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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How to make a homemade photo booth

Everyday snapshots of kids are adorable—eating dinner, going down the slide, falling asleep—but sometimes it's nice to have more "formal" portraits. My photographer friend Alpha helped me set up a homemade photo booth. As part of a three-part photography series sponsored by Canon, here's a simple tutorial...
We chose a bright spot by the window and taped up a piece of fabric. (You could also use wrapping paper, vintage wallpaper or pretty bed sheets.) While Toby sat on a stool, we propped up a piece of poster board to help reflect light for crisper photos. Here are a few of the final results...
You could try different fabrics or bring in cute toys and props, as well. So quick and easy! We had a really fun afternoon.

Thank you so much, Alpha!

P.S. Six tips for photographing toddlers, and how to photograph goofy kids. Plus, four hair tutorials for little girls.

(This post was sponsored by Canon as part of a three-post series about photographing kids. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible. Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)

53 comments:

stephanie said...

Great tips! And wow... he looks so much like you!

Lauren Knight said...

It looks so easy, but the results are stunning! I can't wait to try this by the big window by our stairs! Thanks for this!

Shoko said...

Your photos came out wonderfully - what great tips! Can't wait to try this out myself :)

katiekane said...

I want one! x

The Sister Studio said...

Great tips and, wow, he's a cutie!! Love this. :)

Sara said...

Too cute... you can definitely tell that you are his mama. He really looks like you!

kosenrufu mama said...

thank you for these tips!!! :)

Michelle Panting said...

Ooh, I like the tip about using white cardboard as a reflector! This makes taking formal photos seem so much more accessible.

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Patricia Paramo said...
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Patricia Paramo said...

Toby is too cute...love him!!

Love how he can pose as well :)

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Sorry for the above comment, I was done when I published it...

xoxo

Carolyn Page said...

Isn't he getting tall and rangy! I hadn't seen that before.

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

Love this idea!

lacey said...

I love your photography tips!Now I need tips on how to make a wiggly toddler sit still! I have tons of photos of her walking away.

Amanda said...

So cute! I usually try to do portrait pics of my 3 year old outside, against a neutral background like our brick house. But a stool is a great idea - it would keep him from running away!

Gina said...

Toby is the cutest boy ever. Fact.

Sarah and Renuka said...

a beautifully simple idea for great portraits! thanks for the tips :)

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Reina said...

Oh MY Lordie Toby is adorable.

Karen Reid-Mogford said...

hello lovely Joanna! I think you should get Max to do a wedding photography recommendations post...from reading comments, so many of your readers are engaged etc and as a wedding photographer, i think it would be a great read :)
xo

Karen Reid-Mogford said...

ps Toby is just the image of you!

parisbeekids.com said...

Love the "model". So sweet!


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Design Scouting said...

This is a great idea -- he is SO sweet!

Champagne Sunday said...

What a coincidence. I *JUST* posted an impromptu portrait session of my baby girl today. We were playing dressup and I quickly grabbed my camera for some candid shots. It turned out great. Please check them out!

Cheers from,
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Mindy Day said...

It seems you forgot to write who the post was sponsored by ;) from a fellow blogger to another xox

suzy said...

its my daughters bday soon and shes having a disco party so i have brought a piece of sparkly fabric as her photo booth backdrop :)

The Recordologist said...

Toby is at that half-baby-half-boy stage. So cute!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

What a good idea!

Seeking Style said...

Totally adorable!

xo Jennifer

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Catherine Masi said...

That Toby is so beautiful. (And such a simple photography set up, too!)

Ladies in Navy said...

so cute! he's the cutest
kw ladies in navy

Kathleen Heffner said...

so adorable!!!

jm said...

That top picture melts my heart. What a sweet son you have. And waht a sweet mama he has.

alanna said...

Oh, how I love a baby in a tank top.

Robyn said...

Toby is just growing up so fast!!

Mad Max and Family said...

This is great! I think the biggest obstacle is the moving children (a toddler and baby in my case)!

-Tara

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Marie said...

Thanks for this great idea! And your child is adorable!! :))

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Monas de Seda said...

Awww... he looks so cute!! :D

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Carmen said...

he is beatiful! i love your blog. regards from Madrid

inaina said...

I didn't recognize him in the first picture immediately. (o:
ina

Lynn said...

I think this post might have been a bit more powerful had you taken the photos yourself. It is a fantastic idea for a background and lighting, but in the end the photos were shot by a professional photographer. (And I realize you're 8,000 months pregnant, so maybe next time...)

Jodie M said...

Excellent ideas. Toby is so sweet!

Kristen said...

i love this! attempted something similar in my backyard recently :)

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Denene said...

I agree! I thought the point was that anyone can take these kinds of pics at home. Cute pics though!

moseyblog said...

Great shots and not too forced looking which I love! Plus, he is totally adorable :)

Leslie-Anne said...

Love this! Will definitely try this out for an upcoming anniversary party!

fancyalterego said...

That little grey tank top is killing me with cuteness!

carolina budi suwandi said...

handsome boy ^^

Kelly @ IdealistMom.com said...

I love how simple this is! Pinning now :)

One question: Is there any lighting trick to removing shadowing from photos, like on the left side of these? My photos always come out with wayyy too much shadowing!

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Mirela said...

Your boy is a handsome lil' fella. :)

Ben Reeder said...

Tsis is great...I love the DIY projects. Keep in mind the that one of the biggest pieces is a the printer. I own a photo booth company and I use the Hiti P510s. You can pick it up for about $800. It's quick and fast and super reliable. Thanks for the great article. Photo Booth Rental State College PA

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Louise said...

Seriously, this child of yours is beautiful! And the photo ideas great, too!!

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