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Best Free Online Instant Photo Cards!

Updated on February 20, 2016
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Tea Pixie writes her way around the world drinking tea, eating scones, & capturing inspirational images. I. Love. Travel. I. Love. Life.

"How Much Do You Love My Face? Let Me Send It To You!"

It's time to Have Some FUN and you can do it right here, right now with the opportunity to send out GREAT photos or moving images of yourself and hearts, keys, candies, chocolates, diamonds, or creepy undies. What I am providing you with, here, is a way to send instant photos of yourself as a free email, facebook, pinterest, google+, tumbler, or twitter image, with your photo, to your family and friends, or print your own postcards to send out for Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Mother's Day-- you get the idea.

If you are choosing the print method, getting your cards out earlier is better. :^D

Do You Love Amelie?

I am a life-long Amelie fan and one of the aspects of this movie that I just love is the focus on photobooths. I'm talking about those crazy little spaces where the camera clicks three or four times, in succession, you get the chance to make the craziest poses, and the result is 4 shots of you (and maybe your gang) - but I am not going to make you go to the mall or the train station or wherever, I'm bringing the photobooth to you via La Photocabine, where you can make postcards on the spot!

This photobooth is free, unless you want to order cheap postcards. You can print, save to your computer, post on facebook or twitter, or email your images FOR FREE!!!

Join me in an exploration of the photobooth experience and why we enjoy it so much. I'd like to learn about your perspectives on the photobooth experience and portrait photography, in general. I have some of my own philosophies and ideas that I'd like to share and I am hoping you will want to join in the conversation and put your own ideas out there for the world to consider.

Images and writing copyright by Me - Teapixie :)

I'm talking about those tiny little boxes with a curtain, a mirror, and a flash. Have you ever used one to take photos of yourself or you and friends or family?

(the photos above are "Timmy Tomato" as created by my Mom. He is barfing. I guess he got into the "sauce.") :D

Have You Ever Used A Photobooth?

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What Does A Photobooth Look Like?

Have you ever been to a mall, airport, train station, or bus station and seen the little booth that has a fabric curtain with flashes coming out between the spaces not covered by the walls or curtain? That is likely a photobooth! If it has been a long time since you were in a photobooth, or if you've never been in one, or if you've never even heard of photobooths, you might want to watch this exceptionally kooky video to get an idea of how it works. I also recommend that you watch Amelie!

When you do your online shots, you get to see yourself in the viewfinder as the shots are taken. Also, in any photobooth, there isn't a person inside doing the shots - what? That wasn't your question? You never even thought about that? Well, photobooths are automated, just like la photocabine.

Enjoy this video - it's fun, inspirational, and the little guy's emotions take me over the top!

Even The Toughest Soccer Fans Love a Photo Booth Surprise!

Have You Ever Ordered Cards Online?

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What Do You Need To Make Your Cards?

a computer

or an iphone

a web cam

the ability to see photos on your electronic device

a form of payment that you can use online

A Great Computer

I write and write and write. But I can only do it on my computer. Having a good computer, one that you can rely on to handle your information and images, is invaluable. If you are struggling with your machine, consider an Acer Aspire.

I have tried Toshiba and been extremely disappointed with their customer service. We had to pay them to call them for support. Very odd.

I have had an Acer computer crash and burn, within the warranty period, and Acer replaced the machine. No run around. Simple. Straightforward.

My Acer Aspire has a built in camera. Perfect for La Photocabine. :)

Send A REAL Postcard With YOUR PHOTO!

On this site you can create your own postcards that allow you to write a message with it, and send it anywhere in the world! This is a spectacular way to say "I am YOURS!"

It's also a great way to say Happy January, Take a Hike, Happy Birthday, Happy St. Paddy's Day, You Are So Old, I Miss You, Glad You're Not Here, Happy Easter, Happy Mother's Day, I Wish You Were Here, Here's My New Boyfriend - You Suck! Happy Father's Day, See How Good I Look With Teeth, I Love YOU!

Really, the opportunities and messages are endless. And there is nothing like the ambience of a photobooth image. You've got to try it!

Web Cams

The introduction of the web cam to the world brought people in far away countries closer together. Sending photos of yourself via email is fantastic. The La Photocabine images can be saved to your computer and you can use them on Facebook. The options are endless.

Often web cams are built into your computer.

Instant Photos!

Do you need a photo for your squidoo writing? Perhaps you have a blog, or something else that needs original current photos. These are instant and fantastic. Just remember to save your photos with the .jpg extension. If it doesn't pop up automatically, type the ".jpg" at the end of the name of your photo.

As you can see, I have used the service to create this article. I will be using it again, when necessary. It's an awesome way to create fun photos with an old-style ambiance.

You can see that some subjects are not good at posing. This is our cat. She likes her own behind. ;)

Send It To Your Friends - hee hee heeeeeeeee

Honestly. Why not? You can take photos of yourself and send them to your friends via e-mail, twitter, facebook - it's really limitless.

They play the greatest music in the background while you're getting your photos taken. Lounge lizard. It's like weird elevator music. Makes me laugh every time I hear it.

