My wedding will be held out of Orange County, can I still use The Silly Shutter?
Although The Silly Shutter is based in Orange County, I will take on weddings in other areas on a case-by-case basis depending on travel, availability, etc and travel expenses may be added to the cost of the booth depending on the location.
What makes The Silly Shutter different than other photo booths?
First of all, The Silly Shutter is a “booth” without a booth. Meaning that instead of sitting in an enclosed area, guests are out in the open, in front of a background, and they take their own picture with a high resolution DSLR camera. I’m not going to try to sway you as to which method is better because it is based on preference and they each have their benefits.
However, I will say that the focus of The Silly Shutter is not only to provide a great source of entertainment, but a quality photo as well. This is why I personally view and add a Silly Shutter touch to each photo before they are viewed. Whether there are 100 photos taken or 1,000, I will view each and every one.
Why doesn’t The Silly Shutter offer onsite prints like other photo booths?
I’m always thinking of whether or not I should add onsite prints to the packages, but the truth is that I don’t strive to be like all the other booths. It is more important to me to deliver a good quality photo than to provide a fast instant print onsite. As I mentioned previously, I like to review and add some love to each photo before they are viewed by the client and it would be impossible to do so if I provided instant prints. Plus, all the photo booth prints I’ve ever taken home usually ended up folded up in my back pocket or tossed in the trash a week later and I don’t like to waste paper. Aside from that, it would cost me (and the client) a lot more to add onsite prints.
My Venue requires liability insurance. Does The Silly Shutter carry this?
Since The Silly Shutter is in its early stages, I do NOT carry annual liability insurance coverage. However, day insurance policies are available and we can work something out if needed (as I have done in the past). I am hoping to add liability insurance by the start of 2013.
How do I book The Silly Shutter?
The first step is to make sure that I am available on your date to cover your event. Next, I always want to make sure that I can offer what you are looking for. I will NOT book an event if I feel that I cannot offer you what you are looking for.
If you are happy with The Silly Shutter at this point, I will send you a contract (via email) that you will sign and return with a check for $150 to officially hold your date.
I already paid the deposit, is it too late to cancel?
As of right now, I am giving a 14 day grace period from the day I get the deposit check to go ahead and cancel if you need to or if you feel that The Silly Shutter may not meet your needs. On the 15th day, it will be too late to cancel and if done so, the deposit will not be refunded.
How and when do I pay the rest of the balance?
The balance must be paid off no later than 7 days before your wedding. That is, if you are getting married on a Saturday, the balance must be paid via cash or check by the previous Saturday at the latest. Failure to pay the balance at this time may result in cancellation of of The Silly Shutter at your event and forfeiture of the deposit as well. The Silly Shutter will NOT attend an event in which the balance has not been paid off in full. Of course, early payments are welcome.
Do you offer lower prices for smaller parties?
Originally, it was my intention to offer lower prices for smaller parties. However, I soon realized that no matter what type of event I covered, I was still doing the same amount of work. Whether I’m at a wedding for 4 hours or a birthday party for 4 hours, I still have to prep, travel, set up, stay the duration of the event, tear down, review and edit all the pictures, upload the pictures, and so on. With all the work that comes with each event and since The Silly Shutter is already competitively priced, I don’t feel that I can go any lower on the price.