July is such a fun month! School is out and the kiddos are home. Why not have a 4th of July photo booth for your children and even the neighborhood children? It would be so much fun and you could even make a little money on the side.
This is exactly what I intend to do for my children and grandchildren next month. 🙂 I am writing about this today because I am putting my plans in motion and getting my gear together for the big day. I hope we have a really great time and I can document our day with captured memories and possibly share some great pictures with you all.
Why Have A Photo Booth
OK guys. So, I know it’s not a real photo booth. But the kids will have so much fun with this. They will look forward to having these pictures taken. We will talk about it and make plans for the big day. We’ll celebrate our Independence, do some fireworks, eat too much, enjoy being together, and yes, we will probably talk about why we called it a photo booth when there is no ‘booth’. But at the end of the day, I hope they know that their Granddaddy and Bammie did something special for them because they are so special to us. I hope they play all day and are excited and exhausted by the time they go to bed. This is memory making at its best!! I want this for my family, just as I know you want the best for your family. I believe with all my heart that Family is our one greatest blessing.
When To Have My 4th of July Photo Booth
Since the 4th of July doesn’t fall on a Saturday this year, I will have to work on the scheduling with my boys and their wives. We’ll celebrate either on the weekend before the 4th, or the weekend after. My goal will be to have as many of us all together at one time as possible. It will take some major planning on all of our parts.
Where Should I Set Up My Photo Booth
My first thought is where should I set up my photo booth? That can actually be decided on the day of our party. Because backdrops are a little transparent if the sun is shining, I will need to set up in a shaded area, such as right up against my house or in the carport or garage. If It is a cloudy day, I may even be able to set up under a nice shade tree. I will be sure to take several pictures beforehand, to verify that I cannot see through the backdrop.
I have found 2 backdrops that I am trying to decide between. Because I live in the United States and July 4th is our Independence Day, I’m going to want my backdrop to have the American Flag. I’ve found 2 beautiful and very affordable backdrops from Amazon that I dearly love. I will share them with you.
One is a 5Ft X 3Ft backdrop.
This backdrop is 5 ft wide x 3 ft tall. It is vinyl and easy to keep clean. It is small and easy to store. After I use it for the photo booth, I could actually reuse it for a tablecloth. 🙂 The only problem with this backdrop is that it’s going to take several days for it to arrive. I’ll need to double check that it will arrive on time.
The other backdrop is 7Ft X 5Ft.
This flag is digitally printed and should have a little better clarity than cloth backdrops.
I know I’m getting close to my deadline, so I will have to decide soon. Oh, this is so exciting!!
Now For The Photo Booth Props
Oh Wow!! I found so many cute 4th of July photo props for our photo booth. My problem now is deciding which ones. I like the idea of the kids being able to hold the props up to their little faces with the dowel sticks. So Stinkin’ Cute!!
I think they will love the props with the red, white, and blue glasses. I also love the props that have the little neckties and bows.
I also want to do some night shots with them holding the little sparklers. That always makes such cute pictures.
I will give you the links to some photo booth props that I have found.
I’m writing about this today because I want to encourage you to make plans to take pictures of your family. It doesn’t have to be for the 4th of July. It can be any holiday. You could even make it a tradition and do it for all holidays, or even every get-together. Then, be prepared to take some absolutely smashing photos.
I plan to include my grandchildren in the planning for this celebration. I believe it will be something that will seem special to them and make a lasting memory. Children love to be involved and they love it when an adult asks them for feedback, at least my grandchildren do. It lets them know that you think they and their opinions are important.
Children also love to be creative. Tell them to put on their thinking caps and help you plan the best photo shoot EVER!!
I mentioned earlier in this article about inviting the neighborhood children. This is a really good idea if you are comfortable enough with your photography skills to charge a little for the pictures. Many parents are so thankful for someone who offers to take photos of their children for a discounted price that they are more than willing to pay for the service. Just let them know that you are not a professional photographer, but that you are charging a very affordable price. Then, set your price accordingly. You really don’t have to be a professional photographer for someone to be willing to pay for your services. You could set a time for your photo booth to be open and a time for it to close. Let the kiddies play for a while, then send them home, with a promise to their parents that you will be getting back to them when you have the photos available.
The main thing is just to get out there and have a blast with the little ones in your life. Give them a special day. Help them make memories that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Look for a reason to laugh with them.
PS If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. I love to hear from you and your opinions and advice help keep me going. If you have a Holiday Photo Booth, please share a couple of your photos with us. We’d all love to see your ideas.