Recently I had a call from someone asking about “passport” style photos. I’d never considered this to be a challenging area for photography as it is all too simple to visit the local supermarket. A quick jump into one of those boxes gets you four passport photos, nice and easy. Well, the Canadian immigration paperwork states a particular size requirement for the photo, minimum/maximum head size, a white background and the face centred on the photograph. So many rules, all of which are simple enough, but pretty much impossible to do in a supermarket photo-booth, Boothes mostly leave the background a grey shade (as required by our passport system) and offer no way to guarantee head size or centre location. To be even more awkward each person required ten identical images; again, not possible in a booth.
We arrived at the clients house with our small portable studio (a simple background, a couple of portable flashes, stands, umbrellas and of course the cameras.) It took around 10 minutes to set-up and get everything where we wanted it.
Now to wait for the rest of the family to arrive. In around 45 minutes we had the four members of the family photographed with a variety of frame settings to ensure we had the shot that fitted the immigration rules.
A quick trip back to the computers to process the images was followed by uploading the images to the printers. 36 hours later, I was holding the final photos and preparing to deliver them to the family.
All went well and the images were accepted by the immigration department. Another job done, quick simple and inexpensive.