Step 1: Nab the Right Camera
To shake it like a Polaroid picture, you'll need the right camera. We recommend one of two kinds:
Instant Print Camera
Try a modern version of the vintage Polaroid. They're super simple to work and are perfect for making tangible take-homes right on the spot. Just make sure you're well-stocked on photo paper.
Digital Point and Shoot Camera
With large memory cards and easy adjustable settings, digital cameras let you snap like a pro. They also make for minimal editing and fast social sharing later. Don't forget to create a custom party hashtag!
PS: Place a spotlight (like your living room lamp) next to the camera to give your models a flattering glow. Tripods and wireless remotes are helpful but not totally necessary. Find them cheap online.
Step 2: Create a Fun Backdrop
Plain walls and personal embellishments are all you need for a cute booth backdrop. A safe size to stick to: 5 feet high by 10 feet wide. Whether you're a hip minimalist or lover of all things colorful, here are some sweet backdrop ideas to get you started:
- paper banners or bows
- paper chains
- newspaper pages
- shower curtain, sheet, or quilt
- string lights
- dyed coffee filters
- paper or pinned flowers
- sponge-painted canvas
More cheap party tricks!
Step 3: Stock Up on Props
Let's be honest -- no photo booth is complete without a goofy mustache. Set up a "Pick Your Prop" table with fun items guests can pose with. To narrow down options, stick to a specific theme or era. Thrifty finds we love:
- fake mustaches
- feather boas
- nerdy glasses
- glittery masks
- large painted frames
- custom-message chalkboards
Photo Booth Tip: Take action shots to the next level with homemade confetti poppers. To make, fill empty push pops with a mix of small scraps. Use colorful cut paper of all kinds -- think patterned, tissue, and wrapping. Hole punchers and decorative scissors help create an assortment of cool shapes.
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