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The average cost for a photo booth rental service is $370. You are likely to spend between $265 and $515 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Photo booth rentals are popular for birthdays, festivals, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, prom night, school events and other special occasions. Three main kinds of photo booths are available: an enclosed photo booth, a camera with a backdrop or a camera with no backdrop. Rental costs can vary greatly, depending on the type of booth as well as a variety of add-ons.

Booth type

Enclosed booths generally have higher rates while open-air booths are the most economical. Open-air booths can be as simple as a camera on a tripod in front of a white backdrop or may be more elaborate with curtains or a green screen as a backdrop.


Most companies do not rent by the single hour. They offer base packages starting at two or three hours, with costs increasing with more hours and special features added on. Some companies do provide an all-inclusive package. For example, Best Booth Plus offers a three-hour package for $500 on a weekday, which includes everything from a guest book to personalized photo strips and a DVD of all the photos from the event.

Special features

Most companies include unlimited photo strips for the duration of the event as well as props for the photo booth. Aside from those basics, many companies charge for extra services and supplies. Popular add-ons include:

  • Photo guest album services: $75

  • Personalized photo strips: $30–$50

  • Custom photo backdrops or vinyl skin branding of the booth: $150–$300

  • Social media connectivity (live ability to share photos to social media accounts): $100– $250

Day of week

Saturdays are prime time for photo booths. Many companies ask a premium price for weekend events and offer a reduced rate on weekdays. For example, Best Booth Plus charges $50 more for weekends.

Additional hours

Most photo booth companies offer packages or negotiate prices for a set number of hours. Additional hours (either added beforehand to the package or requested during the event) generally range between $100–$150 per hour.

Cost-saving strategies

  • A party with fewer than 100 guests will usually be satisfied with two or three hours of photo booth time. Ask to extend hours during the event if needed rather than overbooking ahead of time.

  • Schools, nonprofits, military organizations and other groups are often eligible for discounts.

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Recent reviews

MDJ Take A Pic Photo Booth

Absolutely outstanding service. Julio was great to work with. Coming from the hospitality industry, his service from planning to execution was amazing. He worked with me to customize the strip to a design I loved, changing the colors, designs, font style, etc. He listed a couple of backdrops, but I told him that I wanted a champagne/gold shimmery background at the beginning and he made it happen! The props were unbelievable. It wasn't just one table, it was a two full tables, and racks of items. I've never seen so many props and in such wonderful condition. He knows that cost is an important factor and offers his services at a great price and never let quality falter. I am so happy with my experience. I hope to work with him again soon. Remember to book quick! We spoke a few months before this event and I was lucky enough to snag one of his few open weekends. Thank you, Julio!

Philly Photo Box

Philly Photo Box arrived promptly and was ready to go when the students arrived to the prom. Michael Galdo's set-up was very appealing to the group, he had great props, and all his equipment was updated. The thing that really took me by surprise was when Michael helped himself to the buffet appetizers, the buffet dinner and beverages without ever consulting the prom coordinator. The cost of the prom is per student and chaperone, so it was very awkward when he assumed that he was included in the dinner count. In all my years working with photographers and DJs, none have ever helped themselves to a meal and even if offered, their response is always "Not on the job, but thank you." The fact that he helped himself to all the food and beverages provided was totally unprofessional. Another surprise was the cost of the picture frames. I was originally quoted $20 a box, which totaled $100, but after I paid Michael the balance at the prom, he later approached me and said that the frames were $40 a box not $20 and that I owed him $60 more. My administrator thought again that Michael was very unprofessional.He suggested that I should have responded "you owe me $60 for the appetizers and dinner you just ate without asking." Overall,everything ran smoothly, the students enjoyed the booth very much, and we were given a USB at the end of the night, which was a pleasant surprise. However, I think that Michael needs to act in the professional manner that is expected, especially for formal functions such as proms and weddings where a cost per person is involved, and it is understood that staff and professionals do not eat with the guests.

What a Snap Photo Booths

Wow!!! Words can't even explain the great service and professionalism we got from this company. First the owner showed up to do my event. Second he showed up on time and put the photo booth together fast. He was super nice to the kids and even helped the Dj carry their equipment. The photo props where awesome and he did everything he promise.. First time using this company but for sure not be my last. Ill recommend him to every1. Thanks again msn every body loved the photo booth and your cost to rent was a great price. Check them out every1.