That is what my wife would say.
You might read the title and think that I am always taking pictures in photo booths, but it is actually much worse… In the last 5 years I have built and programmed about 5 photo booth variations…. and of course there are a lot of pictures to go along with those.
So it all started when I went to my friend Joey’s wedding. I was discussing with a buddy that we should start a business. Then I recalled having used a photo booth at another friends wedding in California the year before. It was a great idea… we would go into the photo booth business of renting out photo booths and services to special events: Weddings with scrapbooks, corporate Christmas parties, etc.
Next I went online and researched the cost… they are actually pretty pricey and require chemicals, film, etc. After a couple of days I started to think, “how hard could it be, all that is needed is to take a couple of pictures and print them out.” Well it is not that hard, but it is not that easy either.
To make a very long story short I have gone in and out of the photo booth business. In the process I have used a PHP\Command Line scripted software, written one in C# and written another in Processing. I have built a booth out of wood, plastic, an old picture frame, steel and now a antique radio.
Some of these photo booths have been for the business, but at this point that is no longer the motivation. I really enjoy the time spent on these creations. It is an opportunity to bring all of the computer graphics geekiness to my family and friends in a way that they love.
Above is a picture of the new booth. As for the software, I bought it fromBreezeSystems ($75)… and it is better than anything I ever wrote. There is still some finishing work needed, but the new booth is ready for our holiday party.