Last week I told you how to get a passport for kids. Probably the hardest part of getting passports for kids is getting the passport photos.
My two youngest children had passport photos taken at just 4 or 5 days old in order for them to travel internationally by air. It can be difficult – though not impossible – to get passport pictures for infants and kids.
How to Get Passport Photos for Infants and Kids
For kids who can stand up, take them to the cheapest place you can find to do a passport picture. You can generally get a decent set of passport pictures at your nearest Walgreens or Wal-Mart. There’s no need to pay the big bucks at a fancy studio.
For an infant passport photo, you will want to call around and check before you go if the place is willing to take an infant’s picture. I highly recommend calling and asking if the place does infant passport photos before you show up with your baby. This will save you the hassle of keeping him awake and happy as you drive around searching for a place that will do the passport photo.
Many places refuse to take an infant’s passport photo because it is a little more difficult than an adult. Make sure you check out the photo guidelines before accepting the picture that has been taken. It might even be a good idea to take a copy of the guidelines along with you.
One way to take an infant’s passport photo is to lie her down on a white board on the floor and have the photographer shoot from above. Another way is to stick your hand up the baby’s shirt and support him from the back. Just remember that no part of you (the parent) may be in the photo. The other challenge is to catch your baby with his eyes open and mouth closed.
If you are not completely satisfied with the picture taken because you are concerned that the passport photo will not be accepted, kindly ask the photographer to try again. It’s much easier to ask them to take another picture while you’re there than to get to the passport agency and start applying, only to find out you have to get the photo taken again. (Trust me, I know this from experience!)
One more thing — passport photos don’t have to be perfect. They don’t even have to be cute. However, I must say that my third born has the cutest infant passport photo. She’s got gobs of hair, and it’s sticking out all over the place! My oldest was crying during her most recent passport photo shoot at the age of 4. But it doesn’t even matter. The photos just need to meet the guidelines so you can take your little one along with you and enjoy your travels.
Happy family travels!