Passport Photos 101

Is your passport expiring soon? If so, it’s time for a new passport photo! And who better to turn to then the experts at Foto Source? We can have your photo taken and you ready to go in minutes, no appointment necessary. We take adult, child and baby passports, whatever your needs we’ve got you covered.

Now, it’s most likely been a while since your last passport photo so let me catch you up on the dos and don’ts of how to take your photo:

DO: Have a neutral facial expression – that means your eyes must be open and clearly visible and your mouth closed (NO SMILING, NO TEETH)
DON’T: Close your eyes or your mouth or smile

DO: Wear glasses if you want to – as long as your eyes are visible and there is no glare on the lenses (keep in mind that we do recommend removing your glasses as that will improve your chances of an approved photo)
DON’T: Wear tinted glasses – they will not be accepted

DO: Wear brightly coloured clothing to ensure contrast with the background
DON’T: Wear white

DO: Wear your hair up or down as you choose – as long as your hair is not covering your face the photo will be accepted
DON’T: Wear sparkly jewelry or shiny lip gloss – if you tend to have a shiny face make sure to wipe it down with a tissue beforehand


Hats and head coverings worn daily for religious beliefs or medical reasons are accepted as long as your full face is clearly visible.

Newborn babies – I know it’s hard to get a newborn to sit still in a photographer’s chair, therefore the photo may be taken while your child is sitting in a car seat as long as a white blanket is placed over the seat behind their head.

Remember – photos are valid for six months from the date they are taken. If you wait any longer to submit your photo you will have to have another one taken.

Now that you have all the tools necessary, you are ready to take the best passport photo you can! Make sure to visit your local Foto Source store before your passport expires.

S – Foto Blog Team Member


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