The Best Photo Booth For Small Spaces: Portable Photo Booth Guide

May 22, 2024
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Photo Booths go with parties just as great as peanut butter has always gone with chocolate. But with small spaces comes the need for small photo booths that still give the custom photo booth experience. So whether you are planning an intimate brand activation in New York City or your whimsical dream wedding in the heart of Texas – we’ve got you covered. I’m Hayley and today I’m going to walk you through the 10 steps to finding the best portable photo booth experience. Buckle up, because I’m sharing all the secrets of what to look for.  

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1. Let’s Talk Itty-Bitty: Measure Your Space

Before you even start looking at photo booth options, measure the exact space you have for a photo booth. This narrows down your options and eliminates that stress later of “Will it fit???” For example, The Hipstr Halo package only takes up an 8’ x 8’ space, while other mini photo booth packages aren’t so ‘mini’. The Halo booth takes such great-quality photos and is so portable!

2. Make Your Selection: Traditional Or Open-Air

Even though your portable photo booth experience will be on a smaller scale, it doesn’t mean the fun has to be shrunk down. You’ll find two options available, A) the traditional enclosed photo booth which brings the nostalgia front and center. And B) an Open-Air photo booth which is very versatile and perfect for smaller venues. These are unique, fun, high-quality, and totally customizable.

3. Decide What’s Important To You: Mini Photo Booth Features

Just like with any photo booth rental, make sure you create a list of 2-3 ‘must have’ features that are important to you. These could be backdrops, DSLR Cameras, a Green Screen, LED Lights, or an ultra-flattering ring light. Or perhaps you want something more custom. Look to see if they offer custom photo strips or branded backdrops. Decide what your non-negotiables are.

4. Check For Portability And Delivery

I know it sounds crazy, but yes, check to see if the mini photo booth rental is portable. Some setups come with a lot, so ensure you can get yours to the location you need it at. Are you in the heart of a big city with lots of stairs to climb for the party? Look for free delivery in New York or whichever city you are at. You don’t want to be hauling the photo booth yourself in 5-inch heels. Not fun.  

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5. Don’t Forget About The Prints: Smile!

With most photo booth rentals, photos can be uploaded wirelessly - so no more waiting to post to social media! But don’t forget about the prints. Prints are instant keepsakes for your guests, so make sure the prints are fast and are done on a super high-resolution printer.

6. Stick To Your Budget: Read The Fine Print

As you’ll soon discover, there are many, many options when looking for portable photo booth rentals. So create your budget and stick to it. At Hipstr we have photo booth packages for rentals in small spaces at various price points. So compare pricing and packages to find the best fit for your event's budget.

7. Customer Service And Reviews

As you start to hone in on your top two or three choices make sure you check the company's reputation. Whether you are having photo booths & selfie stations for an event, at a venue, or for a business – make sure it’s legit. Always read the reviews and check on their customer service. At Hipstr we have been providing the best photo booth rentals in New York, down to Flordia, all the way over to California, and states in-between for years. We have over 1,000 5-star reviews, and we’re pretty proud of it.

8. Seize The Moment

The perfect addition to pair with any Photo Booth activation is to make it branded. Now I’m not just talking about logos, it could be your wedding colors or your business mascot. Seize this opportunity and create a branded photo booth experience for your customers by asking the rental company what custom offerings they have.

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9. Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute

Once you do find a photo booth rental company and package you like – jump on it! Seriously, book as far in advance as you can. Photo booths are becoming so popular that most rentals book up quickly, so act fast.

10. Pat Yourself On The Back: You Did It!

Step 10 in your picture-perfect process of finding a mini photo booth process is to just relax. You did it! So enjoy your event, pose in the booth like you did in your first Facebook photo, and post pictures on social media like no one is watching!

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