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Increase Revenue by Offering a Photo Booth Service

By Pye Jirsa on October 23rd 2015

Expanding Your Business

As a photographer, by offering more products, you can increase the value of your studio. In this article, I want to talk to you about why you should offer a Photo booth service, as well as give you a recommendation on the ready-built Photo Booth of our choice from PhotoBooth Supply Co. Investing in your own studio is crucial if you want your business to grow, and like Shia Lebeouf said, “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” Check out the video and article below to take your studio to the next level.

Increase Revenue by Offering a Photo Booth Service

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3 Reasons To Have A Photo Booth

A photo booth is a great idea for a photography business because it adds another product to offer in your photography packages, and it also works as a stand-alone option.

1. People Want It! – Photo booths are a fantastic package upgrade that are an easy sell because people actually want the service! Photo booths are a wonderful activity for friends and family and the best part is that everyone walks away with great memories.

2. Stand Alone Service – If you offer it as a stand-alone option, then the photo booth can be up and running at a separate event while you’re shooting another, essentially making money for you while you’re not even there! The profit margins on a photo booth are decent, and the start-up costs can be reasonable if you’re smart about your purchases.

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3. Marketing Touch Points – A photo booth will increase your marketing footprint and touch points. Every time someone steps inside a booth and gets a print, they’ll be seeing your logo at the bottom of the image. It allows you to expand your reach into the client’s guests where they can interact with you and your team directly during the event. On top of that, every time they see their print they’ll be seeing your studio name and branding.

The Photo Booth We Recommend

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If you’re seriously considering adding a Photo Booth to your business (which you should be!), then we recommend going with Photo Booth Supply Co. It’s a portable and elegant all-in-one Photo Booth solution that’s ready to go as soon as it arrives on your doorstep. The Photo Booth packages range from $6,900-$9,300, and you can also save up to $850 if you’re using your own compatible camera and strobe. They also offer financing for those that wish to pay over time.

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This Photo Booth isn’t just a one-trick pony either. It can shoot b&w, color, with a green screen, video, and even slo-mo video! Your guests can choose what they want to do, and with the booth’s built-in social media capabilities, they’ll be able to share it with all their followers! It’s a photographer’s marketing dream come true!

Conclusion and More Info

From our research and experience in building DIY setups, Photo Booth Supply Co. is the best Photo Booth solution in terms of price, ease of use, marketing capabilities, and product offerings. I can’t think of a better product to recommend for a growing photography business. If you would like to learn more, then watch the video below or click here.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. PhotoWorks Interactive Photobooth

    Thanks,  Pye Jirsa for such an Informative post I really appreciate your skills.

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    PhotoWorks Interactive Photobooth Rentals of San Jose

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  2. Becca Goldring

    I have two of these booths – printer and everything. If I could point to the single most important decision I’ve made in the past 2 years it would be to get this photo booth and start a photo booth company. Why? For an investment of about 9K (which is extremely reasonable btw for not only the quality but the SERVICE that you get from this company) I’ve been able to add WELL over six figures to my income (profit, not sales) — and by the way my photo booth business is a SIDE gig. Still think that’s a joke? Highly recommend this product and company.

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  3. Peter Niko

    I bought the unit and was like wow when i got it. But shortly after telling my self what a big mistake. First there service sucks. NO was is there to help you when you need it. when i bought the unit help was free. Shortly after that they started charging for service and one how many units you have for 24 hours service. I need help on the first wedding i brought the booth to and no one helped me with the printer and software. I called being for help but no calls. The case is heavy and not that easy to set you. And just think about it. You need the Photo Booth, printer, backdrop, stands for that backdrop, electoral cords, a table for the printer. The printer is an other story. The printer is more the the case with the Photo Booth. i wish i know this before buying it. i do not recommend photobooth supply co.

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  4. Paddy McDougall

    Do you have shares in this company because this is probably the third time this has been reposted? Don’t mind advertorials just be up front about it.

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  5. Bekka Palmer

    Looks like a knockoff of Smilebooth.

