Monday, 30 September 2013

Photo Booth Fun with a "tickle trunk"?

Are you looking for something to add some fun to your wedding reception, charity event or birthday party? A Photo Booth is a great way to have some fun and liven things up!

Lot's of fun in a photo booth, especially if you have some props!Photo booths have been a source of entertainment for years. Remember those booths where you would draw the curtain, pay your money, count down as the flash went off a few times and then pull a little strip of images out of the slot? Those photo strips have become an icon of the instant photo age. 

These days, the same concept has become mobile in a variety of fun ways that are sure to entertain your guests at whatever gathering you are planning. And there are different kinds of photo booths too, though they all operate in a very similar way, so you can pick the one that best suits your event. 

Guest Book Photo Booth

A lot like the traditional photo booth, where there is an actual "booth" - usually a curtained off area with a camera and a printer - these are set up a fee. You pay by the hour and a couple of people will staff the booth and manage the guests. Photos are printed instantly in duplicate. One goes to the guest and the other goes in an album where the guest can write a message.

This is a great way for wedding guests to leave comments and fun messages for a bride and groom at their reception, and the book makes a fantastic keepsake.

Do it  yourself Photo Booth

If you can't afford a professional photo booth, why not set one up yourself? Set up a background - a simple sheet or curtain will do - hung from a simple PVC pipe frame or other square frame (a clothes rack for instance). Set up your camera on a tripod with the timer setting set for 10 seconds. Post instructions for people to get ready, press the button and count to 10. Or find a friend who will take the photos for you.

Use a flash to help guests know when each image is taken and have fun!

You'll get some great pictures. If you find the right person to do it for you at a wedding, or just have some fun with it at a birthday party, you will have some really funny images to share on Facebook or Flickr, or whatever your favorite site is.

Slow motion Photo Booth

As video becomes more available on today's cameras, the latest thing in photo booths has come; the "slow motion" photo booth. Along with all the usual silly props, a supply of confetti cans, sparklers and other motion props are added. A short piece of video is shot while the guests do some crazy things - slap each other, give a kiss, jump up and down or generally have some fun together. The video is slowed down and edited into a recap that can be very entertaining. To get really good slow motion, the best are shot on equipment worth many thousands of dollars and the rental of these booths can be very expensive, but they do add an extra zing to otherwise "static" pictures.

Portrait Photo Booth

If your event is a little more on the serious side, consider a portrait photo booth. This can be set up as a small studio space where guests and families attending your event can have their portraits taken. If your family comes together only every few years, this can be a wonderful way to capture all of you at the same time. The photos can be posted on-line and your family can order prints of whichever family groups they want for their own album!

You don't have to get dressed up either. Whatever the dress code is for your event, that can be the theme of the photos.

Gary's Lens will come to your event and set up this kind of booth. Operated by a photographer with the use of a background and Studio Lighting, it can provide some wonderful, on the spot keepsake portraits of your family.

"Tickle Trunk" photo booth

Well, maybe I'm showing my age by calling it a "tickle trunk" (From Mr. Dressup if you remember the show) but this is my favorite type of photo booth, and another one that Gary's Lens Photography provides. 

An area at your event is set up with a backdrop of your choice (usually plain white, gray or black, but it could also be a painted scene), along with studio lights. A variety of "props" are provided in a box, from which your guests can choose. They can dress oddly, write a message on a whiteboard or just stand casually in front of the camera. A photographer is provided to encourage people to be themselves, or even better, to act a little crazy and snap the photo at just the right moment.

This is a great addition to a "mustache" or other themed party as the guests can have photos of themselves in their mustaches or crazy outfits to take home or order later. Since all the photos are posted on the same viewing/ordering site, everyone will get a laugh at looking at everyone else's photo!

Just have some fun!

Whatever kind of photo booth you consider, the main goal is the same - to have some fun in a way that will make some special memories and bring some laughs or smiles. And in the end, that's one of the most rewarding things about photographs. Memories that bring smiles.

(c) 2013 Gary Scott - Gary's Lens Photography

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