Five Reasons Why a Photo Booth is a Hit at Graduation Parties

One of the most important times in your life is your graduation, as it signifies the beginning of a new life out in the working world. Whether if it’s for a high school graduation or a college/university graduation, here are five reasons why you should include a photo booth at your celebration.

1) Photo booths bring people together. What other source of entertainment allows your grandma and former roommate to join forces and wear matching emoji hats? You can encourage both sides of the family to get in on the same frames-any old family grudges will be buried under all the feather boas! 

2) Photo booths are appropriate for  parties of all shapes and sizes! They’re quite compact so whether you’re having a huge crazy bash or a small gathering for friends and family, be sure your booth will fit any venue and any crowd. At Red Photo Booths, we have the booth options to match any event size or venue. Photo booths are also a great way to capture awesome group shots without the need for a professional photographer. 

3) Not every person has the audacity for karaoke, but even the most quiet guests shouldn’t have a problem popping in the booth for a few photos. Booths provide an all-purpose, all-ages entertainment that won’t leave anyone feeling left out or awkward.

4) You can enjoy a variety of party games with a photo booth including face-making contests or “guess the guest.” Props and costumes can add some much needed pizzazz to liven up graduation robes and formal wear. The fun is endless when you can be creative, and photo booths definitely encourage imagination. 

5) Sharing memories for the rest of your life – finally, the biggest appeal for having a photo booth at a graduation party is the photos. Whether your keepsakes are hanging in your college dorm or placed in an album you’ll share with your future grandkids, be sure they’ll forever remind you the fun you had on you Dallas graduation when you book a photo booth

Since we’ve opened our doors, we’ve done hundreds of different events across the DFW Metroplex. Having been voted the #1 Photo Booth Company across Dallas Fort Worth 2 years running, we know what it takes to put on a great event and keep our customers satisfied. If you’re looking to rent a photo booth for your Dallas graduation party, contact us or give us a call at 469-751-7331.

Three Reasons Why a Photo Booth is a Wedding Must Have

There’s a lot of planning that goes into any wedding; the dress, the food, the venue, the entertainment. Months and months of stress for the perfect day, but when that day finally rolls around, all you want to worry about is actually enjoying it! At Red Photo Booths, we’ve worked hundreds of different weddings and events across Dallas and the rest of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex – we know what it takes to throw a successful party. Here’s what we’ve learned are some of the biggest reasons why photo booths are the perfect way to keep your Dallas wedding reception rollin’.

1) Photo booths are the ideal time filler.

Weddings are a special time for the bride and groom, but the guests need to have fun, too!

While you and your bridal party are out taking pictures after the ceremony, your guests can get a little antsy at cocktail hour waiting for the party to get started. Photo booths are a wonderful addition to prevent pre-reception boredom. You can relax and not rush through your pictures knowing that your guests are entertaining themselves and each other, while covered in feather boas, pirate hats, and other hilarious props.

2) Photo booth prints make awesome wedding favors.

Don’t you want to be able to show your future children that time your grandma wore an emoji hat while pretending to ride a flamingo? Photo booth prints  last much longer than the fancy custom initialed chocolates some brides opt for. Guests will be able to take home a favor that is uniquely them to forever remember how much fun they had on your big day!

3) Photo booths are one of the best ways to bring people together

At some point during the night, most of the guests will need to take a break from the 5th consecutive conga line and will be looking for a new activity to take part in. Photo booths allow everyone from your little flower girl to your quirky great-aunt to enjoy themselves, because it’s hard not to smile while wearing a sombrero and a clown nose! Photo booths are a great ice breaker and will get even your quietest guests up and interacting throughout the night.

Photo booths add a certain lightheartedness to an otherwise serious and important day. It’s always good to provide your guests with various entertainment throughout the night. Your friends and family will thank you for it! Check out some of our different event photos to see how much fun guests are bound to have with the addition of a photo booth. Plus – if you work with Red Photo Booths, at the end of the night you’ll receive a USB with every photo from the wedding, allowing you to share the memories with your friends directly. If you’re looking to maximize the entertainment value of your Dallas wedding and create memories for you and your guests to share for life, contact Red Photo Booths today, the #1 voted photo booth company in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

Four Key Things to Consider When Selecting Your Photo Booth Vendor

With so many different photo booth styles (of varied quality) and so many companies in the market, it can be a very daunting task for customers to pick the right photo booth vendor. To add to the confusion, the prices can range from “dirt cheap” to “very expensive”….what’s the difference? What should you look for? How do you know who to trust and who to book for your very special day?

