Happy Friday! Welcome to the party post! This week, I’m going to talk about something near and dear to my heart – photo booths. I don’ t know why I say that they’re near and dear to me, but just suffice it to say that I love them. I wish I owned one. Or at least had full access to one at any time. How fun!
I wanted to have one at one of my parties, so I checked out the price to rent one. Ummmm…let’s just say it’s a lot. I was super bummed. I mean, everyone loves photo booths! So, I set out on a DIY hunt. Obviously, you can’t DIY an entire photo booth, but I wanted to figure out a way to get the same effect.
The first idea – a regular camera on a tripod with some crazy sheet/fabric backdrop:
Kinda. It’s super cute, but my party wasn’t going to be outside and it was going to be on the darker side. PLUS, I wanted the traditional feel – the kind where you sit down and there’s a black or velvet curtain. Plus, I didn’t have a tripod or a photographer. Nix that.
Then, I stupidly realized that my computer has a program called…Photo Booth. Oh Lizzie… I found another program which would allow you to take 3 successive pictures that would then be printed on a strip of paper just like a REAL photo booth would. Yeah, it didn’t work. Eh, I didn’t want to carry my printer around anyway. I just uploaded the pictures to Snapfish, sent out an e-mail inviting people to look at the album and then they could print which ever ones they liked. Pretty ingenious, if I do say so myself.
SO. I settled on this idea – I got a couple of yards of red velvet fabric and a few 2×4’s, made a little frame and draped the velvet over it as a backdrop. That’s basically it. Now I just needed a table (or something that level) to set my computer, a couple of chairs and, of course, lots of props. I brought hats, feathers, wigs and mustaches (thanks Martha Stewart website). At both of the parties, it was a HUGE hit. What can I say. People like to ham it up. Well, my friends and family anyway. Side note – as you can see, it was a bit dark in the “booth,” but they still turned out to be pretty cute.
Since then, I’ve found a lot of other cute ideas that will get incorporated next time. Free printable props:
Or just spray paint frames or cut a rectangle shape to make a framed photo Can you say, POLAROID! GAH! I love it!
Right? So much fun!!! So, give it a go at your next party! And if you have a Mac, Photo Booth comes as a standard application. Now you have no excuse.