We don’t see them much nowadays, but photo booths are still popular, especially at wedding receptions. It’s an excellent option for couples who have a small budget because you don’t need sophisticated equipment.

Whatever the occasion, you’ll want to ensure you capture all the memorable pictures. Professional photographers are expensive. If you want to save money and still get lots of shots, a kiosk is a creative and fun way to do that.

What’s more, you can make one yourself. Here are five tips for creating a DIY snapshots section for you and your guests.

Choose a Spot

It’s not only in real estate that location is essential. It would be best if you placed your booth where all the attendees can see it. You’ll want as many people taking their photos as possible to commemorate your event.

The area close to the entrance or registration table is perfect as everyone will have to walk past your kiosk to get to their seats.

You could also have ushers to show guests to the stall and encourage them to take pictures for the occasion and themselves.

A great way to have fun is to have someone teach your invitees how to take a group selfie.

Set up a Backdrop

Deciding on a backdrop can be fun, but don’t get too carried away with it. While it needs to be eye-catching, it shouldn’t be a distraction. Keep it uncomplicated.

Plain backgrounds, such as simple patterns and neutral colors, are recommended. The focus should be on the topic of the shot, which is the people in it.

Correct Lighting

Every photographer will stress the importance of lighting to get high-quality pictures. You’ll need to have the right light to showcase your image fully.

If your booth is in a dark area, make sure the location for the photo-taking is well-lit. Avoid placing the object in a spot where a shadow will cover guests’ faces.

You can also use colored bulbs for a different effect, as long as they’re bright. If you want less of a DIY look and can afford it, use professional studio lights.

 

 

 

 

 

Provide Props

Nothing makes a picture-taking stall more fun than props. You’ll want memorable photos, not the boring posed-for ones. If your event has a theme, choose items that fit the occasion.

Otherwise, go wild. The wackier the accessories, the more likely people will open up and take lots of snapshots. Some top suggestions include hats, masks, jewelry, or oversized glasses.

You should also know your guests and how they’ll respond to the objects you choose. Avoid anything that may be offensive to anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

Instant Prints

A photo booth’s idea is to capture memories of the affair by having attendees take pictures of themselves for the album and their keepsake.

There are several options you can use, depending on your budget.

You can provide an instant print camera such as a Polaroid. Guests can take selfies, or another person can take a shot of them. Ideally, they should take two snaps—one for themselves and one to add to the guestbook.

Alternatively, you can use an iPad. Everyone knows how to use it, and it takes high-quality pics. All the images are stored in one location and can be shared and printed afterward.

A more expensive choice is to use a printer that allows people with smartphones to print photographs immediately after taking them. They’ll likely need to download an app to do that. It’s costly because of the instant film price, and you’ll need enough batteries for the printer. 

Easy Peasy

You can capture your momentous events without breaking the bank if you set up a DIY photo booth. As you’ve seen from the ideas given, it’s not difficult, and it doesn’t cost much. All it takes is some creativity and planning, and you’re good to go!  Be sure to contact Reynolds Treasures for all of your wedding planning needs.

Written by Ashley Lipman
Content marketing specialist
Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.