You would think that with social media apps like SnapChat, Tik Tok, and Instagram with their digital props and filters, the nostalgic-style photo booths wouldn’t even exist anymore. After all, why pay for a picture when you can filter, fade, and add emojis to your pics at no charge?

And yet: the photo booth experiences stand resilient.

The OG selfie machine—a.k.a. photo booth—has been around since 1925, when inventor Anatol Josepho debuted the first photo booth on Broadway. He had 280,000 people use it during its first 6 months! From then until the early 2000s, photo booths were all the rage, even with film photography moving to digital.

In fact, from 2005 to 2012, more people searched online for photo booth rentals than for wedding DJs! And there's no sign of the hype letting up anytime soon.

Here's why it looks like the photo booth is here to stay.


couple wearing fun photo booth props

The Experience

Even though you can snap a photo from almost any device, there is still a call for more of an experience.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, photo booths bring back memories and help make new ones. There’s a playful type of joy that happens when you are trying to choose a prop to fit your personality, fit your friends or family in the frame, or choose the poses that show off your silly side.


hands holding photo booth strips

Flexible For Any Event

Whether you’re booking for your wedding, birthday party, trade shows, corporate event, or any other social event, there’s a photo booth for you. Photo booths keep your guests entertained and can fit any theme or style.

We are a society of instant gratification. So being able to get a text of your image and post it online is amazing, yes. But what happens after 6 months or a year from now? The only time you’ll see that photo is MAYBE on your Timehop or Facebook Memories.

Or what happens when your phone runs out of storage? Most likely, it will get deleted or moved onto your laptop hard drive where it will sit, forgotten, for the next decade.

There is real value in the actual keepsake of a photo booth print-out. Photo strips are like dollar bills…they're impossible to throw away.


mirror photo booth with emojis

Photo Booth Features + Technology

Photo booths have evolved from Mr. Josepho's original machine. They aren’t just a box where an attendant takes a photo of you anymore! They now provide even more value and entertainment.

Some companies, like Photobooth Rocks, will include props for guests to use as well as an attendant to help guests and deliver exemplary customer service!

Different Types Of Photo Booths

When you’re taking pictures with your phone or social media apps, you are bound to the constraints of the app itself. With photo booths, you have many options. Whether you’re looking to take videos and print out photo strips, or want to customize your event with a green screen booth, the options are almost endless.

Photo Booths Are The Past, Present, and Future of Events

Since they’ve been around for almost 100 years, we don’t see their popularity phasing out any time soon. If you’re looking for Orlando photo booths or need tips for renting one, Photo Booth Rocks has you covered.

We are more than happy to customize options to fit your needs too! Need a specialized hashtag for your event? No problem. Want your name and event plastered all over the photo strips? We’ve got you there too.

Life is about moments, so let us help you focus on creating those moments, and keeping them.


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