After having my Great Gatsby Soiree, my boyfriend had only two things to say – “I hope you had fun,” and “Your friends take a lot of pictures.” My response was, “Yes, I had a fabulous time, and now you can see why I wanted a photo booth at my party!”
In the past I have been to many events featuring fun, festive backdrops, to the red carpet photo opt labeled in sponsors, and it seemed to me that if there’s a backdrop, people will pose in front of it. So rather than build some elaborate contraption to stand in front of, I decided to go the simple, and cost efficient route, with this project.
How to Make a Photo Booth
What You’ll Need:
-Tape (preferably painters tape)
-Nice Camera/Tri-pod/Remote, or as we did it, Cell Phones
-Extra Lighting (optional, if you’ve got it)
-Smile (required) 😉
1. First off, you need to decide where you can fit a photo booth. You really don’t need too much space, depending on how many people you’d like to have in each picture. I had the perfect spot in mind in my living room, and it also served the purpose of re-arranging and organizing an area my daughter had taken over.
2. Choosing your wrapping paper. I wanted a glittery, metallic type background to go with the luxe of the Great Gatsby, so I went with a shiny, silver, copper, and gray squared patterned wrapping paper. I found this at Party City, where they have a wide range of wrapping paper to choose from. Make sure to buy enough to cover the space you have set aside. I recommend at least 5-6 ft for length, and around the same for height (or 8ft in height if you are covering from the ground up). We started taping the paper a couple feet off the ground, and that worked out fine for us. If you plan to shoot from further back, or want full length shots, then cover from the floor up.
3. Measure out the wrapping paper, and tape it to the wall with your painters tape (which will be easy to take off when you are done using the photo booth, and won’t strip the paint off your walls). I recommend taping the top piece of wrapping paper around 8 feet high, which will accommodate for taller individuals that may want to participate in your photo shoot.
4. If you are using a nice camera, on a tripod, connected to a remote, then set that up to be centered in the background, and mark an area on the ground so that people know where to stand. If you are using extra lighting, set that up as well. For my party, I knew that everyone would just use their cell phones, regardless that we had a nice camera rotating around the party.
5. Gather any props, if you’re doing them. Since I was doing this on a budget, I just grabbed random things from around the house as props (much of my daughter’s costume attire worked just as well for adults), and I made some from scratch with card stock.
To make my own, I used the printable below:
You can find this printable at Catch That Party.
When I printed it out, I thought they were a bit small in size, so I ended up using it as inspiration, and drew similar pictures on card stock in a larger size. I then colored them, and glued them to a stick. I had skewer sticks around the house, so I just cut the one pointy end, and glued that side to the picture. You could also use popsicle sticks, or cake ball sticks. I let them dry, and I had fun props that made for great pics.
If you are running low on time, you can always buy your props. Below are a couple options.
To top it off, I used the printable below from Elegance and Enchantment to point people in the right direction.
Once you are done, you are bound to have a bunch of fun memories!