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Photo Booth Fun!

By Lauren Holstein

Photo booths have become a party staple! They are a great way to create fun memories at weddings, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and more. They also provide guests with a memorable favor to take home. But why limit the fun to special occasions? With modern technology, and some imagination, you can have photo booth fun right in your own home!

Here are some ideas to create fun for selfie-takers of all ages:

The first idea when creating your own photo booth fun is to establish a DIY photo booth background. This can be done with either white paper used as a backdrop on the wall using tape, or you can make it super easy by purchasing a backdrop stand online. There are plenty on Amazon for around $40. A good size measures 8' high x 8' wide. Once the white backdrop is up, it’s all about imagination! If you’re setting up the background for the special occasion, you might want to paint “Happy Birthday [Name]” or other celebratory notes. Next, you could add decor like hanging roses, streamers, balloons, or a banner –something specific to the occasion. If for kids, leave them with stickers, paint, and crayons. Let them design on the blank space, and they get to pose in front of their creation after!

Once your background is established, it’s time to accessorize! Props like sunglasses, big costume jewelry, and animal masks are always a hit. Anything that is oversized will pop in the photos! This is also an opportunity for DIY and customization depending on the occasion. Cardstock and wooden sticks make great handheld props. You can decorate the cardstock with silly phrases or printouts of a person's face and then hold them up during the photos. The best sized props are 5 1/2" - 11" x 4 1/2" - 6." If DIY still isn't for you, there are plenty of sites that sell premade props for just about any occasion holidays so you can be ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day or Easter year-round!

Now that you’ve established your look, it’s time to capture the moment! A super quick way to set up a photo booth in minutes is by using your iPad's front-facing camera. Guests can get a live preview and simply tap the screen to take their photo. The iPad is also a centralized spot to hold all your photos so you can email and text them out to everyone after.

There are also apps such as DIY Wedding Booth, costs $9.99, and Simple Booth HALO® costs $29 per month. These apps offer premium features like customizable graphics, online galleries, image filters, Live Feed, and more. You can connect to a wi-fi printer and print photos on the spot. Another popular photo booth print method is with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera. Guests can either take photos selfie-style or have the person behind them in line take a quick photo and it prints out on the spot. The Fujifilm costs around $55.

Whatever your photo booth style, remember that good lighting is key. Try to place your background near a window for the best natural lighting. But most importantly, don't forget to have fun!