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Planning

How to Make a VBS Photo Booth

With all of the decorating you are doing for VBS, why not set up a small area to use as a VBS photo booth? Social media savvy parents and kids love taking photos on their phones making a photo booth a great way to interact with families before and after Vacation Bible School. Plus, we’ve thought through the details and done a bit of brainstorming for you already!

1. Choose a space.

Designate an easily accessible, well-decorated and well-lit area for the photo booth.

2. Make a sign.

Make a sign(s) indicating where your photo booth is located.

3. Decorate the area.

4. Get the word out.

Inform families about your photo booth. Share about the booth at the registration table and during your closing assembly time.

5. Assign volunteers.

Assign a couple of volunteers to help out at the booth. They will be able to take pictures of entire families, interact with parents and kids, and ensure props stay at the photo booth! Most importantly, they will be needed for child safety and security reasons.

6. Set a time.

Designate a time to take a picture of each child who attends Vacation Bible School. These photos allow for a simple, non-threatening way to follow up with families. Check out the programs below for follow up photo frames, which simplify the process even more.

7. Take silly staff photos.

Encourage your team to take some fun photos together throughout the week on the same camera/phone; later you can print the pictures to include in a thank you note.

8. Follow up.

After VBS you’ll have tons of great photos of kids and volunteers. Follow up by sending kids their pictures in a Follow Up Photo Frame that comes with your VBS theme! You can also share photos on your church’s Facebook, Instagram or website, or make a slideshow to share with the church.

With only a little bit more time spent decorating and a couple more responsibilities for volunteers you can create a family activity for before and after VBS. Building relationships is a great way to reach families with the gospel, which is one of the main goals of VBS, and a low-key photo booth is a wonderful way to create interaction with parents and children for the purpose of sharing Christ.

Don’t forget to follow your church’s photography policy in relation to children’s events.