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What are the requirements to get a baby passport photo?

3 months


Taking a baby passport photo presents several challenges. First, you are dealing with a whole new little being that can be overwhelming in and of itself, especially since they usually don’t come in with instruction manuals! Second, passport photographs have a set of requirements you must meet to be valid. And without the instruction manual, sometimes, it is difficult to get your infant to comply with government regulations. The rules for baby passport photos are very common worldwide, but you must verify with the passport office of the country you apply for to see if they have any particular criteria.

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What are the important points to follow when taking a baby passport photo?

Guidelines on photographing baby passport photo for the passport:

  • Use a simple, white-colored cloth or sheet to adhere to the guidelines for the context. — the country is different and light-colored, or grey cloth can be required. Be sure to check your home nation’s information before you take a picture.
  • The child should pose frontally in the picture; that is, the head should not be inclined in any direction.
  • The face of the child should occupy 70 to 80 percent of the image, and the eyes and ears should be in the right positions.
  • Lighting must be reasonable. No shadows can be seen around the face or background of the children. The image is intended to demonstrate true skin tone and resemblance. -If you hold the infant, please check that your hands are not visible on the photo. Placing a baby/infant in a car seat or laying them on the floor is suggested.
  • If you do not have enough natural light at your place, then make sure that you have decent overhead lighting. Put on a table several pieces of plain white printer paper (it has low reflectivity and gives a very flat background)
  • Every child or baby needs its image. Family shots or group images would never be appropriate.
  • In the picture, no dolls, pacifiers, bottles, or blankets are included. Although a baby can be comforted by these things, they cannot be in the picture.
  • The camera is set to be about 1.5 meters (5 ft) away from the infant.
  • When you print your baby passport picture, make sure to use a decent photo printer with high resolution and color reproduction that is realistic.
  • Passport paper must possess the same properties as traditional picture paper. Printed matt or low gloss paper with a minimum weight of 200gsm should be used. Plain paper, card, or other non-photographic papers are unacceptable.
  • The printed picture must accurately represent the subject’s skin tone. Many printers purposely improve an image’s warmth by adding slightly more red ink to the print. This can contribute to the development of imprecise skin tones.
  • When printing your picture, the golden rule is to verify, double verify, and then check again to make sure that the print is exactly as it should be. Any deviation in size or content from the acceptable norm would result in the rejection of the entire application without any refund of the fee payable.
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It is important to note that the photo requirements for passports for small children (including infants) are significantly less stringent than those for older children and adults. Closed eyes and open mouths are allowable, especially for infants. It is also acceptable to have unnatural facial expressions (e.g., grimaces, smiles, yawns). It is, however, important that the face of the child should not be covered with toys, hands, or other people. They shouldn’t even be visible to other people in the background (thus, very small children are best placed on a single-colored blanket).

What are the technical baby passport photo requirements?

Technically, the baby passport photo should fulfill the same criteria as for adults. The photograph should therefore be rectangular and should be 2×2 inches in dimension. The photo should also:

  1. Be colorful and have a natural contrast.
  2. Be of excellent quality, and do not have any harm.
  3. Be sharp (no single visible pixel).
  4. Present the skin’s natural color.

How to take the ideal baby passport photo?

  1. Use your hands to hold your baby’s head but keep them out of the picture. Maybe you want to practice a couple of times before taking the snap.
  2. Wear a light pale top and put your little one on your chest or keep it against your side.
  3. Alternatively, make lie your baby on a white blanket or placed him/her against a white blanket in a car seat to give you leverage.
  4. If you are using a car seat for children, make sure you have the new-born pad for the headrest. That will eliminate the bobbing of the head. The car seat (especially the head area) is covered with a white sheet or t-shirt to get a white background.
  5. Do not use any flashing lights such as a torch to shine on your little one’s face – this may create shadows behind your head, which could create your picture to be turned away.
  6. Hold a toy (toys that make noises are fantastic for this, one of their uncommon advantages) right behind the camera to draw your baby’s attention, keep their face straight, and allow them to have both eyes open.
  7. Take tonnes and tonnes of pictures – the more you take, the greater the likelihood you’ll accept/correct one!
  8. Do not schedule a photo session during the normal naptime of your baby-a tired baby is not a happy baby. Shoot late morning or early evening. At this time, the light is usually brightest, and it’s a perfect time to catch your baby in a good mood too.
  9. Apply as early as possible for an infant passport or visa just in the event the photo is not approved and has to be retaken.
  10. Try to be patient. One of the benefits of taking the passport pictures yourself is that you’ve got time on your side. If your baby doesn’t cooperate or looks upset, just take a break and try again later.
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