Bridal Bazaar April 27, 2014

It's time for another Bridal Bazaar. This time the massive wedding show will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. My best advice is that you don't need to see everything. It's better to spend some quality time with a few vendors. I see too many people ware themselves out trying to see everything. Yet by the end of the day, they're no closer picking their vendors than when they walked in. Don't let that be you! We'll be in booth 23. Make Starlight Photo Booth one of your stops and spend some quality time with us. 

Using No Backdrop With Your Photo Booth Rental

Sometimes, the setting of an event is so beautiful, or interesting, you may not even want to use a backdrop with your photo booth rental. The open air photo booth is as flexible as it gets. Each photo booth is equipped with a high quality, digital SLR professional camera. Our photo booth attendants are trained to use the equipment to capture the best photos possible. Even outdoors with changing lighting conditions, we can keep the pictures looking great. Since you get all of the digital photos after the event, we know you will cherish the pictures forever. The top picture was took advantage of the country setting. The bottom picture was on a yacht. The bride wanted to include the San Diego Bay in her photos. 


Photo Booth Sign

Our client brought her own dry-erase signs for her photo booth rental last night. They sell the material at Office Depot. She just cut it in the shape of speech bubbles and attached handles with tape. As for the teeth of the lady on the left, we did not provide those. I saw her pull them out of her purse before posing for this photo strip. Now that's a true photo booth fan, she carries her own favorite prop! 

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New Photo Booth Props

Every November, we stock up on photo booth props from the temporary costume stores that pop up just for Halloween. Props keep the photo booth experience fun and interesting. My favorite prop this year is the rubber cobra in the picture below. It looks a little scary, but people seem to love it. I'm seeing it show up in tons of our photos. We have more props than we can possibly send on every job. If there's a specific theme or prop you're looing for, let us know when you rent your photo booth from us. We may have something to fit your needs. You are also welcome to provide special props of your own. Having a great variety of props makes for excellent photos, and it also encourages more use of the photo booth. People will come back over and over to use different props in different ways. Props definitely help you get the most out of your photo booth rental. 


The Photo Booth Experience vs. A Photographer

A true photo booth experience beats a guy with a camera every time. But what is it that makes it a true photo booth experience? There are a few features you must have in order for it to be the real deal. First, instant printing is a must. The immediate gratification of being able to walk away with your photo strips is an essential part of the photo booth experience. Secondly, the on screen preview is the part of the photo taking process that gets the most laughs. After a picture is snapped, a proper photo booth will display the picture, usually to a great response. Lastly, automation. There is a huge difference between the automated experience of a photo booth vs. a photographer holding a camera and telling everyone to "say cheese!" Just like great art is sometimes born from the limitations of a medium, the tic toc of the photo booth's timer drives people's creativity. If you're shopping around to rent a photo booth for a party, wedding, corporate event or special occasion, make sure the photo booth experience you're getting is the real deal. 

You Can Make Your Own Photo Booth Backdrop When You Rent Our Photo Booth

It's a question we get all the time. People want to know if they can design their own backdrop when they rent a photo booth from Starlight Photo Booth. Yes! Even though we provide a free backdrop with all photo booth rentals, some of our clients chose to provide their own. Because our photo booths are open air, we can use any backdrop you can dream up. Many birthday parties, weddings and other events have a theme. The photo booth backdrop is the perfect opportunity to create something unique to compliment your theme. Think about incorporating the colors of your event, or highlight the season or even the venue. Here are a few tips if you're making your own backdrop for a photo booth rental. It should be about 8 feet wide and 7 feet tall to fill up the entire shot. Make sure you use dull materials. Shiny or reflective materials may bounce the light from the camera's flash back and ruin the photos. If you have any signage, you should remember people will be posing in front of it. Try putting it up high, and preferably off to one side, like this picture...

The client below used some shutters and doors for their photo booth backdrop. The colors matched the theme of the event too. A really nice touch!

The decor of the wedding below had a rustic feel to it. Shooting against a barn wall was the perfect way to incorporate the rustic feel into all their photo booth pictures. 

Starlight Photo Booth Is Back From the Wedding MBA!

Starlight Photo Booth spent all this week in Las Vegas learning the latest trends in the wedding industry at the Wedding MBA. We picked up some valuable tools that will help us provide even better service to all of our clients. Managing a company with multiple photo booths and a staff of photo booth operators takes some special tools and software. We're switching to a better event management system thanks to information we got from talking to some of the hundreds of fellow wedding vendors at the show. 

We also got an idea for a new product to accompany our photo booth rentals. I can't talk too much about it until it's finished, but I can tell you it solves the problem of picking creative poses during photo sessions! Be prepared to have your mind blown, POW!

The best part of the show was connecting with so many like-minded wedding vendors who provide top notch service to their clients. We freely exchanged ideas on how to make our product more creative, and our business run smoothly. These improvements will be rolling out soon just for you!


