This past week I had the pleasure of getting my first passport
Since I have never experienced leaving the country I was very excited about getting my passport.
I walked up to get my picture taken and could not stop smiling, all I could think about was “This is my ticket to go ANYWHERE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!” and this thought still brings a very large, dorky smile to my face.
As I stood there waiting for the women to take my picture she said,
“Ready, Don’t smile”
I had to restrain myself, I was literally holding my breath to stop myself from grinning ridiculously large. Apparently you are not allowed to smile in your passport photo anymore.
I suppose it is easier to recognize a neutral expression with the mouth closed and eyes open (opposed to squinted from a large smile) But for me, it will probably be easier for the folks at the airport to identify me as the woman in the passport picture if I was smiling, because I will continue to have a very large smile on my face while at the airport and probably the entire time I am out of the country. Simply because, I am excited to leave the country. I am excited to travel, and it is because of this that as soon as I get to the airport I will never stop smiling, no matter how hard I try.
On Top Of The No Smiling Rule…
There are a few other rules that apply to passport pictures, they all make perfect sense but it is a lot to think about while taking a picture. I am a little bit nervous that my picture did not follow every rule.
The Rules When It Comes To Passport Pictures