history of photo booths

Have you ever stopped to consider the many ways a photo booth can capture a moment? From the classic black-and-white strips of the 1920s to the modern, sleek, digital booths of today, the photo booth has evolved greatly over the last 100 years.

At Photobooth Rocks, we've been capturing memories since 2011, and we've witnessed the transformation of the photo booth industry firsthand. From the early days of single session, black and white booths to the contemporary era of open-air, customizable experiences, we've always been intrigued by the photo booth's ability to capture unscripted, genuine moments of joy.

When we launched Photobooth Rocks, photo booths were still considered a novelty item at events, and we were among the first to offer them at private events in Central Florida. Now, photo booths have become a staple at every wedding, corporate event, and special occasion.

Believe it or not, photo booths have been around since 1925, and I'm fascinated by their evolution over nearly a century. From the advent of color photos in the 1950s to the rise of digital technology in the 1990s, photo booths have undergone significant changes. Even famous artists like Andy Warhol have played a role in making photo booths popular.

Take a journey with us through the history of photo booths, highlighting the key milestones and changes that have taken place. Photo booths have remained a beloved way to capture memories and have fun with friends and family. So buckle up and get ready to learn some fascinating photo booth history!

Couple using word sign photo booth props.

Photo Booth Evolution: The Timeline

1925: The first photo booth was introduced by Anatol Josepho in New York City. The machine could take, develop, and print eight photos in about 10 minutes.

1930s-1940s: Photo booths became popular in the United States, and many were installed in public places such as train stations, bus terminals, and amusement parks.

1950s: Color photo booths were introduced, and they quickly became a hit.

1960s-1970s: The popularity of photo booths began to decline due to the availability of instant cameras and other photographic technologies.

1980s: Photo booths began to make a comeback in the form of Japanese purikura booths, which allowed users to decorate their photos with stickers and other embellishments.

1989: Andy Warhol made photo booths popular again when he used them to take portraits of celebrities and friends. This is where we believe they started to become art!

Andy Warhol photo booth strips of celebrities

1990s: Digital photo booths were introduced, and they quickly became popular in malls, arcades, and other public places.

2000s: Photo booths began to make appearances at weddings and other events, and party companies began to offer photo booth rentals.

2010s: Photo booths became a staple at weddings and other events, and many companies began to offer a variety of booth styles and customization options.

2020s: The pandemic had a significant impact on the photo booth world, with many companies offering virtual and contactless photo booth options to adapt to the changing needs of their clients. Photo booths continue to evolve, with many companies offering cutting-edge features such as green screens, augmented reality, and social media integration.

The rise of micro-weddings also led to an increased demand for high-end, customizable photo booth experiences. As events begin to ramp up again, photo booth rental companies are poised to become a beloved addition to all types of gatherings, both big and small.

As you can see, photo booths have come a long way since their introduction almost 100 years ago.

Evolution of Photobooth Rocks: The Timeline

2011-2016: In our early days, Photobooth Rocks started off with just one vintage booth style, but we quickly gained momentum and began to make a name for ourselves in the mobile wedding and event photo booth rental business.

Before we knew it, we were rocking close to 400 events every year!

Woman holding 4x6 pictures from photo booth

2017: We added a little extra sparkle to our lineup with the introduction of the Magic Mirror Photo Booth. This show-stopping booth quickly became a crowd favorite, with guests lining up to strike a pose and capture their reflections in style.

2018-2019: Photobooth Rocks expanded our offerings even further, with the introduction of cutting-edge digital booths. These sleek, customizable booths added a modern touch to our classic lineup, giving clients even more options to choose from and ensuring that every event had the perfect booth to match its unique vibe.

mirror photo booth fun photos by mariariboliphotography

2020: We adapted our business operations to prioritize the safety of event-goers, which involved retiring any photo booth setups that encouraged close contact. Additionally, we rethought how we provided photo booth props to ensure a sanitary experience.

2021: We unveiled our latest creation, the celebrity style Glam Photo Booth, which has been a popular addition to red carpet events and galas. Guests love the glamorous lighting and the custom backdrops we provide.

2022: We're always striving to innovate and push the boundaries of what's possible with photo booth technology. This year, we introduced several cutting-edge features, including green screen backdrops, the 360 Photo Booth, and the Vogue Photo Booth. These features offer our clients an unparalleled photo booth experience that they won't find anywhere else.


Join us in Capturing Timeless Memories with the Latest in Photo Booth Technology

So, are you ready to capture memories that will last a lifetime (so far, almost 100 years)? Look no further than Photobooth Rocks, your go-to for Orlando photo booth rental!

Since 2011, we've been on a mission to make your special events unforgettable, and we've come a long way from our humble beginnings.

And in 2023, we're taking it to the next level. We're thrilled to announce that we're replacing our entire fleet with brand new booths—including the Photo Video Booth—that offer the highest quality images, upgraded lighting, and innovative features that will make your heart skip a beat.

Picture it—you and your besties striking poses and recording video messages that you can share instantly on social media. And with the option to print 2x6 or 4x6 photos on the spot, you'll never forget the good times you had.

Our new booths are launching, and we can't wait for you to experience them. At Photobooth Rocks, we're dedicated to providing top-notch service and unforgettable memories for all your special events.

So get ready to rock your next event with Photobooth Rocks!

history of photo booths

history of photo booths


history of photo booths

history of photo booths

history of photo booths

history of photo booths