In the age of selfies and Instagram, where almost every guest has the option to take and share digital pictures, photo booths continue to be a popular addition to weddings.
“Photo booths are guest entertainment,” said photojournalist Dave Tamez, owner of Snap Me Crazy Photo Booths in Edmond, Oklahoma. “Not everyone likes to dance, but when they see a photo booth, people of all ages line up. And usually they don’t mind waiting. It breaks the ice and makes people talk and mingle. “
The traditional photo booth is still a novelty, said Tamez.
“With selfies and Facebook, people just stop printing pictures,” he said.
A 2 by 6 inch stripe or postcard photo print is so old it almost seems like a fresh idea.
“People really like to bring them home, put them on the fridge or on their desk at work. Not only is it fun, it’s a great souvenir of the day, ”said Tamez.
Photo booths have become a staple of weddings, but they’re not just four-walled booths where guests can relax for a few shots and a souvenir strip of photos to take away.
“In addition to static photos, GIFs and boomerangs have become very popular. These videos can be projected onto walls or shared on social media using the wedding hashtag, ”said Diana Zapata, Brooklyn blues photographer, of Bluespark Photography.
Animated photo booth creations that are fun and can be shared on social media offer something different for guests. More of an investment for photo booth operators, these upscale booths have a camera or cameras that take a range of photos, Tamez said. The images are stitched together and can be looped forward or backward in a two- or three-second clip that can be shared on social media or via email or text.
In the same direction, but in the opposite direction, slow-motion photo booths can dramatically capture signature wedding elements like champagne pop or a crowded dance floor.
Props and keepsakes
Another alternative to the nostalgic photo booth is one that doubles as a photo opportunity.
“For example, we recently worked with two unique photo booths, one with a super cute trailer and one with an old Volkswagen bus. This unique twist on the photo booth definitely helped keep it up to date and excite guests for something different, ”said Stephanie Brown, owner of Off the Beaten Path, a full-service wedding / event planning company with in-house photography service in Napa, California.
The classic photo booth can also serve as a scrapbook station. A duplicate of each photo is printed and then compiled into a keepsake for the bride and groom, Tamez said. A staff member can even ask guests to sign or comment on the pages to make them more personal, he said.
Photo booths can even act as a distribution point for a couple’s wedding favors.
“When guests pick up favors, they can stop by the photo booth and use the favors as props. Unique favors like custom sunglasses can be a unifying factor in your photo booth images to highlight your color scheme or theme, ”said Rachel Stephens of Totally Promotional, https://www.totallypromotional.com/, an online retailer and maker of custom printed sunglasses Promotional items and wedding favors.