Chris Bedke of Creative DJs in Rialto California successfully runs 9 photo booths! We caught up with him (in his Garage) for a little Q&A. What to buy, what not to buy, where to get ink & paper at the best prices, what photo booth is the best value, etc. Priceless info for anyone interested in Photo Booth!
what's up guys we are in beautiful Rialto California with one of my good buddies Chris Becky now the reason we're turning the camera on today is because this guy is a photobooth expert a lot of people have been asking what photo booth did I do I buy what should I look for I thought Chris might be able to give us some insight so uh pitfalls good booze all that kind of stuff when he got for us you can make a lot of money in the photobooth business and as somebody's it's a DJ I can totally say this and don't be a hater but don't think like a DJ when you start a photobooth business don't buy the photo booth and then charge less than what you should be charging for the photo booth this is something that not everybody does yet right it's becoming more and more popular and more people are getting them but three years ago when I started this I was one of maybe a dozen people in Southern California that had them now I have nine photo booths I'm the largest in my metro area which is Inland Empire San Bernardino Riverside and we did 455 events last year Wow and that was with the first half of the year we only had three photo booths we bought the other six photo booths the last half of 2013 is to keep up just to keep up so we're going to be north of 700 events this year once graduations start and things like that there's a couple different things you want to look for when you're purchasing a photo booth you got to think about the types of events you're going to be doing we do everything from school dances to wedding receptions and private parties so we have a variety of booths depending on the application so it's going to show you a couple different things first thing you got to think about is do you want your photobooth to be a standing booth or a sitting booth three different styles of booth you know it's this one the camera is below this one is actually designed for sitting the white booth the camera is above it does rotate so it can be for sitting or standing but this one we actually use for a standing application and the reason you would want to do a standing booth is for speed or if it's a short duration a photo booth rental like a two-hour you can get more people in and out also for the group shots everybody can run out stand back up you're kind of limited in a small booth with just the chairs and whoever you can cram into the booth so that that's kind of our enclosed booths are five feet by five feet squared and seven feet tall so guys my size for people guys Brian size means six BB sitting by the way I'm sitting so yeah it's just right so anyway so sitting booth standing booth and then the last booth on the right which is actually my favorite to Colorado sound booth it actually sits on a speaker tripod we can adjust them and this one can be used for sitting or standing it's also the most portable because it fits in the trunk of a Honda Accord it's got everything in it that these have essentially except the printer you gotta mess up a printer case if you want to be versatile you get something like that where it's all in one all these boots have touchscreen computers we have remote control firing the CSL booths are actually really cool because it comes with something that resembles a car clicker right and let me and we can set this to whatever we want so if we have three people go in the booth we just pushing the number two and then number four and that starts it here's a close-up of that this sucka yeah keep on now I bought this one the Colorado satellite booth I couldn't be happier it was like four grand out the door with media kits we've made money on it and we haven't had to buy any media kits you know yet but we still paid for the thing so it's a cool piece it's got everything you need for a guy like me who's disabled its lightweight and I can get it out of a vehicle no problem these are a little big for me but but they're good they're cool boost but this is perfect for me or you feel like if you're a small person or even uh like my daughter runs a photo booth so this is perfect for her she's not a big you know guy like Chris obviously our first photo booth we absolutely love just because it's our first one however the person that we bought it from is a photo booth company and they're in our same market and when we first purchased the booth we drove to this place and it was also our most expensive with it was over seven thousand dollars this one in comparison was less than fifty five hundred when we got there he made us sign a non-compete under duress I should say because we didn't know that so we got there he's like whoa you can't have the booth unless you sign a non-compete my Bavaria and I was kind of irritated about that but we had driven 150 miles to get there and I wanted to boot so whatever and I'm not going to drive 150 miles I could find work in my own market second thing that happened with this other company he sold us a new old stock burner it was a Sony printer that two months before we purchased the printer Sony had notified everybody that they were getting out of the digital media business they were you stopping cameras and photo printers and then the tsunami in Japan hit right and the factories that made the photo booth media were wiped out from earthquake and then the big flood that came through so our media went from $90 a box to $180 blocks didn't he also demand that you if you were sell to sell it back to him or something yeah and there were other things in the contract so that you know if I want to get rid of the case it has to stay within his family I have to sell it back to him first which I'm not going to do I will never do that you own it you on it that's correct and so just be really careful and there's I've heard other stories from photo booth companies that they want you to buy the media from them try not to buy from somebody that's a photo booth right knee in her own area other other tips about the photo booths is you know budget what it's going to cost you for replacement value because everything in these booths the things do break and they wear out we've already in this booth we already replaced a camera which happened with no notice just it went from working fine to five shot later it ride and thank goodness there was a Best Buy across the street and $600 later we had a new camera and nobody had noticed the photo printers we're out we have a couple of photo printers that have 17,000 plus prints on them our first photo printer got two eleven thousand prints the warranty expired at twelve and we had a real problem with Sony on the warranty repair so we no longer have any Sony printers were all haitai and the DNP height size what I have right yeah yeah that's nice one high tides really good I'm in a really good area for photo booth stuff because everything that I need to fix these booths I can drive to you in 30 minutes or less now I have a question when you need media for these what's your media sit because you can't just go buy this at Office Depot where do you go where you buy it and hang you the best deals you look online there's a couple different places online the one that we use is called photo Club photo club it's f OTO club Inc i NC com they're out of Santa Fe Springs California our contact there is Rubin and they literally have the best prices on photo booth media there's a couple others if you're on the East Coast I think there's a company called image spectrum and there's a few others again we deal with the suppliers that are local to us because if I have a problem where I have a last minute show I can drive 30 minutes Santa Fe Springs and pick up my photo booth media now the more media kits you buy it once the better break they give you on the price right for a long time we were buying one at a time two at a time and all of a sudden we discovered if you buy four or more you get a price break so the price goes you know from I think we're saving about five dollars a box by buying four or more that's a bit so it requires a little bit of pre-planning and the last thing you want to do when you own a photo booth company is run out of media right and I hear about that all the time at you know or on these photo booths boards and it's funny as it's DJ companies they don't they they put out a last-minute emergency ball oh I'm out of media anybody have a box of whatever and that's just lame you know if you know you have an event check your photo booth print counts right on Mondays when we come back we check every single photo booth and do a print count and we place our media orders on Tuesdays so at any given time we have enough media for our shows plus like three extra cases local media a lot of good info is going to be a long video I'll try to cut it down to the the nuts and bolts best I can but thank you for us this guy like I said he is doing it right he's making money at this and and we need to listen to guys like does he's a pro he's figured it out he's he's founding the secret and he won't give us all secrets I'm sure but he'll give us that you get him a little by little we'll do videos when you lie you'll learn a little look people do wanna mo be too so thanks for watching and with your photo booth