10 Things You Should Take in a Photobooth


Everyone likes a list. Seriously, so much crap gets forwarded and passed around the internet just because someone put it in a list. Smart people should realize this and make all the important content into a list, just so everyone will look at it. I took my lead from the 10 Commandments and the 10 Rules of Lomography.

1. Your kids.

This is a no brainer. They cost a lot of money to raise, so it is important to get some artistic value out of them. Also, you made them, so you should be proud of your work. No matter how many children you have, you can all fit in the booth. If not, try again. If you have no children, you could try making some in the photobooth, but the curtain usually isn’t long enough for you to keep out of trouble.

2. Someone else’s kids.

There is a fine line here. Make sure everyone understands what is going on, or else the police will want to ask you lots of questions. My son invited 3 boys to his birthday party at the big mall. Of course, with 4 kids in the group it would have been a serious faux pas to miss stopping at the photobooth. Some of them were not familiar with how a photobooth worked, so I had to push and pull each of them in and out of the booth in time. They thought is was fun, even if they now think I’m a little odd.

3. Props.

Bring unusual things into the booth with you. These things may be usual to you, but unusual to others. It is important to share you unusual-ness with the world. I don’t want to limit you with a list within my list, but masks, mirrors, fruits and vegetables, and fake moustaches would be a good place to start. I never use a fake moustache because my real one gets in the way.

4. Costumes.

It is especially fun to dress up for a photobooth shoot. Since the majority of the world’s photobooths are in very public places, this can sometimes be a test of your extroverted-ness. At the very least, wear a funny hat.

5. Your kids’ props.

This is my favorite. If you have succeeded in making children (see #1), ask them to pick some props for you to wear, but to keep them a secret until you are in the booth. If it turns out really cool, you can tell everyone else it was your idea. If not, blame your children.

6. Cameras.

Take pictures of the machine taking your picture. You will be so meta. This is also a fun way to show off your collection. Who doesn’t want to show off their collection?

7. Backdrop.

The standard photobooth were I come from has three choices: Blue curtain, orange curtain, or white wall. Don’t let this limit you. Put up your favorite poster or pick up some great fabric.

8. A plan.

Draw up a story board so you know how many strips side-by-side will look. A plan is always good — that way you don’t get stuck between flashes, unable to remember what you were going to do next. You can tape your plan to the front wall for reference. If you are really good at the plan, you could even do a feature length animated movie.

9. Signs.

Print up some signs in advance or bring a sharpie (black marker) and some paper to make signs on the spot. If you are not as good as you want to be at acting out your short story in four sequential pictures, maybe you could use words. I hear they are good for telling stories. As long as you can read. and write.

10. Coins.

This is maybe more important than anything, since the photobooth eats coins, and doesn’t work well when it has an empty stomach. Bring lots, especially if you are making a feature-length animated movie!

written by dirklancer on 2011-09-02 in #lifestyle #photostrip #self-portrait #list #analogue-lifestyle #photo-booth #requested #top-ten #photobooth #lomography #creativity #dirklancer


  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I'm loving this series! :D

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    cool and fun to read! :) I've spent a lot of money in the past years on these photobooths!

  3. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    @superlighter thanks! I spend way too much on these too. Have you been posting your photostrips here? I don't remember if I've seen any of them.

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    not yet but is in my plans to make a big scan of the whole bunch, sooner or later!

  5. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    hahahhaa.. love it!

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