(Closed) Stupid question about passport photo

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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1011 posts
Bumble bee

So long as your head is the correct size and the background is the correct color, you can use the photo.  I’m not sure the color correcting is a good idea.  We had our last batch done at Costco.  She didn’t like the way the first ones looked and re-did it.  Why not just bring a mirror with you?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I always DIY because I can’t stand to spend 10 bucks on two tiny pictures that look bad anyway!

http://www.epassportphoto.com/

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve never heard of anything like that in the States.  I had mine taken at Kinkos.  I look horrible in the photo but it’s not like I’ve ever had to submit to a cavity search or extra questioning at the border because of the ugliness, lol.  They can show you the picture afterwards to see if you want to use it.  Sometimes ID photos just won’t look good!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@meliss: Actually I know a place in Orange County that does it.  I’m not sure if you’re willing to drive to Orange County for a photo. It’s a Vietnamese studio that does passport photo. The place I went to (I used to live in O.C) does the photo less than an hour or so. I’m not sure if the guy does touch up or not, but my skin look fine in the photos. You can also find asian photo studio in your area and call to see if they do it.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

it’s a passport photo. it’s going to look pretty crappy no matter what once they print it on blue paper with that foil thing over it. don’t worry about it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just got mine done at Walgreens.  It wasn’t that big of a deal.  I think it was about $7.99 for the two of them.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i know what you mean – i had to get some done for some paperwork in china and they looked great! they photoshopped out some wayward curls and made them look great! here, i only get passport photos done right after i get a haircut & color, they turn out great with the salon hair lol. i also make them let me preview it to see if i want a retake. i took some for my brother before, it was a major headache trying to get it the perfect size but it’s doable and definitely an option if you want to do it at home. i use my passport a lot too, why wouldn’t you want a nice photo of you in it? it’s really a keepsake. I have my first passport (with the holes punched in it) and it’s cute to have, this passport will be the same. :]

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have to agree, no matter what it looks like to start, once it’s printed in the passport it’s not going to look great. I had awesome pictures taken and I couldn’t believe how terrible I look in the actual passport.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@jimbert321: not gonna lie, mine looks pretty freaking fantastic! 😛 i think it’s worth it to get a nice picture.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

You can try to look for one of those photo studios in the large dept stores.  Like in a Sears or JCPenny.  Typically I don’t think color-correction is allowed, but when my Fiance and I took our photos there, they showed it to us before printing and the lighting was better in general.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got mine done at the post office and they came out nice (but I did bring a mirror).

Not all post offices have the photo booths–just the ones that do 1st time passport photos.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@meliss: If you’re interested, pm me and I’ll give you the studio name.  It’s best to call them to discuss your expectation before you drive all the way to O.C.

I just remember when I went there (twice) they have mirror, brush, and told me how to pose for the picture.

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