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5 Tips for Photobooth Posing!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

We all know the potential fun to be had in a photobooth, whether traditional or the new, open-air style. A group of people get together, in front of a camera, with some random props…how could you NOT have fun? But do a quick search on photobooth pictures over the years and what you start to realize is that a large majority of them look the same. And that’s understandable because, for the most part, when you get in a photobooth, everyone expects to make a few faces, wear a few random articles of clothing, and pose!

Now we’re not doubting that people have plenty of fun doing that, or that the resulting pictures are fun to look at. But what if you could have an experience that was not only fun and produced decent pictures, but were unique and creative?! So that even people who don’t personally recognize the people in the picture respond with, “wow, that’s such a great idea!” or “wow, the timing there is perfect!”?

The following are a list of 5 simple tips that we’ve compiled after many, many events of running a photobooth, aiming each time to come out with images that would go beyond the traditional photobooth pictures and have the extra “wow” factor. If you’re going to be running a DIY photobooth, hopefully this helps you get the most out of your guests as you man the booth. If you’re just reading this in case you happen to pop into a photobooth yourself sometime soon, hopefully this gets your creative juices going too! Here goes:

1. Pay attention to DETAILS

When running a photobooth for an event, say a wedding, with several hundred guests and a limited number of props, its only a matter of time before guests run out of things to do with the props available. You’ll get your fair share of fun pictures with those and the typical poses (and that’s fine!) but to take it to another level, keep your eyes peeled for details in your surroundings. This includes on people (clothing, accessories, etc) as well as at your venue/location (centerpieces, table settings, utensils, etc)

For example, in a group of people, do they have something in common? Maybe a color scheme? a similar or consistent article of clothing? all guys, wearing ties? all ladies, with fancy shoes? does everyone have their cellphone on them? or even something as simple as a wallet? take advantage of that! Try to use them in non-standard ways for great pictures. Use them to tell a story! (more on that in #4)

the tie mafia!

If you’re at a wedding or birthday party, are there items that the host has placed in the decorations that can be used as props in interesting ways? This is often a great way to, not only use these “props” creatively, but also to add personalized details to the pictures that will remind the hosts of details–such as decorations & party favors–that they spent so many hours preparing for.

we’re your biggest fans!

When you keep your eyes peeled for details like this, everything and everyone becomes a potential prop and idea for a great capture!

2. Run with their PERSONALITY

When you direct people in a photobooth, its important to take into consideration the personality of the people you’re working with. Are you younger or older? outgoing or a little more shy? are they athletic (enough, say, to jump or even throw people)?

Some people are just bundles of creative energy and you’re able to just kind of sit back and watch the great ideas flow! Others need a little bit more input (or even prodding) to open up with some crazier ideas. Start by letting them try and idea/pose or two on their own and get a feel for what kinds of things they produce.

boys with attitude!

Try offering little suggestions to what they’ve got (more intense facial expressions, more believable actions, more interaction, less pose-y, etc). If they seem open to direction, break out some of your crazier ideas! For this purpose, we’re constantly brainstorming ideas for new poses, stories, and ideas, so that when we come across the right kind of group in a photobooth, we’re ready to go!

hey, check me out!

Remember that great, crazy picture ideas are somewhat relative. If you can get normally reserved grandparents to open up and get just a little goofy, success! By taking the personalities that come and helping them to kick it up a notch (even if it is literally only one, little notch!), chances are you’ve got yourself a shot that will be remembered! Who knows, they may even come back for more!

3. Take advantage of NUMBERS

With the new photo booth designs these days (especially with open-air photobooths), its not uncommon to be able to squeeze in anywhere from 1 to even 15 people in a single photobooth shot! The question now is how to most effectively use those numbers for great shots! A few suggestions:

Smaller groups and couples (2-5 people) offer a lot of potential for simple, clear, fun interaction between people. Its easy to direct them saying, “I want you to do this to her!” or “Everyone jump on the count of 3!”

Medium sized groups (6-10 people) starts to get a little trickier. Action shots, such as everyone jumping, are more out of the question due to the potential of injury or an unwanted kick to the leg! Rather, shots that direct your attention to a specific person, such as “Everyone cheer for the bride and groom while they kiss!” or “Carry this person and act like he’s incredibly heavy!” are what makes the picture “WOW” worthy.

oh, my heroines!

Large sized groups (11-15 people) are definitely a challenge, but well worth it when everyone in the group is willing to get a little crazy and all participate in on the fun. This is where expressive faces and everyone doing the same thing come in handy. “Everyone stick out your hands and say ‘ROAR!’” or “Stick out your tongue and try to touch your noses,” all make for hilarious shots that make the group want to do more!

we are teens, hear us roar!

4. Don’t pose, DIRECT

Another way to put it is, “don’t just take a picture, tell a story!” While random action can be lots of fun, often the best photo booth pictures are the ones where your eye is drawn into some action or flow of thought and leads you through the picture as you follow the “storyline”.

Imagine yourself the director of a very simple movie. Rather then tell each person exactly what gesture to make, what facial expression to have, with the exact timing, try giving them a “story” or “concept” that they can take and run with. Then, all you need to do is capture at the right time! (here’s where digital technology helps!)

A couple simple examples, “You three kids are really mad at your parents, so mad in fact that things are about to get out of hand. And you parents are helpless, scared, cowering! Ready? Go!”