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  6. Bert McLendon

    The shell alone is $5300 without anything in it. This is a ridiculous markup for these things. For $5300 you can get a nice used Chevy Tahoe that’ll get you from point A to point B and it has an engine, tires, windshield and all sorts of other mechanical marvels in it. There are alternate manufacturers with very similar setups and are charging $1200-$1500 for the shell only. Not saying “go cheap” but this is absolutely absurd. Shop around before buying this overpriced shell, it’s not worth the price of a nicely used Chevy Tahoe… =)

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  7. Gustavo Urena

    I think this is a great solution. Most of us have the missing part to get something great out of this.
    http://ataphotobooths.com/product/t11-photo-booth-diy-photo-booth-shell-for-surface-pro-3/

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    • Lissette Garcia

      Thank you so much Gustavo for the link. I actually looked into it and am purchasing the T11 shell from them. It is on sale for $1200. Amazing.

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  8. Graham Curran

    Is this an accidental repost?

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    • Christopher

      We periodically re-feature posts that we feel are high quality. Thanks for staying up to date with our site!

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    • Lissette Garcia

      This seems like advertising to me and frankly, I’m disappointed.

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  9. Mark Romine

    There are so many less expensive options for photo booths even if you are starting from scratch to build one or choosing to purchase a pre-made one. Most of us photographers are not starting a photo booth business from scratch thus we often have half or more of the gear already on hand and we can do this for a lot less than $6,900.

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    • Pye

      As I am sure you know Mark, less expensive doesn’t mean better. It simply means that you will be paying less cash. The flipside is that you will have a solution that isn’t as convenient, or perhaps as well designed, or perhaps it needs 2 people to man, has a large footprint, or takes gobs and gobs of your own time to design and make it look functional and nice. There are always less expensive options, we have already went down those paths, and we are back to simply choosing the “right option” for a studio that simply needs a business solution so we can keep running our business.

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    • Mark Romine

      But Pye, what new person starting out or one that is only a few years into their business can afford this once so called ‘affordable gear’, (I notice that the tile has now been changed)? This is gear that only a mature business or someone who is willing to buy it on credit can afford. The way this article was written is like one big infomercial for PhotoBooth instead of an article about how to increase profit margins by adding a photo booth, any photo booth.

      For this kind of money a can buy and set up a tricked out MacPro, a piece of gear that I will use every day in my business.

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    • Pye

      Mark, the title was incorrect. I wrote the script and created the video, in which the title of the video is “How to Add Revenue by Adding a Photobooth Service” which you can see in the intro piece of the video. My team writes and publishes the videos to save me time, and they mistakingly changed that title when they wrote up the article. Hence, I have asked that it be corrected since. If you are struggling to get started in your business, I’d recommend just focusing 100% on your business. This is meant to be an add-on service once you have things up and running.

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    • Pye

      I have now edited the article title and content to better reflect the content that I created for the video.

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    • Michael Yuen

      I started my photography side business in 2007, and in the 8 years I’ve been shooting, I have had about 9 weddings, 1 corporate event, 2 engagement shoots, and 4 private events. Each time, I’d use the money received to upgrade my photographic gear and sometimes on education. So, from that perspective, I am totally on your side when it comes to “how can we justify spending so much on a photo booth when you are starting from scratch?” For that very reason and in the early days, I looked for ways to create my own photo booth to offer to clients.

      My brother and I accomplished this DIY “photo booth” by dragging along a table, 2 umbrellas, a laptop, and a LCD. We threw in that service for “$200” (wedding + whole-day engagement were charged $2000 at the time), not including any prints. This was an EASY add-on. Clients LOVED them! With that said, it indeed took a lot of effort and time to put together, nor did it look professional. Now that I have been shooting on my own without a helper since 2009, a photo booth of that scale is impossible to offer.

      Now, I absolutely agree that it’s much cheaper to DIY photo booth. However, it did take more time and effort. Having one that’s professionally done absolutely would elevate your brand, but I can also see that it’s hard to justify spending so much money when you only do a few assignment a year. If I were to do photography full-time, however, I would absolutely not hesitate to get one professionally made — I’d treat it as an investment in the branding, marketing, and client/professional relationship. Photo booths are indeed easy sells, and as Pye indicated, you could offer them as standalone services.

