Awful passport photos- what can I do?

posted 1 month ago in Beauty
Post # 16
3588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I don’t have any tips, but like 5 years ago I took a passport photo and it was one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken. I looked like a model. And every time I would travel and use that passport, security would look at me suspiciously because I don’t look anything like the woman in that photo. Once, TSA even pulled me aside to have someone else double check that I was the same person. They had me take my glasses off, take my hair out of my ponytail, and pose the way I was in the picture. Ugh 😂

So it’s probably not bad to look like a mess in the picture, since you want to look like the mess you are when you travel. I definitely don’t look gorgeous when I’m rushing to the airport at 6 am. 

Post # 17
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I just wanted to add quickly too that above all, your passport photo is a security measure to insure recognition of yourself and safety for your fellow travelers. It’s not a profile picture or a glamour shot. Similar to a mugshot, the idea is to accurately portray the person in the photo.

I get that sometimes bad lighting and awkward angles actually do the opposite and make us almost unrecognizable, so obviously you want to avoid that! But I would strongly urge against face-tuning (which technically is altering the photo and makes it unviable–you could get in big trouble for that) or wearing makeup you wouldn’t normally wear when traveling. You simply want a photo that matches your true appearance.

Post # 18
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Get them taken by an actual photographer, not just someone at a drug store or library or whatever which offers the service. 

I got mine done from a place in my city’s chinatown that specializes in passport photos. The photographer is legit, has a great camera and knows what he’s doing. He directed me in my pose a bit, and I think he even digitally touched up the photo a little (which they’re not supposed to do, but can get away with). It’s a great picture actually! 

Post # 19
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Just chiming in to say omg my current passport photo is SO bad! I look super pale and just gross. My daughter’s is pretty bad too. We went to Walgreens, idk if that makes a difference. My first passport photo was great though, got that one at the post office. I was really tan back then and I think that helped. 

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