#Photobama

September 24, 2014

In the first of many collaborations, Tyler, Bay and I recently launched Photobama. Our iOS app allows you to take selfies with Obama … and Miley … and Kanye … basically, ‘Selfies with the Stars.’

It was a fun weeknights project for us all. The first time we submitted the app we actually got rejected by Apple. They asked us to get written permission from Kim Jung Un to use his likelness:

We found your app includes features or content, in the title, keywords, and/or imagery, that bear a resemblance to the well-known, third-party mark, images of Laurence Fishburne, Miley Cyrus, President Obama, Pharrell Williams and Kim Jung Un. In order to proceed with the review of your app, we require documentation evidencing you are authorized by Laurence Fishburne, Miley Cyrus, President Obama, Pharrell Williams and Kim Jung Un to use features images Laurence Fishburne, Miley Cyrus, President Obama, Pharrell Williams and Kim Jung Un.

We tried writing to him, but didn’t get a response. So, now it is live with creative commons images.

The image hosting and analytics is all done using Parse, which is fantastic for bootstrapping quick projects. If you want your own likeness in the app for anyone to take a selfie with, just email us!

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