Over the last few years, we noticed quite a few new photo booth companies in Toronto and we wanted to share with you our guide
to choosing your Photo Booth vendor in GTA. As an original Mirror Booth company in Toronto
with hundreds of events under our belt we hope these tips will help you in selecting the best
vendor for your celebration!
While this guide can help you search for any type of booth we will assume that you are most
likely interested in the Mirror type which has quickly become one of the more popular options
for many types of events due to its many interactive, customizable and fun capabilities.
And now let’s get to it! Below are some of the main things to consider when choosing for your
1. Online Reviews: One of the easiest ways to check the company’s credibility is to check
their online (google) reviews. This should be the first thing to look for in order to protect
your investment and ensure your event runs smoothly. If you haven’t initially found the
vendor in Google search we recommend searching for the name online to ensure it does
not have any glaring negative reviews. And when checking their reviews one thing to keep
in mind is to make sure to closely match the company’s name and address as we have
seen some photo booth companies with very similar names!
2. Price: If you find a photo booth company that is considerably cheaper than its peers, there
is likely a good reason. The old saying “you only get what you pay for” certainly applies to
photo booths as well. There could be many reasons why a vendor might be offering a
significantly lower price on their quote and unfortunately some of them might only get
revealed at the event itself (when it’s already too late to change anything). One of the more
common reasons why we see a significantly lower rate offered is a brand new vendor trying
to secure some initial bookings. While we don’t see anything wrong in this case (everyone
gotta start somewhere) its important to take in account the trade off between the price and
experience. With the sophisticated piece of equipment like Mirror Photo Booths there are
literally hundreds of things that can go wrong and the more experience the vendor has the
faster they will be able to rectify or prevent the issue. Which brings us to the next point:
3. Back Up Equipment: With sophisticated photo booths like the Selfie Mirror there are
multiple pieces of equipment that need to work in sync. What happens when one of the
pieces stops working? In most cases you will end up with a simple giant mirror that you
paid lots of money for 🙂 We recommend to ensure that your vendor has back up equipment
that is readily available during the event so in case of any trouble you can be up and
running again. (With My Selfie Mirror we carry lots of smaller spare parts in our set up and
always have someone on call to bring any larger components like a printer)
4. Insurance: Commercial insurance is a must for most vendors that work in public event
spaces and deal with various equipment. At the very minimum we recommend the vendor
to have minimum liability insurance of $2 million. Every year we encounter more and more
venues that require vendor liability insurance and choosing someone who already has it will
greatly speed up your booking process. Liability insurance will protect the vendor in case of
any accidents with your guests or the banquet hall.
5. Space and other venue restrictions: My Selfie Mirror and most other mirror type photo
booths usually require about 10×10 feet of space and an electrical outlet within
approachable distance. While most of the venues we work with in Toronto have adequate
amount of space its always a good idea to double check that the photo booth can be
6. Props: We finish off with our biggest personal pet peeve. Maintaining photo booth props is
probably one of the most troublesome tasks and yet it must be done. This may sound silly
but all too often sweaty guests put on hats, boast sunglasses etc. when posing for photos.
Does the vendor have a process to clean and disinfect the props after/before the event?
Bonus Tip: With the recent popularity of Mirror type booths we are seeing an increase of
different models and makes being offered online. With the original mirror booth introduced to
the market by Fotomaster (US company) there are now more and more copies being made
elsewhere with potentially lower level of capabilities and support. While looking the same to the
untrained eye there is a chance you might be missing out on the quality and features of
dedicated and experienced photo booth manufacturer at your event. To ensure you are
booking the best available product for your celebration ask the vendor if they are using the
genuine Fotomaster mirror booth.
This badge means that the operator has received the full official training,
has additional manufacturer support and offers the latest interactive
In conclusion: Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong vendor for your once-in-a-lifetime
event or celebration. We recommend working with professionals to get the most out of your
entertainment investment and to fully enjoy your celebration!
Visit our new showroom at 80 Jutland Rd. Suite 600 in Etobicoke and
experience the Selfie Mirror experience in person. Visits are by
appointment only, please call 647 952 6735 or email
[email protected] to schedule your time!