Owning a photo booth business can be quite lucrative – provided that you market your business wisely and charge accordingly for your services. However, in addition to the marketing and finance aspects, there are a few things that you should know about the actual equipment you use as well, because this could literally make or break your chance for added success.
How Exactly Do Photo Booths Work?
Believe it or not, photo booths have been in existence for well over 120 years, with the patent for the very first machine filed in 1888. The first of these booths to appear in the United States was in New York City in 1925. This booth took, developed, and printed eight photos in a process that took approximately ten minutes.
We’ve come a long way since then. Our exclusive Strike A Pose photo booth can print two cut strips of color photos in roughly ten seconds! And, due to our continuous full spectrum lighting system, the photos come out crystal clear.
Many photo booths are operated as vending machines, where money is inserted and participants enter the booth and pose for a certain number of exposures. Some of the more common options that are seen on these booths include the ability to alter backdrops and lighting.
Newer booths may also allow users to adjust features such as camera angles, seats, and even blue screen effects that can provide background graphics. After the pictures have been taken, participants may even go so far as to add clip art, borders, or superimposed images using an attached computer.
Is the Photo Booth Business Lucrative?
Being involved in the photo booth business can be lucrative – depending on how the business is marketed. In most cases, weddings will account for the majority of bookings – although other events such as birthday parties, graduation parties, or corporate get-togethers may also be great income generators as well.
On average, an event that is booked on a Saturday can generate gross income of roughly $850. Accounting for expenses such as paper and ink, the approximate amount of net profit can be in the range of $700.
With this in mind, you can realistically calculate 30 bookings per year for each booth that you own. Doing the math, you can easily determine how many booths you would need to own in order to quit your day job!
Deciding on Which Photo Booth Is Right For You
Once you decide to take the next step and buy a photo booth machine, there are several things that you should keep in mind. First, you should ensure that you are purchasing the highest quality equipment possible. The machines that are offered via Strike A Pose include the following:
- Canon T3 or T3i DSLR Camera
- Wrinkle free instant canopy
- Hiti P510L high-speed dye sublimation digital photo printer
- 22 inch touch screen interface
- Acer Aspire One Lamp
In addition, we also provide pre-installed photo booth software that will allow participants to easily customize their photo prints.
What To Do When You Receive Your Photo Booth
When you buy a photo booth machine from Strike A Pose, your item will be shipped in pristine condition – and it should also arrive that way. With this in mind, we recommend that you do not accept the booth from the shipper until you have completed the following:
- Examine the exterior of the booth to ensure that the laminate is free of any damage
- Inspect the corners of the photo booth, making sure that they are also damage free
- Take a close look at the booth’s interior as well to check for any type of damage
- Make sure that all of the electronic equipment in also in good shape
If you see any serious problems with your photo booth machine, you should decline it from the shipper. While you are likely excited to get started with your business, it is better to return the damaged merchandise and wait for a booth that is in excellent condition before moving forward. In this case, the shipper will send the damaged booth back to Strike A Pose, and it will either be repaired, or a brand new booth will be subsequently shipped out to you.
If, upon receipt of your photo booth, you have questions or concerns about anything, be sure to contact us directly. Then, once you have signed off on the booth from the shipper, you will be ready to continue with your new business.
How to Obtain More Information
If you would like more detailed information regarding the best way to buy a photo booth machine, please visit our main page . Or, you can call us directly toll-free at 1-888-332-1299. We will be happy to walk you through the process of purchasing a machine and setting up your very own profitable photo booth business.