Color series: Guest photo ops
For our final installment of ForYourParty’s color series, we’re going to tackle a fun new trend in weddings: photo ops. Not the ones with your wedding party, but capturing photos of the other people in your life that you love … your wedding guests! We’ll use the whimsical color scheme of navy blue, blue, lime green and chartreuse from The Perfect Palette to show you exactly what we mean:
Your photographer can’t be everywhere at once, so having a photo booth is the perfect way to allow your guests to capture their own candid moments! Some photographers will even cover the photo booth as well by hiring a second shooter. Whether you choose to rent a photo booth or go the DIY route by simply placing a camera on a tripod, make sure you include these essential elements:
Backdrop – For a quick and easy backdrop, simply hang a solid-colored sheet (navy blue is probably best, as it’s simple) in front of the camera. If you’re having a rustic wedding, add a little something extra by hanging pennant flags in lime green, blue and chartreuse from the top, as seen below, photographed by Ashely Forette Photography. You can use the flags to spell out your names or the date of your wedding. Just make sure you don’t go too crazy on the backdrop, as you’ll want the focus of the photo the be on your guests.
Props – The props you offer your guests for use in their wacky photos are where you can really let your color scheme shine. Next to the camera, place a box filled with blue feather boas, oversized lime green glasses, paper mustaches on sticks, balloons in your wedding colors, faux peacock feathers, copies of your wedding invitations and more! Here is a great selection of props from PhotoBoothProp on Etsy.
Guestbook – If your photo booth is set up so your guests can print the pictures right away, place a guest book on a table nearby. Offer glue so they can paste their photos inside, along with writing utensils so they can write a personal message of congratulations. You can even make sure the paper in your guestbook matches your wedding colors!
iPhone photo app
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and you can use this fact to your advantage. To cut back on the work your photographer has to do (and maximize the memories you capture), ask your guests to use their iPhones to take photos and share them with you. Here’s how:
Sharing – On each reception table, set personalized place cards (in your wedding colors, of course) that ask your guests to take photos throughout the night and use a special hashtag (such as #smithwedding14 or #kateanddan0414) when they post them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This way, after the wedding is over, you can visit these social media sites and see all of the wonderful photos that your guests captured. Or you could create a cute little setup at the guestbook table that tells guests the same, as seen here from The Wedding Chicks.
Photo ideas – While guests will no doubt take selfies and similar photos without much prompting, you can also give them ideas for pictures that will incorporate your wedding colors. For example, you can have suggestions printed on the navy blue with key lime foil that are distributed to your guests during cocktail hour. They can say things like: “Who can take the best photo of our centerpieces? #smithwedding14” and “Whoever takes a photo with the most bridesmaids wins! #kateanddan0414.”
Contests – You can also use cocktail napkins or cards on the tables to set up a photo contest for your guests. For example, maybe the person who posts the most photos incorporating your wedding colors wins a free drink at the bar. Another option is to send a retroactive gift to the guest whose photo with your wedding hashtag receives the most likes, retweets, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Photo frame setup
Let’s face it – your friends and family members aren’t exactly professional photographers (no matter how many selfies they’ve taken), so they may need a little guidance. Place these helpful hints on a sheet of paper near the photo booth or on each reception table:
Use the rules of thirds – When composing a shot, think of the photo as being separated into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The places where these lines intersect are called “points of interest,” and it’s where your guests faces should be in the photo. Neat, huh?
Show your personality – The props are there for reasons beyond incorporating your wedding colors into the photos; you want your guests to let their personalities shine too! Encourage them to smile wide, make goofy faces, and take as many candid shots as they want.
Don’t forget about the bride and groom – While you’ll likely be busy mingling with all of your guests, make sure everyone you invited understands that they are important to you, so they shouldn’t feel shy about pulling you aside for a photo either in the booth or on their phone!