Have you ever had an awesome party but at the end of the night thought, "Dang it! We forgot to take pictures!!" Believe me, it happens all the time (even to us photo-obsessed bloggers!). Sometimes you get so caught up in the party (especially if you are hosting) that it just totally slips your mind. Other times you do remember, but you may feel weird being "that person" that goes around snapping pictures of everyone like a creepy paparazzo. Want to know the solution to your problem? A photo booth! Photo booths allow you to get pictures of your guests and commemorate the occasion in a quick and easy way. Plus, it runs by itself once it's set up, so you're free to fulfill your hosting duties and jump in a picture whenever you have the time.
While photo booth setups can range from super sophisticated to purposefully cheesy, this version of a home photo booth can easily be set up in only a few minutes. Here's what you'll need to make your own: Supplies:
-backdrop that can be taped or tacked to a wall (I used these foil door curtains and hung these stars)
-photo booth props (try these, these, or these)
-wireless camera remote (check which one works with your specific camera brand)Step One: Use painter's tape or thumbtacks to hang your backdrop. There are a million things you can use for a backdrop (like fabric, streamers, or other paper products), but I love the look that the metallic fringe curtains have, so I overlapped several of them to create my backdrop. Step Two: Set up your camera, tripod, and remote system at the appropriate distance from your photo booth backdrop. If you don't have (or don't want) a camera remote, that's OK too! You'll just have to assign someone as the photographer for the night. If you're having a party at night, but usually aren't big on using a flash (which I totally understand), don't fear the flash! This is one instance where the flash will actually help your picture look more like an authentic photo booth picture. Step Three: Gather your photo booth props and place them in a basket or container near your backdrop—you're done! Photo booths are great for any party, but it's also fun to customize them for a theme party as well (like for Christmas or a birthday). Just tailor your backdrop and props for the theme of the party and you're set. I started a tradition this year of making one for Valentine's Day, and I can't wait until I have a few years of pictures so I can make a little book of them. Think you'll add a photo booth to your next party? xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes, Photos edited using A Beautiful Mess Actions