Models can't have all the fun. Whether it's a wedding, birthday, or annual New Year's Eve bash, a DIY photo booth is a stylish way to strut your stuff and capture your party's special moments. So crank some tunes and get creating -- our three easy-peasy steps will score you a photo op to remember.
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.
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:
More cheap party tricks!
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:
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.