How about getting really fun pictures with a couple dozen of your guests?
This picture was not taken in a typical photo both — check it out!
Getting great pictures of your guests doing funny things at your wedding reception is an awesome idea that can make for some really fun memories. But if you use a traditional photo booth, you’re missing out on the potential for a ton more fun! In a traditional photo booth, a few people cram into a small space, take a few pictures automatically and hope for the best. It’s often late at night — when people are a little less inhibited — and people are doing some pretty funny things. However, squished inside a closed photo booth, no one can see them.
So, why not ditch the traditional photo booth and do an open-style photo booth? Get people out of the booth and see what they are doing …we bet it will be funny! An open-style photo booth has lots of benefits. For starters, it allows your guests to watch and be entertained while the pictures are taken. People are also naturally competitive. When they see someone doing something funny, they generally get inspired and kick it up a notch. More cool benefits: An open-style booth allows you to include more people in the picture, and you can get video at the same time. Your videographer will love the footage and so will you!
Finding the right location for your open-style photo booth is critical. Typically, people put the photo booth in the back of the room. That’s a poor choice because you break up the fun. People end up split between the photo booth and the dance floor. Instead, position the photo area near the dance floor, where people have easy access. Imagine some of your cousins are taking a picture while you’re on the dance floor. In a flash, you can be in the picture, too! Having the booth near the dance floor is also great because, instead of having to stand in a boring line to wait for their chance at a photo, guests can just shimmy over and get energized on the dance floor while they wait. Finally, all the action from the photo booth and dance floor will entertain any guests who prefer to stay glued to their chairs.
Now for the hot tips!
Hot tip #1: Don’t rent a photo booth — pay your photographer for a few extra hours and have him or her take the pictures. A professional photographer will be much better at taking a picture than an automated device in a traditional photo boot. A photographer will also inspire better pictures, and this option will likely save you money, too.
Hot tip #2: Buy the props and let your guests keep them. While renting them may seem like a good idea at first, think about the hygiene factor and you’ll likely change your mind. The night before, that mask could’ve been on the face of someone with a really bad cough or cold … ick. Instead, you can buy a complete prop package for your photo booth for about $30 and have it shipped directly to you. With their own props, your guests will have a ball with them all night long. Just contact us and we’ll be happy to share several sources for buying a props package.
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