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Photo Booth Types Enclosed Booths Vs Open Booths

Updated: Aug 14, 2022

What photo booths are there to choose from?

Mirrors – AKA Magic Mirrors, Selfie Mirror, Mirror Me Booth, Mirror Mirror, Mirror Photo Booth

Enclosed – AKA Traditional Booth, Curtain Booth, Photo Booth

Pod – AKA Selfie Pod, Selfie Tower, Ring Light, Aura, Lite Booth, Open Booth

Luxury - AKA Retro booth, DSLR booth,

So you’ve got your heart set on a photo booth for your wedding or upcoming event. Awesome!

In our opinion, you just can’t go wrong with a photo booth! The only problem now is choosing which type you want.

If you’re new to the photo booth rental world, you might be surprised to see that there are different types of photo booths that have different looks, sizes, and functionality. One of the many great things about is the fact that we have a wide variety of booths to choose from! They can be divided into four categories, Mirrors, Enclosed ,Pods and Luxury.

The Magic Mirror booths can be a happy medium, offering some privacy depending on its positioning with the backdrop or have it fully on show. Guests can see others enjoying the experience, as the mirror will talk back to the Guests and they are an impressive attraction.

Pros: Large groups, aesthetically pleasing, high quality DSLR equipment

Cons: You need an attendant who understands photography and crowd control

Top Tip- request an unedited photo from your chosen supplier, so you can check the quality of their images.

Enclosed Booths

Enclosed booths are photo booths that completely surround the guests. It completely hides the person that goes in and takes a photo, with a curtain hiding them. The most common type are the oval ones that can fit around 5 people. You can now get ones that are inflatable and come with internal glowing lights, these offer the same privacy but with more room.

Pros: Camera shy guests like privacy

Cons: Limited group numbers with the oval type, guests can’t see the previous group having fun, photo quality can be poor

Top Tip - take into account the style of these booths skins, as sometimes they can clash with your venue surroundings.

Selfie Pods or Open Air Booths are booths that operate without any structure or enclosed area that hides the guest. When a client selects an open booth, they are most likely wanting a small footprint with a simple clean look. ! As with the magic mirror you can have a large number of people can crowd into a photo, so depending on your space, you could get a huge group shot!

Pros: Simple, great for limited space, easy to share on social media, often left unattended so reduces the cost. Normally has gifs and boomerangs as well as photos. Packages are normally available for much longer periods.

Cons: Often the basic package has no printing option.

The Luxury Vintage Booth are created to look beautiful in any surrounding and they produce outstanding photos.

They are fully on show, and guests can see other's using it and having fun.

Pros: Beautiful to look at, the booth itself is a piece of art, high quality DSLR equipment, guests can be seen having fun, large groups can use it.

Cons: This is the most expensive type of booth, but worth every penny.

Top Tip: Make sure, if your supplier calls their booth a luxury booth, it has DSLR equipment, some suppliers are simply renaming their current booths to 'Luxury Booths'.

What else should I consider, what are you trying to achieve with your photobooth?

Ask your supplier which photo booth they recommend for your objectives, each event has a purpose for a photo booth but it is not always the same just because your event is the same. One wedding may want a photo booth for entertainment, a party starter...whilst another wedding may want classy photos to document their evening.

With so many different types of booths, each offering something unique, it really is the first thing to consider, your supplier will discuss your needs and be able to recommend the right booth for you, this is where supplier value is produced.

Always check your venue space, ceiling height and floor plan to make sure you have an adequate amount of space.

An area of about 10×10 is a good start for most photo booth options.

If you go for a large booth, keep in mind that there still needs to be room for a line.

Keep a healthy line of communication open so the photo booth can execute your vision.

Final thoughts when booking a photo booth

Do they have staff that can keep your party going with your guests?

Do they have a good choice of backdrops to fit your theme?

Can they answer all your queries?

Do they have an easy booking and quote system?

Have they worked through issues at events and have a back up plan?

There are some home truths that run through all of the booth types, the majority of your fee is for what the supplier knows and not the booth they use. These things cost a lot, so consider whether that crazy cheap deal is a bargain...or the more likely outcome....a huge red flag.

Now go and get your photo booth booked!

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