To be honest, I don’t really like the idea of having your guests use their own cameras for this. I don’t think it will go over as well as you’re hoping for. If you want to make your own actual photo booth, it is possible. Darling Husband and my Father-In-Law built ours and it was amazing. I’ll c/p one of the posts that I made about it since I’m far too lazy to type it all up again. Be prepared, it’s gonna be long and the formatting may be a little screwy…
We built 2 seperate walls that would end up facing each other. The first wall was 4’x7′ and housed the TV, camera and macbook. We cut out a square large enough to mount the TV (37″ flat screen) and made a frame around it using scrap wood, which was later painted. The camera was mounted ontop of the TV in a way so that our guests could adjust the height if needed (our guests ranged from 3′ to almost 7′) but they couldn’t remove it. We built a shelf into the back to house the laptop that was running our custom photo booth software (DH is a mac developer so he wrote the software that we used). We drilled a small hole in the wall that lined up with the sensor on the laptop so that the remote would work. Both walls were reinforced with collapsible legs for east transport.
The second wall was 6’x7′ and that was used as our backdrop. Both walls were designed to look like we were in a living room with modern wallpaper, crown molding and white wainscotting. We set the walls up about 7-8 feet apart so that we were able to maximize the amount of people we could fit in a frame. The traditional photo booths are nice but you can hardly fit anyone in them. We were able to get upwards of 12 people into ours!
We purchased a few coordinating curtain panels and rods and installed those for added privacy. We felt that our guests would be more comfortable if they could take their pictures without being on display so the entire booth was draped in curtains.
Everything was controlled by apple remote. Darling Husband set it up so that the main button on the remote took the picture (needed to make it as fool proof as possible). When our guests stepped into the booth, their image would be on the TV. When they were ready to take the picture, they would click the button and the screen would count down from 3 and then snap the photo. It would stay on the screen for a few seconds before going back to camera mode to take more pictures. We could have enabled a video mode as well but we were worried switching back and forth may be too technical for some and Darling Husband didn’t want to have to man the photo booth all night.
We had a table set up outside of the booth with some dry erase boards, markers and a bunch of props for our guests to use. Because of the way the camera was set up, any pictures that our guests took with the dry erase boards came through backwards. It was an easy fix to flip the pictures after they were uploaded to our home computer.
All in all, it was an absolute blast and our guests loved it. Darling Husband and my Father-In-Law built the entire thing. I wish I could say I contributed but short of painting a bit and selecting the bitchin’ wallpaper, I didn’t do much. We’ve already had a bunch of people tell us that we should rent it out. We would consider it if we had a way to transport it but it requires a truck and our little sedan won’t cut it. For now, it lives on in my IL’s garage.
ETA: The booth cost about $400 to construct including all materials used. We already had all of the electronics so those aren’t included in the total.