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Summer Photobooth Rentals

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Summer is here and photo booths are still the best form of entertainment for any type of social event. Our Chicago Photo Booth Rentals are the most popular photo booths out there. From Open Booth set-ups, Social Booths, and our New Inflatable LED Photo Booth we are still innovating the photo booth experience for all of our wonderful clients.

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Photo Brand Activation

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Photo Activation Marketing: Effective and Experiential

Photo activation marketing consists of the use of photos to connect brands with customers.  Brand activation, or brand engagement, also focuses on building a lasting connection with event attendees and a specific brand.  Brands of all sizes understand the importance of engagement and the opportunity that events offer.

Not only is it effective and fun, but it is now becoming more measurable thanks to improvement in technology and companies that provide post event analytics.  In addition, social media integrated photo activations are becoming more common and more successful in the event marketing industry.

 Measuring the Effectiveness of Photo Activation

When it comes to any type of marketing activation, data and measurable results are crucial to understanding the impact of the campaign.  Statistics such as number of photos taken, number shared to Facebook, Twitter, or other social media outlets, and number of impressions that the photos received can help marketing teams delve deeper into the effectiveness and return on investment.

Social Media Photo Booths Chicago

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

 

 

Social Media Photo Booths are a great way to enhance your photographic brand activation via social sites such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram and more!  A great way to reach and connect with your fans, clients, and branding your company via imagery.   Our booths are able to be branded, images printed out are branded, and your whole social media campaign can be branded through our special social media photo booth software.  We are Chicago’s leading Social Media Photo Booth company.  Please contact us about your social media photo booth needs for your corporate and social events.

 

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The “Do’s and the Don’ts” for reserving a photo booth.

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

What is really important when choosing a Chicago Photo Booth Company?

Reliability, Quality Service, and Real Photo Booths!

The market is becoming saturated with over night photo booth companies. A lot are competing strictly on price and “cut corners” on actually providing a quality experience.

Here is a list of what to look for in a real photo booth company.
1) Quality / Up to date equipment / Real photo booths
2) DSLR Cameras
3) Sub Dye Printers that “cut” strips in half
4) Amazing staff that is interested in your event. Helps out with guests and solves any problems quickly and efficiently.
5) Trained in photography (attends classes). Knows about lighting issues and can make the pictures look perfect.
6) Experienced in working with vendors / event coordination. (we do over 500 events per year with 2 companies that we have. We execute flawlessly.
7) Calls clients and stays in touch with them. We make sure our attendants confirm all the information with your reservation.
8) Amazing customer service. The best in the industry. We have over 200 reviews and we are the “best” to work with.

What you don’t want.
1) Home-made booths
2) Web Cameras (even in some high quality booths) Images don’t look good at all
3) Inkjet printers – Some companies use these and the quality isn’t good. They don’t cut in half and are using scissors
4) Uninterested staff from lack of payment. If a company is providing a booth for $300 then they aren’t making profit. Hence you sacrifice staff and equipment at the same time for a “low quality” experience.
5) Lack of communication with clients. Not knowing if they will show up.
6) Bad customer service. Doesn’t answer calls. Responds to emails a week or two later.

A Tavern’s Photobooth Prank Goes Viral

Friday, November 14th, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The pranksters at Denizen Co., a social media firm, joined up with Los Angeles’ Ham & Eggs Tavern to get a spooky jump on Halloween, and some media attention. They came up with a photobooth in which patrons are scared witless when any number of cosplay creatures suddenly appear in a drop panel behind the booth’s bench. A portable variation on the carnival’s haunted house, the Haunted Photobooth appears to be a hit with customers. The resulting video of shrieks and screams has gone viral. Who says coin-op can’t attract attention in street locations?

Tavern Photo Booth Prank Goes Viral

Bride-to-be’s stunned reaction captured after her boyfriend proposes in a PHOTO BOOTH

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Matt Taylor, 32, shocked his girlfriend of six years Becky Kidner, 28, by producing an engagement ring seconds before the old-fashioned photo booth bulb began to flash.

