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03 Dec, 2012

Faux photobooth fun

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

Photobooth fun!I love photobooth photos, don’t you? The process is firmly lodged both in my mind and in my heart: four flashes of friends crammed in a very tight space, spilling out with laughter, waiting with baited breath for the machine to spit out the results (which may or may not be terrible), holding the strip by the edges amid shouts of “let me see” and “don’t touch it, it’s still wet!”

It certainly is a process, isn’t it?

For awhile my daughters and I were adding a strip of photobooth photos inside Mark’s birthday cards. Or was it Father’s Day? I can’t remember. That tradition was forgotten somewhere along the way, but my love for the photobooth experience has never wavered.

I figured something out recently and I wanted to share it with fellow photobooth lovers (er, and iPhone owners) … a way to fake your own photobooth photos!

First, download the 99 cent Pocketbooth app from the iTunes store.

Then, find a photobooth near you! We went to our usual location at Carlingwod Mall. Other photobooth locations around in Ottawa (in case you’re wondering) include Bayshore Shopping Centre, Billings Bridge Centre, the Ottawa Bus Central Station, and St. Laurent Centre (according to Photobooth.net anyway).

As much as I recommend the real experience (the posing, the waiting, the drying) the digital experience comes a close second. And it’s cheap, and easy!

Once you’re positioned in the photobooth, open the Pocketbooth app and turn your camera around so it faces you. Don’t forget to choose your background! (Will it be the 1960s orange polyester curtain? Or sky blue? Or both?) All you need to do is launch the app and take your photos.

That’s it! The Pocketbooth app allows you to email the photo strip or save it to a roll. I haven’t tried printing it yet, but it almost doesn’t matter. I’m just happy to have a digital file I can share, and to have a renewed memory of my photoboothin’ days.

3 Responses to "Faux photobooth fun"

1 | DaniGirl

December 3rd, 2012 at 9:30 am


Ha! Your creativity never fails to impress me. Love this! And look, I can see your blog again!! :)

2 | Javamom

December 3rd, 2012 at 10:42 am


So thanks to you I now have added another thing to do with my kids before Christmas if/when the teachers go on strike. Because we just so happen to have a photo booth at the Dixie Value Mall…and afterwards we can eat Japanese for lunch which they love. HA!

Thanks for the tip!

3 | Chantal

December 3rd, 2012 at 11:32 am


We love this app (got it free a while back when it was one of Starbucks’ featured apps).

My 7yo is fond of playing with it when he is bored. I love all the crazy faced photos I have thanks to it :)

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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