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Taking the right photo for your passport

Hands up, who’s had a fight with a photo booth trying to get their passport photo taken? Getting the stool in the right position and making sure the curtain is shut properly so that supermarket shoppers don’t photobomb you can be a tricky ordeal! You’ve also got to make sure you’re looking at the camera correctly, you don’t smile and that you’re happy with the photo whilst only having 3 attempts for the extortionate price they charge you. And guess what, after all that you’re never happy with it! It’s even worse when you’re trying to get a decent passport photo of your toddler or newborn, so that’s why we offer a passport photo service.

At Bourne Photographic studios we offer a comfortable environment for you and your family to have their passport photo taken. We can guarantee that the passport photo you leave with will meet the requirements of your country of origin. We understand that various countries have different requirements for passport photos and we will take this into consideration for you.

Here’s what you need to know;

There are general rules for most passport photos;

  1. The photo should contain your full face

  2. It must be a true reflection of what you look like

  3. There should be no obstructions

  4. It should not be taken more than 6 months prior to your passport application

  5. You should have a neutral expression - no smiling or showing your teeth

  6. You should be gazing directly ahead

  7. Hair and headgear should not be over any part of the face


Regardless of your country the general rule for a passport picture is that the background should be neutral and plain. The majority of countries only accept the background to be either white or light grey. There are a few countries which have exceptions such as; Qatar, The Philippines and Malaysia require the background to be blue and Indonesia require a red background on your passport photo.

Photo Sizes

Passport photo sizes vary from country to country. Here’s the requirements;

I bet you didn’t realise how much there was to consider when having your passport picture taken did you? You don’t need to worry about any of this if you come and have your passport taken with us.

We will make sure that you, your newborn and/or toddler have a great experience having their passport picture taken. You can be sure that it will meet all the requirements necessary for your passport application, leaving you to concentrate on having a great family holiday!


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