Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Personalize Your Photo Booth

Photo booths are a fun way to engage your guests and create lasting memories!  It seems like so many photo booth companies are popping up and many photographers are adding photo booth type services to their offerings.  Whether you're hiring someone, or creating a photo booth yourself, there are many ways to personalize it!  Following are some ideas to use and build off of...hope this leads you to something spectacular!


Whisker Works offers some fun props on a stick!  I love the packaging and presentation!  These would also make great gifts for your guests and would surely persuade them to get on over and have their picture taken.  They range from $5-10 each and this particular set is $10.

Etsy has many varieties of stick props also, and they can be found at various price points.

Michael's has blank prop on a stick cutouts made of thin wood that can be decorated any way you like!

You can also find many print-your-own prop kits like this one Click Here.

Personally, I think the more props the better!  There are so many places to find the perfect prop gems!  The following are some ideas to inspire you: hats, crazy hair accessories, boas, crazy glasses, pirate stuff, pimp accessories, funny masks, the list goes on!  Visit my Photo Booth Props board on Pinterest for more inspiration!


My Sweet Day etsy shop offers custom step and repeat banners to be used for backgrounds.  The one pictured sells for $175.  

The Keep Collective, also on etsy, offers some fun custom options as well.

Local print shops usually have options to order step and repeat banners, just remember, you have to have a way to secure it!

There are so so many awesome background ideas!  You can use curtains, fabric, streamers, ribbon, get the idea!  Visit my Photo Booth Backgrounds board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Photo Booth Software for a DIY Booth

SparkboothSparkbooth makes it simple for anyone to set-up an instant photo booth experience. Download the Sparkbooth photo booth software to any computer with a webcam and youʼre ready to go! An instant party hit for you and your guests.

dslrBooth - Hook up your camera to your pc, run software, then hookup your printer to your pc. Software downloads pictures directly from your camera, assembles several pictures into a print, adds your branding to it then prints it automatically on your printer. There’s zero user interaction required on the pc once you’ve started the software.

There are several other programs out there, so you're bound to find one that's right for your needs and budget.  

Advice About Doing DIY

Before deciding to create your own photobooth, it's good to get quotes from a handful of providers.  Make sure they offer what you need and be clear on exactly what is included.  This will help you to know the value and make the choice that's right for you.  If you get a couple of quotes that are really high, don't get discouraged!  Depending on the offerings in your area, try to get at least 5 quotes.  

Deciding to do a DIY booth adds more to your to-do list, which can add more stress depending on how much help you have.  Make sure that you have all the details planned out beforehand...where is it going to go, where will things be plugged in, how will things be secured, and where will props be displayed, how will guests know what to do?  These are important things to think about!  

*** To the right of this page are all the links to follow me on social media...this Friday, I'll be doing a free photo booth sign printable (pictured below).  I'll be including the link to get it on all my pages! ***

These are just some pictures of me having fun in some different photo booths...

Obviously my go-to photo booth face is a duck face!  I'm going to have to try out some new ones before I get any more of these I better go start practicing in the mirror!

Have a fabulous day & come back again!

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