Month: December 2019

Photo Booth: Good Investment or Not?

Photo booths are nothing new, they actually came about as far back as the 1920s! How they’re used has changed somewhat, though. Traditionally you’d get 4 or so black and white pictures for a few cents. You’d find photo booths in malls, stations and movie theatres and they were a quick way of entertainment or a way of getting an ID card photograph done!

Photo booths and their use have evolved and they’re now seen at many events, none more so than weddings. Wedding trends come and go but nothing has made such a change to the traditional wedding as the introduction of a photo booth.

Nowadays, it could actually be said that a wedding isn’t a wedding without a photo booth. Guests have come to love them and expect them at events. So, without further ado let’s look at whether or not a photo booth is a good investment for a wedding.

The Pros

  • You will get more wedding photos – and they’ll be of a different caliber. Photos in photo booths are really fun and much less formal than your traditional wedding photos. Oftentimes the wedding photographer goes home after the first dance so having a photo booth will mean that the photos carry on until the end.
  • The prints can also be wedding favors – this means you’ll actually save money on buying additional gifts for your guests! Wedding favors can be tricky to sort, simply because it’s hard to choose something that everyone will appreciate. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t like a take-home photo as a memory of a great day.
  • A unique way of doing a guest book – encourage your guests to take a snap of themselves to stick in your guest book with an accompanying message. Not only will you have a lovely visual guestbook, but you’ll be able to remember exactly how everyone looked on your special day.
  • It’s great entertainment – if there’s downtime in your wedding between eating and the evening party, a photo booth is great. Also, some people are just not into dancing and so a photo booth will keep them entertained.

The Cons

  • Make sure you look into all of the expenses of a photo booth. You might need to provide a meal and refreshments for the person running the photo booth and you might need to pay for extras like printing or different backdrops etc.
  • A photo booth could stop people dancing

Conclusion

It was actually quite difficult to come up with a list of cons! The truth is the benefits of hiring a photo booth far outweigh any negatives. One of the cons was that a photo booth could stop people dancing but realistically, there can only be so many people in a photo booth at once.

Also, most people love dancing as much as they love a photo booth experience. So, in answer to the question “is a photo booth a good investment for a wedding?”. The straight forward answer is: yes!

8 Types of Photo to Take in your Photo Booth

Here are 8 types of photo that really should happen in your photo booth!

If you’ve decided on a photo booth for your wedding (and you totally should, they’re awesome!), then it’s important to plan what types of shot you want to take in advance so that you don’t wake up the next morning wishing you’d got a picture of X doing Y.

  • Bride and Groom

This goes without saying but you’d be surprised how often it happens that brides and grooms are so busy mingling with all of the guests that they forget to treat themselves to the very photo booth experience they themselves organized! Make sure you put some time aside to take some romantic shots as well as the silly shots with props!

  • Bridal Party

Get the bride together with her maid of honor and bridesmaids to take some great photo booth shots with props. The larger the group, the earlier in the event it’s best to try and get this shot!

  • Groom and Groomsmen

There are some great photo booth shots to be had with the groom and his groomsmen. Depending on the group size, get the groom picked up by all his groomsmen for a fun, unique photo. Even better, why not get as many props on the groom as possible!

  • The Parents

Of the bride and groom, we mean. There might not be many occasions in which both sets of parents get together – the next might be the couple’s first child’s christening! Get a few nice poses as well as silly shots to show their future grandchildren.

  • All the Kids

If you have kids at your wedding, they’ll love a photo booth. If it’s not too much of an impossible task, try and get all of the kids in one shot with props!

  • Jumping Photos

Ready, steady, JUMP! This type of photo is great because guests concentrate so much on the act of jumping that their expressions are really funny and spontaneous. Alternatives are 1, 2, 3, turn, where you turn from facing backward to facing forward on the click. Those with loose long hair will get a really great ‘swoosh’ effect on the picture!

  • Silly Photos

Silly photos are a must! Leave inhibitions outside the booth! Silly photos will make you laugh all night long and for years to come too!

  • As Many People in Shot as Possible!

This is quite a challenge! See how many people from the wedding party you can get in the shot at once! You’ll get some really great expressions!

The truth is, whatever type of photo you take in the photo booth, you’re bound to have a great time. Moreover, you’ll have memories and souvenirs to last a lifetime. And, if you go on to have children, you can show them what a great time you had when your adventure as a couple really began. Above all, have fun, the rest will happen as a result!

Seven Fun Things to do for All the Family in Dayton

Laser Web

Whether you’re local to the area or visiting, there are lots of great family-friendly activities in Dayton. Let’s take a look:

At Laser Web Dayton, you can do Laser Tag, Virtual Reality, or the Laser Maze. There is also an arcade and a snack bar.

Laser Web can also organize birthday parties and events. They often have Daily Specials listed on their website too so you can get different deals on certain days. Find out more here.

Five Rivers Metroparks

This is a public park system made up of outdoor recreation, conservatories, and educational facilities in the Dayton area. There are more than 15,400 acres spread across 25 different facilities. There are mountain bike areas, hiking trails, a golf course, a butterfly house, and a whitewater feature among others. There is something for everyone every day of the year! Find out more here.

Decoy Arts Center

This is a space for young and old that allows you to get stuck into painting or pottery. They run classes and host special events. You can even arrange private lessons too. This is their website.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Who doesn’t love good ice cream? Young’s Jersey Dairy is a great place for a family day out and they make their own ice cream too! Check out their website here – it does “moo” loudly on loading though!

The Magic Castle

The Magic Castle has loads to do from batting cages, soft play, miniature golf, and water wars. They frequently run special events and can host birthday parties too. The website is here.

