The Vintage Photo Booth – Timeless Entertainment

Posted 2/19/18 in: New Jersey New York

Visiting the Photo Booth Expo

Last year, I attended the world’s largest Photo Booth trade show in Las Vegas for four days. During that time, I learned from other photo booth experts, industry leaders, and business owners. While walking through the exhibit floor, I observed the various new photo booth designs available for events. Amidst the constant flood of new camera technology and novel photo booth options, I found myself leaning towards these new gadgets.  Advanced drones with cameras, mirror photo booths, and 3D photo booths. With the current pace of technological innovation, any  great idea can be made obsolete in a matter of two years. It begs the question: “what made the original photo booth so popular and appealing to such a wide audience?”

Looking back at the Original Photo Booths

To get a better understanding of the history of vintage photo booths, and to learn more about how artists such as Andy Warhol and Nakki Goranin used the photo booth in their art, check out this great blog post by Max Bloch titled “Behind the Curtain: A History of the Photobooth.” While inventors constantly worked on improving the photo booth itself, at some point, they all landed on the final design of a booth, a curtain, a simple camera, and excellent quality photo prints.  Things have not changed much.  People continue to try new ideas, and I have to admit, it is exciting!  Exciting to observe new ideas using new technology to resemble the original photo booth design.

Keeping it simple

As we receive many inquiries for different types of photo booths, our approach is pretty much the same. Keep it simple, and keep it timeless. Our vintage photo booth has a minimalist design, classic construction, with excellent camera technology ideal for high-end weddings in Midtown Manhattan (The Loeb Central Park Boathouse is one of our favorite, timeless NYC venues), or a low-key family gathering at a private home. While innovation remains key for any business model, at the same time, in this age of constant upgrades, sticking to a timeless, vintage design is often sufficient. Plus, we find that our vintage photo booth bridges generational gaps, appealing to both the old-fashion, pre-internet generation and the uber-tech savvy millennial generation as well. As you research your photo booth options, we highly recommend our classic photo booth – simple, yet timeless.

Our classic photo booth in the modern, chic event space at the Martha Washington Hotel located on East 29th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

VW Photo Bus Rental in Beacon, NY

Posted 11/28/17 in: New Jersey New York

VW Photo Bus Rental at a lovely Fall Wedding in Beacon, NY

This past weekend, we brought our VW Photo Bus Rental to Beacon, New York, at a lovely Hudson Valley Wedding.  For many, the Fall Season in the Hudson Valley captures a unique beauty in all of nature. The changing leaves, the crisp air, and the beautiful mountains. It is no surprise that the Hudson Valley continues to grow as a popular wedding destination during the Fall Seasons. The Roundhouse in Beacon, NY, is one of those up-and-coming destinations. Last Fall, the father of the bride, a long-time Volkswagen mechanic and expert, invited Bella, our VW Photo Bus, to join in celebrating a lovely couple. He has years of experience working on Volkswagen’s and we hit it off right away talking about the history of the VW Bus, previous restoration projects, ongoing restoration projects, etc… and, of course, we posed for photo booth photos as well.

A Generous Review for our VW Photo Bus

It’s always nice to receive a positive review from previous clients.  So grateful for this generous review. See below:
“What a blast is the first thing I need to say! We met Bella, Tony’s VW Photobus the afternoon of our wedding, and boy did she have presence out of the gate! People loved the spin on the photobooth! Tony was easy to work and communicate with from initial call to the day of, and made our day so special and unique! If you want the traditional photobooth, he can sure do that too, but bringing Bella along for the ride is just too cool to pass up! It’s something people won’t forget!”

Posing for Wedding Photos before the Ceremony in the Hudson Valley

This lovely bride and groom posing in front of our VW Photo Bus at their lovely Hudson Valley Wedding in Beacon, New York

Bellows Open Air Photo Booth in NYC

Posted 11/20/17 in: New Jersey New York

Bellows Open Air Photo Booth in NYC

Our New Bellows Style Open Air Photo Booth!

This Bellows Style Open Air Photo Booth looks like the original cameras with an accordion front.  Equipped with updated technology, it will feel like you and your guests are experiencing an old fashion photo shoot. Designed after the old cameras from a century ago, these hand-made booths are intricately put together to help you and your guests blast back in time as if you were at your great-grandparents’ wedding.

How it works

Guests pose in front of a standard back drop, look into a computer tablet below, and smile at the camera lens. Just several seconds later, a printed photo strip is offered to them so they will always remember their evening together.

More info

This booth boasts handcrafted wood work designed from cherry, maple and walnut wood, telescoping bellows, solid brass accents and hand-rubbed finish. All in a sleek, compact design. Absolutely gorgeous! It smells nice, too!

Here are some photos of the Bellows Booth in action…

Similar to our VW PhotoBus and Classic Booth, we are in the business of capturing your special event with elegance and class.

Contact us today to reserve one for your special event.

2017 Photo-Strip Hall of Fame

Posted 11/09/17 in: Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island
Connecting in our vintage photo booth at a recent wedding at The Lighthouse in Manhattan

So ends another wedding season.  Grateful to have celebrated with so many brides, grooms, MOBs, FOGs, Aunties, flower girls, ring bearers, caterers, photographers, DJ’s and limo drivers in 2017.  Very soon we will comb through the wedding photo booth archives and select the very best photo-strips from this past season.  If you have one you’d like to submit, please email me at  If we select yours to include in the Top Ten, you will receive a free gift!

