Customising Your Photo Booth Experience

There are a few options when it comes to customising your hire experience. This short guide will highlight the possibilities included with most* hire providers as standard, and will also touch on full customisation, which typically involves an additional fee.

An introduction to the elements of your prints

The image below highlights the three elements available for customising on your photo prints.

Green Screen Backgrounds

Most hire providers offer a green screen option. This may or may not be included in your package, so double check on that one. Once you’ve picked the option, you would typically be presented with around 15 different backgrounds to choose from at the event. These backgrounds often involve famous places, movie sets and outer space backgrounds.

It is possible to customise your green screen backgrounds. Any image that fits into the booths dimension requirements can be added. Obviously, you would want a high resolution image, as a poor image would likely ruin your prints rather than enhance them. 

A note on licensing… Unless the image you wanted to use was your own (taken by your own camera), you’d need to purchase the image on a image library site (such as ShutterStock or iStockphoto). Even on these pro image sites, some images are not licensed for usage in photo booths (or any other commercial related projects). These un-lisecned images are usually brand based, such as distinctive company designs or football stadiums etc. 

You’ll be fine with the other 10 million billion gazillion images to choose from though, so its no big deal! The sites have a search bar, so you’ll be fine.

Your hire provider can arrange the purchase and upload of your chosen background(s) and add image costs to your invoice. Image costs are typically around £4-5 per image. A set of green screen backgrounds on a Magic Photo Mirror consists of 6 images. So £30 ish.

Physical Backdrops

A great alternative to green screen backgrounds is a physical backdrop. This style is very popular in the US, and is fast becoming the preferred ‘open booth’ hire choice in the UK.

A physical backdrop is literally a stand and a backdrop draped over the stand. Your booth will then face the backdrop, providing a good quality background to the photographs.

There are a few different types of backdrop set-ups out there. We use pillow-cover tension backdrops imported from the US. These backdrops are crease free, and are neat and tidy in the event function room, thus not creating a bit of a messy set-up in your venue.

Below is a catalogue of our backdrop offerings, *pics from our supplier (credit Brian Ginsberg of PB backdrops, USA)

Logo Overlays

This option isn’t just for corporate clients! You can add your wedding text, or a birthday message to your prints. This service is usually free & included in your hire.

Typically, a hire provider will have a choice of 10 wedding themed overlays for you to choose from. This applies to birthdays and other occasions too. Take a look at a few text overlay examples in the pis below:

Overlays For Corporate Clients

Your company logo can be added to the prints. You would email the png file to your booth hire provider, and they’d do the rest. There would not typically be any charges for this service.

Photo Background

This is the part of the print that sits behind the actual photograph(s) taken by the booth. Much like the green screen options, this can be any image that conforms to the booth softwares image size requirements. The same sources can be used to find your desired background image. 

Your hire provider will also have a choice to pick from. You could usually choose from  around 20-30 backgrounds.

If none of them suit your party or wedding colour scheme, grab an image from ShutterStock, and send it over to your hire provider for upload. Some hire providers may charge for the uploads, as there is editing involved to make everything sit correctly on the prints.

Tips On Customising

That is customisation in summary really. Different hire providers will have different processes and charges for the above options, but generally speaking the price will often result in a similar figure whether the above are already included (in a hire base rate), or the add-ons top up the price from a low base rate.

Our best tip is to keep things simple. Cluttered backgrounds detract from the subject.. YOU!

Repetitive patterns are great, as when they’re re-sized down to the booth softwares requirements, the pattern is still apparent. Photos will suffer from copping issues upon re-sizing.

Recommended customising from our experience:

  1. Use the preset green screen files if choosing the green screen option. Otherwise use a physical backdrop.
  2. Pick a simple repetitive background from the suppliers list, or your own from ShutterStock. You will want to base this on your wedding colour scheme, company colours or your favourite colour.
  3. Pick a text overlay from your suppliers list. These logos are far superior to the basic text line that most booth software implements. 

I hope you have found this article useful.


Nick Morris

SuperStar Photo Booths

Choosing & Booking A Photo Booth

Which type of booth?

The first thing you will want to decide upon when contemplating hiring a photo booth, is which type of booth you want to hire. Open booths (as opposed to the walk in pod type) are becoming very popular of late. The advantages of an open booth over the enclosed type include the option to fit more people in the photograph, the social element of friends and family being able to watch the posing, and ignominy cases, the visual aesthetic of the open style booth. Open booths are often an attractive addition to the function room, which helps to add interest, and creates more interest in using the booth than a closed in booth would.

