Parenthood and Passports - Baby Passport PhotWanted: female infant, 26 inches tall, 12 pounds, brown eyes (or at least we think they’ll turn out brown), and very little hair. Offense: refusing to smile in passport photo.

Soon-to-be armed with a potentially explosive poop.

That should probably be how the physical description inside Avery’s passport reads. Let’s be honest, I think my kid is the cutest baby in the world, but her passport picture doesn’t necessarily reflect that. For one, she refused to smile. Two, I had to take her bow off, which any southern mama would agree is practically a sin.

At 3 months old, I took Avery to get her first passport photo taken. She could hold her head up decently at that age, but could not yet sit on her own. So there I was holding her up, while trying to keep my hands out of the shot. (No other person, not even their hands, can be in a passport photo. They were able to crop my hands out of the picture above.) Apparently, the pimply faced teenager with the point-and-shoot camera didn’t care that my sweet girl is infinitely cuter when she smiles. So he made no attempt to make her giggle before the photo was snapped.

Recommendations on taking a great infant passport photo

Parenthood and Passports - Traveling with a baby

  • Do it yourself. Lay your baby on a white sheet and take the photo from overhead. That way you do not have to worry about holding them up. Plus, you can take as many as you want and choose the best one.
  • If you don’t want to do it yourself, take someone else with you. They can hold the baby or stand behind the camera to get a smile.

For the next five years, throughout all of her international travels, Avery’s picture will look like it belongs on America’s Most Wanted Babies. OK, so that isn’t a real show, but if it was, my daughter’s mugshot, uh, I mean, passport photo, would certainly be included.

By the way, smile or no smile, I still think Avery is the cutest kid in the world.




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