There are so many highlights for 2014, we survived another busy year! With the safe arrival of our beautiful little girl, and the challenges of running and keeping on top of the business with the new family dynamics, it definitely has been challenging especially during the December peak season. Beating our December record bookings from 2013 to successfully completing 43 events, it has been a crazy month of Christmas parties. We wouldn’t have been able to survive this peak season without our team, big big thanks to The Booth Box team – Ryan, Marie, Kier, Patrick, JR, Jamaica, Leila, Sonny. A very special thanks to our parents, without their help I’m not sure we’d be standing!
A rewarding feeling is also knowing we’ve helped people across Australia establish their photo booth business, and hearing their accomplishments with being ‘flat out’ with bookings, and compliments that it has been their best decision to start a business, it does make us feel proud. Reflecting back on the year and looking on to 2015, we have a lot to be grateful for and a lot to look forward to. New ideas, and new concepts we will be putting more challenges in place for 2015, it’s going to be an exciting year.
When we first entered the photo booth industry we purchased a photo booth that weighed over 100kg, although we were told it was quite portable, it didn’t quite meet our expectation for portability. We soon realised that we needed a trailer, and needed a special lift trolley, and we needed at least 2 people to transport and handle the booth for each event. Simply, more people to handle the booth equals less profits. Thus began our quest… To design a totally portable photo booth, so portable and compact it can fit into a standard car eliminating the need to purchase an expensive van or trailer. So portable it can easily be handled, transported and setup by one person in a short amount of time. Most importantly, it must have the latest technology, produce quality photos and prints, and it must look good. We succeeded in our mission, and designed a booth that met all our expectations.
If you’re currently in the research phase and considering purchasing a photobooth, either as a new business venture or to grow your existing business, you should consider the following:
1. How portable is the booth?
2. Does it require a trailer for transportation?
3. Is it an open style booth or enclosed, or does it have the flexibility to offer both?
4. Can it be transported in a car or does it require a van/truck?
5. If your business grows, how much space will it take in your storage area?
The above are just a few considerations to keep in mind when researching the right photobooth for your business. There are plenty more considerations, and we’d be happy to chat about them to help you through your research phase. Give us a call or drop us a line!
We’re proud to announce that The Booth Box is a finalist for an Award for Excellence at the upcoming Wedding Events of Australia Awards night. To be recognised and up against some leading names in the industry is an amazing achievement in itself.
We recently visited ‘Witchmount Estate’ a beautiful picturesque winery with award winning wines. Definitely an ideal place to consider for your wedding, great place to take photos. We loved the scenery so much that we took our photobooth there and took some amazing photos for our revamped website.
Check out their site: http://www.witchmount.com.au
So, I admit it… I have a little (HUGE) obsession with photobooths. I love digging up old photo strips from highschool, reading articles about photobooths, reading the history about photobooths, designing photobooths, and most of all I love seeing old vintage photos taken from inside the photobooth. I came across a pretty awesome site that is all about the ‘photo booth’ – if you love the booth, check out the site: http://www.photobooth.net/
The first automated photo machines appeared at the World Fair in Paris in 1889 but they were not stand alone booths. The first modern machine, the way we think of them now, appeared on Broadway in New York City in 1925. The invention of Anatol Josepho, a Russian immigrant. Anatol called the machines ’Photomaton’ and charged 25 cents for 8 photographs. In the first six months after the booth was erected, it was used 280,000 times. Just 2 years later Anatol sold the rights to his Photomaton machines and they began to appear all over the world.
The 20th century saw the emergence of the traditional photo booth that most people are familiar with. Most of these booths contained a simple seat just big enough for one or two for posing, a curtain for privacy and a film camera that took a series of 3 to 8 photos, each preceded by a loud buzzing noise.
Film was typically developed in a few minutes after the shoot and was a process involving wet chemistry that took several minutes to complete. Classic style photos came in a row or strip of approximately 40 mm wide by 205 mm long and contained 4 poses.
Photo booths have come quite a ways from the early machines of the 20th century. We’ve watched our prints become digitalized and seen develop times decrease to under 15 seconds. In fact, every aspect of the photo booth is now under computer control. Most offer users the choice of not only black and white or color, but also, postcards, stickers and other trendy items with decorative borders around the photo. As with most other important changes in our world, technology has spurred bigger, better and often easier products. As we look to the future, we can only imagine what the innovators of the next decade will have in store for our photo-crazed society. While we may not know what stands on the horizon for the photo booth, we will certainly be standing in line to try it out.
Check out their site: http://www.witchmount.com.au
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