Baby’s first passport
One of my favourite experiences as a mum was taking my baby girl for her passport photographs and then subsequently receiving her passport in the post. Amelia was nearly five months old when I took her to have her passport pics taken at my local post office.
I wondered how on earth I would manage to keep my wriggly daughter still enough to face forward and look straight at the camera with a neutral expression and a closed mouth – no grinning, frowning or raising of eye brows allowed. Hmmm. Well, it all worked out brilliantly. The passport photographer was as animated as a cartoon character and Amelia giggled with glee as he pulled faces at her.
Most importantly, Mr Photographer was able to hold my baby’s attention for long enough to snap a photo. Amelia is now part of the ‘devoid of personality passport photo’ group; her gangster-baby face screams ‘don’t mess with me’. Admittedly, she is certainly the cutest, grumpiest looking gangster-baby that I have ever seen. With the photo palaver out of the way, I attached Amelia’s passport pics to the passport application form that I downloaded from Directgov.co.uk and then posted the forms. I received Amelia’s passport within three weeks. I remember opening the little gold embossed, maroon coloured book and being the proudest mum on earth as I looked at my little gangster-baby’s rosy cheeks and big blue eyes staring back at me. My little girl.
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