Photos are a nice way to show yourself to the world, but Japanese photo studio has found an even more interesting way to print out a picture, with the world’s first 3D photo studio, printing little figurines instead of paper printed poses.

Set up in Japan for two months, Omote 3D Shashin Kan is a creative idea to take the family portrait beyond the 2D world and into that of the 3D space.

A little different to the camera and lighting setup a photographer normally has, Omote 3D will “take your picture” by scanning you in with a 3D scanner, bringing in your image in more than just the flat 2D photo anyone with a camera can shoot.

The whole process takes about 15 minutes, turning you into a digital 3D model, with the printing taking a little longer, though the results are pretty impressive, and while are gimmicky, are impressive nonetheless.

It should be noted, however, that Omote 3D’s concept isn’t cheap, with a small self-portrait figure of up to 10cm coming in at roughly $252 locally, while a large figure of up to 20cm tall is closer to $500, not including the flight to Japan, hotel accommodation, and everything else a trip overseas entails.

Add more people, and you’ll effectively double or triple the cost.

Regardless, it’s a neat concept, and while we don’t quite think we’ll replace our digital cameras yet, look forward to the day when ideas like this one will be used in more places for less money.