We made our photo booth for our Engagement party in about twenty minutes with materials we had on hand. As I said before, it was by no means perfect technologically, but for the memory/fun factor it was one of the BEST things we did at the party.
We started by cleaning out the utility closet in my moms entry way. We then hung curtains from some old spring rods on the three walls of the closet. This isn’t required, but it did cover up the plugs and plumbing that happened to be in that closet. We then took a strand of rope lights and hung them around the inside of the doorway to the closet. This helped prevent shadows from the overhead light. We then put two kitchen stools in the closet that were high enough to keep everyone from seeming like they were seated on the floor. We put a basket with a bunch of props consisting of old Halloween costumes and dollar store finds next to the door for people to forage through.
The most difficult part was the camera set-up. Amazingly, my mom’s camera has a setting that allows you to set it on a self timer that takes X number of pictures of X number of seconds. We set it to take 3 photos over 6 seconds, but you could do 5 pics over 15 seconds or 4 over 20, or lots of combos. I highly recommend checking out the rarely used settings on your little point and shoot digital camera. My mom’s is a no frills Canon Powershot that we placed on a tripod with easy to follow directions written out nearby.
And there you have it, a photo booth in twenty minutes or less. The biggest issue we had was the tripod kept getting moved from the right vantage point for keeping the door frame out of the photos, but that could easily have been solved by placing some tape on the floors that marked where the tripod should stand. The fact that we got tons of great photos of most of our guests far out ways the technological hiccups and photographic imperfections.