We had a pretty rad photobooth at the wedding. We knew early on it was a detail we wanted, but we also knew that renting one of those pre-fab, fan-dangled things wasn’t in our budget. For a minute we thought about using something like this, or setting up our laptop to run a photobooth program, but both seemed complicated. Then, I got luck, really, really lucky. Last winter I won a Drop It Modern photo backdrop from photographer Elizabeth Messina’s blog Kiss the Groom (which I think is oddly funny since I didn’t actually have a groom…) I asked my dad to create something to hang the backdrop from and we used a tripod to hold my dSLR which was manned by one of my sister budding-photographer friends. It worked really well and I love the photos. The only thing I might have done differently is found a way to have some lighting. It was perfect until the sun went down and then the photos get a little dark.
Since I wasn’t actually part of the setting up of the backdrop I’m not completely sure how it was finally done, but I think they used the polls from our volleyball net and some clamps to hold everything in place. It wasn’t anything fancy, we didn’t spend any money (except a little thank you for our photographer friend), and it work really well. Photobooths don’t have to be complicated or expensive. I set up a photobooth at a friend’s wedding last weekend and used an old playhouse/shed at the backdrop. I hung some curtains in the window with some potted plants and set up a point-and-shoot. Guests went in the house and stuck their heads out the window while other people clicked the shutter. Also, free and super cute photos!
You can see more pictures from the photobooth on Flickr.