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UK passport photos requirements for babies/children

Many countries have different requirements for passport photos of babies and children under a certain age. For example, the official specification of the UK's Identity and Passport Service (IPS) lists the following requirements for children:

Photographs of children five years and under must show a clear image that is a true likeness of the child. Because young children can be difficult to photograph, children aged five and under do not need to have a neutral expression. We will also accept glare on glasses or pictures with their head at an angle. Also, children aged five and under do not need to look directly at the camera.

Babies under one year do not need to have their eyes open. All other standards must be met. If the baby's head needs to be supported, it is important that your supporting hand cannot be seen. To support the baby's head, you should hold your hand behind the baby's head so that it cannot be seen int he photograph.

Photographs for all children aged six and over must meet the full standards set out above, with the following exception. That is, photographs of children under 11 may show a head size between 21mm and 34mm high, instead of the adult requirement of 29mm to 34mm high.
helps you create passport photos for babies and children in the following ways:

  1. When you select a specific photo format on the front page, be sure to specify "Passport – under 11" if your child is under 11 years old. When you select this option, the system will adjust the requirements to make it easier for you to make the selection in the second step of the wizard.
  2. Unlike passport photo booths and photo shops, you can take as many pictures as you want with your digital camera. For example, your partner can support the baby's head while you take the picture, and you can try several times until you get it right. In fact, some people have used this site with photos that were taken with the baby lying down on a white surface. Interesting…

Welcome to the new version of

As the CEO of, I would like to welcome you to We recently decided to take to the next level by introducing a completely new Web 2.0 design with many new features. Our development team worked on this for several months, and we believe you'll enjoy the result. For example, the new site enables you to generate passport photos that comply with the exact requirements of over 60 different countries.

In future posts I will describe some of the new features in order to help you make the most of the site.

Matching a face to a photo is trickier than once thought

According to research by Rob Jenkins at the University of Glasgow, matching a face to a photo is more difficult than once thought.

Both humans and computers struggle to match people's faces to their photos, says Rob Jenkins. When volunteers were presented with six different images of him and six of another man, most failed to spot which face was which.

Our brain uses a highly specialised region to recognise familiar faces called the FFA (fusiform face area, an area of the brain nestled between the outer segment and the centre). Despite being able locate the FFA using modern imaging techniques, scientists still don't know how it works. Therefore, Dr Jenkins and his team have developed a new technique by mimicking nature's solution to extract the essence of a face.

They use around 12 pictures of a single face in a variety of different environments and poses to find the "average" face. Amazingly, the "average" face has advantages over a "normal" face in almost every situation.

It seems that the only open question is whether or not you will need to submit a dozen different passport photos next time you apply for a passport. If that happens, is here to help you!

Passport photograph of girl's bare shoulders rejected 'as it may offend'

The Telegraph in the UK published a story on a five-year-old girl in France whose passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders. Her mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.

According to the story, after the rejection at the post office, her mother spent two hours taking her for new pictures, filling in a new form and finding the necessary "responsible citizens" to endorse the photos. Rather than commenting on the ethical and political issues, we thought it was worth noting that with it takes far less than two hours to create passport photos. In fact, it can take as little as five minutes, and the chances for complying with the requirements are much higher than the chances with traditional photo booths and local photo shops.

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Passport Photos

Our passport photo experts have put together a list of basic guidelines that you should follow in order to make sure that your speech writers for hire passport photos are compliant:

  1. The subject shouldn't appear too far away
  2. The image shouldn't be too light
  3. The subject should look straight into the camera – not portrait style
  4. Eyes shouldn't be tilted or closed
  5. Avoid flash reflection on skin or red-eye effect
  6. Make sure eye-glasses don't cover the subject's eyes
  7. Face shouldn't be covered – also avoid hats or caps or hair across the subject's face
  8. Avoid shadows behind the head or across the subject's face
  9. Keep baby/toddler toys out of the frame
  10. The subject's expression should be neutral

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