Photo booth rentals are popular for birthdays, festivals, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, prom night, school events and other special occasions. Three main kinds of photo booths are available: an enclosed photo booth, a camera with a backdrop or a camera with no backdrop. Rental costs can vary greatly, depending on the type of booth as well as a variety of add-ons.
Enclosed booths generally have higher rates while open-air booths are the most economical. Open-air booths can be as simple as a camera on a tripod in front of a white backdrop or may be more elaborate with curtains or a green screen as a backdrop.
Most companies do not rent by the single hour. They offer base packages starting at two or three hours, with costs increasing with more hours and special features added on. Some companies do provide an all-inclusive package. For example, Best Booth Plus offers a three-hour package for $500 on a weekday, which includes everything from a guest book to personalized photo strips and a DVD of all the photos from the event.
Most companies include unlimited photo strips for the duration of the event as well as props for the photo booth. Aside from those basics, many companies charge for extra services and supplies. Popular add-ons include:
Photo guest album services: $75
Personalized photo strips: $30–$50
Custom photo backdrops or vinyl skin branding of the booth: $150–$300
- Social media connectivity (live ability to share photos to social media accounts): $100– $250
Day of week
Saturdays are prime time for photo booths. Many companies ask a premium price for weekend events and offer a reduced rate on weekdays. For example, Best Booth Plus charges $50 more for weekends.
Most photo booth companies offer packages or negotiate prices for a set number of hours. Additional hours (either added beforehand to the package or requested during the event) generally range between $100–$150 per hour.
A party with fewer than 100 guests will usually be satisfied with two or three hours of photo booth time. Ask to extend hours during the event if needed rather than overbooking ahead of time.
- Schools, nonprofits, military organizations and other groups are often eligible for discounts.