The best way to take baby passport photos (and for just a few cents!)

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I found this great, essentially free service to use to take our baby’s passport photos called . Actually, this method works for anyone’s passport photos, not just a baby’s! However, trying to get a squirming, few-weeks-old infant to sit still for a passport-compliant photo is a unique challenge in itself.

The site’s tagline is “We put an end to the passport photo rip-off” and they really do make it easy assuming you have a digital camera. Even better, they can create passport photos that are compliant for the US as well as 60 other countries.

The part that took us the longest was getting a usable photo of our baby. Eyes have to be open, background white, mouth closed, no shadows on face or background, looking straight at the camera…I think we took 50 shots before we found one that was usable of him that we liked. We tried putting a white sheet on the crib and shooting there but ended up with too many shadows. Finally, a white pillowcase on cushion, filler flash and ambient light did the trick. I can’t imagine how much longer and more frustrating it would have been to go to Walgreen’s or somewhere to get his pictures taken.

Once you’ve got your photo, you just go to the site, upload your picture, and click-and-drag a box to make sure the photo you’re using will fit within the required passport dimensions. There are two green boxes to make sure you’re doing things right.

Once that’s done, if you have a photo printer at home, you can print out your photos for free. We don’t, so I signed up for a snapfish account and then had the photos printed out to the local Walgreens for $0.19 and picked them up 30 min. later. I’m so pleased with the service (and no, I’m not receiving anything from them for this post) that I’ll definitely be using it for my own photos in the future. Finally, a way to get decent-looking passport photos!


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The best way to take baby passport photos (and for just a few cents!)

[…] Original post by Ricemutt […]


Yay, glad to see you’re posting again. That passport photo thing is cool. We always go to Kinko’s and it’s at least $10. Yay for almost free!


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You can create more easily your valid passport photo with website.
It uses face detection.

Bruce allows you to make higher resolution passport photo for free. The final photo is 3600×2400, while other service or software just give your 1800×1200.


You can do the same thing using the Department of State’s Photo Tool:


I have to agree your photographer would need the patience of a saint to get a picture that was both aesthetically pleasing and complies with all the regulations.


I think you should also add the online passport service


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