t-store scores: passport camera


A favorite recent thrift store find was a discarded passport photo camera that we used to fashion a photobooth of sorts at the 4th of July party. It works with peel apart instant film that we can buy at a local camera store.

The camera has two lenses to snap two identical photos at the same time- and if you’ve ever gotten passport photos taken, you know they generally capture you at the worst moment in the most unflattering light.

Brian made a cover for one of the lenses out of a film case lid and card stock. He would cover one of the lenses, take a photo, cover the other lens, and take another photo with the same film. This would give the side-by-side effect of people standing together. Even the mishaps turned out pretty cool!

passport photo camera
passport camera thrift store

thrift store passport camera

It happens to be time for me to renew my passport- I wonder if they’d allow me to use one of these photos… :)

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10 Responses to t-store scores: passport camera

  1. Jes says:

    Hey darlin, I wanted to personally invite you to participate in The Womanifesto Challenge link-up… I would love to read yours:)



  2. cb says:

    what fun! the pictures are all soo cute. i love the map background alot!

  3. Bekuh says:

    That is one of the coolest camera tricks I’ve seen in awhile. I really love all of the pictures and how fun for parties!

  4. Sadie says:

    Whoa, what a cool find! Score!

  5. Miki says:

    Lisa! I got your package!!!! :D You have no idea how happy it made me! Thank you so much! LOVE everything you sent! I’ll be wearing and using everything! You really shouldn’t have, but THANKS!!! :D

    And I love these photos! You always find the most awesome things in thrift stores!

    Have an amazing week! ;D

  6. How fun! These photographs are great! I especially like the double exposure. What a fun camera to play around with!

  7. Cara-Mia says:

    Very fun! The results sort of remind me of the photos a half-frame camera would take. (Which makes me feel I should bring my half-frame cam out!)

  8. what a great idea covering one side, it’s so fun w/ the two pics side by side. awesome find!

  9. Jenna says:

    That…is…the coolest thing ever. Color me jealous. Like healthy jealous not like…crazy jealous. I think :p

    Super cute photos!!

  10. Lydia says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t believe you found that at a thrift store. Please tell me where you thrift, because I have a Polaroid camera collection and have basically exhausted the thrift store closest me.

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