So many photo booth choices, so little time!

So many photo booth choices, so little time!

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If you're in the middle of planning for your wedding or event you're likely being bombarded and overwhelmed with all of the choices for a photo booth.
Open air booth or enclosed booth?
Do you NEED social media sharing options?
Do you NEED an album of photos?
Do you care what the booth looks like at your event?

It's important to keep in mind two factors when choosing your photo booth:
-How will the photos look from the photo booth?
-How will the booth set up look at the event.

I've been to events where the photo booth looked like two black boxes stacked on top of each other with a cheap shower curtain pulled around it.
Is this what you want to be on display at your wedding or event?

The Muse Photo Booth is a clean, minimalist setup that will look as good at your event as the photos that it produces.

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Concerns about having a photo booth at your event.

Concerns about having a photo booth at your event.

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There are many reasons why you would want to have a photo booth at your event. 
In this post we're going to talk about concerns you may have about having a photo booth at your event...

 1. You don't want your guests having fun taking photos. (maybe you'd prefer they would dance and if they don't like to dance, maybe you'd prefer them to leave?)
2. You don't want a bunch of silly photos of your friends and family from your wedding. (sure you'll have a photographer there to capture all of the candid and posed photos, but will you have a great shot of your parents with mustaches on looking happy, having fun, and letting loose? You can always request that there be no props too btw!)
3. You don't want to have to find room in your floor plan. (Just ask your wedding planner or venue coordinator, they're use to finding room for photo booths. Just make sure you give them the correct dimensions as they may be expecting one of the cheaper "photo booth in a box" contraptions)
4. You think it will be a waste of money. (After your wedding you'll only have your photographs, maybe a video and the photo booth photos if you have one. The photo booth photos serve as a great favor for your guests and a wonderful record of all of the people who were at your wedding)

So as you see, it's kinda silly to worry about such things. There are plenty of great reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding or event!

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Photo booth ideas: Create your own custom backdrop!

Photo booth ideas: Create your own custom backdrop!

We offer several backdrops for you to choose from free of charge, but if you want to mix it up and personalize your photo booth experience even more, you may choose to have a custom back drop created.
The photos you see are from a wedding where the backdrop was created by the floral designer "Bella Blooms Floral". The couple had a specific idea of what they wanted the photos to look like and as you can see it turned out wonderful!

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This can also be done with a great natural backdrop of a wall or a unique space. In this photo you can see that the wall of the venue "Latrobe's on Royal" provided an amazing natural backdrop for these photos. This is a one of a kind shot!

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This isn't always the case however. One thing to keep in mind is that if the wall is too far away or if there is darkness behind the subject standing in the photo booth's field of view, the background will appear as darkness. Not every background is sufficient to create a beautiful backdrop for photos.

Ultimately it's the people in the photos, not the backdrop that make the photo memorable.

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Photo booth ideas : Black and white photos

Photo booth ideas : Black and white photos

We did our first black and white photo booth for an event and I have to say, I think I have a new favorite style!

Black and white has always been a classic way to capture photography. By eliminating colors the viewer is forced to focus more on composition, expression, and the structure of the image.

This wedding chose the simple 1 photograph per 4x6 print format, with no text or logo placed on the photo. Each person who used the photo booth received their very own professional black and white photo graph from the wedding.

How cool!

Ideas for great photo booth props

Ideas for great photo booth props

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Digital Photo booths have become so popular that many people have some peripheral experience with them even if they haven't personally used one.

No doubt you've seen the typical arrangement of photo booth stick props: Mustaches, glasses, hats, all on a stick. These can be great fun but they can also be kinda...bleh.

If you're providing your own props for a photo booth you can really make things a lot more fun if you look into finding creative, fun props. A few great places to find interesting and inexpensive props would be thrift stores and garage sales. Here you can find items that may be useless to someone else but would be really fun and quirky to include in your photo booth. You could go home with bags full of items for less than $30.

One thing to keep in mind if you include any "mask" props however, is that you won't be able to see the face of the person wearing the mask in any of the photos! This can be fun and cute at first, however after scrolling through many of your photos you'll just keep seeing the same mask over and over again, when really you'd probably rather be able to see the person's facial expressions. Especially if they're wearing a silly hat, glasses, or a wig!

If you are a fan of the more traditional stick props. There are many places to choose from online. You can start here at amazon.

