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Pipe and drape the light-weight pipes that you would see at a tradeshow with unique drapes that enclose the booth in a square
Lee Morris of the Fstoppers shows you his wedding photo booth design in his How to Become A Commercial Wedding Photographer DVD. His setup is completely open, with a few absolutely unique characteristics that make that aspect of his business a success. The biggest issue here is that all of your guts are showing, from your light stands to your printers. However, the tradeoff is hype. With a completely open setup, all of the guests are seeing all of the fun activities; and the hype is likely drawing crowds. Again, check out Lee’s section in his DVD to see how he adds his own twist to make his booth unique and memorable.
We decided to go with a Pipe and Drape solution, with black draping and adjustable pipes. Note that amazon.com may or may not currently have the adjustable drapes in stock and you may have to go to a tradeshow specialist website for these materials. For the pipe and drape setup, expect to pay around $500 to $800.
I knew this wasn’t the most attractive method for photo booths in the world, but it was flexible. The pipes expand from 6 to 10 feet and you can switch out the drapes to match your client’s preferences. Here is a selection of attractive backdrops from Amazon.
Photo booth Equipment
– For the printer, we chose a DNP RX-1.
– For our lighting, we chose to use a Dynalite RK4-1100 Kit on a standard light stand and Westcott Umbrella.(Instead of the Dynalite, we could have used pocket strobes and two umbrellas.)
– For our camera, we used our backup camera body, the 5d Mark II and a wide-angle 16-35 Lens.
Photo booth Software
For our photo booth software, we went with DSLR booth for the following reasons:
Simplicity – The main thing I wanted was simplicity. I was not going to be the actual operator for the booth so we needed to have simple software that would not present any issues.
Cost – The software is also inexpensive at only $150. As I mentioned, the photo booth industry is rapidly changing and it doesn’t make sense to spend $500 or more on software that may not suit your business in a few years.
Versatility – Lastly, the software was versatile. You can select the layout, add a DIY logo with your client’s names on it, and it pretty much automates the rest of the process. Your operator snaps away and the software group the images and print them in your selected layout.
Separate photo booth Business or under Photography Business
Every business is different, and your decision will vary here depending on where you live, your current market, and your existing clientele. While keeping it under the same name would help in some ways, we felt like it would hurt in others. It would also benefit from web marketing already done as well as the search engine optimization already in play. However, we also felt like it would hurt the overall premium brand of the photography studio. As a premium wedding photography service, we didn’t want to dilute our services by being perceived as a “one-stop-shop.” You will have to weigh these factors in making this decision.
The Result and the Future
While it’s still in its infancy, we’ve officially launched photo booth LA, Los Angeles photo booth. Our primary marketing strategies are going to include SEO, Social Networking, Word-of-Mouth, and Referrals. We’ve completed our first couple gigs with a few more booked in the coming months. Wish us luck! We’re doing the same for you SLR Loungers.
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