2 photo booth deals to let you know about
Photo Shop Elements on sale today only for $49. I know some of you still use Paint.net, but Elements is a bit more full featured for making custom layouts and logos for the bottom of strips. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=lenovo+twist&x=0&y=0
We have about 3 booths worth of our older Windows 7 machines. These are non-touch screen booths with a 16 inch monitor, photo only with a dysub printer. Sale price till Dec 1st of $5255. Add web cam video for $300, ad DSLR video for $650. Call for details.
Cyber Monday 2012
Soren fortunephotobooth.com (503) 230-1181
Once you have decided that you want to do it, the first step in starting a successful photo booth rental business is to decide which booth you want to buy. Call Soren directly at (503) 230-1181 to talk about different booth options. Our standard photo booth kit comes with everything you need to operate a portable photo booth business. With our portable kit you can store it in a garage or closet, you can transport it in most regular cars, and you can set it up and operate it with a single photo booth operator.
We provide the support you need to learn the photo booth rental businesses based on our own rental business in Portland, OR. We made lots of mistakes and made even more great moves which makes our rental business a success, and we aren’t afraid to share our road map to success.
Register your business name with your secretary of States small business office. You will need to get a business license as well as learn if you have to charge sales tax on your rentals. You may want to contact your county and metro-area to see if you need any local licenses. A local CPA can usually help you with what to do in your local area.
Registering a Domain name is also important. Most of my rental business is dependant on our website. Even if a client is referred from another client, the new client almost always contacts us through our web site. If you don’t know how to make a website, or don’t have one already, we can design and maintain a web site for you. Call Soren for a run through of our $750 web page package. (503) 230-1181.
Search on Google to see what your local competition is charging and what extra services they provide. You can learn a lot about the business from seeing what others are doing. I don’t suggest undercutting everyone on price, it just means you will bring down the cost and value of photo booth rental services in your area. Running a photo booth business is not rocket science but it does require real work and expertise. Think of it as a real business and be prepared for marketing costs and taxes you will run into. Business Liability insurance is another cost I would seriously consider. Many venues that you would be in renting a booth now require that vendors such as photo booth rental companies have a standard business liability plan to protect them. Plans are generally $500 a year or less and can include damage and theft protection as well.
If you take the steps necessary to start a legitimate business you will be taking your business seriously and making sure you will get off to a good start. With our booth, a local CPA, A web page design company and an insurance agent you will be well on your way to building a successful rental company. Soon you may be back to
This is a link to a new written tutorial on how to use our instant Facebook Internet gallery software to upload your photo booth strip during an event. Guests in your booth can see their images just seconds after they receive their prints and can post to Facebook, email and share your companies info on their walls. If only 10 people share their images per event, you have the potential of over 1000 people seeing your company name on facebook.
As always, feel free to call me with questions. Soren (503) 230-1181
See the screen shot below:
Give the new Fortune Photo Booth software update a try at http://www.fortunephotobooth.com/demo_3.zip
unzip and install (you may need to uninstall the previous version through the control panel first)
Try it with the Canon T2i, or T3i.
DSLR shooting takes a bit more patience and time to learn than the simple Canon Powershots. But, the real benefit of the DSLR’s is that the image sizes are much larger and the video previews are of higher quality on the screen.
Feel free to call with questions or help.
Soren (503) 230-1181
Version 2.4 of Fortune Photo Booth Software is now available. Visit http://www.fortunephotobooth.com/demo_2.zip to download the release. It is fully functional, but runs in demo mode until you purchase a license.
New in this release: 1. The ability to use any sized logo on the photo strip! Previously the logo had to be 800 x 400 pixels.
2. Option to add the Logo to the strips in the logos folder.
3. Add different sized codes to the bottom of the strips for use in the Facebook and internet upload moduule.
4. Better use of space, on the 4×6 prints. (note: the margins now have to be set smaller) The strips should look better!
5. Various bug fixes
Enjoy, and let me know your feed back.
(503) 230-1181 www.fortunephotobooth.com
There is a new photo booth printer available that is capable of cutting the strips into two. It is the DNP DS-RX1. All of our full kits now come with this printer. It is replacing the HiTi 510L printers we used to use. The main advantage of the DNP printer is that it can hold 700 4×6 prints at a time vs. 330 for the Hiti. As a bonus the price per print is still only 15 cents and the dye ribbons contain a lot less plastic waste than the HiTi.
Here are two photos illustrating the branding potential of our booths.
Starz Entertainment, the movie channel, is using one of our booths to promote their original programing. they are also taking advantage of our internet program using the booth to promote the shows with people’s Faebook Accounts.
uploaderbasics click here to see video
I have just posted a quick and dirty tutorial video on how to use the internet/Facebook uploading software that we offer. For $10 a month you get unlimited photo-strip uploads to galleries of your events and our unique way of posting the strips and your company information to the Facebook walls of the people who go into the booth. A great way to market your photo booth rental company. Check out the tutorial and get back to me with any questions.
The upload module is compatible with almost any photo booth software, so give it a try. Call for a free trial
(update) The mini table top portable booths are ready now, see main site for details. These booths can fit on a table, or be set up on a stand.
Soren (503) 230-1181
A great way to kick start your years marketing campaign is to attend one of the many Bridal Shows in your area. Many brides attend wedding shows in January right after the Holidays. A bridal show can make as many as 2000 bridal contacts for you and many companies book a large percentage of their photo booth rentals at these shows. I know the big Portland Bridal Show has always been good to our photo booth rental company.
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a booth this year, now is the perfect time to buy, just in time to hit the bridal shows in January and get your rental business off to a quick start!