(Closed) Photographer led photo wall instead of a booth

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
739 posts
Busy bee

We actually offer this through our studio. We {my husband and I shoot every wed together} have our assistant set up during dinner and he mans the “booth” until we are scheduled to depart the reception, which is usually up and going for 2-3 hours. We wouldn’t personally want to shoot it because we wouldn’t want to miss capturing any important moments happening between you and your guests. I personally like it better then the actually booth because you can fit large groups of people comfortably and gma doesn’t have to try and cram into a box if she wants to partake.

Post # 5
2261 posts
Buzzing bee

I actually had that wedding bookmarked for other reasons but I can see it being a successful (though I think probably a more expensive) option. It would also be easier to customize the background to your liking as well.

Post # 7
6996 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’ve never seen it done but my photog was able to get a few good shots of people using our photobooth – the great thing about that is the pictures turn out way better! if you have a photog that is willing and you can cover the cost i say go for it! the pictures will be worth it

on another note: a plus about an actual photobooth is that people tend to get more crazy with their pictures since they know no one is really watching.

here is a sample of mine taken by the photog:  (like i said we had the DIY photobooth but she snuck in and took some pictures)



Post # 9
2261 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m unsure of the actual cost, but I’m just assuming it would be because you would have to pay an actual person to be there for how every long you want it to run on top of whatever props and background you would like, in comparison to probably just using a camera/laptop you already own if you wanted to DIY.

Post # 10
2889 posts
Sugar bee

We did something similar but asked a cousin to take the photos during cocktail hour as we only had one photographer. We did the empty picture frame but skipped props and used a natural backdrop of the Atlantic ocean. The pictures came out great and guests used the frames to take additional photos later in the evening.

Post # 12
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@kala_way: What if instead of using your photographer (so that way he isn’t distracted from the reception) you hire a photography student or someone on craigslist to man the “photo booth” for a few hours? You could probably get someone to do this for fairly cheap, at that way you wouldn’t lose your good photographer for any amount of time. AND you could have this 2nd Shooter give you all the pictures and then you could decide what to do with them (make a Flickr and so your guests order prints) or whatever you want.

Post # 13
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@JrzyGurl: Thats such a great idea! Sorry Kala I might have to steal this one….

Post # 14
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have seen this done and we are doing it at our wedding! A friend of mine did this and it is really cool because you can take pics of larger groups of people rather than just 2 or 3 in a photobooth.  We are actually not using a backdrop because we are getting married in the mountains of Vermont and there is little that is prettier than that so we are just going to chose a location on the grounds.  I have a bunch of props and chalkboards for people to write messages.  I also have a sign that sayes “Photos” so everyone knows what that area is. 

At my friends wedding, they printed out pictures right there for everyone to take with them which was very cool.  Our photographer can’t do that so after the wedding I will be including the photos with everyone’s thank you notes. I am excited about this, I think it will be a lot of fun.  My photographer did this as a pacakge so we will have this going on at the reception.  Obviously you will need two photographers to do this.

Post # 15
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@kala_way: Our photographer does this. We paid for the package with 2 photographers. They set up a black backdrop in one corner of the reception and one of them takes photos of the guests in whatever poses they like, throughout the entire reception. We’ve been at friends’ weddings with the same photographer doing this and it has been a huge hit. Some of my favorite pics of Fiance and I are from this “photobooth.”

Post # 16
62 posts
Worker bee

Hi there : )

I absolutely agree that you should go with an additional photographer (from Craigslist or some other means) for just those few hours, as opposed to having the one and only photographer covering your wedding stepping away from all of the potentially amazing shots of the reception, to man the photo wall.

It is a marvelous idea and well worth it…the shots you will get are one of a kind, but I do think it should be a separate photographer. : )


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