Passport Office Rules Means Five Hour Photo Session For Newborn Baby

14/08/2014 17:02 | Updated 20 May 2015

Passport office rules means five hour photo session for newborn baby

A photographer took FIVE hours to shoot a suitable portrait for a baby's passport because of super-strict Passport Office rules.

Six-week-old Lucas Thursby is due to fly with parents Emma Mitchell and Graeme Thursby to Costa Del Sol, Spain, in August.

But Emma, 29, from Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, wishes she picked a holiday in Scotland after the photo session with a professional photographer turned into an all-afternoon marathon.

Strict rules on passport pictures mean the subject has to be looking directly at the camera with a straight face, both ears visible and no-one else in the frame.

Emma said: "My hands couldn't be in it at all. I was holding him at the waist and I was scared that his neck was getting sore.

"I think the rules are ridiculous. The are too constraining."

Passport office rules means five hour photo session for newborn baby

What the family hoped would be a 15-minute photo shoot turned into an endurance test that stretched from midday to 5pm before they finally got a suitable image.

Emma said Lucas remained calm, but admitted: "I was stressed and I was getting upset. The passport lasts five years. How do you expect strangers to identify babies from photos, that in a couple of years, they won't look anything like?

"I am trying to plan something that is meant to be exciting and fun, but this has put a bit of a dampener on things."

The family paid a £90 fee for Lucas' passport but the photographer - a family friend - gave his time for free.

To add insult to injury, the application form and precious photo have joined a queue of nearly 500,000 passports in the backlog.

Emma said: "It was so difficult. But I'm not the first and I certainly won't be the last parent to struggle with this. I just hope his passport comes on time."

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