Ideas for a memorable photo booth experience
In the fall of 2011, I flew to Chicago, IL for my stepsister’s wedding. She made a lovely bride in her beautiful white dress. At the reception, a company called Crazy Booth set up a camera taking four photos in succession similar to a photo booth. The guests each took their turn. Their photos then played through a slide show loop on a television. Very fun. Here are my photos:
If you have the opportunity, grab a friend or loved one and jump into a photo booth. You will create a fun memory. You can also find apps to achieve the same experience using your smart phone. One such example is Pocketbooth. In recent years, photo booths have returned to prominence. And for good reason – they present an enjoyable way to enhance a party or date or family outing.
When you get the chance, step into a photo booth. At least once in your life, give it a try. For that time, I offer few suggestions for generating a memorable experience:
1. Dress well. What you wear greatly depends on the occasion, so I have no specific outfit to recommend as it can vary so much. However, keep in mind these photos will be around for a while to remind you of your fun. How do you want to be remembered? In general when posing for photos, wear nice, clean and wrinkle-free clothes. No stains. No holes or frays in your shirt.
2. Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Sometimes we can get so worked up about the end product, we miss the joyous opportunity of the present moment. The photo booth pictures should be a record of the fun you had when taking them.
3. Be dramatic. In some of the photos, try exaggerating your expressions and poses.
4. Smile big. And, I don’t mean a cheesy fake one. Be genuine. If a friend joins you, try telling each other jokes to keep it real. My wife constantly jokes with me when snapping my photos. I have a tendency to bust out fake looking smiles. When I hear the words “say cheese,” my face takes things a little too literal.
5. Throw in a random item. Pick something unique to you or that you share in common with the other person.
Now you are ready for your photo shoot. So, go make some memories!
Special thanks to Crazy Booth in Chicago for the photos:
© Copyright 2012 Jeremy Gradney.