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Some Fun Photo Booth Facts – Did you know…?

… The patent for the first automated photography machine was filed in 1888 YES 1888! It probably was never built but still…

…The first known really working photographic machine was shown at the World Fair in Paris in 1889. The German born photographer Mathew Steffens from Chicago filed a patent for such a machine in May 1889. These early machines were not reliable enough to be self-sufficient. But, the first commercially successful automatic photographic apparatus was the “Bosco“ from the Inventor Conrad Bernitt of Hamburg (Patented July-16-1890).AutoboothMechJosepho01Note the chemical developing tank!

… The modern concept of photo booth with (later) a curtain originated with Anatol Josepho, with the first photo booth appearing 1925 on Broadway in New York City. For 25 cents, the booth took, developed and printed 8 photos, a process taking roughly ten minutes“When it first opened, there were people standing all the way around the block. Time magazine reported that 280,000 customers had entered the booths in the first six months.” The Photomaton Company was created to place booths nationwide. The photo booth phenomenon had begun.

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… They’ve come a long way since then but the principle is still the same! The technology may have changed but the fun remains! From New York City to New Zealand. From Auckland to Dunedin, from in Hawkes Bay to Taranaki. You push the button, strike a pose (or four!) And let the Fun begin!

PBF 1PBF 2… You can give me call if you have an event – Party, Wedding, Conference, Christmas function, Awards Ceremony, Charity Auction, Fundraiser, Open Day, Ball - anything where fun is key, from Napier to Hastings, Havelock North or Central Hawkes Bay to Palmerston North, we’ll be there and we’ll bring the fun that was started nearly a century ago and still going strong today!

Call today! I’d love to hear from you.

Tony Speakman

Hawkes Bay Manager

It’s how long until Christmas?!

Has anyone else noticed that it is nearly September…. How did this happen!

First day of Spring is about to hit, next thing we know it will be Summer and then CHRISTMAS! Hard to believe we know!

Around here Christmas means Christmas parties and lots of them! Our calendar is already pretty full with Christmas functions but we still have room for a few more….and everyone knows that a Christmas party with a Photo Booth Fun booth is 100 times more fun than one without (it’s a true story).

We would love to hear from you about your Christmas party and will do our very best to get you a booth, but you will need to get onto it fast, so give us a call -0800 FOTO BOOTH

Look how much fun these happy Christmas party goers had last year – this could be you this year so go on give us a call – you know you want to!


Taranaki Photo Booth Fun Christmas

We love getting your feedback!

Here at Photo Booth Fun, we just LOVE to get good ole fashioned feedback!  Be it good or bad, we really appreciate any feedback we get from our customers, and know that it is vital for us to continually improve our products and services.

Here is what some of our Auckland customers have had to say recently …..

“I thought you were an extremely easy to deal with. In fact I was frantically disorganised but your company made it very easy to sort out. You rang back, kept in contact and were very responsive. The staff were amazing we had at the party and I have had loads of positive comments from my party guests. Anyway – I would love you to know how happy I am with Photo Booth Fun.  Thanks heaps!!”

‘We have used you in the past and have always had great experiences”

“The quality of the photos was excellent, the props were hilarious and the operator was really friendly and helpful. Would recommend to anyone. Thanks so much!”

“It was my first time in a photo booth and i had so much FUN!  Thank you so much – it was awesome”


Keep that feedback coming people and hope to see you at another event real soon!

Jacs & Dee
Auckland Managers

Ball Season is Upon Us!

School Ball Waikato

Balls and formals have always been the highlight of any high school calendar. Starting as early as July, the young people of New Zealand don their very finest and undertake an extensive beautification routine for the big night.
Photobooth Fun are a perfect addition to the night’s celebrations. We provide several package deal options for schools and are always happy to customise the booking to suit.
In the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, we’ve already attended four brilliant balls and met loads of lovely young people having a great time in the booth.
Give our administration team a call on 0800 FOTO BOOTH to book your date in now!

A Mad Affair!


We recently had the privilege of bringing our booth to the Mad Hatters’ Ball in Christchurch.  This was the latest incarnation of the annual fundraiser held by our friends at Shocking Pink and wow, what a turnout and WOW, what hats!!

But I think this train hat has to be my favourite! An impressive fit in our photo booth!


I love bringing the booth to join the Shocking Pink party – Not just because it’s so much fun, but also because this is a great charity well worth supporting.

I can’t wait to see the fabulous costumes at next year’s ball!



Manager – Christchurch/S.I

Everything is awesome!