The closed in booths are still great addition tot he party, and many businesses offering photo booth hire will compensate for clients who’d like a more private set-up, by offering an enclosure in the form of a blow up walk-in pod. 

So its up to you to first decide if you’d like a more sociable open-booth style, or the more private capsule type.

How long will I need to hire the booth for?

This usually comes down tot he amount of guests you are expecting at your event. A wedding of up to 150 guests, should be fine with a three hour hire (which is the standard hire period in the UK). Any more guests, and you may want to consider a four hour hire to give everyone a chance to enjoy the booth.

Level with me.. how much?

Lots of shrewd business props get you into the buying funnel, convert the click, pull you in with a slogan, obtain a contact initiation, then tell you a price.

Me, I’m less subtle:

In the States, boothers will be gasping at how low these prices are, but in the UK they’re just a tad below average in a competitive market. The American service usually includes custom templates (and usually costs an average of $1000 for a 3hr hire), which as you read on, you’ll realise why the price difference is so drastic.

Keep it local!

Fuel costs money. Booths can’t be transported by horse and cart. Vehicles need fuel. Fuel costs money (did I already say that?)… Ah look, I’ll stop trying to be smart: Less distance = Less fuel surcharges.

Backdrops.. Do I need one?

If you have opted for a closed in booth, you won’t need to consider a backdrop. If you are hitting up the on trend open booth style, then personally I would always answer this question with a big YES. There are exceptions, when space is limited or ceiling height is shallow, but in general, your photographs will look so much better with a nice backdrop. When backdrops aren’t used, the photos may contain your aunt Jean chewing your brothers ear off, or the bar staff pulling a frothy pint. Backdrops keep the photos clean, and a good hire firm with a pro quality backdrop set up will still keep the set-up looking neat and tidy. Pillow-cover tension frames and backdrops are my personal favourite for their tidyness and crease free appearance. 

What is a template?

Templates are the background of the photographs themselves. Good suppliers of photo booth hire will usually give you some options on templates. Typically you would choose a colour and they would offer you a selection from their catalogue. You should also be able to add your chosen text, such as your names and wedding date, or Happy Birthday Jack etc. This should all be included in your chosen suppliers package.

Custom design templates (designed just for you) will incur design charges. If you imagine a photo booth hire business sending 4 booths out, 3 times per week, its easy to understand why fully custom templates involve design charges. You could expect to pay upwards of £150-200 for custom design as a basic service. If you wanted multiple edits, you’d probably be looking upwards of 400-500. Not worth the money in my opinion, but some folks have more money than me!

OK, break it down for me...

Right ok, ill get to the nitty gritty. As a boother (a business hiring out photo booths), I would recommend the following, and I’m amazing.. so……

  • An open booth – either a mirror, or a pod style. Id personally want prints of the photos (as opposed to just a media booth (one which just takes a pic and lets you view the photo on a screen/phone etc)
  • A backdrop – Block out venue clutter.
  • A colour customised template with your message or logo integrated onto the template.
  • 3 or 4 hours of unlimited visit (to the booth) hire.

What about guestbooks etc?

Sure, pick a provider that offers a few incentives to sweeten the deal. A lot of UK boothers offer a free USB stick with the photos from the event in jpeg format (no template background) & a free photo album (slip in style) guestbook.

But I totes wanna share my pics online..

Modern booths have sharing options built in, but they are completely dependant on wi-fi connections, so check with your venue if you can connect and if so… Facebook is a go-go!

You haven't mentioned green screens?

Im detecting a little attitude in your questions…ha, green screens can be used instead of the backdrop. Boothers (you’re talking the lingo now) will often use the same set-up for green screens as they do for backdrops, so pop your request in and you’ll be posing in front of mount Everest before you know it!

Im bored now.. too much writing on this page!

Ok fine! here are some pics then.

Good luck in booking your booth. Oh btw, make sure you pick a hire business who will offer you a contract for the agreement. Deposit average in UK is £50 and the remainder of the balance is usually due on the day of the event.

I hope you’ve found this useful. Comment any more info you’d like and ill make some edits!

Heres a video!