Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Living Arrows 12/52

We're taking Ebony abroad for the first time this year, and that means she needs a passport. Getting a passport photo of a toddler is absolutely the hardest thing in the entire world. On our first attempt, Ebony's head was tiny because the booth stool meant she was too far from the camera. The second attempt, her head was an acceptable size, but she was looking in completely the wrong direction.

After spending my life savings on these two attempts, I wasn't keen on forking out again, so decided to try taking my own. Even without the hassle of a booth, it is ridiculously difficult to get a toddler to look at the camera (because the rabbits in the garden are too enticing a sight), not smile ("Cheeeeese!") and relax her mouth (this instruction lead to either some kind of insane pout or a whistling face).
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12 comments:

  1. great photo, we did a home one too, the booths are so expensive! We just got Wilf's first passport too. Where are you guys off to? x

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  2. They are crazy expensive! We're going to Spain, an hour from Barcelona, in June. I can't wait, I definitely need a holiday. :) x

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  3. I can remember this dilemma! I found they made my little one look too pale and her passport kept getting rejected. In the end I went to a photographer who did passport photos instead of a booth. Now, I've got a good camera, I may do the youngest's myself...when I find her birth certificate! Oops! x

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  4. gorgeous pic, f passport pic is pretty bad and the poor thing has to have it until what age? where you off on your hols? x

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  5. I feel you pain - it's really hard getting a toddler to just look straight at a camera - especially when you ask them - the chances when they don't know are probably slightly higher - great photo in the end though and hope you have fun on your trip :)

    Laura x

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  6. It's so hard! Cherry was three months when we got hers done and that was hard enough! x

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  7. what lovely eyes she has! and i can just imagine how hard it must be to get little ones to sit still and look at a camera.

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  8. Hahaha! And yes, it's so expensive! I am not looking forward to doing passport photos for Ophelia. Thankfully I won't have to do Talitha's again for a while.

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  9. Great idea to do a home one. We got E's done at a shop and I nearly lost the will to live. She was not happy and the women kept making us re-do it. I still have flashbacks.

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  10. We got Theo's first passport when he was about 5 months I think, which is going to be so strange when he's 5! But I can imagine how hard it must be now so I'm almost glad we did it when he was a lot younger!

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  11. We have always got our children's passports when they were babies and so now they look nothing like them now...it's always weird going through customs with a 4 year old who looks absolutely nothing like the baby!! Even then it's hard enough to get their photo let alone for a toddler!! Such a sweet photo of her though! Have a great trip!

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  12. Great photo! So hard to get a passport photo isn't it?!

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