Had Fun Making This Memory Book For Our Photo Booth Client

I had the opportunity to be the photo booth attendant at Jamie and Brian's wedding in Coronado recently. Whenever I'm operating one of our photo booths, I love to look for new and fun ways to improve what we do. I decided I would do something a little different for their memory book. There's a spot on the cover of the photo album to insert a photo. Instead of cutting a photo strip to fit in the slot provided, I printed a 4x6 copy of my favorite photo of them and used it for the cover. Then I printed a few of my other favorite photos in 4x6 and made a page for them, along with a page of photo strips that include the bride and groom. It was definitely a nice touch, and the larger prints take advantage of our high quality images. 

















 Of course the rest of the photo album was filled with pictures and glad tidings from their guests. I think it's safe to say everyone had a great time as usual. Another happy client for Starlight Photo Booth!

Our Photo Booths at the San Diego Bridal Bazaar

Starlight Photo Booth will be showing off our rental photo booths at the San Diego Bridal Bazaar on Sunday, July 28, 2013. We will have a photo booth set up and ready to try out. Come see why it's better to keep your photo booth out in the open, rather than keep the fun hidden in a box. The show is at the San Diego Convention Center, Hall C. We will be there from 10:00am to 4:00pm ready to demo our booth and answer questions. Come see us!

Pat's 60th Birthday Party

Out photo booth makes it out to a lot of weddings in San Diego. But we bring it to other festive occasions too. We thought it would be cool to post some of our favorite photo booth shots from Pat's 60th Birthday party on November 24, 2012. We set up Pat's photo strips with custom text like this...

Pat's guests partied at theSouth Mesa Hall at Camp Pendleton. Family and friends posed for silly pictures and everyone walked away with a copy. Of course Pat gets to keep the originals on a thumb drive! We want to thank Susan who organized Pat's awesome celebration and included us in the fun. Here are a few pictures from the party.

In addition to weddings, we also rent photo booths for birthday parties like Pat's, anniversary parties, corporate functions, holiday parties, promotional events and more. For more information about renting a photo booth in San Diego, please visit our main page at

Eran & Jason's Photo Booth Rental at The Inn At The Park, San Diego

Eran & Jason's wedding was at the very unique Inn At The Park in San Diego. The roof top location (formerly known as The Park Manor) overlooks downtown San Diego, and their ceremony overlooked iconic Balboa Park. We set up the photo booth on the side of the roof top that overlooks the San Diego Bay. Eran and Jason used one of our custom backdrops called "Soho." Check out the picture at the bottom, one guest was dressed in "camouflage."


Tanika & Matt's Photo Booth Rental at The Temecula Creek Inn

Another fun night of picture taking at Tanika & Matt's wedding. Their guests took dozens of photo sessions with silly props and fun poses. Everyone got to keep their photo strips, and extra copies were printed for the memory book. I'm sure Tanika & Matt are glad the memories are preserved for them to enjoy forever. Here are some of the photos taken in the Starlight Photo Booth.

Buh Bye... Big Guy

We have to admit it, booth envy made us purchase an obsolete product. When we added a traditional, enclosed photo booth to our fleet, it was for the clients who asked us "where's the booth?" We called it The Galaxy, and it served us well for a few months. But then something interesting happened. We signed the lease on an office in Mission Valley where people could come in and try our booths before booking. Once our clients could compare our open and enclosed booths in action side by side, people stopped booking the enclosed booth! They loved the group shots that are possible with the open layout so much, the idea of containing the fun in a little box didn't seem so great any more.  

After a year of data, we consider the argument of open vs. enclosed photo booths SETTLED! Accordingly, we have discontinued taking new bookings for our enclosed booth and added a new, open Starlight Photo Booth to our fleet. We've also upgraded our existing booths to include some awesome and unique features. Starting immediately, all of our booths have video capability, as well as the ability to allow guests to email themselves their pictures. We've added many more custom layouts and more features are coming soon. We're excited for our new focus and look forward to an awesome 2012!

Good News From Starlight Photo Booth

Starlight Photo Booth was voted #1 San Diego Photo Booth Rental company on the Bridal Insider People's Choice Awards for 2011! Thanks to all of our clients who responded to our call to action on Facebook and via email. We're looking forward to another great year of photo booth fun!

Since I'm announcing good news, I would also like to welcome our new team member, Hethyr Hickman. Hethyr is our new Office Manager. In the short time she has been here, she has already improved our turn around time on uploading images to our online gallery. Her customer service and organizational skills are exactly what we need to take this company to the next level of excellence. 

Photo Booth Rental Advice: Classic Arcade Style Vs. The New Open Photo Booth

If you're shopping around for a photo booth for a wedding or other social event, you may have noticed there are now two radically different types available. There's the traditional arcade style photo booth, with a bench, a roof and privacy curtains. But there's also a new open design photo booth. The open layout booth ditches the classic boxed-in look, in favor of just having a camera facing a backdrop. Both of these configurations have their pros and cons.

