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Five Photo Booth Props No Party Should Be Without

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It’s no secret that having a photo booth at your party takes the fun factor up to 11. How often, in our daily lives, do we get to play dress up? Nowhere near enough! There is something magical about putting on a wig, headdress, or foam finger that just lets us escape ourselves and have a ball.

A wedding photo booth, in particular, is one of the best ways to guarantee that your wedding pictures capture not only the beauty of the day, but the energy of it too. Props are integral to the party photo booth experience, and choosing which photo booth props to use can be almost as much fun as getting your picture taken. How to choose, though?

That’s a tough question. We’re always happy to compile an assortment of crowd-pleasing props, but if you’re interested in making specific recommendations we are thrilled to customize our photo booth props to suit your event. To get the ball rolling, here are some of our favorites:

1. Animal Heads

Who doesn’t dream of being an animal? Whether you want to inhabit the Planet of the Apes, channel the courage of a lion, or embrace your inner swine (Come on, you know you want a second piece of wedding cake.), animal heads are the way to do it. VidaBooth has a ton of ‘em, and they make some of the most fun photo booth props around.

2. Crowns

Everyone loves a royal wedding. But not everyone gets to attend a royal wedding—that is, of course, unless they hire VidaBooth to set up a party booth at their otherwise plebian affair. We come prepared with everything from tiaras to velvety crowns to pharaoh headdresses, making sure you and your guests get the chance to look the part of royalty. The results never disappoint. There’s just something about wearing a crown that gives people a touch of swagger that make the resulting photos look totally badass.

Bonus points: Combine a crown or headdress with an animal head to make an important political statement about wealth, power, and the transient nature of all things. Or just because it looks silly.

3. Glasses

Silly glasses of all shapes and sizes are a natural go-to for unleashing the freak within. There’s something about glasses that can transform an otherwise normal human—take, for example Superman, into someone totally crazy, like Clark Kent. Wait, we might have gotten that backwards. Who cares, though? The point is that glasses are a fun and simple way to add character to a photo booth photo. VidaBooth has a ton of different styles, too. Whether you want to nerd out, hippify yourself, or look as cool as Kanye West, we’ve got the frames to make it happen.

4. Weapons

Love is a good thing. Fun is a good thing too. But what if you find yourself at a wedding or a party and something makes you JUST SO ANGRY?! In that case, you should probably calm down and get yourself together—this is a party, tough guy. Pretending to be angry for the sake of a hilarious photo booth photo, though? That is another story, and we highly recommend it.

VidaBooth has a ton of seemingly violent props that paradoxically tend to bring people together to create some of the best photo booth photos ever. Using weapons as props often compels people to get creative and make little miniature scenes and stories that are really cool to look back on later on. So ask us about our stock of guns, boxing gloves, swords, and other (fake!) weapons—they’re some of the most creativity-inducing props out there.

5. Your Organization’s Paraphernalia

The thing about VidaBooth is that we want you to be happy. While we have a ton of children clients and we love them all equally, you’re our favorite. For this reason, we want you to know that we are more than happy to customize our props to fit your event. We’ve done everything from university-themed props to foam fingers that designate bride vs. groom. If you have an idea for a photo booth prop you want to see, talk to us about it. We’re here for you!

The most important thing to keep in mind is fun. Having a party photo booth is a fun thing. Props make it more fun. Yay, props! Yay, fun!


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Ten Great Open Air Photo Booth Poses – Part 1

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There’s nothing better than having a great photo booth at your wedding or special event. You and your guests are bound to have a night to remember — and those awesome photos will be on hand to constantly remind you! On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than getting all excited about jumping in front of the photo booth, only to completely freeze without any idea of what pose to strike. That ‘deer in the headlights’ look is not what you want, so it’s a good idea to start thinking about your favorite poses before you take the plunge.

Whether you’re sharing a romantic moment with your partner or being silly with your best friends, you’ve got to put your best foot forward if you want great pictures.

This guide to some of the most timeless open air photo booth poses will help you elevate your ‘snapshot game’ and create funny, ravishing, and magnificent pictures.

The Charlie’s Angels

You can’t discuss the best photo booth poses without mentioning the one that groups of ladies have been doing for decades. The Charlie’s Angels stance has gone down in history as one of the coolest and most kickass. All you have to do is stand with your backs pressed together and show off those guns.