 

Dos and Donts of the photo booth

Dos and Donts of the photo booth

So you want to add a little fun to your event? Want to give your guests or clients a takeaway from your special night? Adding a photo booth can be a great way to do that!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you decide to get a photo booth:

-DO decide whether you want an enclosed booth or an open air booth, you can learn the difference between the two here

-DO Make sure you have space for the booth. A lot of times the venue may not want you to put it in a certain walkway or doorway (which is not a good idea anyways) because it may cause congestion. You can learn more about this topic here

-DO Ask for customization options. Different print layouts that allow you to choose either the traditional 3 photos strip option or one big photo on a 4x6 are good options to have. As well as custom designs/logos on the prints.

-DO Consider the props. Are you getting a photo booth with a bunch of cheap cut out paper on a stick props such as mustaches and glasses like this? That's fine if it fits your needs but if you desire a little more sophistication be sure to confirm that before hand.

-DO ask if your booth comes with an attendant and if anything were to malfunction with the booth, how would you be compensated?

-DON'T expect the photo booth to attract guests if it is hard to find, without signage, and no announcement has been made to inform guests that the booth is available.

-DON'T think that the booth can fit in a very tiny space next to the bar (where a line will naturally form)

-DON'T think that your guests won't have an amazing time as they let loose and find their inner child!

 

Enjoy your photo booth and take pictures!

Benefits of open air concept booth vs enclosed booth

Benefits of open air concept booth vs enclosed booth

Miriam Webster's Dictionary defines a photo booth as: a small room that one or two people can go into to have their photograph taken by putting money into a slot

When it comes to choosing a photo booth for your wedding the basic design comes down to two different elements.

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Open air concept: This design usually has a stand alone backdrop, with a camera module a few feet in front of it.

Pros: It allows large groups of people to be included in the photo and it is much quicker for people to get in and out of the photo area. Also, the openness of the booth allows others to see the guests which promotes others to utilize the photo booth, and it also provides a bit of entertainment>

Cons: It can take up more space. The openness provides less privacy than an enclosed booth (if that's your thing).

 

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The enclosed photo booth: This design usually has a camera module and a curtain or divider that allows guests to close for privacy.

Pros: It provides a more intimate setting that may make guests feel that they are all alone, therefore they can let go a little more. May take up less space.

Cons: Only a few people can be included in the photo. Due to the small angle of the shot taken, a lot of photos end up looking the same.

 

So now that you know the pros and cons of each style of photo booth you can make a choice that best fits your needs! Please contact us today about booking our photo booth for your wedding or event!

How to encourage guests to have fun with your photo booth!

How to encourage guests to have fun with your photo booth!

The addition of a photo booth to an event is almost always a great way to get people involved and have a great time!

However sometimes for whatever reason, there are occasions where people may not jump into using the photo booth, and often there is a mad rush to use it towards the end of an event. Here are some ways to encourage people to get up and take some pictures:

1. Have the DJ or band announce in the beginning of the event that the photo booth is open and direct them to the location of the booth.

2. Have the bride, groom, or host mention to people to please pass by the photo booth and take a picture so that you may have it as a keepsake and make sure to tell them they get to keep a copy.

3. Designate someone who is an energetic, outgoing person to take some photos and walk around with the prints to show people what they will receive if they visit the booth. A lot of times people will react positively to seeing the physical product.

We hope that these tips help you to get the most out of your photo booth experience!

Where to put your photo booth for the most fun

Where to put your photo booth for the most fun

A photo booth is only as good as it's location and visibility at an event. Put it in a great spot and you'll have a lot of participation, put it out of sight without any signage telling people where it is and you'll have fewer photos taken.

New Orleans venues  (especially in the French Quarter) are very unique and can provide some interesting situations for photo booth placement.

A lot of times high traffic areas will be the best solution, as long as it's not in the middle of a walkway/stairwell. The open booth concept does take up more space than the traditional enclosed booth concept, so that is something to keep in mind when it comes to picking a location to place the booth. 

Ideally you'd want an area that is:

1. Visible yet not in the middle of a main foot traffic walkway.

2. Near a power outlet 

3. Spacious enough so that when a line forms it won't impede anything else.

 

Here is an example of the Muse Photo Booth set up and how much space it needs to operate. 

 

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