in my posts which helps me build great relationships with the facility coordinators and gives the venue some exposure, too. I find that sharing amazing GIF images works really well for high engagement on social media! Posts with just text, not so much. Also, I have redundancy with my Facebook and blog posts. Jimdo is my website provider and it’s been eye-opening watching the flow of traffic and that 99% of the time it’s being viewed on a mobile device. As always, the best advertising is referrals from former clients.

Melanie-Taylor-PhotographyHow do you stay inspired?

I stay creative by being involved with the local photo community. Sometimes it’s a photo shoot that has nothing to do with my genre that gives me a burst of new ideas. Sure it can be tough to walk into an event where you might not know anyone, but the payoff can be a great new contact!

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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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4 Easy Ways to Make Your Own Christmas Photo Card

Each December, we await the rush of holiday greeting cards. From friends, family, neighbors, and even the local business owner, we receive holiday photo cards of all sorts and designs. As a photo card printer, we take particular notice of the quality– especially when it comes to the paper stock.

But how are you to know how thick the card will be if you order it online? Unless you are familiar with paper weights, ordering Christmas photo cards online can be a tricky business. Don’t worry though, Studio Style has you covered. Check out some Christmas photo card paper comparisons below.

Cardstock Photo Cards

Our Christmas photo cards (flat, folded, and tri-fold) are printed on bright white 12 pt. cardstock. How thick is 12 pt. cardstock? About as thick as the average greeting card. Thick enough that you can clip it in a clever Christmas card hanging display, stick in on the Christmas tree, or mail to friends and family (with the included envelopes!). Pssst… Head on over to Pinterest for some creative Christmas card display ideas.Make Your Own Christmas Photo Cards

Holiday Photo Insert Cards

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.folded, and tri-fold) are printed on bright white 12 pt. cardstock.
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Christmas Photo Folders – Printed or Foil Stamped

Our holiday-themed photo holders are perfect for packaging your holiday event photography at breakfast with Santa outings and office holiday parties, but they also make nice holiday cards for your 4×6 or 5×7 prints! Choose from festive printed designs like our  Jolly SantaPeppermint Candy, or Christmas Tree – and many more!

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If you prefer the foil stamped designs, take a look at our quick ship styles like the Red Santa Claus, Silver Snowflakes  and Green Holly.  Our holiday event photo folders are perfect for any Christmas or winter-themed special occasion. Whether you’re planning a company Christmas party, coordinating a customer appreciation banquet, or want to send personalized holiday photo cards to friends and family, our collection of festive Christmas photo folders and photo cards are sure to help spread some cheer.

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Über-thick, 48 pt. ColorThick Christmas Cards

Our 12 pt. cardstock printed photo cards are great for anyone’s Christmas photo greetings, but our ColorThick Christmas photo cards are for those who really mean business. Coming in at a whopping 48 pt. thickness, these cards won’t bend or curl. Your photo and greeting is printed on bright white paper stock, with a colorful, coordinating strip sandwiched in between.

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Does paper thickness matter to you, or is the photo card design more important? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave us a comment below, or drop us a note on our Facebook page.

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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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