A Kiss On The Cheek

An easy way to show some sweet affection to your best friend, close family member or partner in life is a quick kiss on the cheek.

The CramAsManyPeopleAsYouCanTogether

Ah, this is pretty much one of our most popular poses towards the end of the evening. Everyone wants a picture with all of their very best friends. Luckily, our photo booths have no walls so you’re free to cram as many people as you want into the frame.

Guns Out

Most guys can’t get in a photo booth without flexing their muscles, but it’s positively encouraged, especially if you’re having a laugh with the boys at a party. Show the ladies what you’re made of, by bringing your boys together and showing off those guns.

Three Wise Monkeys

Everyone loves a famous pose reenactment, so try and copy your favorite art. For example the Mona Lisa smile, The Scream or in this case the three wise monkeys. Remember the more poses you do the better.

The Lift

Lift your partner or give them a piggy back ride while the camera keeps on snapping the photos. If you’re one of the groomsmen, you can also work together to lift the groom up above your shoulders – safely of course! Have fun as you do this and let the camera do its job in capturing your genuine sweet smiles.

Off Duty Supermodels

Or, you could strike a pose better suited to the runway. Grab your girls and get your Vogue on. Stick your pout out as far as it will go – a la Kate Moss – and try your hand at being a catwalk queen.

The Jump

This one takes a bit of coordination, but the idea is to time a perfect jump right before the camera snaps a photo. It’ll capture you and your group in mid-air which almost always delivers an epic shot.

Dance Party

You’ve got multiple shots, show us your best dance moves! This works really well with our animated GIF option. In each shot, complete a different step of the Running Man, Lawnmower, Macarena, The Carlton, The Robot, Thriller, Harlem Shake, Gangnam Style, you get the idea.

The Fake Fight

This is one of the most fun photo booth poses to create, because it involves a little bit of theatrical skill. You need to make this one as over the top as possible. So, think wind up (cartoon style) fists, seeing stars, and dazed expressions. If there is more than three of you, pair up and each have a ‘mini’ scenario to yourself.

There you have it – ten great poses that you can use at your next event. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we’ll be posting more great ideas!


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Six Reasons Why You Should Have a Photo Booth at Your Wedding

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When planning their special day, brides and grooms seek many types of entertainment. All weddings have them and your wedding will be no different in this aspect. You know you’re going to book the essentials – a DJ, food, venue, photographer, and perhaps a few other vendors – and wonder if a photo booth is really necessary to have at your wedding. The short answer is “No”. In fact, when you compare side by side the DJ and photo booth, it is an easy decision to choose a DJ without a doubt in your mind.

Then why on earth would you question if a photo booth would be right for your wedding? It is likely because you do not want to miss out on the fun and long lasting memories a photo booth can create on your special day that no other form of entertainment can. And heck, you shouldn’t miss out on those memories! It is your once in a lifetime occasion that you will preserve and treasure forever, and that should be reason enough to get a photo booth on your special day. But in case you are still doubting your decision, here are six more reasons why you should have a photo booth for your wedding.

1. Personalize Your Wedding

It can be difficult to look for ways to incorporate your wedding theme into your reception but photo booths add the special personalized touch you’ve been looking for without putting in any extra effort. The team at VidaBooth can incorporate your wedding theme onto your prints simply by receiving a sample of your theme colors or invitation cards. Custom backdrops and props are other great upgrades that can be requested.

2. Perfect for Breaking the Ice

Aside from a dance floor, most wedding guests find themselves hanging with the same people that were at their table for the entire party. A photo booth at a wedding creates the perfect opportunity for bride’s party and groom’s party members to mingle. The photo booth environment entices guests to embrace their silly side making it easier to socialize with people they might have met that same day.

3. It is Fun for All!

One of the challenges a wedding has is that guests come from all ages, which can make it difficult to find one form of entertainment that is suitable for everyone. Photo booths are the perfect wedding feature that all guests can take part of. Having a photo booth gives grandpa who might not be able to spend the night away dancing, something fun to do while also giving all your little guests something age appropriate they can participate in. From putting on a Viking hat to giving their best duck face, guests, no matter what age, will find themselves having a blast!

4. Worry-Free Fun

The last thing a couple needs is another wedding detail to worry about. Photo booths allow busy brides to add another entertainment feature to the reception without having to manage the smaller details. All VidaBooth rental packages come with an attendant who can assist the party guests with their photo booth experience making it hands off and easy.

