Photo Booths at Weddings

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Over the past few years one of the most popular must haves at wedding receptions has to be a photo booth.

These essentially fall into two types, a traditional style enclosed booth or an open studio, often referred to as a ‘faux booth’.

Even within these two types there are a number of styles and options, which could affect the output, and or cost of hire. So lets look at them in a bit more detail:

Photo booths – by definition is a cubicle or small room in which a person sits to have their photo taken. Essentially it’s an enclosed space and usually containing an automated photo kiosk. Where once inside the guests press a button to start a sequence of photos, which are merged by software to become the ‘photo booth print’. The activation process could be via a button, touch screen or in some cases a foot pedal on the floor. Modern software today allows users to select a variety of options from pictures styles, backdrops and even layouts. With green screen now also a fairly standard offering.

typical photo booth photographyThe photo booths themselves range from former shopping centre machines, through to modern custom designs, are available commercially or home made and are even appearing in items such as vehicles. Neither do they have to be seated, many of the larger booths accommodate more guests based on them being in the standing position.


  • Enclosed space offering more privacy for guests.
  • Gives a traditional photo booth style experience.
  • Usually instant print and fully automated.


  • Can be smaller.
  • Guests have to pose themselves and often don’t look at the camera.
  • Quality of result based on equipment.

Portable studio or ‘Faux Booth’

Defined as: “a room in which an artist, photographer, or musician works”

In contrast open style photo booths or portable studios tend to be areas set up within the event venue against which a photographer will pose your guests. He or she will then also operate the photographic equipment. In final result they tend to lean towards a single image as opposed to a compilation.

Naturally the photographer will have greater experience in posing and ability to time the shot or take several to achieve the best result. Chances he or she will have greater control of the lighting and can offer more than a silly a snap. That’s not to say booths have bad lighting, it’s just they’re often limited on space for equipment.

Not all photographers have the high speed digital printers used in photo booths, it maybe therefore that instant prints aren’t an option and photos have to be acquired afterwards via CD/DVD, email, websites or social media.


  • More space for larger groups.
  • Posing controlled by photographer.
  • Portrait style finish.


  • No privacy.
  • Less spontaneity.
  • No print compilation.
  • Guests may have to purchase prints.

What to consider in deciding which is best for you?

Photo booths tend to be all pre-hire; that is you hire them, usually for a fixed period of time (i.e. 3 hrs) during which guests have unlimited access. 
What you should look out for is that they use a modern digital printer capable of producing ‘dry’ prints in 10 –15 seconds. The technical term is ‘dye sub’.

Photographers appear to offer a small or free attendance fee and charge the guests or a full pre-hire solution similar to photo booths for a period of time. 
You should check if they include onsite printing, particularly if you had this in mind as a memorable wedding favour.

At the end of the day, it’s all about fun and memories and that little keepsake – the photo! So whichever solution you choose, your guests will love them.


Thanks to BoothPix for the article

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