Wow I cannot believe that the holiday season is already upon us and 2012 is almost over! What an eventful and exciting year this has been. Around this time each year I like to reflect back on what has happened during the year, what wins did I have, what failures did I have. As I am doing this I wanted to send a note thanks to all of you and share some thoughts.

I am grateful and happy to have met each of you through the Photo Booth Owners website. Some of you I have been able to build a deeper relationship with and have spoken on many occasions about various things in the photo booth industry. Others I have not had the opportunity to get to know much better than our initial correspondence and welcome email. I hope to change this over the coming months.

I cannot believe that it has been 7 months since I launched the PBO website. The success has been simply amazing and humbling. When I launched the site I wondered if anyone would find value in it. Would it be helpful enough for others to invest their time in reading and participating on? I am happy to say that it appears that it has been.

We are now well over 400 members strong on the community site and the site has become a great collection of all of our collective knowledge. Thank you all so much for your openness and willingness to help others! I cannot say this enough thank you, thank you.

The website as a whole now serves thousands of visits per month and the growth has been mind-blowing (well at least blowing my little mind). We’ve been affecting so many lives I still find it hard to believe.

To help keep the site up we now have several amazing sponsors that I would like to thank here. Please keep each them in mind as you make purchases going forward. Imaging Spectrum, Foto Club Inc, Photo Party Upload, Reliable Hardware and Photobooth SEO.

The recent launch of the PBO Design Shop has been well received and it has helped many provide designs to their clients that they would not have been able to previously. I have some very cool things in mind for 2013 in the shop that I think will take it to the next level of providing unprecedented service and quality to all of you. I will be making announcements from time-to-time as things get rolling.

Before I wrap this up I would like to share with you a few of my favorite responses I have received over the course of the year.


“Thank you for creating this site, it's so great to be able to connect with other photo booth company owners.”

“This is really good stuff! Thank you for making these articles! I am learning a lot from them!”

“Thanks for the GREAT job you are doing helping the industry!”

“Thanks for being a wonderful support- you blog has helped me immensely!”

“Thanks so much for your design and I am happy to use you again in the future. Happy Holidays! Keep the designs coming.”

“I really appreciate the great service and quick responses.  There aren't too many sites as helpful as yours.”


Yes I read every email each of you send to me. I apologize if it takes me some time to respond occasionally, I do my best to respond quickly. If there is anything you would ever like to ask, discus or suggest please feel free to contact me at mike[@]

I would like to last wish all of you and your families a merry Christmas and a safe New Years! Please leave a comment on this post and share how this site has helped you over the past year or what  changes would make it better.


Thanks for a great first year.
Mike Bender
Founder, Photo Booth Owners

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