How to Take Baby Passport Photos
Taking good passport photos requires several important key elements that need to be met, and much the same goes for taking good baby passport photos. Getting a good passport photo of a baby or child that meets the strict requirements of passport offices can be tricky. There are some important facts and tips to help get the right passport photo.
General Passport Photo GuidelinesA passport photo must meets some basic guidelines:
- The photograph must show the head and top of shoulders close up.
- It must show your shoulders square on (not looking over shoulder).
- It must show your face square on (edges of face visible).
- It must show you looking straight at the camera (not tilted head).
- It must be taken with a neutral expression and your mouth closed (not laughing or frowning).
- It must show your eyes open and clearly visible, (no hair in eyes).
Basics in setting up the Passport Photo
- The Passport Photo must be good quality colour on high quality paper, with no ink or marks on the image.
- The background must be plain, light-coloured (e.g. cream, pale blue or white).
- The Passport Photo must have appropriate brightness and contrast and show your skin tones naturally.
- The Passport Photo must have uniform lighting (no shadows across or behind the face), sharp focus and clear.
Children and BabiesThe same rules apply for baby passport photos.
- The passport photograph must show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and no pacifier.
- The passport photograph must show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.
- The passport photo should have nothing except the baby and background in the shot clear all toys, hands etc from view.
Tips on how to take the perfect baby passport photo
- Lay a couch cushion outside on the patio or in a well lit room on the floor.
- Lay a white blanket or sheet over the cushion. Straighten as much as you can to remove wrinkles or creases.
- Stand over the baby and ensure your shadow does not obstruct the photo.
- Ensure baby is looking directly at the camera with their head straight, eyes open, mouth closed and not smiling. You can get your baby to look directly at the camera by drawing his or her attention to it - having a toy near the camera will draw their attention to it.