Over the last couple of years, photo booths have shown a lot of resilience. Once considered a relic in the world of photography, these automatic selfie-takers have made a strong comeback to become the center piece of event circuits across the board.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a wedding, a bar mitzvah, or a corporate Christmas party. You can’t miss a photo booth. What’s really surprising is the resurgence of photo booth popularity comes at a time when almost everyone owns a phone with a camera, and people can take pictures and post them instantly online through various social media platforms. The return of the photo booth is a complete conundrum.
After all, we are talking about machines that take pictures and print them on paper. It’s a safe bet to assume you cannot remember the last time you had your picture printed on paper, right? But when you come across a photo booth, you ditch your smartphone and take selfies in the booth. Why is that? What’s the appeal behind photo booths?
For those of us who grew up with photo booths, the reason is as simple as nostalgia. Remember when you’d go to out on a date to an amusement park? You simply had to take pictures with your date in the booth. And you took tons of pictures, some of which are still in the scrap book.
Those who didn’t grow up with photo booths are drawn to it like moths to a light bulb because it presents a new experience. Digital photography may have taken over the world, but to someone whose never experienced having their photo instantly printed on a paper strip, no matter how grainy the picture appears, the photo booth is like a magnet.
What that tells you is, on your next event make sure you have a photo booth strategically positioned. It will draw a larger crowd that your wedding DJ can, and it is only a fraction of the price.
Since photo booths today come with additional capabilities such as storing digital files of each picture they take, you are sure you’ll have enough pictures to fill your scrap book. This is also an advantage in corporate events. Instead of showing the world those formal pictures, you can show how sociable your company is by posting some of the funny and cute pictures taken inside the photo booth on your website and social media accounts. People like to see the fun side of life, and by showing them you are fun, you’ll surely win a few hearts over.