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If you’re already in the wedding photography business, offering the addition of photo booth services is a great way to add some additional revenue. Photo booths also give you a chance to be more flexible with creative shots and the ability to capture some fun candids.

Which Type of Photo Booth?

Although there are numerous options when it comes to photo booths, there are basically two main types. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

Enclosed Booths

These are typically larger and can cause issues transporting unless you have the right vehicle. They also require a power source, which may affect where you can set up the booth at the event.

Open Air Booths

These types of booths can be adapted to fit any size or space for the event. Additionally, it offers flexibility on how many guests it can fit and will save on expenses. 

Turn Key Photo booths vs. Customized Photo Booths

You can acquire a pre-packaged set of equipment to get you up and running quickly. Again, there are pros and cons with each of these solutions.

Turn Key

Typically these kits comes with a lower level camera, like a Canon Rebel, a printer, a generic flash and basic carrying cases. If you’re looking for a quick solution and don’t have time to do your research, this may be the best solution. If you have the time, price out each piece individually. You may be able to save anywhere from 10-15% by purchasing a good starter lighting kit like this 1,000 watt quartz light kit and a fun retro muslin backdrop.

Custom Photo Booth Options

If time allows and you’re handy, you can create your own custom booth from lightweight pipes such as the ones used to create trade show booths. Set up a backdrop on a stand and leave the sides open.

Backgrounds

If you’re going to offer the photos for sale online for later purchase, get a green screen so you can pop in different effects. Try Savage’s Green Screen Photo Creator Kit. It makes creating unique backgrounds a snap with the easy-to-use Green Screen Wizard software, featuring 720 digital backgrounds, and a 5’ x 7’ professional-grade green screen backdrop. Or try a retro collapsible backdrop for a quick and easy setup with no post production required.

Printer

If you have an assistant and want the ability to offer instant prints for sale, try the Canon Selphy. It’s affordable (around $99 online), portable and can crank out 4×6 color prints quickly. Some weddings can have upwards of several hundred guests. A stress-free way of handling these types of events is to offer previews of the images and on-site ordering (with a discount to encourage the “now” orders) with printing and delivery later. Here’s some other top photo booth printers to check out as well.

Software

There are numerous options to choose from. Here’s the top three most popular:

Props

Save the formal shots for the event and use the photo booth as an opportunity for guests to get crazy. Bring along props such as picture frames, chalkboards, hats and mustaches. Not only will they add to the photo booth experience, you can personalize them for your clients.

Keep it Separate?

If you’re a high-end wedding photographer charging premium prices, you may not want to dilute your brand and offer the photo booth service under your current company. Every business is different, and you’ll need to base your decision on where you live, the marketplace, and your existing clientele. Keep in mind when you create a separate name and website you’ll also have to start from square one with your SEO and marketing. You’ll also have to hire and train a few reliable assistants but in the end you’ll have both the high-end and low end of the wedding market covered.

Be sure to have the DJ make announcements during the event so that people are aware of the booth. It’s also good to do a location scout of the event property to determine where you’ll be allowed to set up and the best place for traffic flow. 

Cheryl Woods

Cheryl Woods is an accomplished photographer, designer and branding consultant with a career spanning 20+ years. Her photographic work includes editorial, fashion, portraiture and product photography for major companies in the consumer products field including QVC and Hanover Direct. She received a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Media Design from Full Sail University. Cheryl's work has been exhibited at the Lowes Museum of Art in Coral Gables, FL, The New York Independent Film Festival and the Rosenwald Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Check out her website here!

 

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