Photo Booths: A Fad Or Here To Stay As A Wedding Standard?

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djthawk

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I was thinking of adding a Photo Booth to my DJ Bussiness but as trends change in the wedding industry do you think photo booths are here to stay? I think after guests been to so many weddings having a Photo booth the market will become stale.
 

DJ Dave

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I don't know Tom. They have been around for many years. As with anything It will peak and either it will stay "hip" or slowly taper off once value is depleted by "low ballers"or they totally flood the market. I am adding photo booth rentals to my services very soon. I started this idea well over a year ago with a solid business plan.
If it don't work out, oh well my wife can use it for her photography hobby.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Tom, excellent topic. I'm planning on ordering one, from Steve Lynch, just as soon as my new website is up. I've got several inquiry's on it right now. My motto is sell it before you get it.

I don't think this will be a fad, but as Dave has pointed out there will be a peak then a the unavoidable dip. Most bottom- feeders I know won't shell out for a decent website, or a smartphone as their cell, or basically anything for which they can't get them an immediate quadruple ROI. I don't see many of them ponying up $4K to buy one of these. I live and do business in Westchester & Fairfield counties...2 of the wealthiest counties in the nation. At the super-gigundo Tri-state Bar & Bat Mitzvah showcase I did in December there were circa 35 DJ's showing and only 5 had photo-booths. That's encouraging for me.
 
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waasta

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Most bottom feeders I know won't shell out for ... basically anything that they can't get a quadruple immediate ROI for.
Actually, as a bottom feeder myself a photobooth WILL get you pretty close on that ROI, no problem. That might explain why I'm in the market for one right now. ;)

The going rate here is +/- $700 for 4 hours. I figure I'll shoot for $650 for 5 and offer it as a combo pack. So, if I can get the booth for 5 grand it's not unreasonable to assume I'll book it 40 times a year, especially since I've already found a photographer that wants in. Figure I profit roughly $500x40=$20,000-$5000 for the booth equals triple ROI, close enough for this bottom feeder!! ;)


Fad or not I'm starting to lose gigs because I don't have one. Even if the inevitable dip comes and it never rebounds I'll already have the bad boy paid off and I'll move on to the next big thing!
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Actually, as a bottom feeder myself...
Byron, at least in my understanding of the term, a bottom-feeder is only partially defined by a low price. Unless you partake in scum-bag business practices, take pride in low quality service, and would screw your (insert any close relative here) to land a gig, you ain't no bottom-feeder...never thought of you as one. Actually I just always thought of you as a quality dude who has no problem undercharging. For real.

I have a friend of mine who's a bottom feeder. I can't even begin to tell you the intense arguments, explanations and finally shaming, it took to get him to get a cell phone...and this is when me and all my friends were on our 3rd or fourth cell. he couldn't understand why a beeper wasn't adequate. that's just an example, but it represents the thought process and perspective pretty well. -Z-
 
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waasta

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Byron, at least in my understanding of the term, a bottom-feeder is only partially defined by a low price. Unless you partake in scum-bag business practices, take pride in low quality service, and would screw your (insert any close relative here) to land a gig, you ain't no bottom-feeder...never thought of you as one. Actually I just always thought of you as a quality dude who has no problem undercharging. For real.

I have a friend of mine who's a bottom feeder. I can't even begin to tell you the intense arguments, explanations and finally shaming, it took to get him to get a cell phone...and this is when me and all my friends were on our 3rd or fourth cell. he couldn't understand why a beeper wasn't adequate. that's just an example, but it represents the thought process and perspective pretty well. -Z-
Well, since I can't live without my Droid, offer exemplary customer service and rather stab myself in the eye than screw someone I must not be a bottom feeder. Hooray!! :D
 

bjojade

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Photo booths can still generate a pretty fast ROI, especially when used as an add-on to your DJ service. You can easily get your money back within the first year if you sell it.

However, the gravy train isn't going to be around forever. A few years ago, only a few people had them, and they could get $1500 a night, easily. The demand has gone up, which is great, but the supply has also gone up, faster than the demand has. In the next year or 2, everybody and their brother will have a photobooth, and prices will start to decline. We're seeing that already. I've already seen photo booths offered for $495. That was unheard of a couple years ago, and shows the trend as we reach saturation in the market.
 

Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
In the 10+ years I have been in business, I saw my first one this year. It seemed to be a success but it is not something I would want to get into. Maybe it is geography but they just are not that popular here.
 

maestro

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They are popular here with more people getting into the biz everyday. They seem to have figured out that unlike being a DJ, operating a photo-booth takes no skill at all. I think there will be more and more of them around, driving the price down. Remember, it's all about supply & demand.
 

waasta

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The definite advantage that we have is that we can be a one stop shop. Like I said I've fielded tons of requests about a combo package. I just lost one Sunday because she found another guy that offered a combo. I didn't even know she was looking for one when I talked to her on the phone initially, which really got to me when the reason was tucked into the "thanks but sorry" email.

The only people that would have an advantage over us would be the photographers that offer a booth.
 
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waasta

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They seem to have figured out that unlike being a DJ, operating a photo-booth takes no skill at all.
That's actually a plus in a way. I can find tons of college kids willing to work for $100 for 6 hours on a Saturday night. Not a ton of training needed. You quit? No problem. I have 4 others lined up.
 

-bp-

For Position Only
Because Lighting and Photobooths became popular about the same time, I decided to go the lighting route. Mostly because I'm very familiar with lighting, but suck at all things photo-related (including being photogenic :).

I think lighting will always be around in one form or another. And much of lighting is still an art, so it's easier to sell the skill as opposed to a commodity. Also, I can get double use out of virtually every lighting instrument I own. A par can may be used as an uplight today and in a truss tomorrow.

That being said, Photobooths almost sell themselves right now. If you're looking for an absolutely easy, no-brainer way to add to your bottom line, get one. It's the new chocolate fountain/game show mania. Just remember to sell it before the bottom completely drops out. I haven't done a wedding reception with a chocolate fountain in two years.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
I've already seen photo booths offered for $495. That was unheard of a couple years ago, and shows the trend as we reach saturation in the market.
Maybe...Maybe not. You're theory is sound, no question. I'm just wondering if what you're seeing is a company using the photo-booth as a loss leader to land an otherwise monster sale. I get what you're saying though.
 

Bob Dietrich

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I believe it's far more popular in some areas compared with conservative areas...I've wrestled with this quite awhile and while uplighting is extremely popular and becoming more so each month here, I've yet to have anyone interested in the photobooth...perhaps I'm just not approaching it correctly, but I've had literally zero interest.

Edited to add: This related to wedding receptions as I rarely do school dances anymore.
 

Jason Cathcart

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That's actually a plus in a way. I can find tons of college kids willing to work for $100 for 6 hours on a Saturday night. Not a ton of training needed. You quit? No problem. I have 4 others lined up.
That's been my thinking on it.

I plan on ordering one VERY soon. I've got a couple bookings lined up for it already, and at the price point I'm booking at it will be paid for on its 6th trip out the door.
 

djthawk

New Member
Everyone had some great input on this Topic... What system should I look at that will be easy to set up and user friendly? Cost?
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
There are basically 3 from which to choose.
1 is an actual metal booth and a monster to move and transport. It's expensive too.
1 is open air and lacks the charm of the old arcade style booths. I'm not a fan.

The 3rd is Steve Lynch's booth. I saw all 3 side-by-side in AC this past August. Steve's is superior by a longshot. His software is proprietary, the mobility of the booth is super easy, and the assembled booth harkens back to the old arcade style booths we all love. Finally, his price is by far the best. Lastly, if you know Steve from here, then you are already aware that his integrity and reputation are beyond reproach. Check them out: http://www.atlantamobiledjs.com/services/photo-booths/
 

Jason Cathcart

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Basically we need to keep Steve's Booths a well kept secret. At least until after I order mine. ;) Other booths on the market don't compare. His low weight design and low cost can't be beat.
 

ninodj

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Booths are popular here....I believe they will stay in demand for many years to come.
I often work with another DJ company in my area that has 2 of them.
 
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