How to Make A DIY Photo Booth In 6 Simple Steps

Photo booths are one of many forms of entertainment to have at your wedding reception. It keeps guests busy at the reception and you’ll be left with fantastic memories from the evening, you know know what type of photo will come out of this, remember as people get a little tipsy, they get a little wilder and creative with their photobooth images, weather its with using more props than is really needed, or maybe the groom has stolen the brides vail. either way there can be some fun photos at the end of it.

Depending on how long you need a wedding photobooth for, will depend on the costs of hiring a professional photo booth. They normally costs between £400-£700, For that price you’ll get around 3-4 hours of a manned photo booth with props, a dressing up boxes, digital copies of the photos and unlimited prints on the night. Usually there’s extras like a guest book and USB to keep too. Why not check out Mirror Mirror photobooths or Capture memories photobooths.

However, If this isn’t within your budget, then creating a DIY photo booth is a simple process. Think about using things you have around the house from previous years party banners, hats, wigs, make some signs on cardboard and cut them out, or check the pound stores for cheap ready made props to use. Or maybe you don't want the props but want a background to get some nice semi pro looking family group photos, at the end of the day it can be a fun, informal or formal as you want to make it with a DIY Photobooth.

You will need to work out space and where you will put everything from the backdrop, to the props table, to any lighting and where the camera will be held unless you want people to just use their mobile phones instead of a proper camera setup, read on for our 6 DIY steps to consider.

1. Where To Put Your DIY Photobooth?

With photobooths being all different sizes and shapes you need to work out where to place it, there is no point in having a photo booth if no one knows that it is there! You will need space for any backdrop you want to use for this, space for lighting to light up your subjects, and space for props and for you to stand. then space for where the camera will be, or where the person taking the photos needs to be. This is to give enough space for small groups to get in frame, good distance from the background to reduce shadows and so on.

2. Create Your Photo Booth Backdrop

Your backdrop can be pretty much anything you like, from a curtain, any colour fabric or card, to a wall, remember you want something that will work well with what everyone is wearing. you don't want to blend into the background in the photos. So make sure you either use a separation light between you and the backdrop or a backdrop that is less likely to blend into your dress or suit. Maybe a gold or silver backdrop or a pattern may work well.

3. What Camera Do You Want To Use

A Photobooth cant be a photobooth without something to take the photos on;

  1. A polaroid camera is the simple way to do it. Guests can take photos of each other and they’ll be printed instantly. Bear in mind that the film is quite expensive so this could end up being as expensive as a standard photobooth.
  2. A DSLR camera on a tripod. Have a remote control that can be used to take a photo or find a few people happy to stand behind the lens for a bit. You’ll need someone with knowhow to check the settings periodically, especially as the light changes. What you don’t want is a glaring flash, so we recommend setting up a ring light so some kind of constant lighting source, This way you will have all the digital images and can print images at a later date at a much cheaper rate than a polaroid
  3. mobile phone with a reasonable camera, although mobile cameras typically are not great for printing large prints, but great for social media sharing and maybe small prints, then everyone can get in on the action with their own smart phones as long as you have good lighting you should get some reasonable results.
  4. Lastly, you could always request your photographer to take the photos with their high grade equipment, they should have a better understanding of controlling the light as well so you get epic portraits in your DIY setup. At the end of the day if you have paid them to be there, its no extra to take photos at the booth but could take them away from other activity, so this could be a great option if they work with 2 photographers.

4. Buy or Make Some Playful Photo Booth Props

You dont have a fun photobooth with out the fun props, for guests to wear like hats, glasses, signs, masks, jewellery and wigs. The booth itself looks great if you accessorise it with props like vintage suitcases, a big armchair and a swing. A fancy dress box is a great idea to keep all your hats, wigs and accessories in. The kids love to dress up and so do the big kids(adults). The sillier a person makes them self look the more fun they have. Try looking at places such as BnM, Home Bargins and Pound Land for their photobooth prop packages.

5. Lighting Setups

As i touch on above, your lighting is key here, every wedding venue will be pretty much dark during the reception. Having some good strong lights will keep the images crisp, and limit the grain in the images no matter the camera device used. If the light is poor then the images will suffer. You can buy a set of soft box constant lighting for as little as £50 or maybe a makeup artists ring light may do the trick. The bigger the space the more light you will need. Try experimenting at home before the big day to see how much light you need for how many people in the space you plan to provide.

6. Get Guests to Share the Photos

If guests are taking photos on their own phone, use a sign to let them know what to do and how to share it. Tell your guests to grab a prop, strike a pose and the hashtag to use to share. Then when you search for your #Hashtag you will pull up all images shared with that hashtag included, this makes things easier to get a copy later. There you have it – six steps to making your own DIY photo booth! There are hundreds more ideas you can use, why not look on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook for ideas.