Listen, if you're a parent, then you know firsthand just how hard it can be to get your kids to take a good picture! Trying to get them to sit or stand still AND look at the camera AND not make a goofy face is like an Olympic sport. But that's part of the charm, right? All those outtakes make for some pretty memorable pictures, that's for sure. However, there are times when you need your kids to just cooperate and take a good picture. School pictures, for example (school photographers are a special bunch). Or when you're having their pictures done for passports.
Believe it or not, the government isn't too keen on kids crossing their eyes or sticking their tongues out on official passport photos. When it comes to taking a good passport photo that's going to pass muster, you can always threaten or bribe older kids. But what about babies? How can you get a good, official passport photo of an infant or younger baby, without taking approximately one million photos? This genius passport photo hack might just change your life.
No, that isn't a ghost holding a baby. That's the easiest, and fastest, way to take a passable passport photo of your baby! Some parents try the whole laying the baby on the ground trick, which can work for really young babies. And it's true, the passport office does relax its picture requirements a bit for little ones. But when you've got an infant who likes to roll or move around, this hack is a game-changer! That ghostly figure is either mom or dad hiding behind a white sheet, with the baby sitting on their lap.
Holding the baby this way allows the parent to make sure the baby is facing forward and well-supported, while still meeting the solid background requirement! Also, if someone snaps your picture while you're doing this with your own baby, you can play a trick on them when they're older and show them the time they were held by a mysterious ghost. Two birds, one stone!
Have you used this passport photo hack with your babies? Or do you have one that's worked for you in the past?