Frequently asked questions

  • How does it all work?  Our staff operate the cameras via hand trigger, maintaining the authenticity of the turn of the 20th century. Once in front of the camera, we’ll arrange everybody for the best composition and make sure everybody is visible in the shot, especially grandma! And Voila! Come back as many times as you like. We’ll engage with your guests to make the most fun photos and experience possible!

    If you’ve opted for Instant Sharing or Instant Prints, we’ll assist you with emailing your photos and hand out your prints as soon as they complete.

  • Do you offer prints onsite?  Yes! We now offer instant prints at events!  They’re super fast, clocking in at about 9 seconds per print! The cost begins at $400 which includes a 4x6 print for every guest in a photo. virtually unlimited. We’ve produced as many as 600 4x6 prints in a 3 hour event!

  • Do you offer instant upload/sharing?  Yes! We now offer instant upload to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, e-mail and SMS. 
    *Note that all social channel upload capability vary based on the API restrictions of each social network.

  • Do you provide props?  We do not provide props as our standard service option. YOU’RE the star of the photo! Our goal it to capture beautiful images for all guests to enjoy for years to come.  

    If you’d like props for your event, we can work with you on curating a package to suit your event. We do have various options for weddings, Roaring 20’s, and are currently curating a mix of antique and replica props pieces from the era of these cameras.

  • How old are the cameras?  We currently have two vintage camera booths.  One camera unit is from 1885 and the other is from 1907.  Both antique cameras were acquired in New York City.    

  • What types of backgrounds do you have?  Bugbooth utilizes existing backgrounds/walls at every venue as the backdrop, which makes for more unique and dynamic photos.  However, we have several backdrop options available to rent as well. Prices vary.      

  • How much does it cost to download an image from an event?  Image downloads are free and unlimited! Please visit the ‘Find Your Photos’ option to access our galleries.

  • Will this work for a Corporate event?  In a word, YES! Bugbooth is booked all the time for Corporate parties, especially Roaring 20’s themed events. Beyond those, brand activations, birthdays, weddings; Bugbooth's vintage cameras are perfect at any event! The unique appearance of our photo booths add beautifully to the aesthetic you've carefully crafted.

  • Can Bugbooth work at an outdoor event?  Yes, absolutely! We do require a dry, level surface and non windy conditions for the safety of our equipment and guests.

  • Are you available outside Chicago city limits?  We love to travel!  Let us know the event location and we'll discuss travel fees.

  • How much does a booth cost?   Services start at $900 for private events, which includes 2 hours of live service, idle time if necessary for dinner or early setup, a technician, set-up/break down, and your own web photo gallery. 

    Our most popular event bookings run $1400-1700 as a packaged discount, which includes Instant Prints and Instant Sharing. We are happy to work with you to customize a package that will suit your budget and needs.