Some people eat breakfast on the train. Some people put on make up in the car. Some people read in the toilet. They might call it multitasking and pat themselves on the back; I call it uncreative, boring, practical, and shave in the photobooth. As they say in France, "To each his own (only they say it in French)."
Recipe for a moderately successful series of personal grooming photos in a confined public space.
1 beard (ripened for at least 2 months)
1 cordless beard trimmer (fully charged)
1 white shirt
1 non-descript neck tie
1 linen bed sheet
1 hair brush
1 roll of loonies (these are $1 coins in Canada)
1 willing accomplice (optional)
1. Grow beard. Don shirt and tie. Hand brush, cordless trimmer, and roll of coins held by an accomplice (place them on the floor if accomplice is absent).
2. Adjust the stool in the photobooth (turn clockwise or counterclockwise to the desired height — view reflection in the glass to determine if your head is in the frame, repeat if necessary). Sit on stool and spread bed sheet on lap; ensure that sheet covers entire floor. Retrieve brush from floor/accomplice, apply to beard.
3. Exchange brush for cordless trimmer and some coins (see booth for correct amount). Insert coins in booth and proceed with beard trimming. Repeat until beard and/or coins are gone.
What I learned:
Always clean the photobooth glass before commencing project. There was a smudge on the glass that detracts from the photos.
You can’t un-trim a beard, so don’t remove it in the winter.
It would look better if I also finished shaving with a wet razor.
I have grown another full beard, and am preparing to do a similar project – I’d love to hear if you have any suggestions!
What have YOU done in a photobooth?