9 Tips to Take a Good Passport Photo
I don’t know about you, but my passport photo does not show me looking my best. For starters, it really makes me want to re-think those lowlights—and did I mention my blush that is way too bright for my skin tone? And to think I don’t get another passport photo for 10 years…so not cool.
That being said, I’ve enlisted the help of Tina Sbrigato, photographer extraordinaire, web designer, and Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® team member, to share her tips on what we all can do to take a good passport photo. Because like I said, that photo lasts 10 years.
- To avoid a double chin, push your face forward, chin out (kind of like a turtle poking its head out of its shell). If you put your hand under your chin when you do this, you can feel the tightening.
- Avoid scarves or turtlenecks; this is a head-and-shoulders shot only, so try to avoid covering your neck (unless you would rather hide it!).
- Wear makeup! Everyone looks better in photos with makeup, particularly oil-absorbing face powder, as the flash creates a shine on your face.
- If you wear glasses every day, you may prefer to wear them for the photo. Tip them down your nose slightly to avoid glare from the flash—usually straight-on flash is used. You want your eyes to be visible through the glasses.
- For clothing, pick a color that flatters your skin tone. Avoid prints, which are trendy and date your photo.
- Posture! Put your shoulders down and back.
- For blinkers: Ask your photographer to count to three and blink on one. That way three will be blink-free.
- Remember to smile. Everyone looks better when they smile. Also, it’s not a mug shot!
- It’s best to wear hair down and bring some styling gel to calm flyaways. Men should consider a haircut a week prior.