And remember: if you don't like the photos, start over - yes, again! You can shoot and discard strips of photos as much as you want.

Your Mother!

When was the last time you sent your Mom a goofy photo of yourself? For some strange reason, we all get goofy at photobooths. Even jaded teenagers, who get pushed in front of the camera, start to act weird.

I have this awful history of making goofy faces whenever a camera comes out. It's awful, really, because when I look back at images of myself, I look like I'm crazy. No beauty shots for me. How sad is that?

Talking About Your Mom....

NIX 8 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor (X08D)
NIX 8 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor (X08D)

This is the ideal photo frame for your Mom. You can save innumerable versions of La Photocabine shots that you can put onto this machine and give it to your Mom.

Parent's often feel a need to hold onto photos, plastering their walls with them. Release your loved-ones from the art limitations of family photos and get them a programmable digital photo frame. They'll love you forever, anyway.

 

On The Road?

I love to travel. Having access to this service means I can send images of everything and anything via email or postcard to anywhere in the world, instantly!

Last Christmas I sent La Photocabine cards out and people thought I had spent Christmas in France!!!! What a great side benefit - it certainly made for lots of laughter when my friends and family called to talk about my "trip."

I also love La Photocabine. I tried to figure out who it's linked to and I kept getting connected with a radio station where everything is written in French. I couldn't understand what I was reading. So, this is going to require further work on my part. If you learn anything about La Photocabine, please leave a comment and I'll work your info into this article!

Are you a goof, like me, or do you smile and get that fabulous, one-of-a-kind photo every time you see a camera?

How Do You Behave For Photos?

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What is the craziest thing you have ever "photographed" in a photobooth? Please keep it as "clean" as you can for this g-rated article.

Will You Use La Photocabine?

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Goofy Valentine's Photo

Yes - even this could be sent by me as a postcard. La Photocabine sets the design up for you to download onto your computer at home. You will address the cards and apply postage, but they have made it so easy and fun to create the cards.

I kid you not - it's super easy. No special software required. What a crazy world!

How To Use La Photocabine

It might seem a little complicated, at first, but once you use it, it will all begin to make sense.

Time required: 5 minutes and onward

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Free!!!!!

Instructions:

1. Click on the link below and it will take you directly to La Photocabine. I have loved this site for years and I really hope you will enjoy yourself with this.

2. On the first page you come to, you need to click on the photo booth curtain.You may then be asked to supply permission for access to your camera -- you need to give access to use this software.

3. This is the ACTION PAGEFirstly you must chose your language format (on the right-hand side). It automatically comes up in French, do not be dissuaded. You can choose French, English, or Spanish!

4. Secondly, choose "gif strip" or "gif strip off". A gif strip is animated and is fabulous to send digitally. If you want to make static digital cards or postcards, chose "gif strip off."

5. Thirdly, choose the style of presentation of your photos:

inline strip of 4 shots (2x6) or square (4x6)

square or rounded corners

photo effects: normal, black & white, desaturated, or vintage

and then choose your paper background (if you'd like something fun)

6. These next steps are important:

1. turn "gif strip off"

2. download your file onto your computer for making postcards

3. generate a file for sharing and then use your online accounts to share it across the universe

3. switch to "gif strip on"

4. download your file onto your computer for sharing digitally at a later time

5. generate a file for sharing

7. PLEASE NOTE:

You can turn the sound off if it bothers you like it bothers my li'l pixie. Just click on the speaker at the lower right-hand side of the page.

What Do You Think Of La Photocabine?

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Tell me what your thoughts are about La Photocabine and the technology required to use it, photobooths, and having your photo taken. Do you think you will send some photobooth Christmas cards this year? We have so many different feelings and ideas about photographs of ourselves - share yours. I love to learn about how other people think and feel.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Thank you! I hope you had fun taking your photos. o8-)

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This is a really good lense!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @myspace9: Thank you! :)

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @applejacking: That sounds so lovely. I really appreciate handmade ANYTHING. There really is so much to say for spending time thinking about your loved-ones while you make their gifts.

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Me and Bonnie, my 2 years old dog. You know, it's become a beautiful background for my Christmas postcard made by my self. Hopefully it's can be done tonight and starts to send it tomorrow morning to all my family also some friends :D

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      scottemak lm 4 years ago

      its all about looking goofy!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: Well. The fun part about this one is that it is free - you can save the images to your computer and send them off to others via email, facebook, twitter, or put a link on your site to your photos, all for free. It's the postcards that will actually cost. Or, you can just delete them. I really find it a good way to ease the stress of the day and just have a few seconds of fun.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Its been so many years ago....I can't remember. But I know it was fun.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: A good reason to try La Photocabine. I have written about it because it really is that much fun!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I haven't been in a photo booth in about 25 years! However, last time I did that I was with my two oldest daughter. Good memory.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Eeeeeheehee - sounds like fun. :)

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      Harriet 4 years ago from Indiana

      Costumes from the Indy 500 Festival Ball