How To Take Baby Passport Photos

Right, so you’ve just booked your holiday and everything is almost ready… except that your baby needs a passport photo. We know how challenging it can be, so here are some important tips that will help you take great baby passport photos.

First, you should know what the Passport Office say about baby passport photos:

Photos of babies and children

  • Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.
  • Children under 6 don’t have to be looking directly at the camera or have a neutral expression.
  • Children under one don’t have to have their eyes open. You can support their head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.
  • There should be no object on your baby’s face or background eg. hats/dummies/toys/parents hands
  • The photo should be taken in a bright room with no shadows across or behind the face

You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/photos-for-passports

So now you’re ready to take the photos and all you need is a cream/light gray blanket, your phone and the Passport & ID Photo app (download it here: iOS or Android ).

The best solution is to lay your baby on the floor on a plain, light coloured blanket or sheet.

Try to wrap your baby in a blanket so their arms are tucked in as hands are not allowed in the photo.

Make sure that light on the face is even, and try to avoid shadows as much as possible.

Holding a toy just behind your phone is a good way to attract your baby’s attention, to keep their gaze straight and to encourage them to have both eyes open.

Here’s what a good photo should look like:

Here are a few examples of bad passport photos:

Take loads of pictures (you can take up to 5 photos with our app), and another good tip is to screenshot the ones you like the most – in case you accidentally lose them. Don’t forget, practice makes perfect.

Got the perfect photo? Great! Complete the order in the app and we’ll let you know if  it’s suitable for the passport office. Once approved, you’ll receive your photos within 1-2 working days.

Photo Credit: Deadline News; http://blog.young-germany.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/32456372.jpg;  Photo by Daniela Rey on Unsplash

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