5. A Different Photo Opportunity

Who doesn’t want to take pictures when they’re dressed to impress? Although there are always photographers at a wedding, a photo booth provides your guests with a different photo opportunity. Photo booths can capture those small moments and silly interactions that a photographer will typically miss. You could get that perfect first dance picture and a picture of grandma making a kissy face while wearing oversized glasses and a pink wig.

6. Party Favors!

A photo booth combines entertainment and party favors into one! After every photo booth session, guests get to walk away with a photo strip as a special keepsake. VidaBooth even offers a private online gallery, digital downloads (so you can have all the prints), and provides guests an option to upload their favorite pictures to social media. Unlike traditional party favors, photo strips incorporate your special moment with your guests’ experiences. Guests will be able look at their photo strips for years to come and remember your special day and all the fun they had.

With all the fun, memories, and opportunity a photo booth provides for your special day, it becomes easy to understand why photo booths at weddings have gain so much attraction. It is not just a silly trend that comes and goes, but relatively new opportunity that brides and grooms take to create one of the best memories.


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Five Reasons to Think Outside the Box

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Say the words “photo booth” and you’ll almost surely draw up a feeling of nostalgia. Maybe it’s you and your middle school sweetheart pushing aside curtains, squishing into a tiny booth at the mall, grabbing that singular strip, and later sticking it to your mirror to swoon over. Maybe it’s you and a friend at the movie theater arcade cramming into the enclosed box and spending less time taking photos and more time arguing over who has to go home with the one where you both aren’t ready for the flash. Maybe it’s at a quirky college bar where you spend the last five dollars in your wallet to attempt to fit as many faces as possible into a frame that’s built for two. Yes, the black box has reigned over your candid memories for some time now.

Here’s the thing though, we’ve evolved. What we love about photo booths, the candid silliness, the intimacy, the instant gratification, is no longer pragmatic in it’s current box form for the events in which we want to encourage these feelings. The open air photo booth was born from the idea of taking what we love about photo booths and making it work for modern events. They are built for inclusion, for do-overs, and for endless customization. The future is here and below are five awesome reasons why you should consider an open air photo booth rental for your next event.

1. PROFESSIONAL PHOTO QUALITY

Some assume that photo quality is directly related to the quality of the camera, but that is only partly correct. From a quality perspective, the true strength of an open air photo booth is actually lighting. Open air photo booths mimic a professional lighting set up with the ability to adjust intensity based on environment and angle downward, rather than straight on, at the face. The result is a smooth, magazine style look that stands far and above the alternatives.

2. THE MORE THE MERRIER

Modern events like a wedding or corporate party center around the idea of getting everyone involved so, the idea of sending two or at most three people to close themselves off in a tiny space doesn’t quite align. Photos taken in open air photo booths can fit more than a dozen people at a time which allows for better group shots and more overall involvement from your crowd. Because there’s not a curtain, spectators see what’s going on and get inspired to jump in and try it for themselves!

3. DIGITAL GALLERIES

In the past, photo booths were built for independent engagements. With the rise of event based photo booths – the primary client has evolved to be the coordinator of the event and not the individual. The new primary client, whether it be a bride and groom or an event planner, etc., is interested in a full gallery of images that encompass each guest’s singular engagement. Open air photo booths are uniquely equipped to provide a digital gallery of high-resolution images post event with the opportunity for further interaction. The existence of a gallery is a fundamental difference in the reason for being when comparing box-style and open air photo booths.

4. PROPS

Props are one of the most adored parts of using a photo booth. Since guests stand rather than sit in an open air photo booth, there is tons of opportunity to fill the space with everything from wearing masks, to costumes, to bringing in full-size cardboard cut-outs. The list really does go on forever and it is highly encouraged to put your own mark on the event with your own unique props.

5. ON-SITE SHARING

If you are curating the conversation about your event via hashtag or if you want to get your photos into the hands of your guests as soon as possible, the option to share photos on-site through social networks like Facebook and Twitter or via email and text is something you might want to consider upgrading for. One thing to keep in mind is this service requires a strong and secure WiFi connection from your venue.

So there you have it, five awesome reasons to think outside the box (pun intended) at your next event!

Stay tuned to our future posts for more great tips.


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