Why My Passport Photo Doesn’t Look Like Me

The picture added ten years (maybe 20?) to my age and made me look like I should have been wearing an orange jumpseat in a police lineup.

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“Passport photographs must be 2×2 inches in size, taken within the past 6 months.
They must be full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background.
Photographs should be taken in normal street attire, without a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.” From government travel guide website

When I went to Walgreens for a passport photo the Walgreens woman made me nervous. She said, “Stand in front of the white screen, remove all head scarves, tuck your hair behind your ears, and don’t smile. You can’t smile for a passport photo.”

The picture added ten years (maybe 20?) to my age and made me look like I should have been wearing an orange jumpseat in a police lineup.

My husband said, “That’s the worst picture I’ve ever seen. What happened?”

“It was the Walgreens photo nazi. She barked orders and told me not to smile.”

My husband laughed. “I guess it will have to do.”

No, it won’t.

I put on a long, blonde wig, made my face up like a glamour shot, went to a different Walgreens and had a new passport photo done.

Now I’m ready to travel.

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