Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How To | Pop Up Photo-Booth!

In today's post I'll be sharing how to create your own pop up temporary photo-booth (including prints) for any parties or celebrations you might be planning this festive season! Whether you're hosting a birthday gathering or planning the Christmas party of the year - a photo-booth for your guests to pose and pout in can be such a fun addition. It gives guests something to do between dancing, drinking and chatting. They can take home mini prints just like a professional photo-booth, little photo memories of the night.

What You Need

Fabric on a rail works well, you can use shiny curtains or something relevant to your party. Alternatively choose a plain wall with lots of space surrounding it and decorate!

Doesn't have to be top quality, a point and shoot or iPhone will do! You can set the camera up on a tripod and keep its settings fixed at the right levels or put someone in charge of photography for the night. You can take it in turn with your friends/guests or choose to open the photo-booth for '1 hour only' and take charge of the camera yourself.

Remote control for camera 

Fun props to pose with
You can buy cheap sets on eBay, this is where I bought my cardboard glasses, hats and lips on sticks! These are really easy non-threatening props that anyone will want to pick up. But if you fancy going all out you can collect together outfits; hats, wigs and clothing for people to dress up in.

I made these tissue paper flowers for my pink themed pop up photobooth. You can find out how I made them here. Hang them just in front of your backdrop, you could even tape a cross to the floor to guide people on where to stand!

How it Works

Set up your backdrop in a corner or quieter area of the room. Have everything to hand, and set up your tripod/camera/remote combo. Take a few test shots to make sure your camera is pointing at the right angle. Then enjoy! Grab props, pose with friends and take lots of pictures!

Design Your Photo Strips

You might want to layout your favourite photos into a 'photo strip' template. Like the vintage photobooths that print 4 photos in a vertical strip, or you could set out 4 photos like I've done during my photo-booths. Black and white or full colour? I used Photoshop to design the layout and had the template ready so I can drag-and-drop my favourite photos on the night and have them ready to print.

Printing and Sharing

You don't have to print your photos, but it's always nice to give party guests something to go home with. And the printed photograph is rare these days. I used a Canon Selphy printer (bought on eBay) which does 4x6 inch prints (here's a blog post about it) Alternatively you can choose to put all the photobooth pictures online the next day! A private Facebook photo album works and then you make it visible to all those who came to the party. Guests can download their photos of tag themselves.



  1. Super cool idea! Love it! :) x


  2. This is such a great party idea! Really want to create one of these!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  3. This is such a FANTASTIC party idea!

    Kris | www.love-loft-life.com

  4. I'm having a birthday Ball next year and I can't believe I was about to fork out £500 for a photobooth! You've saved me a heck of a lot of money, Gwen. Thanks!

  5. Fab tips, I'm having a party at nye and want to set up a photobomb

  6. Wow – I love the pictures! Such a cute idea.
    Also the design of your whole blog is really pretty, girl! ♥
    I’m following you via gfc & look forward for your next post. You’re great – keep going!
    Adoorablee.blogspot.com ♥


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