You three kids are really mad at your parents, so mad in fact that things are about to get out of hand. And you parents are helpless, scared, cowering! Ready? Go!

“Ok guys, I want you to pretend like you’re on a rollercoaster, about to go down a steep drop! Ready, go!”

Ok guys, I want you to pretend like you’re on a rollercoaster, about to go down a steep drop! Ready, go!

“Alright, I want you to let out your years of frustration by slapping her, while you are just shocked that this is happening before your eyes!”

5. Show me the ACTION!

Just because a picture captures a single moment in time doesn’t mean that picture itself needs to be of a static pose! You can never go wrong with injecting a bit of action into a shot! Whether its faking a move out of a video game,

faking a move out of a video game

tossing a poor guy high up in the air,

tossing a poor guy high up in the air

or even the tried-and-true, coordinated jump,

the tried-and-true, coordinated jump

getting people moving around with some fun action always brings up the energy and fun, and leaves you with some great captures!

So there you have it, 5 simple tips for posing people in a photobooth. This list definitely isn’t comprehensive, but hopefully it gets you started with some different ideas! If you’ve got some ideas that we didn’t mention, or would just like to share some of your crazy photobooth pictures, we’d love to hear them! Send them to info@magicmomentphotobooth.com!

And of course, if after looking through these suggestions, you’d like to leave the posing for YOUR event up to the pros, we’d love to hear from you about being a part of your special day!

We provide the BEST! Photo Booths!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

When many people consider a photo booth company, they often overlook the actual quality of the equipment when shopping between brands. As with anything else, not all photo booths are created equal and each and every piece of equipment should be up to par. From the most important elements like the camera, all the way to the outside enclosure, each and every piece counts. Most people would not buy a product that worked well on the inside but the exterior design was flawed, unsightly or poorly made, right? The same concept applies here. The camera is just a part of the booth but you want the complete package and the enclosure is key piece of that package.

Magic Moment Photo Booth is proud to use cutting edge top of the line enclosures in order to stay at the top of the game in both the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. We also boast three different styles to accommodate most any type of needs or event – “The Classic Magic Booth”, “Magic Party Booth” and the “Magic Open Air”. (*Insert links to page)

Some lower end photo booths often use cheap pop up tent style enclosures. Not only are these enclosures unsightly, they are also a hazard and stand a chance of getting in the way of your photos or your guests by falling in front of the lens. The fabric is custom cut specifically for our photo booths in order to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish. No need to worry about the enclosure catching, difficulty opening or closing, or any type of situation. It fits perfectly with our equipment to ensure that it does not get in the way of any lights or electronics where there may be hot temperatures. The fabric is thick, fire retardant and manufactured at upmost quality above the industry standard. In the extremely rare chance of any emergency situation or accident, there is absolutely no chance of the booth going up in flames due to the fabric. This unfortunately is not the case with cheaper made enclosure fabrics.

All Magic Moment Booths carry sturdy support beams that allow for guests to comfortably move around in the booth and enjoy the space without having worrying about damaging or knocking the enclosure. Unlike cheaper companies who often use PVC or other flimsy piping, Magic Moment’s enclosures are manufactured from high-grade aluminum making them sleek, sturdy and lightweight. Also, the lush fabric of the backdrop creates a rich looking background that accentuates the features of your guests and makes for the perfect photograph. The difference is like night and day.

With three different styles and sizes, most all parties can be accommodated for. Our largest enclosure, the “Magic Party Booth” – is 6 feet wide, 7 feet deep and 7 feet tall and can comfortable fit up to 12 people! No need to worry about cramming into small space or people being cut out of the photograph, everyone can join the party to create epic memories that will last a lifetime. The more the merrier, make your photos come to life with the energy of all your friends in one photo booth to create the unique experience that can only be captured behind the magic curtain.

Classic Magic Booth – The original favorite, this booth is the perfect size: not too big or too small and perfect for those who may not need large family photos in the booth, but still want a crowd. The classic booth can comfortably accommodate up to six guests and comes with a stool for the added option of sitting or, if necessary, to ensure that everyone fits into the frame of the picture. Equipped with our premium fabric, the enclosure is placed on a curved pipe that is similar to the style of a shower curtain. This allows for smooth and easy access for your guests to open and close. The booth is also wheel chair accessible in order to ensure that no one is left out of the fun.

The Open-Air Booth – Perfect for any event. Just as it sounds, there is no enclosure and the freedom of the open air. Custom backdrops can be added, as well as our red carpet accessory to make it the ultimate party booth. Great for any wedding and perfect for corporate events – in which company logos can be projected onto the backdrops for the ideal promotional opportunity. You want your brand prominently displayed as much as possible and what better way to do it? The logo will be a part of the photos your guests will bring this home as part of their memory. The potential of this booth is ideal for marketing or branding but is also a great deal of fun at any event.

With all three styles, you are certain to find something that works for you and your vision. As with anything, be sure to choose quality and elegance on your special day.  Unfortunately, cheap enclosures look and feel like an old set of tacky drapes. You want every element of your wedding to look pristine. Instead of opting out with unprofessional looking homemade equipment, our enclosures are top of line and are manufactured to the highest industry standard in order to ensure the upmost durability and quality for our customers. We see the big picture and understand every aspect that plays into that picture. Come check out why Magic Moment Photo Booth is becoming a premier photo booth service in the Chicago land and now Los Angeles areas.

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