Details – The DIY Photobooth

20 May

As I mentioned before, we decided to do a DIY photobooth. We borrowed those tripod/stands with clips to hold the backdrop, and put together a box of props. We hired a local photography student to man the booth for 2 hours.

photographer: $30
props: est. $30
backdrop: we went with fabric we had on hand, instead of the $30 shower curtain

total cost = $60

Here are a few shots:

My brother, sister, mom and I

Sister and friend


We had the DJ announce and recommend the booth a few times.

My only regret is that we didn’t get more photos!


9 Responses to “Details – The DIY Photobooth”

  1. James June 13, 2009 at 10:24 am #

    Hey, the pics look great! (Especially the overhead lighting). I did a similar thing for a wedding, but instead of having someone man the camera I made the software that works just like a real photobooth… you press the “go” button, then it takes 3 pictures in a row (waiting while you reposition & make a different face), then it shows you all 3 and prints them in strips. It’s worked great and was a huge hit. It’s funny that there aren’t more DIY photobooths out there… some on google, but not many.

    You don’t mention when you printed the pics… one of the cool things out my setup is that I had a printer attached to the photobooth software, so the photo strips were printed out immediately after the picture was taken. It was great, and I think a lot of people took more pictures once they saw their first ones come out.

    • Melanie August 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

      I’m looking for software for that…
      Is there a way we could get in touch?

      Thanks 🙂

      • James September 15, 2009 at 11:19 am #

        Hi Melanie,
        The software is finally up at

        You can download a demo to try out if you already have a Canon camera. Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear what you think.

  2. July 26, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    love, love LOVE this idea!!! Thank you!!! 🙂 C

  3. Melanie September 15, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    James 🙂
    Does it work with Nikon?!
    (Canon cameras are cool too… but I’m a Nikon chick!) 😉

    • James September 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

      Melanie, it doesn’t yet, but I plan to have that soon. Send me a message at photobooth at, I can tell you what my plans are. Also, I’d love to know what kind of event your planning for. Thanks!

      • Denise May 19, 2011 at 11:47 am #

        I’m thinking about putting together a DIY photobooth…is this software still available? Also, do you need a special printer to print the pics out instantly? Sorry, I’m not techy –at all–I don’t know anything about this stuff!

      • James May 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

        Hey Denise, yes – the software is still up at You don’t need a special printer – just one that will print photos is fine. If you want, you can email me directly at – that might be easier than the comments here. But either is fine.


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