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Highlights of 2014: Kate & Toby

Another great one from August last year! Kate and Toby had their wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire. They live in Australia but because they’re both originally from the UK and they have family and friends here, they decided to tie the knot here too. I had a great time shooting this Bonkers Box, everyone was so lovely! Plus they had polaroids as well, which the guests wrote messages on for Kate and Toby to take home as a memento. It was awesome :-)

Check it out:

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Highlights of 2014: Billy & Piers

Billy and Piers got married in September last year at Piers’ fabulous family home in Worcestershire. All I can say about this one was… wow… Things got crazy! I mean, this bunch were really up for a party.

This was also the first time I tried out my print-on-the-spot service, which worked a treat. The print outs went into a guest book next to the photo booth for guests to leave messages next to their photos. I also liked that Billy bought some mini props for the booth and they were really cool! A few of them may have wandered into my bonkers box prop collection…ahem…

Check it out:

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Highlights of 2014: Charlotte & Phil

Hello! I’ve decided to share with you some photos from Bonkers Boxes I did last year. 2014 was a pretty cool year for the Bonkers Box and there were lots of highlights.

Charlotte and Phil got married at Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire last year. They were such a fun couple to shoot, and their family and friends really got into the spirit of the Bonkers Box. Check it out:

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4 Top Tips for Posing in a Fancy Dress Photo Booth

Another list! I looovvveee lists.

Anyway, here’s a handy guide to really making the most of a photo booth. Because just standing there and smiling is totally not acceptable these days.

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1. Choose your props wisely

Now, I don’t want to start off by being a party pooper, but sometimes less really is more. Keeping it simple in the props department is the key to photo booth success! You don’t have to pile on every prop you can find in order to make a photo hilarious or creative. You just need one or two props to rock the booth. Get creative with props too, try thinking of different uses for them. For example, the purple tutu doubles up as a headdress quite nicely!

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2. Don’t be afraid to go it alone

You don’t need all your friends and family with you in the booth at one time. My advice? No more than 5 people in a picture at one time. Better yet – go it alone! I love random shots of just one person. There’s more room to do the next tip on this list as well…

3. Throw some shapes

Yeah man! I’m talking silly faces and arms in the air like a loon. No more shots of people standing awkwardly side by side and smiling timidly. If you have a plastic gun, point it at someone! If you have a police baton, mime whacking it over someone’s head! If you wear an Elvis mask, I’ll be expecting some funky moves. Make the most of the space and get crazy!


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4. Have fun! Be silly

This is the only rule that matters. Let go! Get ridiculous! There is no place in the booth for self-consciousness. Just relax and have a good time.

NB. This may also be a suitable life motto.

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5 of The Most Frequently Asked Questions

I get asked questions on how the Bonkers Box works all the time. So if you’re curious about the finer details of the photo shoot, this post’s for you.

1. When is the best time to have the Bonkers Box at my wedding?

Every wedding is different, so whenever you think the bonkers box will fit into your day is totally your call. I’ll show up whenever you like! Having said that, 100% of the weddings I did last year opted to have the bonkers box in the evening, after the meal and speeches. I usually get into the swing of things around the time of the first dance. It’s a great way of getting people into the party mood before they head on over to the dance floor. The typical photo shoot lasts for about 2 hours between the hours of 7 and 11pm.

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2. Where should we have the bonkers box?

Ideally I like being situated as near to the action as possible so as to catch as many guests as possible! By the bar is usually a good shout ;-) Or by the dance floor, or in the room next door. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that my white backdrop is 8ft by 8ft so ideally I’d like a space this big to work in. 8ft might sound quite wide, but it’s a decent enough space to get those cracking group shots.

3. Can I bring my own props?

Yes! Of course you can. The more props the better! Especially if you’ve got a theme in mind. But if you’re thinking of buying special props maybe just check I haven’t got something similar first. I have loooaaadddss. I’m always keen to add to my stock too so if there’s something special you’d like that I reckon I’ll use in the future, I’ll throw it in for free. Within reason, of course, if you ask me to source a Faberge egg to pose with, I may have to charge a little extra!

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4. Is two hours enough time?

Two hours is a rough guide based on previous experience. Generally, after two hours most of the guests have had the chance to have a go in the photo booth. Sometimes this happens after an hour and a half. It doesn’t mean I have less photos, it just depends on the crowd as to whether there’s a steady stream of people or a mad dash. But I will stay for as long as it takes, and I’ll leave only when it’s clear no one else wants a photo. I’ll check in with you before I leave though.

5. When will I get my photos?

I will send you a disc of fully edited images within one month of your wedding (or party). If you have a wedding website with a photo gallery, I can also send you some compressed images for your guests to have a look at. Just let me know! I can also get high quality prints of all images if you or any of your guests would like them. I’m considering having an online gallery of my own for people to order prints from, but I’m afraid this hasn’t been done yet. Watch this space though!

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New Props!

Over the last few months I have collected quite a few new props! Some of the old ones were looking a bit sad and abused by the end of last year… and some were damaged beyond repair. In fact, a drunken fencing competition between two of my friends led to the demise of one of my beloved swords!

Here’s a glimpse of some of my new props. The photos have been taken in my new study by the way. I’m fancy enough to have a proper study these days :-) Although for the record, I did not chose the wallpaper. Anyway…

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