Photo booths are super popular at weddings nowadays. Not only do they provide your guests with something to do between drinking, dancing and feasting on cake but they also leave you with hilarious, long lasting memories of your crazy, silly, weird family and friends. And who doesn't LOVE that!?!?
For our wedding, instead of bringing in a photo booth we went with a photo area using rustic doors on the outdoor terrace as a backdrop. We set the camera up on a tri-pod with a remote control, purchased a and rented a projector that projected the image that was previously taken up onto a nearby wall.
We used my Nikon D80 and purchased the remote online. The projector was rented for the day for $150 from a local Santa Barbara camera shop, we also purchased the light kit there which cost us about $150.
Advantages of using a photo area instead of renting a photo booth (like the kind you sit in at the mall) are that you (obviously) have more space to pose and more people can be in each photo. But the biggest plus in my mind is that you're using a remote control to trigger when you want a picture taken. That allows you to capture photos just when you want them. Here are just a few of the 100's of fun photos we ended up with.
The photo area was a hit and so much fun, everyone seemed to really love it. We got the idea from a friends wedding we attended a few years before. It was such a great idea that when we got engaged we immediately decided to have the same thing at our wedding.
And the tradition of the photo area continues on... my husband is currently hard at work planning the photo booth for his little sister's upcoming wedding in October. He's amping the concept up, making it even more fun and interactive than before. It's going to be great, can't wait to share the details later with y'all!