More to come, so stay tuned….

Take a Trip Back in Time with PhotoBooth Planet

Posted 11/06/17 in: Vermont / Upstate NY VW Photobooth Bus

From an article in Vermont State Homes…

“Photobooth Planet specializes in customizable photo booths for pretty much any occasion. Owner of the company Chris Centracchio joined his friends’ photo booth venture in 2011, taking the company to new heights. In the formative years that followed, the team patented a hard-sided, enclosed booth as well as an open air bellows booth that looked like a century-old camera. Centracchio also spearheaded the development of a Volkswagen photo bus, one of their most popular mobile booths for rent that takes you back in time.”

“We love helping people bond when they are gathered for the most important events of their lives, mainly weddings and special occasions,” Centracchio said. “The photo booths that we offer all have a ‘wow’ factor to them.”

“At Photobooth Planet, you will encounter an array of options. The vintage style, hard-sided photo booth is a classic choice for weddings and engagement parties. Remaining true to the iconic look of the turn-of-the-century booth, there are no theme park antics or pipe-and-drape kits here. Gracefully styled to match the aesthetic sensibilities of a wedding, this photo booth is roomy, elegant, and possesses a whimsical feel. The company can rent booths in most of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.”

“The traditional open air booth and their recently released bellows booth capture images in the open and allow for customizable backdrops. These booths allow for larger groups, and require guests to press a button to have their picture taken. Two identical strips of three glossy photos (black and white or color, and customizable to include text) are produced and ready to view in seconds.”

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We were recently featured in an article, Take a Trip Back in Time with Photobooth Planet. If you’re interested in Vermont Real Estate, check out what they have to offer for Burlington, VT Homes for Sale.

VW Photo Bus Rental Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Posted 6/06/17 in: New Jersey New York

Our VW Photo Bus Rental on Long Beach Island, New Jersey

This past weekend, we visited the Brant Beach Yacht Club with our VW Bus on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  It was a picture perfect summer day overlooking the ocean.  On top of that, we made lots of great friends with other vendors and guests of the bride and groom.

Making friends

Thank you to Delaney Dobson Photography for the beautiful photo of our vintage VW Bus!  A real pleasure working with you on making this a spectacular event.  Thank you also to Megan at Rustic Drift for her awesome vintage-style furniture.  I love their furniture, their design, and the overall aesthetic Rustic Drift creates for each event!  A perfect compliment to our vintage VW Bus on Long Beach Island, New Jersey!

Newlyweds hanging in our vintage Volkwagen Photo Bus after the ceremony!  Thank you to Delaney Dobson Photography for this awesome shot.

A lovely review from a lovely couple:

“Tony and “Bella”, the VW photobooth bus, were amazing! The perfect highlight to our wedding. Tony arrived promptly, generously gave an additional hour of time, and was fun to work with. Bella was a hit! We would have them again in a heartbeat- fun and different!”


A Short Film about Photobooth Planet

Posted 5/06/17 in: Connecticut Featured Rhode Island VW Photobooth Bus Check out this short video produced by Buzz Media Company which showcases the good times ahead when you hire Photobooth Planet to provide a photo booth rental for your wedding or next event.  Serving Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

Check out this short video produced by Buzz Media Company which showcases the good times ahead when you hire Photobooth Planet to provide a photo booth rental for your wedding or next event.  Serving Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

Wedding VW Bus Photoshoot

Posted 4/26/17 in: Connecticut Rhode Island VW Photobooth Bus

Thank you to the illustrious wedding photographer, Maggie Conley, of Maggie Conley Photography out of Stonington, Connecticut.  A great friend and an amazing photographer.  We took these young newlyweds out for a photo shoot with Chloe at Devil’s Hopyard in Haddam, CT.   Consider hiring us to provide Chloe the VW PhotoBus for your wedding.  Serving Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Chloe the VW PhotoBus for hire. Rent this photo booth for weddings in CT and RI.

Traditional Photo Booth Rental in NYC

Posted 4/25/17 in: New Jersey New York

Traditional Photo Booth Rental in NYC

We recently set-up our classic vintage photo booth in NYC at the Standard High Line for a lovely Sweet 16.  One of the hippest hotels in Manhattan, the Standard High Line offers fantastic views of the Hudson River.  The hotel sits adjacent to The High Line, NYC’s only elevated park and by far, one of Manhattan’s most popular New York attractions.

The High Line NYC

The High Line was formally a rail track, which went out of use in 1980. The 1.45-mile-long strip was resurrected in 2009 and turned into one of the best NYC Parks, which runs from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea.  Read more about the High Line here at Time Out New York.

At the Party

Our classic vintage photo booth in NYC fit perfectly with the decor at the Standard Hotel, matching the vintage New York theme.  Guests were in and out of our vintage photo booth all evening!  Great event space and perfect decor for our vintage classic photo booth!

All set up with our classic vintage photo booth at the Standard High Line Hotel in NYC


Photo booth Celebrity: Kristen Schaal

Posted 3/28/17 in: Connecticut Featured Rhode Island
Photo booth rental, Saybrook Point Inn, Old Saybrook CT

Check it out – one of our favorite comics in the world popped into our photo booth at a recent wedding in Old Saybrook, CT.  We were honored to share this moment with her.  Thanks for stopping by Kristen Schaal!