Post # 1
I’d love to have a photo booth at our wedding, but sadly, the budget won’t allow for it. I’ve read a lot on here about different DIY ideas and would love some more advice and ideas.
- Polaroid, digital, or MacBook with Photo Booth app? The latter two can be used with a remote, and a Polaroid would probably require an attendant. Which brings me to…
- Polaroids fade and are quickly becoming a PITA to get one’s hands on. But they’re so fun, and people love them… and you can write on the bottom, which is also sort of cool. Thoughts? Do the negatives outweigh the positives?
- To me, one of the best things about a photo booth is the instant gratification. Is there a way to accomplish this with a DIY version? Do you guys have experience using the straight-from-camera photo printers, or printers that work well with Mac Photo Booth? Will this expense slowly (or not-so-) start to creep towards the price of a genuine photo booth?
- Have you been to weddings (or had your own) where DIY photo booths have worked or bombed? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
A family member has a small straight-from-camera photo printer (not sure of the make/model), but she printed great quality photos at the last family get-together for everyone to bring home with them. Quality-wise, I thought they were great. I have no idea what it’s like cost-wise, though — I would imagine that ink would start to get expensive? Maybe if you used b&w only, that would be better.
I went to a wedding recently with a commercial photo booth, and I thought it was great. Peeking into the setup, it really just looked like a digital camera hooked up to a printer and set up to look like a booth, so I can’t imagine that the specifications are that daunting. It’s really just the camera, printer, and ink, and then the book. An attendant would be key, I think.
Post # 4
I did the Polaroid thing and it worked out great. I may laminate the photos to keep them from aging as fast. I did have to hunt down some guests, but it was cute seeing the bride snapping photos of the guests. My photographer liked the idea so much that she bought the camera and extra film from me at the end of the night. Better hurry though, they have stopped making the cameras and the film, so very soon they will be difficult to find and Polaroid film is good for less than 12 months unopened.
Post # 5
Hwong – good call… I’ll have to look into that with the printers I check out.
Niki – so glad it worked for you guys, and I bet your photographer got some adorable shots of you taking pics!
I’ll do some cost investigations this week and post again, if anyone’s interested.
Post # 6
GorgesViola- I would love to see your follow up post on what you found b/c I was playing with the same idea as you were- but honeslty I didn’t even consider the option of having a photo printer. Which is a great alternative. Keep us posted!
Post # 7
when mac’s photobooth app was new, apple did a display thing at my school. they had a printer set up to work with the application and print the photos instantly. there was even a backdrop set up so it looked more like a booth. i have a mac and don’t know for sure how to connect to a printer in that way, but i know that it is possible.
that being said, you can also instantly e-mail photos taken on photobooth. there is still the instant gratification of being able to see your photo displayed, guests will still get their photos, and you won’t have to pay for ink, etc.
(also, if you have a macbook with leopard, photobooth gives the option to take four photos at a time much like a real photo booth does. you could probably even find a friend with a newer macbook who would be willing to lend it to you for the night [this might even be a great way to have an attendant there… haha, if i lent my computer, i would want to watch over it])
Post # 8
Bumping this back up… I really want to do a DIY photobooth with Polaroids! Like GorgesViola said, people love how "old school" they are, & you can write on them! I’m attaching an image from backyardwedding.com of how I would like to use te Polaroid pictures. We would just have a sign set up with some basic instructions (i.e. you can keep them but please take one for our "guestbook") & asking people to take turns playing photographer.
Anyway, my question: How the H do you get a hold of these cameras and their film these days?? Is this even a real possibility?
Post # 9
If anybody’s checking this thread out…you can still find polaroid film on ebay but it runs about $2 a picture. So expensive! If you have a mac, it works pretty well, I think.