Need help with creating a photo area

I’ve been mulling on this idea for a long time and I think it’s finally time to pull the trigger on it. I want to have a small area of my house dedicated to taking photos of people in their costumes. I’d like to have a backdrop associated with some kind and a camera set up on a tripod that can be operated remotely. I will then upload all the pictures delivered to my website after the party.

I know folks have done this so I want recommendations on how to do the camera setup. I have a pretty decent DSLR camera and a tripod but I have no idea how the remote factor would work. Or maybe there’s another way I haven’t thought of. Hiring a dedicated professional photographer is probably out of the budget.

Originally posted 2014-08-28 16:52:40. Updated!