The perfectly-timed photos taken in the booth show bride-to-be Miss Kidner’s shock – then sheer joy as she accepts her boyfriend’s surprise proposal.

The snappy couple, from Shipley, in West Yorkshire, were enjoying a romantic weekend away in Manchester when Mr Taylor planned his unique proposal.

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Miss Kidner, 28, explained: “Matt said he was taking me away for the weekend to Manchester, which we nicknamed Romanchester, I did think for a moment ‘I wonder if he might propose?’ but then quickly thought no.

“I thought it was just for a nice weekend away.

“I knew one day we would get married, but that moment in particular was a complete surprise”.

Mr Taylor had chosen the location of his proposal after the couple, who work together at Leeds University, discovered a shared love of photo booths when holidaying together in Vienna, Austria.

Miss Kidner said: “There’s something about the black and white old photos which we both love, and being able to look back on these moments in time and reminisce.

“Since we realised we both share a love of them we have to have our pictures taken whenever we see a booth.

“We were both quite emotional for the rest of the day, calling our family and getting so many lovely responses from all our friends and family was overwhelming.

“Everyone is so happy for us, and we’re super happy”.

The West Yorkshire lovers have been together for a little under six years, after meeting through an online dating site and braving a first date in a pub in Leeds, on September 3, 2008.

Miss Kidner recalls their first meeting: “Our original plan was to go for a casual coffee, but having been at work all day and being nervous we decided to go for an alcoholic drink instead.

“I’m an artist so I showed him some of my drawings, and he let me listen to one of the tunes he’d made.

“We really hit it off and conversation flowed very well which was great”

Miss Kidner and Mr Taylor are now set to get married in September next year, and have already started to save for their big day.

Mr Taylor said: “The day of the proposal was a bit nerve-wracking, there was even a moment when I thought I was going to be rumbled.

“In the end I can’t believe how well it went, the photo strip came out so well that people think it looks staged but it really isn’t.

“I feel so incredibly lucky to have met Becky, I can’t imagine a life without her”.

 

Looking through the perfectly timed photo strip of their engagement – it’s clear that whoever is picked to be the couple’s official wedding photographer has a lot to live up to.

How to have fun with photography at your wedding

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Weddings are a special time. You’ll want to look back on the celebrations for years to come. With the advancement of technology and the trends for DIY-style and themed weddings, there’s so much more on offer to help you reminisce than the standard photograph album. From invites to favours, here are a few ideas to help get those creative juices flowing.

ACTIVITIES

1. Games

Everyone loves a board game. Impress your wedding party (especially those who don’t care to dance) with personalised table games. How about reinventing that old favourite Guess Who? by replacing the faces with passport-size images of your friends and family.

2. Hire a photo booth

Photo booths have become incredibly popular at weddings. With silly props on hand, they provide hours of fun, as well as a quirky means of documenting the evening when your official photogapher has probably left for the day. As an added bonus, your guests will be able to take their prints home.

Magic Moment Photo Booth come highly recommended. They can deliver a booth anywhere in the UK, and their booths are also equipped to record video messages. Choose between a Party Booth or a Retro Booth, or go the whole hog and hire a Open Booth for green screen or red carpet.

MEMORY GATHERING

1. Mobile phone apps

Chasing down photos of your wedding can be time-consuming. Consider using a photo-sharing site instead to create your own private wedding album. Guests download an app to their mobile phones and upload photographs to your personal account. Since most mobile-phone cameras take decent quality photographs these days you’ll get much better results than handing out disposable cameras, for instance. Most importantly it’s instant and it’s free.

For those who prefer to use digital cameras, they can also upload directly to your album via email or the internet, and it’s worth asking your wedding photographer to share their photos to your album as well. A couple of suggested apps, both with easy instructions are Wedpics and Wedding Party.

 

2. Social media

You could also consider Instagram and Twitter to document your day. Set up a hashtag such as #smithwedding14 (just type it into Google to make sure it hasn’t been used before). Then encourage your guests to use it. Perhaps include it on your invites or display it somewhere visible on the day. If possible, ensure that WiFi is available on-site. If you trust your guests you could also view the photos live using a projector. For this we suggest sites such as ii.do or eventstagram. After the big day you can then share all the photos in an online wedding album or print them out into a photo book.

