Enter the Photobomber

Back in November at The High Calling’s retreat at Laity Lodge, I had the distinct honor of becoming one of the unsuspecting victims of a prankster.  Jennifer Lee (go check out her book, Love Idol!) set aside her megatalents as a writer, blogger, and general do-gooder in order to execute some hijinks behind our backs.

Enter the photobomber.  


For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a photobomb occurs when:

  • an otherwise normal photo is altered (for better or worse) when someone who was not supposed to be in it appears in it, usurping attention from the intended subject; or 
  • someone drops in on a photo just before it’s taken, so that the background of the picture hijacks the original focus.  In Canada, it’s called a “pop-in.”

There’s the accidental photobomber: the person or animal who doesn’t even realize he or she has created a laughfest while the main subject of the photo is focusing on cheesing away for the camera.


And then there’s the intentional photobomber, drawing attention away from the main character of a posed picture on purpose in order to create a laugh.


I’m thinking that we all should strive to be photobombers in the daily lives of others.  The benefits?

A well-needed surprise.  Lord knows many of us need something to make us go “What?!” (in a good way) just to get through the drudgery of the day.  Whose life can you show up in and be silly with for a minute?  Send that funny story.  Post that hilarious picture.  You never know whose life you could bless by that simple action. 

A laugh. Read/seen any good news lately?  I didn’t think so.  We’re bombarded by so much that can make the corners of our mouths turn down that someone who brings some levity to our lives is, indeed, a cherished gift.  Go give someone (or yourself!) that needed belly laugh.  You (and they) will be glad you did.

A lightening of a burden.  I feel less stressed whenever I look at the first picture in this post.  I get the same feeling when someone pops into my office, encourages me through whatever the current crisis may be, and reassures me that they’re praying for and thinking of me.

An opportunity to share, albeit in a weird way.  The photobomb is an unorthodox means of communication, for sure.  The photobomber is forever linked to a picture that he or she may not have even been aware of.  That person shares in the moment, whether accidentally or intentionally.  We can choose to be “all in” with those we interact with, sharing the highs and lows of each others’ lives.  That’s a surefire way to bond with others!

I’ve never photobombed anyone’s photo, as far as I know, but I’m on a mission to bring a smile to faces, much as photobombed photos do.  Will you join me?

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.  Proverbs 17:22

Whose life are you photobombing, in a good way?


  1. Oh Ali! This is so funny! I think of Jennifer Lee as a sober writer, so it’s so funny to see her being so silly! And may I say that you look gorgeous 🙂

    I have seen photo-bombing before, and it always brings a smile to my face. Never done to be mean-spirited, it’s all in good fun. Like yours! And the examples after it. If you wanted to bring a smile? You did!
    Blessings 🙂
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  2. Just delightful! Thanks for making me smile today. {Hugs}
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  3. My kids love to photo bomb – it cracks them up! And it usually brings a smile to the photo bombed subject too. I’m going to try it in Disney 🙂
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  4. I haven’t done a photobomb but I have been guilty of dropping love bombs as described in your post. Your pictures from Laity Lodge keep me dreaming. I’m happy to say I’m now putting money aside to experience it later this year. I love your joyful perspective Alison. Great post. Also just realized you live in Laurel. My brother in law and his family live there and we make it down a few times a year. Will look you up next time I’m in the area.

    • Oh we most definitely have to get together next time you’re in Laurel, Lisha! It truly is a small world. And if you’re prepping for Laity Lodge, I most definitely will have to make a return trip there. Can you imagine the fun? Let’s pray for better weather this time around!
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  5. Oh that first one is my favorite! It’s so zany and funny. I haven’t ever done this because I hate myself in photos. Sad, right? I’m a photographer!
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  6. i love a good photobomb.. the one with the dad and baby is just precious 🙂
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  7. Isn’t it, Cassandre? Poor kid is pooped! This one really jumped out at me as a case in point of someone being totally unaware of hijacking the picture.
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  8. My youngest is always photobombing! And one of my cats photobombs a lot too! It cracks me up.
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  9. I’ve never photobombed or been a victim of it. I think it’s actually kind of fun but some folks may take offense to it. Come on and photobomb me, I would love it. Takes some of the seriousness out of the day and adds some fun.
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  10. I hadn’t ever heard the term photobomb but I’m definitely familiar with the concept. Great way to lighten the mood. Have a great weekend.
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  11. Hi Alison, I’ve never done photobombing before, but these photos are priceless! Does look like a lot of fun too!
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  12. I love this post Alison and those pictures! LOL! This is a great idea – I had never heard of photobombing. Very cool and I would otherwise been annoyed 😉 The news this past week has been one thing after another. SMH. As if it hasn’t already been bad out there it’s getting so much worse. Happy Sunday to you girl. I won’t be a Debbie Downer on your Cherry blossom post – it’s IS pretty but for me I have to look at spring though binoculars 😉
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    • I feel for you re: spring, Kenya. I have coworkers who struggle to come to work at this time of year. They really have a difficult time of it. My time was about a month ago. Allergies had me literally by the throat, especially at night. Ugh! But yes, photobombing real lives is needed. That shot of the unexpected (in a good way) is needed with so much craziness going on in the world.

      Have a great Holy Week, Kenya!

  13. Ooooo I love the idea of photobombing everyday!!
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