E and I at a wedding we shot last year, looking fantastic.
When we were planning our wedding back in 2009 I really wanted to make a photo booth happen at our reception. I loved the idea of all of our friends clicking away at the camera and having fun pictures to share and remember all of the faces we love by. The problem was, we were planning in 3 months and had absolutely no time to figure out how to make one work and what to use. So, when the day came, it ended up being a tripod set up in a corner sporting my old point and shoot, a couple chairs... and a dead battery.
Fast forward almost four years later. I have my own photography business, and people ask me all the time if I offer photo booths. My automatic answer is "no!" "maybe in the future!" or "I'd be happy to refer you to someone else!" Aside from my silly fear that history will repeat itself and I'll fail miserably, it's not that hard to make a successful booth.
So, when a company recently got in touch with me asking if I'd review one of their products... and it just so happened to be a portable photography backdrop... it was just too perfect to pass up. I had been keeping my eye out for one that would be lightweight and easy enough to lug around. It also needed to be able to hang any of my hand crafted backdrops that will (someday, when I make them) look amazing. And since the back drop is obviously the most important thing in a photo booth, minus the camera and flash system, I figured it's the perfect place to start. And The LA Shop pulled through. They quickly sent me the backdrop, which compacts down way smaller than I expected and is super easy to put together. I set it up fairly quickly the first time, and now that I've done it once I figure it'll take me under 5 minutes to do again. The kit includes clamps to hold the fabric which makes it way easier than I expected and quick to adjust. It also extends to 10 feet wide, which is perfect for large groups of weddings guests/college buddies trying to squeeze into one photo. Once you break it down it tucks away nicely in a little carrying case that can be slung over your shoulder, which is perfect for me when I'm trying to haul all my gear out in one load. It's sturdy, efficient, and simple. Not much else needed!
If I'm successful, hopefully I'll have many more images to share... which might not neccessarily be a good thing.