Unfortunately, I read an online review for a photo booth vendor that really bothered me, and compelled me to write this post. You can find that review here.

Any vendor involved in the event business must understand and follow this cardinal rule: There is no do-over or second chance. We must do all we can to be perfect at each and every event. We can’t come back the next day to finish the job. We must understand our brides and hosts planned their special day for weeks, even months. They have trusted us to be a small part of their celebration, and we must take that responsibility seriously.

Using my experience and knowledge about the photo booth business, I would like to list a few things for you to consider:

(1) Research the company

  • Are they an actual business or “one man / one machine” working form home? 
    • Go to their website and see if they have an office address
    • Call their office number and see if you get an answer or an immediate call back
    • Do they have accreditation such as BBB (Better Business Bureau)?
  • Does the company have a good reputation?
    • Read “verified” reviews on line. Look at reviews from multiple sources such as Google, Yelp, Facebook, Wedding Wire, etc. Pick any review they may have posted and see if you can speak to that former client. No one will have perfect 5 star reviews but look at the trend. Look into their accreditation such as BBB for any complaints
  • Do they carry liability and professional insurance?
    • All professional companies should carry the required insurance policies. Many of your venues will require that all  vendors are insured, so ask this question early on.

(2) Research the size of the company

How many photo booths do they have on inventory? How many staff members do they have? How many events do they average per week?Per month?

Most people do not consider this, but it’s extremely important. Photo booths (equipment) are always being moved from location to location. Things can go wrong from time to time. If you are dealing with a “one man / one machine” company, they may be unable to correct a problem if/when an issue arises. If there are only 1 or 2 photo booth operators, then you have to consider the possibility of an emergency or illness.

Often you are planning your event weeks/months in advance. So to reduce risk of something going wrong, work with a company that has systems in place and a large team of operators. Also find out how many events they do per week or month. Most reputable photo booth vendors will average at least 5 or more events per week. Good companies will plan for emergencies, so ask them how they handle unplanned issues during an event.

(3) Quality – Ask to see proof

Most reputable photo booth companies will have an online gallery of their events. From the event albums you should be able to tell the quality of their photos, what type of props they use, how many events they have, etc. If you come across a company that is afraid to showcase their photos, then I would be careful about their quality.

home-made-photo-booth
homemade photo booth – not a professional option.

Find out if they custom design their photo booth strips from scratch. Lots of photo booth vendors will just change the “writing” on a strip but use the same template over and over.

Ask to see photos of their booth, enclosure, props and event setups. If they can’t show it then proceed with caution. Additionally, you should make sure they have an actual factory-made booth, rather than a “home made” system. Find out if they use a webcam to take pictures or an actual DSLR camera with flash (here’s a hint – a webcam is not a good option).

Ask them if you can come to their showroom and see the system if needed. Another option is going to one of their events prior to yours and see them in action.

(4) Process and Price

Find out about their deposit requirements. All good companies will require a small deposit, but you should never have to pay in full up front. Make sure there are no hidden charges such as travel, setup or breakdown, downtime, service charges, taxes, etc. Reputable companies will have an all inclusive flat rate.

You should never have to meet someone at the corner store to sign a contact or give a deposit. Professional companies will offer payments and event coordination online.

So what did we learn?

Please know who you are hiring for your special event. You already have enough to deal with, so no there’s no need to add additional stress from a shaky photo booth vendor. Everything I mentioned above you should be able to get answers to with one phone call to the company and few minutes online. One more thing – save yourself the headache and don’t go with “Groupon Deals”. Consider this: if a photo booth company has to be on groupon, then they are desperate for business….why? Saving $100 is not worth the headache. The people that can do a 3 hour event for $299 don’t have the overhead to run a professional business, so you may not get professional service.

Bottom line: Ask a lot of questions. Demand answers and proof. If they can’t provide it then move on to the next vendor.