diy passport photos

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time shelling out $7-$10 for 4 little passport photos.  For years now, we’ve been taking our own at home.  It isn’t too much work, and possibly faster  than getting three little girls ready and out the door to go have them taken at a drugstore or post office.

First, we find a white sheet or blanket.  A blanket is better as it’s less wrinkly.  Hang it up in a well-lit area and have your subject stand in front of it.  Then take a bunch of pictures! 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (1 of 10)For the baby, we put the blanket on the floor and take the pictures standing over her.  It’s just a little tricky to get her to look right at you, not put her hands in front of her face, and not make a funny face.2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (4 of 10) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (3 of 10) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (6 of 10) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (2 of 10) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (8 of 10)2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (10 of 10) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (9 of 10) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (5 of 10)Once I’m satisfied with my pictures, I upload them to ID photo 4 you where you can select the size and correct cropping for passport pictures.  Then, order the prints through your favorite one-hour photo location and go pick them up for less than $0.30 each! 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (1 of 2) 2014-10-05 diy passport photos by Melissa Crossett (2 of 2)

A few tips to make them even better:

1. Use a reflector to eliminate bad shadows on the baby shots.  Unfortunately, I left mine in Laos.

2. Check to make sure you’re using the right camera settings BEFORE you take your pictures.  Oops!

Have you had passport photos taken recently?  How did you do it?

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7 thoughts on “diy passport photos”

  1. When I took passport photos a few years ago I went to the US govt passport website (State Dept.?) where there is a utility to size and crop the photos. I used the app then saved the photos to my hard drive and printed them myself. No cost to use the govt. utility.

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  2. I don’t have to have mine taken for a long time, but maybe I will take my own when the time comes. My current passport photo is atrocious!

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  3. Very cool! What size do they print as? I was wanting to get some smaller sized photos printed for those tiny picture Christmas ornaments.

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