Post # 1
I’m sure this has been hashed out before on another thread, but I’m kind of on search overload right now…my head is like a bing commercial or something! Lol.
I’m toying with the idea of a simple diy photobooth…just fabric, my dslr on a tripod, a remote control, and some props. I don’t want to mess with software or an onsite printer. I just people to click and go. I was thinking I’d put strips together out of the pics once I’m back from the honeymoon, and mail them to people inside of their thank you cards.
If you were a guest would it bother you to not get any instant strips? Or maybe this wouldn’t bother you if there were some signage explaining I’ll be mailing the photos?
Post # 3
Polite bump…I’d really like some guest perspectives 🙂
Post # 4
I personally have never been to a wedding with a photobooth yet, but I dont think it would be a problem it there was a sign explaining it
Post # 5
I actually did EXACTLY that. I wrote a pretty detailed post about it here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-photobooth-review
It worked out great, so let me know if you have any additional questions!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2011 - Hunter's Ridge, Princeton, IL
I really don’t think people would have a problem with it…and you know what would be even easier for you? If you posted the pictures online & guests could look through them all and hunt for their own (and print, save, Facebook, or whatever they wanted with them). You could even put the link on the thank you card as a bonus thank you surprise!!!
Post # 7
Our photobooth was set up by our photographers, and consisted of a laptop, camera and backdrop. No strip of photos came out, and we didn’t even mail people their photos like you’re planning. We just emailed the link to the online gallery when we got back from the honeymoon so people could see them, and order them if they wanted to. I don’t think anyone was bothered that they didn’t get instant strips. I did have a few people email me asking where they could access the photos, assuming they’d be available immediately, so it would probably be helpful to put up a sign explaining that you’ll mail them.
Post # 8
photobooth programs cost $60. I’d say go with the program. I think part of the appeal is that you get to take home the photo as a momento. I hope you’ll have an attendant for your dslr. you’d save no money if that camera got knocked over.
Post # 9
I have been to a very posh wedding where there was a photo booth with instant pics. You only got 1 strip per shoot and we crammed a lot of people into the booth for some shoots. I never got any copies from the people who took the photos after the big group pictures. I think that if you let guests know that all photos will be sent out (or available online) later with a sign then everyone will understand and still have fun with it.
Post # 10
@moneypenny02: Thank you for the link to your post!! Very helpful and informative! So you used an external flash? I don’t have one…do you think it’s a necessity?
@jam: That’s a great idea!
@engdom: I totally didn’t think of that….thank you:)
Post # 11
Sorry…I should say that I actually did have it printed out. The software wasn’t very expensive, but it actually gave a pretty long trial–like 10 days or something–and since it was so close to the day of the wedding when i finally downloaded the software, I ended up just using the free trial for the wedding…so it cost nothing!
It was super easy also, and I just had people cut the one 4×6 in half to end up with 2 strips–to keep one and make a scrapbook guest page with the other. I loved it & it was a great memento.
Post # 12
@kate – mine was pretty late at night with pretty much no lighting, so it was pretty necessary for me. If you don’t have that, then as long as you have some regular lighting, or even some additional uplights or lamps near the photobooth, I think that would be fine.
Post # 13
@kate169: I love this idea! I’m going to do the same for my wedding in September. I am just going to store the images on my camera and upload to a free picture sharing site after (Picasa probably). I’m not going to use a table, but a tripod. The laptop setup would stress me out (drinks spilling, etc.). One thing I am debating is the remote release – a lot of the ones that plug into the camera are really short, but I don’t trust a remote wireless release…Do you have to aim it really well? I wonder. Also, I’m going to set the camera to timer mode so once my guests click they have a little time to arrange themselves (rather than have photos where they’re aiming the remote release at the camera and trying to figure it out!). I wish I could find a polaroid, too…