Have you tried to squeeze into a traditional photo booth lately? You know, those boxy old things with the curtains.

Chances are low, because they’re being replaced rapidly with the latest and greatest in photo booth technology, including open-air photo booths, selfie stations, selfie walls, and even selfie mirrors.

Here are five reasons why you might consider upgrading from a traditional photo booth to a more modern styles of photo booth.

1. Traditional photo booths are big

Traditional photo booths are large and heavy. That makes them difficult to transport and adds cost for event rentals. Once you put one down, it’s not going anywhere if you change your mind. To make matters worse, it’s hard to find one that isn’t just plain ugly.

A whole person fits inside a traditional photo booth.

Event planners will try to hide a traditional photo booth in another room, in which case many people don’t notice it and miss out on the chance to use it. If you have an intimate venue, trying to find the right place for a traditional photo booth can be frustrating or impossible.

Newer photo booths are compact, portable, and can even be mounted to the wall or handheld for a roaming photo booth. Usually they can be set up and torn down much faster, too. On top of that? More people can take a photo in one because they have an open area.

Modern Photo Booth
Modern photo booths are small and compact

2. They’re not very attractive

Let’s be honest, traditional photo booths are boxy and unattractive, often constructed with aluminum frames and wood paneling. Although they can have a vintage appeal, most people will dismiss them as a novelty instead of a “must-try.”

Modern photo booths come in all shapes and sizes. Now-a-days, they can have sleek curves and design features almost like a consumer product. Glowing LED lights can attract participants and make them more successful.

Side profiles of Simple Booth HALO® in silver

3. They have too many moving parts

Ancient PC photo booth software is what powers traditional photo booths at events. The owner has to connect a PC, camera, flash, printer, and screen. There are a lot of things that can go wrong at any given time because there are so many points of failure. When there is a problem, there are a lot of components to troubleshoot. We’ve literally written the guide on the best cameras for photo booths, so we know all about it.

Plus, you need to frequently check the printer media levels.

Modern photo booths can run on an iPad or tablet. That means fewer potential technical pitfalls.

Simple Booth is a modern photo booth app that runs on an iPad

4. Many old models are coin-operated

For a business, charging customers to take a photo may seem like a great idea at first, but it may come back to bite you when they get the impression you’re just being cheap or trying to make a buck. Typically these booths have cheesy printed images on the side, compounding the brand image situation.

A coin-operated photo booth on the streets of Italy

5. Social media is an afterthought

If you want to connect your traditional photo booth to the internet, you’ll need to add a social sharing kiosk. That means an even larger footprint for the booth with kiosk stands. Plus, it becomes a multi-step process for your guests to get their photos and the system grinds to a crawl.

Participants get a photo instantly to their phone

Mark Hennings, the Co-founder of Simple Booth, created one of the first social sharing kiosk apps called LiveBooth to help the industry move forward. Along the way, he discovered something even better.

A better way

The Simple Booth team developed a revolutionary, comprehensive solution so people would no longer have to compromise on photo booth size, quality or aesthetics. Starting with the physical aspect of the booth, the design is modern and sleek. It takes up little space and is extremely portable, allowing hosts to move it easily during their event.

Simple Booth HALO®

It’s called Simple Booth HALO® and it runs on iPad.

The HALO ring light draws people in and makes them look great in pictures, moving GIFs, and even short-form video.

An animated GIF taken by Simple Booth

Combing hardware and software into a seamless, user-friendly solution, HALO makes it easy to setup a photo booth anywhere and for guests to enjoy it, get their photo instantly to their phone and share online.

Make the modern move

The happiness and satisfaction of the guest experience is one of the most important factors for a successful event or activation. By investing in HALO, guests can have all the fun of a traditional photo booth but leave behind all of the hassle associated with it.

For this reason, big brands like Sephora, Red Bull and Live Nation see the benefits of digital photo booths.

Ready to upgrade from the traditional photo booth and show your patrons or guests a modern photo capture experience they’ll love?

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