Digital Photo Booth services have quickly become the must-have item for weddings, birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceaneras, high school reunions, charities, expos and corporate events! Everyone from DJs, photographers, videographers, event coordinators, hotels and venues are all scrambling to find ways to incorporate this exciting and unique new concept into their own service offerings. With so many styles of photo booths (of varied quality) and so many companies in the market, it can be very daunting for consumers to pick the right photo booth and the right company to be part of their special event.
Having serviced hundreds of events, SnapShotz Photobooth Rentals has earned a reputation of being a premiere photo booth rental company in Los Angeles, Chicago and New Jersey. Our years of experience in the event industry have given us a unique opportunity to educate both our peers and our prospective clients on how to incorporate photo booths into their events. The following is a breakdown of our “Top 5 Tips” for choosing the ‘Right’ photo booth company for you.
Who are they?
We know that in the event industry, there is no do-over or second chance to get it right on your wedding day or other special event. So you need to do your homework carefully before you pick your vendors. Research the company to make sure you want them to be there with you and your guests at your very special event. Can you trust them? Are they reliable and experienced event professionals? Do they specialize in just photobooths? In other words, you need to ask the right questions to your potential vendors beyond “How much does it cost?”
Does the company have a good reputation?
Check legitimate wedding directories and wedding vendor sites such as WeddingWire.com or EventWire.com. If the vendor isn’t listed or reviewed on these or other reputable sites, you should ask why not. If they aren’t advertising their business, perhaps they don’t have a good reputation or worse yet – they don’t have the money to reinvest in their own company. You might be thinking “So what if they aren’t spending money on advertising themselves” but we would instead ask “if they don’t have the funds to properly advertise their product then who’s to say that they will still be in business by the time your wedding arrives.” We have actually had a few clients in the past come to us needing a last minute booking because they originally booked with a fly-by-night company or Groupon that ended going out of business before their wedding date. So do your due-diligence and speak with event coordinators, wedding planners, venues, friends, and family to investigate their experiences with the company in question.
How many events have they done?
Many companies try to make it look like they have been in business for a long time. But how many events have they really done? How much experience do they have with working in the event industry. Are they going to work well with the rest of your vendors and the venue? Do they have a portfolio showing past work?
The SnapShotz Reputation
SnapShotz Photobooth Rentals is featured on several major wedding directories with top reviews and we have also been given the Brides Choice Award by WeddingWire in the Event Rentals category, placing us in the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide. We know that our reputation for quality and commitment to customer service is unsurpassed. We have also handled hundreds of events for weddings, birthdays, quinceaneras, bar and bat mitzvahs, high school reunions, charities and corporate events for top- tier clients such as Nickelodeon, NBC, JetBlue, Nike, CBS Radio and Electronic Arts. We also have a vast portfolio of custom print designs in our online Samples gallery that we are proud to showcase.
What equipment are they using?
Many companies would have you believe that the bigger the mega-pixel the better the quality. On paper this would seem to be the case, but the reality is that no matter what the mega-pixels are, most photo booths are designed to take advantage of space constraints and a limited depth of field, so proper lighting and the printer’s DPI (dots per inch) are much more important factors to consider. Therefore, a more important question to ask if whether or not the company can deliver professional lab quality photos? Do they have to manually cut the photo strips with a scissors? How fast is their printing process? Some companies use inexpensive printers which give sub standard print quality and are likely to fade, smear or do not last. These type of companies may not be inclined to mail you sample prints either.
The SnapShotz Print Quality
At Snapshotz Photobooth Rentals we use digital cameras and use top quality professional dye-sublimation printers. No cheap printers sitting on a table or cameras on a string with our photo booth! Our prints have a laboratory quality, print in around 10 seconds or less, are instantly dry and last 10x longer than normal photo prints. We do not have to cut the photostrips with a scissors!
Does the Company have a professional photo booth?
