One of my favorite things to do at a party (especially when there are costumes involved!) is cram into a photo booth with friends and pose for silly snapshots.
Unfortunately, renting a photo booth for a party can be very expensive, which is why I came up with a few suggestions on how to make your own photo booth!
First, create a fun backdrop for your guests to pose in front of. This could be a plain white sheet, or a great wall in your house, a pair of curtains, in front of your garage, or some spooky shrubbery in your backyard—just make sure the booth is in a large enough space that it won’t cause a traffic jam at your party when people start flocking to it in groups.
Tip: When it comes to photos, it’s all about lighting! If you don’t have sufficient equipment, head to a local camera shop and rent a lighting kit for your party—it will only cost you about $30 and will be well worth it. Or, grab a few flood lights, screw in a few amber light bulbs, and shine them in the direction of your subject to clear up a grainy or slightly dark shot.
Here are some fun ideas for backdrops:
When in doubt, use an orange sheet, or a white sheet with some red paint for blood, or get those cotton spiderwebs that multiply as you spread them and a few giant spiders! Also, don’t forget that a black tarp with some florescent paint and a black-light or a fog machine can also make a cool backdrop.
Next, decide what you will use to take the photos. Some options include an iMac, iPad, iPhone or a PC with a web cam, and of course, a digital camera. Simply mount whatever you are using on a tripod (yes, they make tripods for iPads and iPhones!) and connect a remote to it so that your guests can snap their own photos without someone being behind the camera. Or, if you don’t want to purchase a remote, you can have your guests use the timer function and leave instructions on how to do so near the booth.
Once you’ve got all of these items gathered, set up your photo booth and snap a few test shots to make sure everything is in working order. Also, be sure to set out a box of props for your guests to pose with that go with your party’s theme.
Tip: People LOVE to see photos of themselves! If you decide to use a digital camera, go the extra mile and connect a laptop to it so that each photo snapped pops up on the screen. Bonus: You can save the pics to your hard drive instead of filling up memory card after memory card, and you can post immediately to Facebook and Twitter!
Let me know if you’ve ever set up your own photo booth for a party in the comment section below. Do you have any tips or advice for someone putting one together for the first time?
I hope you’ll share some of the pics from your extraordinary Halloween experiences here with me and I’ll be sure to do the same!