Smiling Dog Entertainment
Smiling Dog Entertainment

Smiling Dog Entertainment

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Introduction: The price quoted is for an indoor rental with our Sophisticated Wedding Package. Thumbtack, unfortunately, does not allow us to provide specific quotes for specific events. So, after reading your request we will respond to you with a custom quote based on the specifics of your event. After further consultation we will provide a final quote for your event. Smiling Dog Entertainment is the premier provider of photo booth experiences, wedding and party equipment and game rentals, portrait and event photography, and event and party planning in Iowa, northern Missouri, southern Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, and western Illinois. We deliver fun, smiles, laughter, and love to weddings, corporate holiday parties, graduation parties, after-proms, elementary school events, fundraisers, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and much more with the inclusion of our many photo booth experiences including traditional open or enclosed photo booths, digital only booths, slow motion booths, video only booths, green screen booths, headshot booths, roaming booths, and photo mosaic booths. We exceed expectations by creating and capturing lifelong memories with professional quality, fun photos for you, your family, and friends. Visit our website or our Facebook page (SmilingDogEntertainment) to see why Nicole F said this about her experience, "They were AWESOME!!!!! Everyone loved them. I loved the giant prop wall. So fun for a wedding!" Providing memorable experiences is not just a hobby for us, it's what we do for a living. We're not the new kids on the block and it shows in quality of the products and services we offer. The expertise we've developed through hundreds of rentals means we've already learned what it takes to provide exceptional service. We will spend nearly 20 man-hours planning, preparing, executing, and following up on your photo booth rental applying that expertise to ensure you, and your guests and unparalleled experience. Our past, and often repeat, clients will tell you our staff is professional, easy and fun to work with, our photos capture priceless memories that are impossible to recreate, and our quality is unmatched. Contact us when you're ready to book the best of the best or if you'd like to schedule a call to learn more about how we'll deliver fun, smiles, laughter, and love to your event. Shane and Susan Kiesner

Hired 68 times

Serves Altoona, IA

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7 employees

6 years in business

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Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Venmo

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

Excellent 4.9

36 reviews


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Chris D.

Photo Booth Rental

Smiling Dog Entertainment definitely knocked it out of the park. The entire wedding party and guests had A-blast with the open photo booth. I couldn't have been happier with how everything turned out and how smooth the process was.

Details: Wedding • Indoors • Camera with backdrop • Prints (photo strips, etc.) • Digital (online gallery, etc.) • 51 - 100 guests

Smiling Dog Entertainment's reply
Thank you for the kind words Chris! We're so happy that you and Raven and your family and friends enjoyed the photo booth experience we provided for your wedding. It was a pleasure working with and meeting the two of you! We wish you all the best as you begin your life together as husband and wife! Congratulations!
Aug 27, 2021
Lois D.

Photo Booth Rental

They were awesome with their open photo booth for my son and daughter-in-law's wedding. Highly recommend Smiling Dog Entertainment.

Details: Wedding • Indoors • Camera with backdrop • Prints (photo strips, etc.) • Scrapbook • 101 - 150 guests

Smiling Dog Entertainment's reply
Thank you for the kinds words Lois and for the incredible reviews you left on our Google My Business page, Facebook page and here on Thumbtack. It truly was a pleasure working with you and meeting you at your son and daughter-in-laws wedding reception. Everyone seemed to have a great time in the booth and the memory album was full of fun, smiles, laughter, and love at the end of the reception. Thank you so much for choosing Smiling Dog Entertainment! Shane and Susan Kiesner
Aug 7, 2021
Mike T.

Photo Booth Rental

Shane and Susan provided top notch services for our Mother's Day photo booth. Church members of all ages were excited and had fun. We will definitely be working with them again!

Details: Venue manager • Special occasion • Indoors • Enclosed booth • Prints (photo strips, etc.) • Props will not need to be provided • 201 - 300 guests • 12 years old or younger • 13 - 17 year olds • 18 - 30 year olds • 31 - 50 year olds • 51 year olds or older

May 15, 2019
Diane c.

Photo Booth Rental

Everyone really enjoyed the photo booth at my daughters wedding. 6-30-18. They were great to work with,had lots of props&the photo book they received was really nice! We had a lot of compliments about the photo booth! I would highly recommend them!
Jul 13, 2018
Tad W.

Photo Booth Rental

They were awesome!! Very patient with our younger nieces and nephews. All of our guests had a great time and there was lots of laughter coming from the photo booth all night long. The props were great and the memory book we got at the end was top quality.

Details: Party host • Special occasion • Indoors • Enclosed booth • Digital (online gallery, etc.) • Props will need to be provided • 101 - 150 guests • 13 - 17 year olds • 18 - 30 year olds • 31 - 50 year olds

Smiling Dog Entertainment's reply
Thank you very much for the great review Tad! We're glad that everyone had fun and it's great to see all the likes and comments on the images posted to our Facebook page. We had a great time too - especially hearing all the laughter coming from the booth and seeing the crazy combinations of props people were wearing into the booth. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your daughter's graduation celebration! Shane and Susan
May 20, 2018
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    At Smiling Dog Entertainment we have multiple photo booth experience and package options available one of which is sure to provide an exceptional photo booth experience for YOUR event. Our pricing varies depending on the package selected, the number of hours for which you'd like the booth to be open, whether the event is indoors or outdoors and any extras you've added to enhance the experience. We also, from time to time, run promotions such as our Love is in the Air Valentine's Day Special offering discounts on our rentals. When we have special offers or discounts available we typically post them on our Facebook page (SmilingDogEntertainment), so like or follow our page to stay in the know on any special offers or discounts.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    When we receive an initial inquiry for a photo booth rental we respond within 24 hours with more detailed information than what a potential client receives from our website. When a client decides to book a photo booth with us we follow up with the customer to thank them for their rental and to gather information about the rental including the time they need the booth, the theme of the event at which we are providing the booth, the name of the event, and we begin discussions about how they'd like the photo strips produced from the booth at their event to look. Once we have all of the information above, we design and send to the client an initial proof of a photo strip design. Based on their feedback we make any necessary changes to the design and resend for final approval. We also ensure that a final invoice (total rental cost - deposit=final balance) is sent to the client 2-3 weeks prior to the due date for payment (2 weeks prior to the date of their event). Lastly we send a confirmation email a couple days prior to the event to confirm details such as set-up time, location, etc.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been a serious amateur photographer for over 30 years and recently completed the requirements of the Photography Diploma program at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The knowledge I've gained over 30 years plus the skill enhancement for shooting portrait images gained at DMACC has proven invaluable for producing exceptional images from the photo booth. My extensive customer service experience helps me deliver a quality experience to our clients and helps drive our constant quest to improve our product, service, and experience. This background is why we are continually complemented on the professional appearance of our photo booth set up, the quality, quantity, and variety of our props, and the excellence of the photos.

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