Sunday, February 1, 2009

Picture Parfait

I have a confession: I love gratification, and the instanter the better! I often cook things simply for their ability to be eaten from the pot on the stove while standing up and, having inherited my grandmother's penchant for photographing blurry feet, I think the digital camera was the greatest invention of the 20th century. There are so many ways to snap and share images with one another without ever having to print anything, and I know I'm not the only one who's become totally obsessed with Facebook tagging. But even amidst all that instant delight, well... let's admit, a bit of the intimacy has been lost. So how to turn a common photo back into a sassy little secret?

Enter the photo booth! That old friend from the days of double dates at the discount movie theater is here to serve you once more. There's a really good one tucked into an enclave outside of Bancroft Clothing in Berkeley. It makes the colors appear a bit blown out, all dreamy and vintage looking, which is perfect for a Valentine's vignette.

Now, it's time to get creative. Doll yourself up! Wear something that makes you feel daring or indulge in a little fantasy. If you're feeling vintage, channel Lulu Brooks or Josephine Baker. If you want to be cheeky, find a pink apron and bake a heart-shaped pie. Be sure to wear something pretty underneath. If you're worried about intruders, bring a friend with you to guard the protective curtain. Oh, and bring a lot of dollar bills.

Now, Un... Deux... Trois... Quatre... start with a smile, then a flirty glance... and how you finish is up to you! No one has to know but you and Mr. Booth. Et Voila! Now you have a one-of-a-kind photo "strip" to tuck in your honey's pocket or send in a card on Valentine's day. Sharing on Facebook - optional.

A Bientot,

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