 

3. Guest books

Encourage guests to add their photo-booth pictures to your guest book as they leave you a message. Alternatively, pop a Polaroid camera by your guest book so that people can take a quick snap while they write. The Fujifilm Instax camera is a great option and comes in lots of pretty colours. It will also come in useful for other instant snaps throughout the day.

 

 

Photo-booth time machine as couple take pics each year, from dating to children

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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This is what selfies looked like before the mobile phone – taken in a public photo booth chicago.

This couple posed for their first photo-booth snap in 2000 and, despite having a growing family on their hands, has squeezed into one of the boxes each year since.

Giles Paley-Phillips, 36, and wife Michelle, 32, use the passport-sized photos to chronicle their relationship, from dating to marriage.

Mr Paley-Phillips said: ‘We feel like different people yet the same somehow.

‘My feelings for Michelle are stronger than ever.’

The couple, from Seaford, East Sussex, now include sons Elijah, seven, and Sonny, five, in their snaps.

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Over 100 Reviews on Wedding Wire! Number 1 Photo Booth Company!

Monday, August 4th, 2014

We are proud to be one of the most innovative and best photo booth services out there.  It all comes down to how we service our clients and with out them we would be nothing.  We believe in offering the best product, pictures, staff, customer service, and all around experience and we do it for YOU! We would like to thank everyone for letting us be a part of your events.  Each and everyone! Thank You!

 

5 Tips for Photobooth Posing!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

We all know the potential fun to be had in a photobooth, whether traditional or the new, open-air style. A group of people get together, in front of a camera, with some random props…how could you NOT have fun? But do a quick search on photobooth pictures over the years and what you start to realize is that a large majority of them look the same. And that’s understandable because, for the most part, when you get in a photobooth, everyone expects to make a few faces, wear a few random articles of clothing, and pose!

Now we’re not doubting that people have plenty of fun doing that, or that the resulting pictures are fun to look at. But what if you could have an experience that was not only fun and produced decent pictures, but were unique and creative?! So that even people who don’t personally recognize the people in the picture respond with, “wow, that’s such a great idea!” or “wow, the timing there is perfect!”?

The following are a list of 5 simple tips that we’ve compiled after many, many events of running a photobooth, aiming each time to come out with images that would go beyond the traditional photobooth pictures and have the extra “wow” factor. If you’re going to be running a DIY photobooth, hopefully this helps you get the most out of your guests as you man the booth. If you’re just reading this in case you happen to pop into a photobooth yourself sometime soon, hopefully this gets your creative juices going too! Here goes:

1. Pay attention to DETAILS

When running a photobooth for an event, say a wedding, with several hundred guests and a limited number of props, its only a matter of time before guests run out of things to do with the props available. You’ll get your fair share of fun pictures with those and the typical poses (and that’s fine!) but to take it to another level, keep your eyes peeled for details in your surroundings. This includes on people (clothing, accessories, etc) as well as at your venue/location (centerpieces, table settings, utensils, etc)

For example, in a group of people, do they have something in common? Maybe a color scheme? a similar or consistent article of clothing? all guys, wearing ties? all ladies, with fancy shoes? does everyone have their cellphone on them? or even something as simple as a wallet? take advantage of that! Try to use them in non-standard ways for great pictures. Use them to tell a story! (more on that in #4)

the tie mafia!

If you’re at a wedding or birthday party, are there items that the host has placed in the decorations that can be used as props in interesting ways? This is often a great way to, not only use these “props” creatively, but also to add personalized details to the pictures that will remind the hosts of details–such as decorations & party favors–that they spent so many hours preparing for.

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When you keep your eyes peeled for details like this, everything and everyone becomes a potential prop and idea for a great capture!

2. Run with their PERSONALITY

When you direct people in a photobooth, its important to take into consideration the personality of the people you’re working with. Are you younger or older? outgoing or a little more shy? are they athletic (enough, say, to jump or even throw people)?

