Today, we’re going to give you a little behind the scenes look at printable photo booth props – in action. Photo booths are such a fun activity for all kinds of events! We have just 4 examples here for you, a school carnival, a school fundraiser, an urban farm anniversary party and a school acceptance celebration.
First up – a school carnival. This was actually my very first experience with photo booth props and setting up my own booth. I built the booth using pvc pipe (we have a little tutorial for you here) and fabric – probably the most obnoxious fabric on the planet. Little galvanized buckets filled with sand worked well to display and organize the props on sticks. It took a little bit for the kids to understand the concept of the booth, but once we got going, there was a line a mile long (that may have been an exaggeration)! I took all the pics that day, printed them at costco over the weekend, and brought them back to school for pickup the following week.
Next up – a high end, professionally shot photo booth at a school fundraiser event. Because of the sheer number of guests for this one, their photographer set up a 6ft banquet table full of printable props in many themes and some real hats and pool toys. Inexpensive white plant pots from Ikea were filled with rice and worked great to display. There were doubles of the printable props and even more of the lips and mustaches – I’ll tell you more about the lips and mustaches later in the post. The photographer took a couple of different poses of each group, and offered the pics in an online gallery for purchase several days later.
Oh, the farm anniversary party! That was an amazing community event – that yet again I was happy to set up and shoot. During planning of this event, the chairperson mentioned that they had a wooden horse that might be fun for kids to take photos on/with. So I whipped up a “Wild West” themed printable set displayed on a 6ft banquet table alongside red bandanas. I was pretty lucky to have a tent to shoot under, and found a couple dozen old fruit crates on site to use as a backdrop. Kids would stop by the tent all day long and disappear with the mustaches – good thing I always print extra.
Lastly, a sweet party for a friend whose daughter was accepted to her dream school. She wanted an 80s themed “photo booth” so that is what she got! A rolling bulletin board was covered in checkered fabric, and adorned with felt pac man characters all hand cut by her mom. The 80s printable photo booth props were first used as centerpieces for the tables, so after lunch we grabbed several to use over in the “booth”. I acted as photographer again and the mom printed them for the guests with a little thank you note for coming.
Okay, now for a quick wrap up of tips and tricks:
1} Printable photo booth props are disposable. This is a major bonus because I can not tell you how gross the lips and mustaches are after a shoot. Gross. Really.
2} Printable photo booth props are affordable. When the kids/grownups walk off with your favorite printable cupcake, you can replace it for the cost of a piece of paper.
3} Printable photo booth props are unique. Need some props for a wedding? You don’t need wedding themed props, you can get any crazy theme! Sweet Shoppe, Carnival, Poolside, anything!
4} Printable photo booth props do not spread lice. You think I’m kidding with this one, but when you do a school event you DO NOT want to BRING REAL HATS. Bring the paper ones that are disposable.
5} Printable photo booth props are budget friendly. I had to say it twice. We offer our printable photo booth props from $9.95 – $12.95, and you can print them forever. Forever is almost free.
6} Photo booths can be made out of just about anything. Use fabric pinned to a wall, or a cardboard refrigerator box – just make sure the background is larger/wider than the guests.
7} Photo booths do not need to be professionally shot. Use your point and shoot and email the pics, or let your guests use their cell phones!
Let us know if you have any questions, need any more tips or if you have your own photo booth tricks to share!