Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Filmstrips and photo booths
So, here's what's been occupying my thoughts night and day for the past week or so... I'm planning a photobooth for my best friend's wedding! I got the idea from a few different sites, but rather than fork out for a real photobooth, I'm going to re-create the effect on my own, using a camera, my computer, and a printer.
I purchased about 2 1/2 yards of that crazy floral print fabric you see behind me. In actuality, it's a rather demure, almost dull charcoal-looking gray and off-white:
Just goes to show how much a flash can change the look of a fabric! I still think I'd like this fabric a lot more if it had a red background, but I couldn't find a red-patterned fabric I liked.
In the background are a few little crafty projects I'll show you close-ups of later - large initials on red fabric, a little red heart applique in a tiny white oval frame and in the rectangular frame (which you can't make out at all) is XOXO in red on black. Looks like I'll have to re-stitch that one in a better color, probably white or pink... And, yeah, that's a Twilight calendar. It's an inside joke. Or, maybe I just like Edward. Moving on...
How I'm Gonna Do It...
So, my plan is to set up the fabric backdrop with a camera on a tripod. I'll set my camera to fire 4 times, and just press the button (or get a cute kid to do it for me). Then, I'll download the images to my computer, and edit them to create that cool filmstrip-effect. I have oodles of dumb props like sunglasses, hats, Twilight calendars, etc.
My main quandary: should I take my printer with me? It, um, weighs 33 pounds. I'd love to be able to print the little filmstrips and give them out as favors to the wedding guests. But in between taking photos, downloading them, editing them, and printing them, maybe I'll be too pressed for time? Oh, and I'm also standing in the wedding. Yeah, that too. ;)
Maybe I should just create a slideshow for the bride and groom as I edit the photos, and print them later? Either way, I plan to give everyone a link to the photos so they can print them out on their own...
What do you guys think? Have any ideas on how I should do this? I know you guys are all really, really creative... Anyone done a DIY photobooth before and have some words of wisdom for me? I'd really appreciate it! :)