"We dont need a photobooth attendant."
Your guests are perfectly capable of pressing a button on a photobooth and standing there for the duration whilst some automated software does its thing. Its not rocket science, its easy right? Well yes, of course it's easy. It's pretty easy to let your guests serve themselves drinks too, or lets get each guest to cook themselves up something nice in the kitchen, that way they will eat something they like. But there are many good reasons we dont let those sorts of things happen.
Here is a list of reasons why we make sure every photobooth we hire out has an friendly, enthusiastic and capable attendant along for the ride.
"The Photo Album Guestbook"
The Photo Album is the thing that you will re-visit time and time again long after the function has ended. This is the place where your guests really get to stamp their presence on your special occasion. This is in part simply done by virtue of posing for some snaps but also in the very important step of writing something heartfelt, flippant, wise or cheeky along side their pics in your album. Where you have a photo booth, you must have an attentive attendant to "create" the album. What do we mean by attentive? Well they need to be with the photobooth for a start, not 'within a 20min radius'. The attendant should be versed in the subtle art of guest collaboration. This skill enables the guest to be gently persuaded to actively involve themselves in the business of getting some pics done ("for the Bride and Groom, for your wife, it was a condition of you being invited, it was on the invite") and writing a message beside them. This assists in the secret skill of "album assemblage". Don't be mistaken, without the attendant, your album will be missing photos, absolutely no one will write in it for you and there is a good chance some of your pages will end up stuck together. It's true. We have seen it happen. Without an attentive attendant your photo guestbook simply won't reflect the wonderful, stylish and ordered evening that you wished for your whole life.
Everything is going along fine, the entree is a hit, the DJ is starting to introduce your favourite beats and you can tell that your family are going to make it through the night without a blow up similar to that which happened a few Christmases ago. All of the sudden Jimmy, the new partner of your highschool bestie, decides it would be a great idea to go behind the photobooth and trip over the power plug coming out of the wall. Of course now the booth software needs re booting because its having conniptions. Thankfully your attendant is right there and the incident is remedied and goes almost unnoticed. Hiring a photobooth with an attendant, genius.
Props are great fun and people love giving them a go. Unfortunately not everyone is great at putting them back. In their quest to get some great pictures your guests will drop them on the floor between shots, sit their drinks on them and leave them on their table. What does this mean? It basically means they won't last very long and that is where an attendant is invaluable. An attentive attendant will keep an eye on things and keep them in order. They will pick up dropped props, help guests find the ones they love and generally make sure everyone has the best chance at enjoying their time in front of the camera with them.
"Your Loved Ones"
The big day is over, it was a huge success. Hiring the photobooth was a great decision...everybody LOVED it. You sit down to look through your photo album and that's when you realise. You didn't get a shot together. Many people underestimate this very significant part of your photobooth attendants role. Your photo booth attendant should be keeping an eye on who is using the booth. They will then know if there are key people who haven't. The Bride and Groom, Nan and Pop, Sarah who came all the way from Scotland...your attendant will gently prompt them to have their time together in front of the camera. A Photobooth with an attendant = WISE.
We believe that when you hire a photobooth package which includes an attendant they should actually be present, onsite, with your photobooth. We don't believe it is good enough for them to be "nearby" or "at the end of a phone line". The opearor shouldnt be outside or out the back, they shouldnt be sitting in their car or have their head stuck in their phone. They should be attending to your guests at your event on your day. Why? Well, for all the above reasons of course but also because we believe you should get what you pay for.
The conclusion? We believe you can make up your own mind. Just remember, when comparing photobooth hire companies, of which there are many, make sure you really understand what inclusions they offer and what they do not.