I know what you’re thinking – Photobooths are so last decade. But I have to disagree. I’ve never met a photobooth I haven’t enjoyed.
Weddings, engagement parties, hen’s nights, corporate events, kids and adult birthday parties – need I go on. Photobooths make a cameo at all sorts of events and for good reason. They bring out the fun side of almost every guest and provide a lasting memory of the special occasion.
Sure, you can hire a photobooth for around $500 or more. But for the same budget or less, you can DIY your own booth and use it again and again – perfect for parties on budget. As long as you have an iPad or other tablet, and an etsy or Amazon account, you’re good to go.
Here’s what you will need:
1. Tripod with tablet mount
The first thing you need is a good, stable tripod with tablet mount. This will be your camera and preview screen at the same time. Make sure you choose a tripod that is height adjustable so it can be used for capturing shots at both kids and adult parties. We’ve found just the right one here.
2. LED light(s) on tripod
As is true with all quality photography, you will need a good light source. This LED ring light provides constant illumination and even allows you to adjust the colour of your images using the included filters. This model also comes with a phone holder, so you can technically use it as an all-in-one tripod. However, personally I believe that the larger screen of a tablet allows you and your guests to have more fun in front of the camera.
I’ve tried quite a few different software options when setting up my photobooth. The LumaBooth for iPad is the easiest and most feature packed app that I’ve used. My favourite part is that it even includes features that allow you to turn your snaps into GIF or Boomerang, and your guests can share them on their social media. It’s free to try. You’ll just need to pay for one month’s access when you’re ready, and then cancel when you’re done.
4. Printer (optional)
Frankly, I’d rather have my guests just send the digital results to themselves, or share them on their Instagram. But if you want your guests to take a souvenir home, you can also add a printer to the mix. The Canon Selphy CP1200 is a mini printer that will print a 6×4″ image on photo quality paper. To do this, you will need wifi that connects your tablet or phone with the printer. You will also need to purchase enough printpacks which provide the paper and toner all-in-one.
5. Props, props, props
And here’s the most fun item on the to do list! Get creative. Jump online or head to your local dollar shop and stock up on wacky party props. Feather boas, silly hats, glass, balloons, chalkboard signs – anything that takes your fancy. Don’t forget to find a stellar background for your new photobooth. I’ve recently come across this fabulous REMOVABLE wallpaper from Pickawall. It’s so perfect for photobooths. You can personalise it however you want – just upload whatever image you want. Or use one of their existing designs. Wallpaper aside, tinsel comes in handy!
Check out our Pinterest board for stunning backdrop ideas.