This past weekend, I had a display at the Southern Bridal Show & Expo at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. I’ve never participated in a trade show before, so I wanted to make sure that I put together a nice display without breaking the bank. The idea was to have a nice backdrop to meet potential brides and grooms and gain some insight about what I might do for my next show.
The booth I got was a 10×10 space. Since I didn’t even decide to enter the show until late March, I had less than a month to put everything together. I did some searches on the internet to see what other photographers did for their booths and ran across some very cool (but involved) looking displays. With my busy schedule (and less than stellar construction skills) I decided my best option was to head down to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Durham to see if I could find some leftover treasures I could polish up and reuse.
I ended up going with some old, shuttered closet doors which I painted and fastened together to make my background.
The closet doors, coffee table, lamp and bench (not shown above) were all purchased at the ReStore.
Here’s a picture after just the backdrop of the doors was assembled and in place:
The little black things on the doors is velcro. I used it to mount and secure the pictures, rather than putting in nails and hanging them. I thought it would be easier to reposition pictures if I changed my mind at the last moment. The doors themselves I attached to each other with metal plates and secured and anchored with a 2×10 board. The hardware (angles, plates, screws, etc.) and the display lights are the only things I bought new.
Here it is, all done except for the albums and cards which were set out on the tables:
Here’s a closer view of the backdrop, with the pictures mounted:
My wife, Erica, helped me out out the show. Here she is, inviting brides and grooms to take a closer look:
So, for a first time out, I’m happy with the way things looked. I want to thank all the brides, grooms and parents who stopped by. We enjoyed meeting everyone and hope you like what we had to show you.