Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the process for renting a photobooth?
It's super simple! If you want to book with us, just let us know via email (CONTACT) or over the phone and we will email you our standard rental agreement for you to fill out, sign and email back to us with your 50% deposit or with your full payment**.
(**all rentals booked 6 weeks out from the event date require full payment. All corporate - business rentals require full payment with rental agreement).
How do I pay?
To secure your booking in a timely fashion we use PayPal or we can send you a Square Payments Invoice to safely and securely pay online. (we do take checks, though your booking is not secure until payment is received so we encourage you to easily pay online to guarantee your date).
How do we determine our rates? Your personalized rate is determined by these factors:
- The date of your event: for example, is your date on the middle of the week in February or is it the Fourth of July?
- The type of event: is it a wedding, a small birthday party at your home, a corporate event or a convention with thousands of people?
- What is the venue location? Is it in a big downtown hotel or one out near the airport? An event space or at your home? For example if your event is at a big downtown hotel on New Years Eve your rate will probably be be higher than if your event is in the party room of a suburban restaurant in March).
- How many guests do you expect? 50? 100? 200? We need to know this or else the booth will run out of paper if you tell us that only 50 people are coming and 300 people show up.
- How far do we have to travel to get there? (We will travel outside of our standard delivery area which is generally 20 miles from our downtown Chicago studio so inquire and we'll let you know).
Once we know all these things we will present you with your personalized rental rate.
How many hours should I rent it for?
For weddings and parties the standard is 3,4 or 5 hours. This is plenty of time for people to have a blast in the booth (think 8pm to 11pm or 8pm to midnight - these are typical times). The rate for 3 hours is always going to be less than 4 or 5 hours.
If you have other needs we will definitely work with you (it's not all Weddings and Parties at 312photobooth!).
For instance we recently set the booth up to run all day without an attendant present at a big ad agency downtown so all the employees could get their photos taken for a fun internal project. We've provided the booth for many functions where no attendant is required at all (and one of our booths was even been used as a prop in a movie). Just tell us what you need and we'll work with you!
Is it expensive?
Honestly, we don't think so.
Remember, you get what you pay for and we provide a very well-established, premium photobooth service.
There are a lot of so called “photobooth” companies around Chicago that advertise very low rates. Buyer beware! In many instances this is a wedding DJ who added a “photobooth” to his DJ services to drum up some extra DJ business. We say let the DJ play party hits all night and leave the photobooth fun to proven professionals with a great track record!
Remember, a photobooth is something you don’t rent often - maybe once in your life - and it is usually for a very important event (like a wedding) so don’t scrimp. Get the best and rest easy knowing you provided your guests with the best experience. Our photobooths are classic, reliable and all are hand-built in Chicago by a small, dedicated crew of talented craftspeople who love everything about photobooths and photography and it shows.
After I secure my photobooth rental, what happens next?
Depending on when your event is, we’ll reach out to you with an email prior to your date (usually three weeks out) to finalize what you want on your photo strips (font style, text and any artwork). We'll ask where the booth will be placed at the venue and any other logistical questions we might have. We’ll then mock up a sample photo strip for your approval and from there on just know that we’ll be at your venue when we say we will and that you don’t have to worry at all about the photobooth rental and you can think about all the other big things!
Should I get the Scrapbook service? How does that work?
If this is your wedding, the answer is most definitely YES, get the scrapbook! It is totally worth it!
This might the only time in your life that all these people will be in one place at the same time and nothing is more fun than going through your scrapbook in the years to come and seeing everyone you know having a blast in the photobooth on your special day. We’ve been told by many brides and grooms that the scrapbook is the item they return to the most after their wedding day.
Your attendant will be putting the scrapbook together throughout the night as people jump in and out of the photobooth. Your attendant will encourage your guests to sign the book and you will recieve your completed scrapbook full of all your friends & family’s fun photos and hand written notes at the end of the evening. With most of our packages you will also get copies of all the digital photos taken (a download link will be sent to you a few days later) so if you want to create your own online gallery to share of all the photobooth photos you can do so!
How long have we been doing this?
312photobooth has been providing vintage style photobooths for every type of event imaginable in the Chicagoland area since 2007 and we’ve got lot of very happy customers to show for it.
Is it "Photobooth" or "Photo Booth"?????
We prefer the classic "photobooth" but both spellings are now widely used. (We use both spellings here as people who search online use both). To find out more about the very cool history of photobooth's go to Photobooth.net
Some of our happy clients have included:
Oak Park River Forest High School Prom
Great Lakes Tattoo
Cast members of NBC's Chicago Fire
Horace Mann Elementary School (Oak Park, IL)
Soho House Chicago
Teach for America
The Girl & The Goat
Chicago History Museum
Center for Conflict Resolution
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA)
Big Ed Bowl (Gensler) - we've provided the photobooth for this annual cancer fundraiser for 8 years!
Saint Andrews Parish - "Wearin' The Green" annual fundraiser.
One Tail at a Time
Netherrealm Studios (Mortal Kombat X & Injustice 2 launch parties)
IICF (Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation)
Forest Park Library
Chicago Auto Show
Charles River Associates
Make it Better
Venues we have recently worked in:
The Montgomery Club
Ravenswood Event Center
Garfield Park Conservatory
ROOF on TheWit
City View Loft
Katherine Legge Lodge (Hinsdale, IL)
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
University Club of Chicago
Hyatt Hotel (Chicago)
The Drake Hotel
The Allerton Hotel
The Blackstone Hotel
Autre Mode Cafe & Spirits
Lo Res Studio
Maggianos (Oak Brook)
Roof Top Terrace Millennium Park
Carlton Hotel (Oak Park)
Chicago History Museum
Sub 51 (below Hub 51)
27 Live (Evanston)
House of Blues Chicago
John Hancock Building
Horace Mann Elementary School (Oak Park)
Lucky Strike Lanes
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chief O'Neals Pub
Bridgeport Art Center
Cafe Brauer (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Berkshire Room (Acme Hotel)