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1069. Take some silly photos of yourself and a friend in an instant photo booth.

A specific form of photo montage.

Some characters, usually a romantic couple, rush into a photo booth, and the audience is treated to a brief montage of the photos they took there. The last picture tells us about the couple in question: if they're becoming True Companions it will be a funny mugshot; if they're becoming more than friends, it will be a surprise kiss or something more serious to suggest the progression. This is a common feature of girls' night out, too, and can usually be spotted as a small part of a greater montage. It may also devolve into chaos in a way similar to a Last-Second Photo Failure.

Compare with Mugshot Montage.


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  • Fruit Gushers had an ad in 2002 where a trio use a photo booth to see themselves after they morphed their heads into fruits. Besides the issues of dancing around while having such a big noggin in an enclosed space, as the second photo demonstratednote , the combined weight of their fruity heads causes the booth to tip over just as the final teen turns into a raspberry.note 

    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • "Photo Finish" in Batman Chronicles #9 featured Robin's first meeting with Batgirl, which ended with one of these. Dick expects to be in trouble for mucking about when he was meant to be on patrol, but when Batman sees it, he just says "Good teamwork, Robin."
  • A Phil Noto artwork shows the stoic X-23 and the recently vampirized Jubilee sharing a moment of bonding with one of these.

    Films — Animation 
  • Elemental: During a day out, Ember and Wade have their photos taken in a booth, but Ember's natural glow creates a huge glare that obscures them both other than their eyes and mouths. She keeps the set anyway and tries to hide it from her parents, but her mother eventually finds it and concludes she's in love, driving her to figure out who the mystery boy is.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rollercoaster of Friendship: During the final song, the seven girls are seen scrambling into a photo booth to make a group picture. It quickly turns to slapstick as Rainbow Dash lose her balance and they end up piling up as the first photos are taken. Then they just laugh it up and keep making faces in the later photos.
  • Zootopia: The teaser/trailer "Selfie Is Everything" has no photo booth, but it's close enough: Nick is trying to take a series of selfies, only to have Judy repeatedly mess up with him.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played with in Amélie, which has a montage of the title character looking through other people's discarded photos from such a booth, which her love interest has collected into an album.
  • Thereveal of the film Her Married Lover is through this.
  • Mia and her grandmother have one as part of a girls' night out in the film version of The Princess Diaries.
  • Last Vegas uses one of these to introduce the audience to the Flatbrush Four.
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, there's a brief one when Scott is talking to Envy.
  • Superman III has Superman changing into his iconic outfit in one of these.
  • Tracey Berkowitz does one alone in The Tracey Fragments.

  • Referenced in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Legacy, when Ace, searching for clues in a murder victim's room, discovers a hologram of him doing a quick "This is me" speech, and remembers messing about in a photo booth with her Perivale mates, seeing this as the 36th century equivalent.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrested Development with Buster and the sheep. Soon used again with Lucille getting her grocery store card.
  • Modern Family's fourth-season "Mistery Date" has one of Manny and Luke under the closing credits.
  • Mr. Bean once uses a photo booth, and this trope, to check the back of his haircut.
  • A first season episode of New Girl had Nick taking pictures in a photobooth with his ex-girlfriend, Caroline.
  • A plot-critical one in Pretty Little Liars: Maya and Emily have their first kiss inside a photo booth. The photos are stolen and used in A's Batman Gambit
  • The opening credits of early '90s Canadian series Ready or Not features the main characters posing like this.
  • On Scrubs, J.D. and Alex do one, and get interrupted by J.D.'s pager.
  • In a first season episode of Veronica Mars, a girl manipulates her blackmailing, emotionally abusive boyfriend into doing this so that she and Veronica can doctor the photos to make it look like he is gay, and thus get him kicked out of the navy.

  • In the video for Aerosmith's "Crazy", the two runaway delinquents (played by Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler) hop into a convenience-store photo booth to change clothes. Averted in that the audience never sees the photos, but the girls hand them off to the store clerk. His reaction to what he sees kinda makes you wish you could have seen the photos.
  • The music video for Tally Hall's "Welcome to Tally Hall" mostly consists of black and white photos taken of the band members in a photo booth.

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    Video Games 
  • In Crash Tag Team Racing, there's a cutscene where Crash runs into a nearby photobooth and has four snapshots of him. Snapshot one: Crash flexing but his flexed arm has sunk down without any muscle tone. Snapshot two: Crash showing of his abs in a sexy pose. Snapshot three: A close up of his teeth and finally snapshot four: Crash with his pants down showing off his underwear with hearts on them.
  • In The Darkside Detective, McQueen and Dooley do one in the photo booth at the mall, although the blank-face pixel art means you have to imagine the faces they're presumably pulling.
  • Rock Band 2 has this in its credits sequence. Each member of Harmonix is given a four-photo strip of whatever they choose while "Night Lies" plays in the background.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: The Halloween Episode "Haunted Photo Booth" is an extended version of this. Marzipan discovers that the photo booth she rented for her Halloween party causes a mysterious grimacing face to appear in the foreground of people's pictures. As everyone tries out the photo booth to get their own Spooky Photographs, Strong Bad tries to figure out why the ghost doesn't show up in any of his pictures.
  • In the Rainbow Rocks short "Perfect Day for Fun!", the photo booths are the meeting place of the girls, and when they're finally together, a few pictures of them fooling around inside are shown.

    Western Animation 
  • 6teen has one in its opening sequence.
  • The sing-along special, "Mostly in Toon" from Animaniacs ends with a photo booth montage of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot during the end credits.
  • The first season finale of Code Lyoko has one as Jérémie lead Aelita through her first day (not really) on Earth.
  • DC Super Hero Girls: In "#SweetJustice", the sequence of the girls having fun at an amusement park naturally end up with a montage of them laughing in a photo booth.
  • Platonic version on Jimmy Two-Shoes, between Jimmy and his hero Wreckum.
  • Kim Possible has a couple of examples:
    • In "Emotion Sickness", Kim and Shego get tagged with emotion-altering "moodulator" chips. While the chips are set to "love", Shego drags Drakken into a photo booth; the viewer sees a set of photos culminating in her pouncing on him.
    • In "Stop Team Go", Shego is temporarily turned good and becomes like a big sister to Kim. When she's restored to normal, she wistfully looks at some photo-booth pictures from their brief friendship, then ignites them when she hears Drakken approaching.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" has a sweet one for Moe and Maya. The same episode has one for Marge and a drunken Homer.
    • "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" has Lisa in the photo booth with a pair of eels.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In the episode "Friend-ennemies", during the Love Sentence song, Marco and Tom slips in the photo booth of the cart, with the classic montage of photos showing them fooling around following.
    • The show seems to be fond of this trope, as two more photo booth montages are seen in "Party with a Pony", and "The Bounce Lounge".
  • Beast Boy and Terra's date in Teen Titans has one of these.
  • Here is a good one, starring the girls of Totally Spies!


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