A photo booth made out of Lego

Even Lego has a Photobooth now

I was looking at the new Lego collections, as one does on a blustery Wellington day, and I noticed that one of the latest sets has its own Photobooth! You know that when Lego does a model of something its finally arrived in pop culture coolness. So it must be the time of the Photobooth!

Congratulations if you’re one of those folks who have already had a booth before or have made your booking you are are ahead of the curve!

But for the rest of you – fear not! You can still get in on the magic and without all the fiddly little Lego pieces.

We’ll do the assembly of our booths for you and the best thing about our booths is that you get the strips to take away with you – not as a little plastic bit but as a professionally printed strip of memories. And one that won’t hurt your bare foot if you accidentally step on one like a Lego brick.

The other good news is that we are taking bookings for those all important Christmas parties. The tiny little toy booth in the picture won’t hold your boss, Dave from accounts, the whole marketing team and Linda’s boyfriend Wayne all at the same time. But ours do.

So get on a put a real Photobooth on your Christmas party wishlist for this year. All the cool kids will be opening theirs under the tree on Christmas Day.

We’ll leave you with this Lego booth, constructed by the son of our very own Hawkes Bay Region Manager Tony.

Every booth is awesome!

Homegrown booth

This booth was made by the son of our Hawkes Bay manager – our uniforms aren’t quite as cool as that!



Getting your DIY on….

Here at Photo Booth Fun we are big on the kiwi way of DIY! We have seen some pretty amazing props created especially for our booth events…we have even been known to create our own!

If you have an event coming up and you are the DIY type you are probably about to spend hours flicking through inspiration boards online looking for that perfect idea…well let us save you some time and have a look at some super cool DIY photo booth props…

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Not the DIY type? No worries – just ask about adding our Photo Booth Fun props to your package and let the fun begin!

Remember when it comes to props there are no rules! Blackboards, frames, silly faces….anything goes and that is just the way we like it!


15 of the most Epic Photo-Bombs…

One of the awesome things about photo booths is they inevitably attract the photo-bomber. Several events we’ve had in Hawkes Bay over the last year or so have even developed into a competition to see who could effect the perfect photo-bomb. Did they succeed..? You decide…

1     I just want a photo of the Bride and Groom while they’re standing still for a minute…IMG_0057

2     The handy insert… IMG_0049

3     The Bride Bomber…IMG_0119

4     From the front and the back… good job!IMG_0126-2

5     The masked intruder strikes again…IMG_0162

6     The moustache says it all..!IMG_0214

7     The jump in and scream approach…IMG_0255

8     Oi, mind the drink…IMG_0291

9      I can stick my tongue further than you…IMG_0300

10     The jump in and scream again… IMG_0303

11     Doing it with style..! IMG_0399

12     Just horsing around…IMG_0445

13     Ta da..! IMG_0445-2

14     If I scream loud enough it’ll come out in the photo… IMG_0711

And finally… 15     well there is a story here I’m sure, I just don’t know what it is lolIMG_0748


Remember, if you’re having a party, big or small, in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North or any part of the wider Hawkes Bay area, double the fun with a photobooth. Call us today!

And bring your best photo-bomb!


(Hawkes Bay Regional Manager)

Where has the year gone … ?

Here we are more than half way through the year already. We are 3 weeks past the shortest day – the days are getting longer now and the warmer weather is just around the corner!!

The past few months have been very busy for the Auckland crew, and we have had the pleasure of attending many fabulous school balls!  We have been at the Rangitoto College Year 12 ball, Rodney College & Kings College ball (just to name a few!) – and we still have many more to come.  If you have had your school ball already and had an online gallery as part of your package, don’t forget to get in touch with the ball organiser for the password (as all the photos are up on our “galleries” page).

Aside from school balls, we have also been very busy with weddings – its great to see winter weddings  becoming more and more popular.   We have also attended plenty of birthday celebrations (including the birthday party of the wonderful Lisa who supplied this fabulous backdrop and some awesome costumes!!) ….

Thank you to everyone who has hired a photo booth at some stage over the first half of 2014 and we look forward to all the wonderful events we have booked for the rest of the year!
Jacs & Dee
(Auckland Regional Managers)

School ball fun in Christchurch

It’s been a month of school ball fun here in Chch – So many revellers have been through our Christchurch photo booth lately and they’ve all come out laughing.

We had a ball (geddit?) at St Margarets, Timaru Girls’ High, Cathedral Grammar and Lincoln High and we’ve got the photos to prove it :D











We’re looking forward to 2015’s ball season already!


Stay warm Canterbury.


Manager – Christchurch