Washington Township Recreation Center – Rec West

This place has excellent Google Reviews – 4.6/5 from 38 reviews. At the Rec West, you can have dance parties and birthday parties or you can just come to enjoy the pool tables, arcade games, foosball, air hockey, and table tennis. They also have lots of tech including two Wii systems – one of which is attached to a movie-size screen, two computers, a full-size movie theatre, a mini basketball gym, and a big-screen TV!

Wild Axe Throwing at Beavercreek

Do you like target practice but want something a little different? How about trying your hand at wild axe throwing! This is a novel experience and great idea for a birthday, date night, team-building exercise, or just for fun with family and friends.

You will receive training by a professional axe master to help you perfect your technique and get hitting the bull’s eye.

Sessions last one hour and there are 11 lanes. Each lane can take up to six axe throwers. If you’re wanting to come as a party you can book the party room that has 2 private lanes. You can also purchase adult beverages.

Axe throwers must be 15 or over to join in. If you get a taste for axe throwing, you can even join the weekly leagues! Booking online is easy. Visit their website for more information.

10 Great Shots to Try in Your Photo Booth

Whether you’re organizing or attending an event with a photo booth it’s easy just to fall into the trap of not planning your shots and, well, they end up pretty typical.

Tongue out? Check! Goofy pose? Done! But, there are so many great ideas for photo booth shots. Read on to see our favorite ten ideas.

Our Top Ten Photo Booth Shots

No. 10 The Smile

Ok, so maybe you weren’t expecting this to be in our Top Ten but there aren’t enough smiles in the world! You can’t beat a traditional smiling picture. If you find this boring, try mixing it up a bit by saying the equivalent of “cheese” in another language!

In Spain, the go-to word is papa, which means potato. South Koreans say kimchi, which is a local delicacy made of spicy fermented cabbage. Yum. 

No. 9 The “Get as Many in as Possible” Shot

This is perhaps more of a challenge than a shot! See how many people you can get in the photo booth frame. Get creative and opt for piggybacks and shoulder carries to maximize the number of faces in the frame.

No. 8 The “Vogue”

Every fancied yourself on the cover of a magazine? Practice your best side in a Vogue-style pose. Take your inspiration from current cover girls (and boys) and get yourself a great take-home snap.

No. 7 Charlie’s Angels/Men in Black Pose

Team up with your friends and strike a pose as a group. A wedding is an ideal place to team up in all-female or all-male groups for a Charlie’s Angels or Men in Black-style pose.

No. 6 Piggybacks and Picking up

Release your inner child and have a piggyback ride in front of the camera. Be careful of any pulled backs though, this isn’t a pose for the fainthearted.

No. 5 Photobomb

The ever-hilarious photobomb is one to try for a funny shot. Ideally, you would do this with someone you know well so that they don’t get annoyed or offended!

No. 4 Writing on Props

Providing they’re available, write-on props like chalkboards, whiteboards, and pegboards are great for messages and funny hashtags. Check with the party host in advance whether there’ll be things to write on so that you can plan some funny texts!

No. 3 Dancing

Always a favorite is dancing! Why not wait for your favorite song to come on before heading to the photo booth instead of the dancefloor? The enjoyment will show in your faces and you’ll have great photos to remember.

No. 2 Jump

Our second spot is reserved for a great action shot. On the count of three, 1, 2,3, JUMP! These shots are hilarious – more often because there’s always one that forgets to jump or who jumps before the rest.

No. 1 The Surprise Kiss

Our top spot goes to The Surprise Kiss. Pose with your sweetheart and just as the camera is about to click, lean in for a surprise kiss. The results of these shots are always surprising!

Conclusion

So there you have it, our Top Ten shots to try at the photo booth! We’d love to see some examples after the event!

Wedding Photo Booth Rental in Dayton

If you’re considering renting a photo booth for your wedding in Dayton, you’re making a wise choice! Photo booth rental is a great addition to any wedding, here are a few reasons why:

Souvenirs

We know that a wedding is all about the happy couple, but wedding guests love nothing more than having fun in your honor and having a little take-home memento to remember the occasion.

With a photo booth, your guests will be able to make their own souvenirs from your big day – they’ll have fun and create memories to last a lifetime. There are lots of different types of souvenirs including photo strips that can be put onto your fridge that will transport guests back to your wedding day each time they open their fridge and see the photo booth pictures!

Great Favor Ideas!

Let’s be realistic, most favors are either thrown out, lost or eaten. With photos from a photo booth as a wedding favor, you can save effort and money – and your guests will love them! With a photo booth, your guests could take lots of different pictures before choosing the right one to take home with them. While doing so, they’ll be creating lots of great memories and be having the best time ever! 

If you want to do something to match your wedding theme, you can buy photo strip frames online from stores like Etsy so that they’re the same color or design as your theme.

Get great photos of all of your guests

Over the course of your wedding, the wedding photographer will be snapping away and will get some great pictures of your guests. However, the photographer’s priority is always going to be about taking shots of the happy couple.

Having a photo booth is a great way to ensure you get great pictures of all of your guests. It’s a great addition to a wedding but remember, it’s not a replacement for a wedding photographer or videographer.

It is simply a way to supplement your event. A photo booth will mean you get to capture even more special times through the day.

Loved by all

Finally, everyone loves a photo booth. Taking pictures is timeless and, therefore, photo booths are loved by young and old alike.

Older guests will love the nostalgia of old-time photo booths, adults will enjoy it because they’ll be able to have fun and be playful, and children will enjoy being silly in front of the camera.

It’s also great for getting guests to mingle with people they don’t already know.

What are you waiting for? Book today!

There are loads of different types of photo booth all with lots of features. From classic photo booths with props, to mirror booths with touch-screen interaction – there is simply so much choice!

Whatever you decide to go for, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment. Photo booth rentals for weddings are really popular in Dayton so don’t delay!