we made a photobooth…

14 Jan

…months and months ago, T and i started talking about making a photobooth – and since my sister in law was also planning a wedding, we asked if she would want the maiden voyage of the not-yet-created photobooth at her wedding. she said yes. then, fast forward to a few weeks before the wedding when T says, ‘so, about that photobooth…’ and then we really had to get to work. we are do-it-yourselfers to the bone you see, so we spent a lot of time on how the booth would be constructed, how we would transport it, what equipment and software to use, what paper to print on…oh sheesh…the list went on and on.i swear, it felt like every sentence over the holidays included the word ‘photobooth’ (sorry family.)

this was in the initial building stages, taking over our living room…(i look impressed, right?)

…that large hole in the plywood was where the computer monitor was strapped on (we just happened to have an extra, we didn’t make any major purchases for this project)- so as the pictures were being taken you could see them on the screen. the small hole is where the camera was, held on a tri-pod and strapped to the wood in the back. we also used our laptop, a regular ink jet printer, and a paper cutter…

in the end (unfortunately, i don’t have any great pictures of how the booth turned out), it looked like this – with curtains all around the area where you sit, a bench inside, and a suitcase full of props that people could use…

…we originally thought we would run the booth for about an hour (we had little faith that anyone would want to use it at all), so we were pretty surprised when we ended up keeping it going all night (and sometimes with line ups!). in the end, i would definitely say that the work, and the often frustrating parts of putting this all together, was worth it. even though the original idea of this wasn’t ours, we really felt like we’d made something out of nothing, and it actually worked! hooray us!

…if you’re thinking of doing something like this, here is what we know – this thing was heavy, and mostly put together by T (and his mad construction skills). it involved multiple tools that i don’t know how to use. lighting and the kind of camera/lens you’re using is key. don’t underestimate the importance of an extra camera battery (really, this sucked the batteries about 10 times faster than normal), and the props. people were lovin’ the props.

and we loved the photobooth too…



5 Responses to “we made a photobooth…”

  1. Amy January 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    That is awesome! You and Trevor are amazing. If I ever get married, I want your photobooth at my wedding:)

  2. kristamarie6 January 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    E & T, It looks WONDERFUL! Great great job. I want to come over and play with it. xoxo

  3. Erin January 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    You guys blow my mind! Such a talented couple. What an amazing gift. Way to go!!!

  4. Rachel January 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    I love this behind the scenes look at the photobooth! And I think “sometimes with line-ups” is being modest, every time I looked over there was a line up – I think it was the biggest hit of the night!

    Again thank you t & e so so much for all of your work in putting it together and being such a special part of a great evening!

  5. carole epp January 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    you guys are way too awesome!

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