It’s snowing up a treat out there, which means that today is the perfect day to get to work on creating my wedding prop box. This blog is going to be short on photos but long on hyperlinks to other sites that will serve you well when looking for interesting photo booth ideas.
I’ve noticed a big trend in wedding ‘photo booths’ and they always look like they’re so much fun and a great way to create memorable photographs, so I thought I’d do some research into props to find out what kind of options I’ve got. Turns out, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of people willing to make your glasses, moustaches, beards, bow ties or whatever else you’re after – for a price.
As always, Etsy is my go-to source for ideas, such as Props on Sticks (whose name pretty much says it all), The Manic Moose (whose name doesn’t say it all but DOES make me laugh), or Heathoriginal. There are so many industrious and creative individuals out there who, if you’re pressed for time, provide gorgeous options for you to choose from. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re supporting a small biz (always a perk in my eyes!).
It also turns out that the materials for these projects aren’t exactly expensive. Being the cheap person that I am (with the irregular income that comes with starting a biz, being cheap kind of becomes a necessity), I thought that I might as well make them myself. It turns out that there are just as many sites willing to show you how to make these props yourself as there are people willing to make them for you. One particularly helpful site is Squidoo, which serves as a great search engine.
As my quest for moustache templates begin, I have discovered the ‘Easy Makes Me Happy’ blog, which provides a helpful template that you can download and Miss Fancy Pants’s blog which also offers up templates that can be saved. Tiffany Kelley Photography offers a great tutorial, in which she suggests the use of craft foam, unlike most other tutorials that suggest felt. As I go along, I’m learning that I’m not too bad a freehanding it, but I like the idea of having some base designs to start with, so I’m doing a little mix and match work on the template.
If, like me, you’re after some snazzy glasses, try Ruffled blog’s designs for a one page template with some simple designs that you can add some freehand flare to.
A couple other sites that I found helpful:
Sandy Anger Studios provides templates for a variety of photo props
The Pretty Blog has some great accessories.
One important thing to consider is how to store all of these little beauties. They’re only card stock, after all, so remember to proceed with care and caution.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make a monocle.
**Quick addition: I also just found these two great pages of glasses, lips and moustaches on the Craftzee blog page. Woohoo!
For those of you who read my blog regularly, you’ll remember my post from a little over a week ago about the beginnings of my wedding prop box. I spent several slightly painful hours putting my best precision cutting to use (on the lines, thank you very much, Mrs Radley…. D in kindergarten art class? I don’t think so! ) and then broke out the glue gun to start assembling.
With spectacular timing, my brother and his friend Jay dropped in on their way back to Toronto from a skiing trip, so I convinced them to spend a few brief moments in front of the camera to model a few of the new bits and pieces. In the space of less than 5 minutes, I watched them go from slightly apprehensive to ‘I’m all over that like a fat kid on a Smartie.’ It was kind of a shame that they had to leave, but if their performance was any indication of the fun that can be had with these puppies, then there’s bound to be a few more future posts dedicated to prop box entertainment. I can’t wait to see someone spice up their wedding album with a few shots using these.
I LOVE weddings. You watch two people commit to spending their lives together; you eat; you listen to funny/sappy/entertaining/groan-worthy speeches about each of the pair; you dance like a person possessed; and, if you’re like some people I know, you drink your face off (sometimes that part comes before AND after the dancing…).
I love that two people are able to invite everyone who has some special meaning to them to celebrate love; I love that people get to kick back and have fun; I love the unpredictable nature of the event – what may or may not happen; I love the sense of anticipation that comes with weddings; and, most of all, I love having visual reminders of what was happening that day and night. What’s not to love?
So why the hate? Well, as a photographer, there’s a huge amount of pressure to deliver the goods and that kind of pressure can be daunting. I know many photographers who steadfastly refuse to shoot weddings. Why? Well, when you think about it, it’s pretty simple: if you mess up, you could potentially ruin memories of the happiest day of two people’s lives. No pressure.
Going to bed the night before the wedding brings back memories of going to bed the night before the first day of school each year when I was teaching. There’s that sense of positive anxiety, that “I-have-to-get-this-right-because-I-only-do-this-once-with-this-group” feeling. Come morning, there’s no time to stand around and consider what to do next; there’s a plan ready to be followed, but I still have to be prepared to chuck it out the window because something changes. Then comes the rollercoaster ride of looking through the shots later and figuring out whether I lived up to my own expectations, which are invariably higher than those of the couple. The problem with weddings is simply learning to deal with the pressure. Once that can be taken in stride, the night is just one big party.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I will be a wedding lover for my whole life. When I get to take part in stuff like this, how could I not be? Here’s a little peek at some of the shots from Taylor and Dan’s winter wedding (what a FANTASTIC night!) – kudos to the girls for bravely stepping out into the February night in their dresses! :
I have been fortunate to have spent a few afternoons and evenings with the always smiling Shelley and Dave, who pulled off an awesome wedding celebration last month. One of the more emotional weddings I’ve been to, theirs was a heartfelt celebration of the blending of two families.
Here are some of their photos: