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! 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. 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!
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?