How-To: Kat’s DIY Faux-to Booth [PHOTOS]
One of the things that I REALLY wanted at my wedding was a photo booth. The problem with that is that after much research, the cost of a photo booth was far more than I was willing to pay. If you’ve been following all of the wedding planning,then you know that often what I want, and what I’m willing to pay are never in the same range. So I decided that I would DIY a photo booth for the wedding, or as I have lovingly nicknamed it, a Faux-to Booth. I already had most of the props that I would need – hats, scarves, a couple of feather boas, etc – all remnants of various long abandoned Halloween costumes, as well as a few things from the closet of my 12 year old.
FYI: The average cost to rent a photo booth that I was able to find locally: $750-$1500 The Cost of MY Faux-to Booth: Less than $150!!!
What I didn’t have was a fancy camera, a booth, or even the slightest clue how to build one. Of course things like this have never stopped me before, so I set out on a mission to create my own custom DIY Faux-to Booth. After searching the internet for hooooours, I found a lot of information that was useless to me for any number of reasons ranging from cost to my lack of tech savvy, but I DID find a few interesting nuggets of wisdom that ended up really helping me out! Here are a few of the sites that I visited. The last link for OffBeatBride was the most helpful to me.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
1) We used my laptop.
2) We bought a webcam. (My laptop didn’t have one) This is the one I used.
3) We purchased & downloaded Sparkbooth Software. It’s very easy to use, fully customizable, and the software license is good for life. It gives text & audio prompts to your guest, and you can save to your PC, upload to Facebook. Flickr, etc, and print them out right on the spot!
4) We borrowed an older monitor from Mike’s dad. (I didn’t want anyone to have access to my laptops keyboard/mouse)
5) We had an old Mac mouse (YES a Mac mouse WILL work on a Windows Laptop) lying around, which was perfect because it is a SINGLE button operation. (Single button = User Friendly)
6) Extra light! When I set it up there was plenty of natural light, but as the sun went down outside, it became too dark to get a good photo.
7) We gathered & acquired extra props. (You’ll see in the photos below some of the things that we used. I’ll fill you in on the DIY’s of those soon!)
Here’s How You Do It:
Gather, purchase, and DIY your props. Like I said earlier, I had a lot of the props that we used, but I did buy & make a few things. The Dollar Tree has a wealth of cool props! I picked up the fireman’s hat, feather mask, and one of the BIG sunglasses from there all for ONLY $1 each! I made the mustaches from a sheet of black foam, and hot glued them to sticks that I bought at Walmart. As for the microphone, lips, ice cream, and hot dog, I found those at Joann Fabrics, pre-painted and hot glued those to sticks as well. Don’t overlook your child’s closet! Elizabeth had a number of crazy sunglasses & hats. I even had a coconut bra & flowers leis from a Hawaiian themed party several years ago. Most importantly, BE CREATIVE!
Install & set up your preferences for the Sparkbooth software on your PC. Connect your extra monitor, Mac mouse, and webcam to the laptop. Tuck your laptop out of the way, but be sure that you set your power settings to NOT let your laptop go to sleep. Position your camera where you’ll need it. You can add a backdrop like in some of the links above. I chose not to use one. There wasn’t a whole lot of room to accommodate a backdrop. Prepare your props, and let the photographs begin! MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE FUN!!!!