Why Every Party Has a Photo Booth
No modern event or party is complete without a few things: a bar, good food, good people, and a photo booth. Holiday party season is here, which means that photo booth fleets are busier than ever. For those in the business, this time of year is comparable only to wedding season. In recent years, photo booths have become a fixture of corporate and personal events. “Pics or it didn’t happen” is becoming “photo booth or we didn’t party.”
Photo booths aren’t new: In the course of about a century, they evolved from the Photomaton, which printed eight pictures for 25 cents in 1925; to the iconic four-photo-strip machine; that have become afterthought accessories in malls, bars, and movie theaters. But in recent years, entrepreneurs have dusted off the fun, magical-feeling memorabilia machines and transformed them into a key part of the event scene.
don’t take their namesake so literally, but still like to leverage that SEO weight. Most eschew an actual booth for a propped-up camera or a mounted iPad with a speciality photography app and a backdrop, a designer wall, or even a full set. The modern “photo booth” is known as a “photo experience” or “photo engagement” in the industry. Some experiences offer ; some send users digital copies. (Many do both.) Some companies send attendants to events; others offer only user-facing functions.