First things first, what does it actually mean to be inclusive?

Inclusive {in-kloo-siv}, adjective: aiming to include and integrate all people and groups in activities, events, organizations, etc., especially those who are disadvantaged, have suffered discrimination, or are living with disabilities.

Secondly, why is it important to be inclusive, especially when hosting events for people who might need accommodations or adaptations to make the experience available and fun for them?

Well, the most important reasons are that you want your guests to feel welcomed, respected and accepted in the event space and by extension, in the photo booth. And, best of all, if you do it correctly, all of the above will be communicated to your guests without you saying a word.

Now, how can you bring that spirit of inclusivity into reality, and make all of your guests’ event and photo booth experience outstanding?

  1. As a host it is your responsibility to make sure the physical experience in the booth is accounted for. For example: Is the camera height adjustable for guests who may use various mobility aids? Will all the cords be taped down to eliminate tripping hazards? Will there be enough room to safely maneuver using mobility aids? Is the welcome screen able to be translated to accommodate different languages? Are there proper access ramps into and out of the event and the photo booth space? Will there be an attendant there to help explain the process to guests who are visually impaired? After all, though they may not be able to see the photos themselves, their friends and loved ones still want photos of them! 
  2. Discuss the backdrop and prop theme with your photo booth provider before your event. That way your event can be customized for you; meaning, you could have a rainbow backdrop for a pride event, a custom step and repeat banner for a charity fundraiser or gala, a set non-binary or LGTBQ+ signs and props provided for the photo booth.
  3. Ask your event staff and photo booth attendant to avoid binary language like Ma’am and Sir, ladies and gentlemen, she/he and have them use terms like beautiful people, folks, honored guests, they/them. You can always invite someone into the booth by simply saying “Step right up, and I’ll show you how it works!” The right language can go a long way to making people feel accepted and included, it’s easy to do, it doesn’t imply anything about anyone, and best of all doesn’t take away from the experience! It’s what you call a win-win-win! 
  4. Recognize that not all disabilities or differences are visible. Meaning if you’re hosting an event with a photo booth for people on the spectrum, are there ways to accommodate to make the experience more enjoyable for them. For example: having clearly outlined instructions to help reduce social and situational anxiety, making sure the photo booth lights stay on constantly instead of flashing during photos, communicating the scope of the event to your photo booth attendant so they have the knowledge they need to help your guest with care and understanding.

Everyone Should Feel Welcome in the Photo Booth

Full Stop. We believe that everyone should get the opportunity to enjoy themselves at a party! After all, people living with disabilities, those who have suffered discrimination, those of us have been or currently are disadvantaged, are simply special in the way that all of us are special. Special in the way we all need unique (physical, intellectual, spiritual or emotional) accommodations in our daily lives to allow us to feel supported and valued and included. Needing support to thrive doesn’t make anyone “differently abled” or too much, it simply makes us human beings, and that can and should extend to experiences like weddings, parties and corporate events!

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