Passport Photo For A Newborn – I.M.P.O.S.S.I.B.L.E.

Posted on May 29, 2010


Good morning Melbourne, I hope you are all looking forward to a great weekend. I know I am.

Has anyone tried taking a passport-sized photo for your baby? I’m sure it’s pretty easy when the baby reaches a certain age where he has a longer attention span and is focused on you, you and you.

It is, however, the most horrible and tedious experience if you try taking the photo yourself for your young one who’s only just moved into the Infant stage of nappies.

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The Australian Government has a set of passport photo guidelines all fair dinkum Australians have to adhere to. Trouble is, they probably didn’t think about Australians under six months of age. The folks who thought up the guidelines are probably old fogies over the age of 50 and have never had a child before!

The guidelines say:

* show the child or baby awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and no pacifier
* show the child or baby’s face clearly without any other objects (including a parent’s supporting hand) visible
* show the child or baby without any hair across the eyes.

With lights casting a shadow over pictures taken at night, days are the only time to take them at home. However, Levi’s at a stage where he’s discovering himself and is extremely fidgety. Left, right, up and down – that’s what every part of his body does in active motion when he’s not sleeping or feeding.

Taking the photo is the easy part. Get this, an appointment is necessary at the local post office for your child passport application to be made. Are you kidding me? Do I need to provide a TFN, recent utility bills and 100 points of ID for the child as well?

Red tape = Joy…NOT!