You guys remember Rachel right? She created the most amazing Oscar Ballots + Invitations for my Oscar Shoot back in February. And now she’s back to share her ideas for DIY photo booths complete with fun summer downloads!
Enough of my blabbering though, here’s Rachel:
Being the hostess runs in my family. From intimate dinner parties to cocktails with a bunch of friends, I’ve hosted it! Just like in fashion, there are trends in parties. And what’s the hottest party accessory right now? The photo booth! Photo booths come in all shapes, sizes, and with various accoutrements.
A well-appointed photo booth is a wonderful ice-breaker because with props in hand, everyone becomes a ham. Additionally, the photos provide a keepsake for both the hostess and guests to look back at later and say, “Wow! We had so much fun that night!”
There are a million different companies that you can pay to set up this fab fun corner at your next soirée. These set-ups can get pricey depending upon the bells and whistles that you want. Personally, I’m a fan of the DIY Photo Booth. It’s easy on the wallet, it allows you bring to life the theme of your party, and it’s not as difficult as you might think!
Select an area with a good background for your photos. A clean solid or patterned wall would be great. Alternatively, you can hang a backdrop (fabric, tablecloth, or a big roll of paper).
photo courtesy of Allison Richter
This past holiday season I helped set up a photo booth at a holiday party. Festive props, speech bubbles with holiday phrases, and a large roll of paper (a.k.a. a seamless) were used. In this photo my boyfriend and I are testing it out to make sure everything works!
This is where the fun begins: the props! I love making my photo booths personalized to either the theme of the party, the people attending or (ideally) both! You can pull together objects, clothes, and accessories for people to wear and pose with but (this may be the papergoods designer) there is something really fun about two-dimensional props placed into a three-dimensional world. I like to make speech bubbles that are dry erase (endless fun!!) and a few paper props for my guests to pose with. You can learn how to make both of these if you take a peek at this very sweet DIY video that I did with Kin Community. Print out the downloadable step-by-step instructions and templates to help with assembly!
As co-host of a Jack & Jill shower, I set up a photo booth where party guests could dress up as the betrothed couple. With a few props inspired by the happy couple (a puppet version of her fat cat, a Wisconsin cheesehead hat from his home state, his wire-rimmed glasses, etc.) and a few speech bubbles, guests dressed up and played the roles of soon-to-be-weds all evening.
The last step is to choose how you would like to capture the images. Usually I leave a camera out for guests to take turns photographing each other. It’s more casual and helps people to meet one another. Another alternative for some of you more tech savvy people is to set your computer up and use Mac’s Photobooth app. Either way, be sure that your photographer has enough space to frame the photos properly.
Have fun setting the scene and your guests will love mugging for the camera. And just for you Glitter & Ganache readers, here are a few more paper props for you to use in your summertime photo booth.
One, two, three…. Smile!
Yahoo! I love a good photo booth, especially in combo with a good cocktail! And I can definitely see some mint julep photo props in my near future (because I’m moving to New Orleans and all that jazz). Thanks for all the inspiration and downloadable fun Rachel! Big wave from Tokyo!