Some people are just bundles of creative energy and you’re able to just kind of sit back and watch the great ideas flow! Others need a little bit more input (or even prodding) to open up with some crazier ideas. Start by letting them try and idea/pose or two on their own and get a feel for what kinds of things they produce.

boys with attitude!

Try offering little suggestions to what they’ve got (more intense facial expressions, more believable actions, more interaction, less pose-y, etc). If they seem open to direction, break out some of your crazier ideas! For this purpose, we’re constantly brainstorming ideas for new poses, stories, and ideas, so that when we come across the right kind of group in a photobooth, we’re ready to go!

hey, check me out!

Remember that great, crazy picture ideas are somewhat relative. If you can get normally reserved grandparents to open up and get just a little goofy, success! By taking the personalities that come and helping them to kick it up a notch (even if it is literally only one, little notch!), chances are you’ve got yourself a shot that will be remembered! Who knows, they may even come back for more!

3. Take advantage of NUMBERS

With the new photo booth designs these days (especially with open-air photobooths), its not uncommon to be able to squeeze in anywhere from 1 to even 15 people in a single photobooth shot! The question now is how to most effectively use those numbers for great shots! A few suggestions:

Smaller groups and couples (2-5 people) offer a lot of potential for simple, clear, fun interaction between people. Its easy to direct them saying, “I want you to do this to her!” or “Everyone jump on the count of 3!”

Medium sized groups (6-10 people) starts to get a little trickier. Action shots, such as everyone jumping, are more out of the question due to the potential of injury or an unwanted kick to the leg! Rather, shots that direct your attention to a specific person, such as “Everyone cheer for the bride and groom while they kiss!” or “Carry this person and act like he’s incredibly heavy!” are what makes the picture “WOW” worthy.

oh, my heroines!

Large sized groups (11-15 people) are definitely a challenge, but well worth it when everyone in the group is willing to get a little crazy and all participate in on the fun. This is where expressive faces and everyone doing the same thing come in handy. “Everyone stick out your hands and say ‘ROAR!’” or “Stick out your tongue and try to touch your noses,” all make for hilarious shots that make the group want to do more!

we are teens, hear us roar!

4. Don’t pose, DIRECT

Another way to put it is, “don’t just take a picture, tell a story!” While random action can be lots of fun, often the best photo booth pictures are the ones where your eye is drawn into some action or flow of thought and leads you through the picture as you follow the “storyline”.

Imagine yourself the director of a very simple movie. Rather then tell each person exactly what gesture to make, what facial expression to have, with the exact timing, try giving them a “story” or “concept” that they can take and run with. Then, all you need to do is capture at the right time! (here’s where digital technology helps!)

A couple simple examples, “You three kids are really mad at your parents, so mad in fact that things are about to get out of hand. And you parents are helpless, scared, cowering! Ready? Go!”

You three kids are really mad at your parents, so mad in fact that things are about to get out of hand. And you parents are helpless, scared, cowering! Ready? Go!

“Ok guys, I want you to pretend like you’re on a rollercoaster, about to go down a steep drop! Ready, go!”

Ok guys, I want you to pretend like you’re on a rollercoaster, about to go down a steep drop! Ready, go!

“Alright, I want you to let out your years of frustration by slapping her, while you are just shocked that this is happening before your eyes!”

5. Show me the ACTION!

Just because a picture captures a single moment in time doesn’t mean that picture itself needs to be of a static pose! You can never go wrong with injecting a bit of action into a shot! Whether its faking a move out of a video game,

faking a move out of a video game

tossing a poor guy high up in the air,

tossing a poor guy high up in the air

or even the tried-and-true, coordinated jump,

the tried-and-true, coordinated jump

getting people moving around with some fun action always brings up the energy and fun, and leaves you with some great captures!

So there you have it, 5 simple tips for posing people in a photobooth. This list definitely isn’t comprehensive, but hopefully it gets you started with some different ideas! If you’ve got some ideas that we didn’t mention, or would just like to share some of your crazy photobooth pictures, we’d love to hear them! Send them to info@magicmomentphotobooth.com!

And of course, if after looking through these suggestions, you’d like to leave the posing for YOUR event up to the pros, we’d love to hear from you about being a part of your special day!

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