Our neighbors Michelle and Jeremy have this great self portrait hanging in their foyer. It was one of those accidental shots where they were setting up to pose for a holiday card photo and Michelle leaned forward to press the button mistakenly thinking the camera was on a timer. It came out well though, I always liked it. I also like that Jeremy had long hair in it (like me) even though he has always had very short hair since I've met him. So I had the idea to get Mie to help me recreate it.
I snapped a photo of it one day with my iPhone, then this weekend I displayed it on the living room TV (we have an iMac attached) so that one half of the screen showed the original and the other half of the screen was filled with PhotoBooth showing the iSight camera view. I had to set up lights to get the shadows right, but it wasn't too hard to closely match the poses with the side by side display. Mie clicked on the mouse to take our shot. I'm not really pleased with the photoshop work, but I didn't have a lot of time to perfect it.
Mie had the idea to print out our version and secretly put it in the frame in their foyer. I snuck over and gave it a shot, but unfortunately there was no easy way to replace the original in the frame so I had to resort to taping it onto the glass. They found it within 24 hours, but I think it could have gone for a week or more if I could have actually got it under the glass! Here's the two together (after they found it and we moved it):