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Taking a photo for your ID has never been so easy.
Follow these simple instruction to take the perfect ID photo.
The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.
Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.
Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.
If you’re planning to fly to a foreign country with your infant, they must have a valid US passport, regardless of age.
Taking a baby’s photo for their US passport may feel like a daunting task for obvious reasons. We will share some useful tips with you on how to take a perfect baby passport photo on your own.
It is essential to note that infant passport photo requirements are much less stringent than those for adults and older children. In particular, for infants, closed eyes and an open mouth are allowed, as are unnatural facial expressions (e.g. grimaces, smiles, yawns). However, it is important to note that the baby's face should not be covered by toys, hands, or other objects.
Technically, the photo for a US baby's passport should meet the same requirements as that for adults. Your child passport photo should:
Now that you know the basic toddler passport photo requirements, you can take a passport photo for baby or newborn at home. This will help you save time and money, without the need to wait in line with your infant at a photo booth or drugstore.
To take your baby’s passport photo, dress him or her in everyday clothes and lay your baby on its back on a plain white (or off-white) sheet. Ensure the photograph is free of shadows and shows his or her entire face, with the eyes open and the head centered in the frame.
If using a car seat, you’ll need a pillow or towel to place under your baby’s head to support it. Place a white blanket, sheet, or any white-colored piece of clothing (without creases or wrinkles) over the car seat. Pull the cloth taut over the seat and use clips to keep it in place.
You can also use your hands to hold your baby, but make sure they’re not visible in the photo.
The best time of day to take a passport photo for baby would be daytime, and ideally, when your infant is after his nap, so he’s rested and not grumpy. In the case of newborns, you can take their passport photo when they’re asleep since it’s acceptable for their eyes to be closed. This way, the baby won’t be stressed, won’t fidget, or cry, making it difficult to take an acceptable photo.
TIP: Make sure your baby is rested, fed, and that his diaper is fresh. If you’re taking the photo while your baby is awake, try to be creative and entertain your infant to make him look at the camera. You can attract his attention by holding up a toy, singing, or just being entertaining. You as the parent know best what catches your baby’s attention!
We will get to the lighting part in a second, but first let’s focus on where to actually take your baby’s passport photo. Obviously, a well-known environment is the best and safest option when taking pictures for your baby’s passport. Pick a room in your house that your infant is familiar with - this will increase your chances of a better mood and less crankiness.
Lighting plays a key role when taking any US passport photo, and the same obviously applies to newborn passport photos.
Ideally, all passport photos should be taken using natural lighting coming from several sources to have the face nicely and evenly lit. Remember that the photo cannot be too bright or too dark. If the room is too bright, you can diffuse the light by drawing the curtains until it becomes soft and less intense. In the case of a single window on the other hand, you can create another light source by placing white blankets or sheets over chairs positioned evenly on each side so that they reflect the light.
If there is no way for you to get good natural light in, try using overhead lighting. Position your baby on a flat white surface right below the light source, making sure that your camera is being held parallel to your baby’s face.
TIP: Try to avoid using flash, because it may scare your baby, and also create an unnatural looking, overexposed photo with unnecessary shadows.
The rules are simple: the camera has to be parallel to your baby’s face, and there needs to be some space between the camera and your baby’s head. Your digital camera or smartphone shouldn’t be placed at an angle - your baby should be able to look directly at it.
Remember that the ‘parallel’ rule is very important here, because your baby’s passport photo must show his face straight on, from the frontal view. You can attach your camera or smartphone to a tripod and adjust it so that it’s positioned parallel to your baby’s head. Make sure the camera is securely and properly mounted to the tripod! There are plenty of YouTube tutorials to use as guidance if you’re not sure how to do it.
Congrats, you’re at the last step of the process – printing the baby passport photo that you’ve just successfully taken! With our photo tool you can easily get digital images of your baby sent straight to your email that you can later print at any drugstore or photo printing center, or order ready printouts to be shipped to your home.
If you decide to print the photo(s) yourself, you’ll need to make sure that they’re printed on high quality photo paper. Prepare a 4x6 inch photo template with Passport Photo Online and print your pictures at any photo department, store, or studio for the price of a simple photocard (very often it costs less than 30¢).
There’s another option, if you don’t want to leave the house and want to enjoy a professional service, try our full service that includes a digital file and a printout conveniently sent to your preferred address.
All of the infant’s photos uploaded to our app go through a meticulous photo verification, first by our AI system and then by a human expert. The purpose of this verification is to make sure that the passport photo for baby is 100% compliant with all official US standards regarding passport photos. However, if for whatever reason your photo doesn’t get approved by the passport authorities, we will issue you a double refund.
Photo requirements are based on: travel.state.gov
Last update: 10/3/23
The standard passport photo for the US passport is 2 x 2 inches.
You can hold up your baby or support his head, but make sure that your hands aren’t visible in the photo.
You can absolutely take your baby’s passport photo yourself with the use of your smartphone or digital camera. If you upload the photo to our photo app, we will scan and verify it for you and let you know whether it meets all the official requirements. If it doesn’t - we will email you asking to take another photo until we get it right!
If you’re trying to take a picture of a newborn, you can always do it when he’s sleeping. Otherwise, see if you can take the photo at a different time of day, but when it’s still light out. Also, make sure your baby is fed, warm, rested, and that her diaper is clean. Try to calm your baby with her favorite toy, or play some calming music in the background. If you still can’t seem to get a successful photo, don’t force it, because it’ll just make things worse. Just be patient and try again later or the next day if you can.
Infants are allowed to have their eyes closed in their passport photos, however children older than 1 should have their eyes open.
Yes! We guarantee a double refund to all of our customers whose photos don’t make the cut. You’ll just need to provide us with an official note from the passport office stating that your photos were rejected and we will give you twice your money back.