      With that said, $6000+ is definitely hard to swallow :)

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  10. Paul Empson

    looks nice, if a little too easy to knock over… though is simply NOT and affordable option as the title suggests…

    One I’ve seen a long time ago and is something I’d like to setup.. is this one:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Instagram-Inspired-DIY-Photo-Booth/

    I have to agree with Paddy’s earlier post and say the Fuji – Fujaroid – style retro PB is an option I’d definitely consider…

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    • Pye

      The title was unfortunately incorrect, the title of the video should have been “How to Increase Revenue by Adding a Photobooth to Your Studio Services.” Our editor/publisher made a last minute change which didn’t get caught until after the fact.

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  11. Lissette Garcia

    The product is very well done but extremely overpriced. I would not pay more than $2,500 for it.

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    • Pye

      Read the comment above, $2500 couldn’t even buy the components that are included.

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  12. Max C

    It’s 2015 and they are selling a Photobooth for that much! Do they still think we are in 1986?

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    • Christopher

      you can get a perfectly functional flip phone for $50 bucks, or you can get the iphone for 10 times that amount…. yet most of us go with the iphone.

      When things are thought-out, when they make life easier, when they are aesthetically pleasing, they are worth the extra cost.

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  13. Brandon Dewey

    I have a photobooth add on and my clients love it. It has also opened up doors for other jobs.

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  14. Paddy McDougall

    Backdrop + stand £100. Fuji instax 90 £120 100 shots £69 2 led lights of amazon £70 2 spare batteries £10 = retro photo booth for £370 ;)

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    • Tim Caisley

      Honestly what sells it for me the most is the marketing potential.

      Thats potentially 800 unique business cards which have an emotional connection to the person. Its an organic real time Social Media growth at each event. It creates a talking point & hub of activity centred around your business. For a lot of guests & potential clients, it creates the second touch point with your brand & theoretically makes securing future business easier.

      Hiring it out to schools for their dances. Companies for their corporate events, christmas parties & general functions. So on & so forth.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Exactly. If you’ve ever attended a wedding that had a photobooth you’ll know how insanely popular they are. Imagine all that fun and attention swirling around you and your brand.

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  15. Tim Caisley

    Well when you break down a standard photobooth:

    DSLR & Lens: Say Canon 6D + 24 – 105 F4 (for sake of arguement): – $1,999.00
    Sturdy Tripod: You’re looking anywhere upto & beyond – $750.00
    Studio lighting: Elinchrom D4 kit – $950.00 + another head & stand: $450.00
    Backdrop: Lastolite hilite – $450.00

    Add in say a Projector or Printer, Pocketwizards etc etc etc & you’re stumping up the bones of $4500.00 for a basic booth. Not to mention it is a potential Health & Safety nightmare for STFs (slips, trips & falls), which in & of itself has the delightful potential to crucify business credibility. As Pye points out, the footprint of such a photobooth is crazy.

    $9300 all in, given what you’re getting, as well as the associated Marketing & PR you’ll get from this, really, it isn’t that heavy of an investment & $229.00 on their repayment system is rather reasonable. It certainly seems worth the investment.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      Did we read the same article? This photobooth is made specifically for the Canon Rebel t3i or SL1with 18-55lens .. neither over $700, the light is an Alienbees $225 light. The touch screen? It’s a surface Pro – $300

      The printer is the most expensive bit, at about $1,200

      So what you’re paying all this money for is … someone to pack it into a box.. and the app?

      I can’t believe SLRLounge even wrote an article about this garbage.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      Oops, sorry the $7000 version doesn’t even come with the printer. The total value is under $1,300.. hahahaha

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    • Pye

      Tim is correct, Stephen your numbers are way off, here are the included components. Not including any software, fabrication and stand components.

      DSLR + Adapter + Lens $700
      Alienbee + Umbrella + Cable $300
      Surface Pro 3 – $1000
      DNP DS40 – $1145
      2x Carrying Cases – $400 – $500
      Basic hard costs roughly $3500 (not including misc electronics, cables, design, fabrication, labor, etc)

      When we built our own booths, the bare minimum of just hardware was around $4000, and you can see with just the hardware they include that at least 50% of the package price is simply cost.

      For any company to profit and be able to support customers with ongoing service, it is recommended that landed costs are less than 30% of retail price. They are already over 50%, so in my mind they are already trying to provide the best solution at an affordable price.

      This isn’t a marketing piece, we actually use their booths in the studio. We wouldn’t if we felt like they weren’t worth the price.

