The photobooth has been around for a while and seems to be gathering pace as opposed to being a dying trend. There are so many different types you can have from black taxis and passport photo booth style which print out pictures instantly through to more elaborate set ups with backdrops, furniture set and props. You can make your own by providing a box of dress up, a polaroid camera, book and pen and theme the booth through your choice or props or backdrops. You can either rummage in your local charity shops for props or companies such as Etsy
Alternatively your photographer (i.e. me) may offer this as an optional addition to your package.
Here are a few reasons why I think photobooths work so well at weddings:
1. They usually take place later in the evening when your guests are a little more, ahem, relaxed and in the full swing of the evening. This means they will be ready to perform and it would be a shame not to catch your friends at their most entertaining and creative.
2. Put a silly hat, wig or prop into someone's hand and suddenly the camera seems far less scary and your guests are more likely to pose for a photo rather than ducking into a camera-shy manoeuvre.
3. The pictures provide a great momento for your guests of the evening. I upload all of the images onto a private online gallery that your guests can view and order prints from.
4. It's a source of interactive entertainment for participants and viewers alike throughout the evening.
5. You can use chalk boards to have your guests write messages to the happy couple.
I really enjoy running a photobooth - it is a great opportunity to interact with the guests who I have been photographing all day and capture another side of them; relaxed, fun and often very silly!
Below are some examples of recent booths I've run including in a yurt at Lucy and Simon's wedding at Inshriach House (the team there went all out to help me decorate the yurt with some awesome props) and those with the green curtain are from a wedding party at Shoreditch House. I set up in a corner using what was available in the venue.
I always bring extra lighting and use my professional camera so that the images are as high quality as the rest of the images from the wedding. The images can be edited for a more vintage style and are always supplied in colour and in black and white.
If you are booking me for your wedding then I will set up a photobooth for £250 for 1.5 hours after the first dance. For stand alone photobooths for parties and other events I can provide a quote depending on length of time required and location.