How to put your ego to one side when taking a passport photo

It’s officially the social media generation. This means you are probably used to taking pictures – sometimes a dozen or more – with the intention of posting the results to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On these platforms, it’s become OK to be vain. However, there is still no room for vanity when it comes to the passport process. Therefore, you should be prepared to follow the guidelines exactly or risk major delays. If you are prone to the odd spell of narcissism, it’s time to put your ego to one side. Here are four ways you can do this.

Avoid the latest fashion trends

It doesn’t matter if you think you suit hats or that you look fabulous in sunglasses. If you wear anything that is deemed unacceptable on your passport photo you’ll be forced to take it again before you can even think about jetting off on holiday.

Don’t try to impress

There’s no reason why your friends or relatives should have to see your passport photo. Therefore, if you go above and beyond it’ll only be for the benefit of strangers at the airport. If you feel the need to get dressed up to the nines, that’s fine. But don’t try posing at an angle or smiling because your picture won’t be accepted.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you’re not sure if your passport photo is suitable, then swallow your pride and ask for help. If you think you haven’t met the required guidelines, it is better to know before you send the picture off to be processed with your passport.

Don’t give out too many pictures

In the event that you do take a fabulous picture, don’t go around giving it out. Not only will you need two copies for the official passport application, it’s advisable that you keep a few spare incase they are needed for any further documents down the line.

Good luck

The guidelines are clear when it comes to what is and what isn’t acceptable for your passport photo. Once you’ve follow them to a T, you should find your passport will be processed in a speedy fashion.

Photo: #Selfie by ellendv13 licensed under Creative commons 2

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