United Kingdom passport photo requirements are clear in needing crisp, non-blurry passport photos for babies. Here are some tips on meeting the UK passport photo requirements when applying for a baby passport.
Getting the photo correct
To receive the first passport for your baby, you must submit two identical photos, 45mm high by 35mm wide. There can be no other people or objects in the photo and the photo submitted cannot be a cropped version of a larger photo. The point is to show the baby on the passport in an identifiable way. Make sure both eyes are open and both ears are visible.
Show off your baby’s features
It is important that your baby’s face and neck be in the passport photo, and that these take up most of the space of the photo without going outside the edges. Get the whole head, face and both eyes and both ears in the photo while the baby looks as straight on as possible.
If you can get baby’s neck and shoulders, that is helpful. Make sure any birthmarks, moles, beauty marks, scars or other identifying features in those areas of the body are visible in the photo as well.
Remove all distractions
Use a plain, white or off-white background and focus only on the baby’s face. Using a white sheet, blanket, or a projector canvas are all great for the background. Make sure no toys, hats or books are in the photo to distract, and that the background does not have patterns or colors.
Also make sure the baby’s facial expression itself is not a distraction: The winning photo will appear as neutral in expression as possible. Photos with crying, smiling, laughter or other emotion will most likely be rejected for the baby’s passport photo.
Check the lighting
Have your baby facing the lighting source while not shining it in his or her eyes. Daylight is preferred. A common mistake is when there are shadows running over the baby’s face or in the background. Another common mistake is to have red eye in the photo, which will likely be rejected as well.
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