It will come as no surprise to parents that babies are some of the most difficult subjects for photographers to capture on camera. And when it comes to getting a great baby passport photo, getting a good shot on the first try is paramount. While some kids may have an easy time staying still for the photo, some parents will need a few good ideas to get the perfect passport photo. Here are a few you can try:
Make sure to schedule your appointment during a time of day when your little one won’t be overly tired or overly energized. For some, this might mean an hour or half an hour before their regular naptime, while for others it will be right after waking up. The important thing is that they aren’t too cranky to stay calm, but aren’t too excited to make sitting still an impossibility.
Keeping your child calm during the photo is important, since passport photos need to reflect a neutral calm expression. For infants, laying them down on their back looking up is a great way to make sure they are relaxed, while sitting toddlers upright is a good way to go. Take the photos at home or in a place you know they are feeling comfortable. For young infants, a white noise machine or gentle music can be used to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
Avoid the flash
Most photographers will tell you that natural light is the way to go. It’s not just because the flash tends to flatten-out photos, but because they are a quick way to send a baby into a sour mood. Taking your photos by a window or even in your backyard can be good options.
A two-person job
If you are having trouble getting that perfect passport photo with your child, try enlisting the help of your spouse, a friend, or family member. While one of you stands behind the camera with your finger on the button, the other should be near the child to make sure they are looking in the right direction, as well as feeling comfortable. After a few tries you should be able to get the pose you are going for.