Set up a photo booth or selfie station in minutes

You've got an iPad. You found this page. Congrats! You're halfway to setting up a DIY photo booth for your live event. This photo booth setup uses your iPad's front-facing camera so guests can get a live preview and simply tap the screen to start creating awesome photo layouts or GIFs with different filters. They can even share or print photos!

Do it yourself photo booth

1. Acquire The Photo Booth App

The majority of photo booth apps are made for personal use, not for hundreds of photo hungry guests. And many have a limited set of features. Simple Booth’s HALO app is anything but your typical photo booth app. It was designed to continuously run at live events and is packed with premium features like customizable graphics, online galleries, photo booth effects, Live Feed, and more. The HALO app makes setting up a DIY photo booth fun and easy.

App Features
HALO Simple Booth

Simple Booth HALO

2. Install the iPad

For agencies, brands and businesses, we recommend our HALO Event Kit that includes everything you need for serious events. . But if you’re a DIYer, there are a lot of functional cases you can slap your iPad into. The key is to get one that can be mounted like the iShot case, which has a clamp on the back that can easily be attached to a light stand or tripod. On top, you can mount a battery-powered LED light like Bestlight. Putting a mini ball head between the iPad case and the light stand provides flexibility to make adjustments on the fly. We also recommend an extra tall light stand because they have a sturdier riser, so your setup is less likely to wobble when the iPad is touched.

By the way, we know that the Light Stand we’re recommending is mega tall, but shorter light stands may not have a riser that’s thick enough to support the iShot case.

iPad Mount

3. Bring your backdrop

A nice DIY photo booth backdrop can be as simple as a plain wall or a roll of paper. Our favorite party trick is to just work with the surroundings and point the camera into the party. It adds energy to the background and creates all kinds of opportunities for photo bombs, which are always entertaining, especially if you have your photo booth set up in GIF mode.

Seamless Paper

4. Procure the printer

The HALO app allows for all kinds of different photo options, including GIFs and different photo layouts, but sometimes you also want a photo strip to take home for the fridge. The Canon Selphy CP1200 is a tiny wireless printer that can print a 4x6 in about a minute and a half from your iPad. When you use it with the HALO app, you can print side by side photo strips on each sheet for double the fun! Cut your 4x6 straight down the middle with a mini paper trimmer and you'll each have a copy.

Canon Selphy

5. Prepare to party

The "hard work" of making your own photo booth is done. Wait, did you just start five minutes ago? Enjoy the moment. We can't promise everything in life will be this simple. Need more photo booth ideas? Pick out some classy props and have fun with your guests. They're going to love the photo booth and you're going to love all that dough you just saved.

Mustache Props

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What our customers are saying

"Easy to use, great product, awesome client services."

March M.

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"It's super easy, versatile, and really fun! I've had several parties and functions where we used Simple Booth, and it was a hit! The guests love the ability to email or text themselves their photos, and we have even set up DropBox to stream on a TV for a live slideshow of photos. LOVE!"

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"Set up was so easy and convenient and we loved the photo gallery we got post event. It added so much fun to our event!"

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"I have already recommended Simple Booth to a few friends and my employer loved it so much they want to use it for marketing at their events."

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"We love this app and use it when we can for all kinds of functions. So easy to use and teach others to use without a lot of hands on."

Kent B.

"Great product, easy to set up and use. Simple for users, seems very intuitive."

Ron W.

"It has given me the opportunity to start my own business for a reasonable cost. It's so easy to use and guests love it!"

Samantha C.

"This is the perfect photo booth app!! I've used it for a number of parties..some adult, some kids... everyone always loves the photo booth. I love that they can get the pictures to themselves-by themselves. I don't have to spend a day sending them all out. And it leaves me with fun copies to see how much fun everyone had :). I love this app. ❤️"

Corrine M.

"I like all the customization options and the user interface is really clean and straightforward so that I can set-up an unmanned booth at all my family parties."

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"I've recommended Simple Booth to several people. It's convenient, user friendly, and I love the ability to email pics to anyone as soon as they're taken!"

Polly K.

"Love the simple dashboard, great for interacting with guests and easy app."

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Stephanie B.

"It is easy to use. Set up is easy also. I love the lock out feature, and you don't need to be a professional to use it."

Kristy W.

"Easy to use and easy to acquire equipment needed to make your very own photo booth a success! We have used it at a number of gatherings and it is always a hit!"

Gena G.

"It's awesome. The best iOS purchase I've ever made! Easy to use. Great features."

Jamey R.

"I absolutely love it! It serves all my event needs! Once you use it once, it's easy and it's perfect for capturing party photos, etc..."

Stephanie U.

"It’s the easiest, simplest, and most well designed photo booth app I’ve used."

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