babies passport photos

(21 Posts)
MrsBucketxx Tue 22-May-12 16:44:21

moving abroad soon and need some tips on how to get them done i have a 2 year old ds and a nine month dd,

do you just hold them in the booth and hope for the best.

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chocoroo Tue 22-May-12 16:46:25

We just got DD's done in a shop like Max Speilman. 8 for £5 so cheaper than a photo booth anyway.

MrsBucketxx Tue 22-May-12 16:47:54

ooohh i didn't know that how did they actually do them.

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CelticPromise Tue 22-May-12 16:49:34

Lay them on a plain blanket, take a pic on a digital camera and send to one of the online companies to sort it for you. I got ours from Picture Lizard for about £2.99 I think. They make sure they meet the requirements.

dilbertina Tue 22-May-12 16:51:15

When mine were very little I took them in to a photography shop and they would photo from above with them lying on a cushion -was much easier than attempting to get them at right angle with no hands showing in booth! You are guaranteed a decent shot because they'll keep trying until they get one and cheaper than booth.

chocoroo Tue 22-May-12 16:52:38

DP took her but he said they just sat her on a chair (she's 15mo - I guess they'd lay her down if much younger) and snapped away until she looked in the right direction.

Much easier, I think I'll get mine done that way when necessary too!

bronze Tue 22-May-12 16:54:35

They're not so fussy about babies pics. Ds has his eyes shut in his. He was five days old though.

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Graciescotland Tue 22-May-12 16:54:45

White blanket on carseat. After spending £15 on 3 sets of photos in booth...

DressDownFriday Tue 22-May-12 16:56:16

I would also agree to going into s photo shop. They are very good and make sure that the photo is exactly as it should be to pass the strict regulations.

I even went in for my photo which was a good job as it had to be retaken 3 times - hair not tied back enough and then I was smiling too much.

WifiNappies Tue 22-May-12 16:58:03

I wasted £10 in a booth then took her to Max Spielman!

BestImitationOfMyself Wed 23-May-12 06:36:53

I put 2 week old in bouncy chair in white sleepsuit, on muslin and took lots of photos, picked the best then used paspic.com. They check manually and correct the background/contrast etc. Very quick to arrive (about 48hours to Belgium and was £4.99. (I then of course decided my pfb's photo didn't do his beauty justice and repeated the process. Waste of a fiver, but can report equally efficient service 2nd time round and a much cuter passport has now arrived).

roary Wed 23-May-12 08:39:58

I also used aPaspic, who will email you if there are any problems vis a vis regulations (and can do so for several countries) without extra charges. Retakes for cuteness will attract charges, but otherwise they are great and won't bother doing it any other way.

we used a white sheet but babies were under 6 months.

Be warned that they ARE fussy about babies' pics, you will no longer get away with closed eyes but they may grant you open mounths!

CokeFan Wed 23-May-12 11:43:01

I took DD's (2yo at the time). Had her sit on the back of the sofa bed against plain white wall and just took loads of pics until we got one that would do. Also used online firm to get them printed.

<disclaimer - she looks like a serial killer but the picture was approved anyway>

thanksamillion Thu 24-May-12 21:51:48

DD1 was about 1 and I crouched down in the photo booth holding her above my head hmm. Not advised! DD2 had them done at 2 days old in the post office lying on a white cushion - much easier.

Imperfectionist Fri 25-May-12 14:42:17

I photographed the babies lying down on a white sheet (8 weeks and 4 months respectively), and printed them to the right size in the self-service machine at Boots.

Horopu Tue 29-May-12 09:15:57

From the passport guidelines
Children aged five and under do not need to have
a neutral expression or to look directly at the
camera. Babies under one don’t need to have
their eyes open. If the baby’s head needs to be
supported, the supporting hand must not be seen.
All other photograph standards must be met.

mummytime Tue 29-May-12 09:56:10

My then 3/4 year old had an awful time, and we'd have wasted a fortune trying to do it in a booth. She wasn't happy, so wouldn't co-operate, then when she cheered up she'd be told she couldn't smile.
So photographers or the online services is the only way to do it IMHO, same for adults really, DH had to have 3 lots done in a booth before they would pass them, and that was at the passport office itself.

Hopandaskip Tue 29-May-12 17:45:56

We did ours at home too on a beanbag covered with a blanket. I took them while dh stood behind me and made noises and squeaked/crinkled things.

Hopandaskip Tue 29-May-12 17:46:40

We take our own adult and older child ones now too.

MrsPear Tue 29-May-12 17:50:46

I went to the local independent photo shop and they laid 4 month DS on a blanket on the floor. The requirements for babies are not as strict - the details are here

TheTeaLady Wed 11-Jul-12 04:06:43

Got ours at snappy snaps. They were fab. Baby lay on special cushion. Toddler on a stool. No danger she would smile......

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