Photo booths are very expensive, bulky, and difficult to transport unless you have a big truck. Furthermore, custom photo booths are hard to come by these days. However, you can save a lot of money by designing it yourself.
Firstly, the material that your booth will be built out of must be chosen. Generally, the best way to design a booth is to build a frame/carcass using aluminum extrusions or t-slotted aluminum profiles. The reason why aluminum profiles are the best choice in this case, is because they are lightweight, easy to transport, and come together and apart like Lego. In other words, you will be able to put it together and take it apart in a matter of minutes.
For the exterior panels, a wide variety of materials can be used. This can be plastic, plexiglass, or even plywood. Everything depends on where this booth will be used and how you want to decorate it.
Several software applications, such as FrameXpert or AutoCAD, will let you design your own 3D aluminum frames and preview them. Then, aluminum frames for photo booths can be bought or ordered through a wide variety of manufacturers and retailers.
The cost for a complete photo booth using Aluminum Frame Designer is under $1000. Generally, the frame costs around $500-600 and all the panels, shipping, and camera equipment add another $300-400 to this cost. Comparatively, a pre-built photobooth usually sets you back over $7000, hardly a viable price unless it will be used every day. And, unlike the pre-built booth, the aluminum-framed custom booth will come apart in a matter of minutes and fit in the trunk of a regular car, making it perfect for one-time events such as weddings, parties, banquets, and also photo booth rental businesses.