Wow, talk about hard work. I was convinced my next passport photo was going to be a good ‘un. How wrong I was.
My last passport photo was taken when I was eighteen. I was going through a phase of boycotting hair dye and make up; claiming the natural look was the best one and that it was all about inner beauty. Don’t get me wrong, those are great looks if you can pull them off, but not when it comes to a passport picture, or at least not for me.
Harsh lighting, no backdrop, limitations on smiling, face void of expression, no hair to frame the face. It’s a recipe for disaster, or at least it seems to be for me. I was dead set that finally after ten years of passport control officers sniggering at my pic, or people (even my friends, my very own lifelong friends) asking if I really looked like that back then, I was going to have a good passport photo.
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I know it sounds shallow, but my passport is my prized possession. I love travel, as I’m sure you do, and my passport is my token to escape. I’ve done the whole unwashed hair, no time for make up thing. In fact, I’ll admit I still do it sometimes. However, I did not want that look to be my ‘logo’ for the next ten years. Full face of make up and freshly blow dried hair, I was ready. Annoyingly, no little had I been on my way to the photo booth, I was home in bed with a bloody migraine.
Time wasn’t on my side as I had a short turnaround before the next trip abroad. The next day feeling better, I ventured to the booth. Luckily it had been updated – you no longer only get three attempts before your £5 is eaten up and your close eyed pic is printed. You actually get to have your picture taken before you commit your money. Well, eight shots later and I realised I was not going to look like the supermodel I had hoped. Unrealistic? Me? Never. I selected the photo and reluctantly sent it off. Ah well, at least I can continue my travels.
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It did make me feel a little better to read that Mario Testino is apparently called upon to take Anna Wintour’s passport pics. Now if only I had a famous photographer, rather than a grubby photo booth in the supermarket…
Before you ask, nope I’m not sharing my passport pics (new or old) with you. *cringe*
Have you had more passport success than me? What’s your secret to a good passport photo? Is it really possible to have a great one?