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    • Barry Chapman

      Sorry Pye but “They also offer financing, so you can be making money as you’re paying it off!”; “It’s a photographer’s marketing dream come true!” and “Photo Booth Supply Co. is the best Photo Booth solution in terms of price, ease of use, marketing capabilities, and product offerings.” makes it sound like a marketing piece to me.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      I’m sorry Pye.. but you didn’t read the site either, which is sad since you wrote this article.

      Let’s do “Basic” … MSRP: $6,900

      What’s included:
      Canon SL1 with Kit Lens: $499
      Power Adapter (AC for camera) $24
      AlienBees B400 – $224
      Silver Umbrella: $29
      Surface Pro 3 64gb: $650
      Keyboard: $80 (if it’s the surfacepro cover, it doesn’t say)
      App: ???
      Stand: Judging by what’s listed above it wouldn’t cost much.
      Photobooth enclosure.. i see them on Amazon for $100 range. Backdrops not included.. you have to buy your own.
      Carrying case. One case. A big plastic tub.. if you buy the printer, it doesn’t get a case. But note, the printer isn’t even included here.
      All from here: http://www.photoboothsupplyco.com/shop/
      http://www.photoboothsupplyco.com/help-center/

      Total value: $1,600 not including the value of the case, app and pole.

      Lost a lot of respect for you with this article, especially after making up those BS numbers.

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    • Pye

      Stephen/Barry, take the advice, or don’t. I created the video and the content for that, my team helps me to write the articles. I pulled my numbers from Google product searches of each item included in the package (you are welcome to try the same and verify, i.e. “Surface Pro 3” lists at $999). I have done a lot of manufacturing in my time, I know how long it takes to create a professional product. How much time is spent in fabrication, investment, etc. If you are a DIYer, then by all means, spend your time making something that is cheaper and fits your needs. But, I am not a DIYer. I make my money shooting, not making stuff to shoot with. So, I look for ready-to-go pro solutions to invest in. This is one of them. Is it perfect? No, no product is. But, it is a great product and it fits our needs.

      Know that I wouldn’t recommend any product if I thought it was crap, regardless of if or how much money they paid. All of our sponsorships are created after we field test products, find that they fit our workflow and style, and then and only then do we go after sponsorships. My self respect is worth more than any amount of gear or money on the table. Either way, take the advice, or leave it. This is the solution that I currently use for our Photobooths, and I will use it until there is a better solution. Feel free to say that “you lost respect” for me. That’s fine, it’s no skin off my back. We will continue to create free education for you all either way.

      But one thing’s for sure, I am tired of people thinking I can be bought. I recommend what I like. Sometimes what I like changes, and sometimes I will make mistakes. But, I don’t review stuff that I don’t use or believe in.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Comparing a final product to what it costs in components is like going to a fine dining restaurant and complaining that a $50 dinner is only made up with $20 of ingredients and should cost as much.

      You’re paying for the ingredients to be put together professionally. Have you ever had a customer complain that your prints cost $500 when it only cost $200 in printing and framing? Same thing happening here.

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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      Hey Dustin, you beat me to it again, I was just thinking don’t this guys expect the company to make a profit?

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  16. Mark Romine

    $6,999.00-$9,000.00 is an affordable starting price for a both booth?! IMO that’s one of the more expensive options out there.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      The entire photobooth industry is a joke.

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    • Christopher

      Any business costs money to start up. If you’re a wedding photographer shooting 30 weddings a year, you only need to convert 1/3rd of your clients to break even. After that, it’s all profit. Think about the other wedding vendors and their costs. A DJ’s turntables + seratos + music + speakers is at or around that much. A whole photographer or videographer setup easily exceeds that amount. In the end, you need to pay a reasonable price for a good, professional, marketable product and this provides just that.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      To a photographer a photo booth seems like a joke. To customers it’s the most fun thing they have at their wedding. You’ll get lots of praise, and good word of mouth having one.

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    • Samuel Sandoval

      Agree. Too expensive to start with. If I want to order this, I need a loan lol

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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      I think Dustin hit the nail on the head, what seems professional to us might not be what makes the client happy. If we look at it purely as a business decision, will I make my money back and more? I think the answer is yes, so the next question is how to fund it rather than how expensive it is. Also, think about how many of those friends and family will think of booking you just because they liked the experience…

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