Some companies don’t tend to show good quality videos of their photo booths online. We ask why not? Are there issues with the booth that they don’t want you to see? Do they not have the resources to present and promote their product effectively? Even worse are the companies that do not even offer a true photo booth and instead simply try to capitalize on the idea of a photo booth with tripod mounted cameras and portable backdrops. These ‘quick-buck’ scam artists are not helping anyone but themselves. The client is not getting what they want and deserve, and the photo booth industry is also being tarnished by poor quality attempts at photo booths. One client told us that a DJ had buried a clause in the fine print of their contract that stipulated the client could not use any other vendors if their own company offered a competitive product. Their idea of a competitive photo booth offering turned out to be a camera on a tripod with a foot clicker and a laptop with a printer sitting on a table. Hardly a real photo booth and a very shady tactic at forcing their client into a substandard package offering.
Remember, you and your guests will see, use and remember the photo booth for years to come. Make sure your memories of the photo booth experience (including the photo quality, the booth quality, the customizations, and the attendant) are all good ones. Does the booth look and function as good in person as it does on paper? Is it manufactured of professional and high quality materials? Will it complement your event or stick out like a sore thumb?
The SnapShotz Photo Booth
At Snapshotz all of our photo booths are professionally made with the highest quality equipment. Our photo booths are lightweight, portable and aesthetically pleasing. Our photo booths are made of durable gauge, powder coated aluminum and our curtains are high quality micro-suede. We have spared no expense on our design and manufacturing and we are proud of our product. You can rest assured that our photo booth will complement your event even in the most elegant of decors and most lavish venues. We are also not afraid to show pictures and videos of our photo booth on our website.
Why Only Plain Print Layouts with Black Backgrounds?
Does the company offer true customizations? Do they provide truly custom designed print graphics or just simple name and date captions at the bottom of the photostrip? Don’t be fooled by companies that claim they do custom graphics and then show you simple captions on a photo strip. They either do not have in-house designers or they do not use professional software. Some companies use cheap tent and pole tripod setups that do not provide anything but the black background from the inside of the tent. Is coordinating the colors of the curtains a important factor for you? Are professional graphics and matching thematic elements a deal breaker or a deal maker for your event?
The SnapShotz Customizations
At Snapshotz Photobooth Rentals, our professional in-house designers will offer you true custom graphic designs specifically for your event. We can even match your company marketing or wedding invitations. SnapShotz Photobooth Rentals also offers different curtain colors for the photo backgrounds to coordinate with the colors or theme of your event. SnapShotz can even custom design our photo booth interface screens to match your event.
What is the Real Cost?
Everyone knows that price may be a factor in your event planning, but if price is your only consideration then unfortunately you may just get what you pay for (or didn’t pay for).
You should ask yourself not just what are you paying for, but what are you missing out on. What are your must-haves and priorities with your photo booth vendor? What are your expectations of your photo booth rental? You need to check what is included in any price quote and what is not included as well. How long is the true rental period? Do you have to pay extra for options such as a live photo slide-shows, graphics, online galleries or other standard customizations? Is there a travel fee? Are there any hidden fees? Beware of DJ’s or photographers that will “throw in” a photobooth. These companies do not specialize in photobooths and are not doing you any favors. Also beware of florists that will “throw in” a DJ or photographer. You get the idea.
Some companies offer very confusing pricing structures that make it difficult to compare their features and options against other photo booth companies. They purposely advertise low pricing with minimal hours and options and then try to up-sell you after-the-fact. These tactics may end up costing you more than you expected. Some companies tell you they will match any price, but are they matching the quality, service and reputation of their competitors as well? Do they have the experience in the event industry to guarantee your event will be treated as the Platinum event it should be? The reality is that it is hardly ever apples-to-apples comparisons.
The SnapShotz Photobooth Difference
At SnapShotz Photobooth Rentals we always provide a list of services that are included in your package and pricing for any additional options. We do not hide our fees in the fine print or within convoluted pricing structures that won’t meet your event needs. SnapShotz also offers completely customizable packages to suit your specific event. We are confident that at SnapShotz Photobooth Rentals you will get what you pay for – a professional booth, top quality photos, excellent customer service and the years of experience in the event industry that will ensure your event is a true success!