A new DIY photo-booth set up this month in Penarth Post Office in Glebe St is reportedly attracting plenty of business from local customers.
The “Photo-Me “Booth is located inside the Post Office where the abortive – and long-since dismantled – e-cigarettes counter once used to stand.
Since the closure of Dawson Strange Photography in Windsor Arcade the only town-centre option for people wanting passport pictures or ID photos taken in Penarth has been the personal photographic portrait-service provided at Kitchener and Thomas – which continues to thrive.
However now, for people who would rather do it themselves – the Photo-Me franchise at the Post Office offers a DIY alternative. There’s an adjustable stool to get the height right and customers can see what they look like on the built-in screen and check their pose before they press the button .
What they get is a set of photographs in the standard 45mm high X 35mm wide format suitable for passports and other forms of ID.
…A word of warning though – customers are advised not to smile. Smiling photos won’t be accepted by the Passport Office. For passports, the photos have to be a close-up of the subject’s full head and upper shoulders, facing forward, looking straight at the camera and should have a “neutral expression”.