WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR BACKUP KIT

Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You’ve got to be prepared in everything you do.
— Helmut Jahn

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

TECHNOLOGY ISN'T PERFECT. THINGS BREAK, THINGS FAIL AND YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR WHATEVER MIGHT HAPPEN. Photobooths are made up of lots of different parts that aren't always meant to work together. IF YOU AREN'T CURRENTLY PACKING A BACKUP KIT, YOU should START TODAY. HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED WHILE RUNNING MY BOOTH.

  1. MY FLASH TUBED DIED during an EVENT
  2. MODELING LIGHT DIED AT THE BEGINNING OF AN EVENT
  3. FLASH SYNC CORD BROKE WHEN SOMEONE PUSHED IT IN TOo HARD
  4. usb HUB DIED 

NOW, THIS IS AFTER HUNDREDS OF EVENTS. IT'S NOT LIKE OUR FAIL RATE IS THAT LARGE, BUT IF I DIDN'T HAVE A BACKUP FOR EACH OF THESE EVENTS I WOULD HAVE HAD TO REFUND THE CLIENT MONEY AND THAT'S THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

HERE'S WHAT WE PACK IN OUR KITS

  • FLASH SYNC CABLE
  • CAMERA TETHER CABLE
  • PRINTER CABLE
  • SURGE PROTECTED POWER BAR
  • USB HUB
  • FLASH BULB
  • MODELING LAMP BULB
  • TWISTY TIES
  • SCISSORS
  • TAPE
  • SCREW DRIVER
  • ROLL OF PAPER
  • RIBBON
  • BUSINESS CARDS

 

WHAT ABOUT BIGGER ITEMS?

WE ALSO HAVE BACKUPS FOR OUR BIGGER ITEMS AND IF WE ARE DOING A LARGE EVENT WE WILL PACK THEM. THESE INCLUDE:

  • TABLET
  • CAMERA
  • PRINTER
  • STROBE LIGHT

WE TEST ALL OF OUR EVENTS THE NIGHT BEFORE TO MAKE SURE HARDWARE IS WORKING PERFECTLY AND WE ALSO SET UP VERY EARLY IN ORDER TO ALLOW TESTING ON SITE AS WELL. THIS GIVES US TIME TO CORRECT ANY ISSUES WE MIGHT FIND WITHOUT GUESTS EVER KNOWING or seeing ANYTHING. It's one of the biggest things that takes up time while setting up.