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Generally, the rules for baby passport photos are relaxed slightly by most countries due to the difficulty in getting babies under one year old to look at the camera. However , there is no agreed standard between countries for baby passport photos
UK Baby Passport Photos :: UK Passport Photos for Babies
UK passport Photo Guidelines for Children under the age of 5. Because of the difficulties in photographing children under the age of 5 for UK passport photos the regulations are slightly more relaxed as per the guidelines below .
For UK Baby Passport Photos under the age of 6 months, the baby does not have to have their eyes open. However there should be no supporting hands should be visible.
The passport photos regulations for children over six are the same for adults with the exception that the head size can be between 21mm and 34mm.
We normally lay the baby on the floor on top of a small mattress with a suitable coloured sheet (light gray for UK). The baby can also be placed in a baby chair covered with the light gray sheet. The requirements stipulate no visible support. If the parent needs to hold the child we normally advise placing the hands under the baby's clothing. Which ever way you choose to photograph a baby under 6 months for a passport photo there will invariably some type of shadow around the head. This is impossible to eliminate totally even with advanced studio lighting techniques.
Flash from the camera will always cause shadows as will artificial lighting. Our best advice is to photograph baby outdoors on a cloudy bright day - very common in the UK. Lay baby on a suitable light gray background and take a picture. If you intend to send the picture to us for printing out, we ask you to photograph baby leaving plenty of room above the head and take a half length picture. When you send this to us for printing we will resize the picture for the correct passport requirements. This technique can be modified to suit the baby passport requirements of any country in the world.
US passport requirements are slightly relaxed for babies but stipulate that babies must have their eyes open. Our advice is to stick as closely as possible to the adult passport requirements to avoid rejection.
The requirements for official Canadian ID photos is quite complex and they do like to stick to the rules. The requirements regarding babies is relaxed regarding facial expression but that seems to be the only concession.
At the time of writing Greek Passport photo requirements seem to have gone crazy - the authorities are being incredibly fussy and it is difficult to meet their criteria even for adults photos - God help any one with a baby.
Baby rules for Indian Visa, OCI and passport photos are relaxed. Babies under 1 year of age do not have to have their eyes open. Rules for toddlers up to 5 years are relaxed with regard to line of sight and facial expression