The open booths have two primary benefits. First, larger group shots. Since there is not a limiting little box for your guests to climb into, you can typically squeeze up to 10 people in a group shot. Large group shots are much more fun to take, and create better photographic memories. Secondly, the fun is kept out in the open so everyone can see and participate. The laughter created by 10 people trying to squeeze into a group shot is absolutely contagious. Open booths are typically much easier to transport and can often go where arcade style booths can't. The second floor of a building with no elevator, for example. The trade off is that the open design doesn't look like a traditional photo booth. In fact, it's not a booth at all, even though they call it one. They are also not recommended for outdoor events in the sunlight, unless arrangements are made to block the sunlight. Photos will be inconsistent throughout the day, and some photos may look very bad if direct sunlight is shining on the subjects.

There is still something to be said for the classic arcade style booths. Some people just prefer the nostalgia of an arcade booth. There's no mistaking the signature look of an enclosed booth with privacy curtains. Oh, and about those curtains, if you think some of your guests would like to pose au natural after a few libations, then the enclosed arcade booth is definitely for you! Arcade booths can also be a better choice if there are space concerns, as they have a much smaller footprint than the area taken up by an open photo booth. The arcade style booth is highly recommended for outdoor events when sunlight may be a factor. Since they are enclosed, there is a much more controlled environment to take consistent photos for the duration of the event. Of course the downside is that the typical arcade photo booth will only fit 2-4 guests at a time.

Be on the lookout for the latest in technology, live video recording. Some booths will offer your guests the option to record a short video for the guest of honor after they have posed for their photo strip. This is what wedding videographers used to go table to table to do. But doing the video in the booth affords the guest some privacy, and since it is optional, no one is put on the spot and made to feel uncomfortable. The downside of the video photo booth is that it may take longer to get guests in and out of the booth. It is recommended that if you rent a photo booth with video capability, you reserve it for a longer period of time than you would a regular photo booth. You want all your guests to have the opportunity to use the booth. Some vendors will also rent you a second booth for your event at a significant discount since two booths side by side will typically still only require the watchful eyes of one attendant.

Which ever style you decide on, try to base your decision on the entertainment value the booth will provide to your event. Be sure to check with your venue too. Most catering managers have seen photo booths in their venue and they may have some thoughts about what works best for their particular location.

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Photo Booth Rental

To get the most out of the experience, remember that a photo booth is a part of the entertainment. These tips will help you make the booth as entertaining as possible, and therefore, get your guests to take more pictures!

1. Use props! Even if your event is an elegant, black tie affair, you simply must use props in your photo booth. Your guests will have so much more fun using silly hats, glasses and boas. Props also encourage people to use the booth more than once per evening. If you want to get people to come back over and over, the props are the best way to do it. Here's a tip if you still think your event is too fancy for props: Hide the props until the last hour of the photo booth rental. This will give everyone a chance to have nice pictures taken in their tuxedos and evening gowns, then they'll be back for more when you take out the props.

2. Put it close to the action. Don't stick your photo booth in the foyer if you don't have to. Fun is contagious, why not put it with the rest of the party? One of the best locations is across from the dance floor if you're also having a DJ. Just remember, if the period of time you have rented the booth is shorter than the party, they will have to set it up and/or break it down in full view of your guests. Make sure the set up and break down times don't conflict with scheduled events, such as speech or toast time.

3. Use the photo strips as the party favors. Most photo booth companies can put custom text on the photo strips for you, which makes them a fabulous memento that will never be thrown away. This should also save you a few bucks and help you pay for the photo booth rental. Let's say you have a hundred guests, and you want to give each of them a small token of appreciation. At $5 each, your cost for those party favors is $500! Why not put that money into your photo booth budget?

4. Make a memory book. Many photo booth companies can provide a book, or you may do it yourself. You will want to ask the rental company if their booth will automatically do double prints so your guests keep a copy, and another copy can be put in the memory book. Provide some pens and have your guests sign in next to their photos. Another fun thing to do is to buy stickers that look like speech bubbles. People can put silly comments in the speech bubbles. The bottom line is, people can be quite creative. The more creative options you give them, the more they will come back to use the booth.

5. Make custom cutouts to pose with. This can be a really simple way to personalize your photo booth experience. For a wedding, send 8x10 headshot pictures to be printed at WalMart, or Kinkos, or wherever you print your photos. Make sure the heads fill up the entire frame. Cut them out, give them a cardboard (or similar) backing, and attach to a wooden paint stir stick. People will pose with the bride and groom all night! For other events, simple sayings on signs such as "BFF" or "OMG" will have your guests in stitches. For some events, you can even use bumper stickers with funny sayings (such as "I'm with stupid") pressed onto a cardboard backing.

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