We just recently applied for Timo’s passport because we are planning a trip back to the United States (our homeland), and we had to figure out how to take an acceptable passport photo of a 6 day year old. As you can imagine, this is no easy task, but we were able to do it with a few tricks, and by taking a zillion bad pictures in the process. So I decided to write an infant passport photo tutorial to help out any other parent trying accomplish this interesting feat.
In my opinion, the best way to take infant passport photos is to do it yourself at home. When Kati was a baby, we took her to Sears Portrait Studio because a few people told us that was the only place that did infant newborn passport photos. We ended up paying over $30 for two photos, and they weren’t good, so we had to go back after looking at the photos once we were “finished,” for a second attempt. Not to mention that they practically blinded Kati trying to get her to open her eyes.
This time around, we were in Greece, so we definitely couldn’t go to Sears again. They have a passport photo booth at the embassy, but it wasn’t equipped for taking newborn photos, so that wasn’t a solution. The only solution we had was to do it ourselves, so we did. Here is a quick tutorial on how to take your own infant passport photos at home, and make sure they are within the right measurements, using a handy website that is totally free.
Note: This post is a tutorial on how to take and print an acceptable infant passport photo in the United States, if you are interested in requirements to obtain an infant passport, please see post. If you are interested in the standards for an infant photo in Canada, please check out post. For a tutorial on how to make passport photos for the rest of your family check out post.