A good friend of mine Amy is so hilarious. I just love her.
Here is a guest post from her. Enjoy!
Many can not think of an afternoon as lovely as waiting in a large, crowded room with florescent lighting and sometimes strange body odors wafting your way. The silver lining to my looming day of waiting and paperwork was that I could do away with my HORRIBLE, AWFUL, DREADFUL "just turned 18, super awkward, went for blonde but it really looked more orange..." drivers license photo. The kind of picture that you cover the actual image with your thumb when handing it to cash registers or kind of just flash it and hope that they actually, really don't care that much anyway. The amount of times I've heard "Oh... wow... you look... better now" is pretty sad.
So I decided to have some fun with this. It is surprising how a bit of extra blush and a strategic top can make a world of difference.
There are a few things to know specifically about the passport photo requirements: No hats or hair pieces, no necklaces (visible), no jackets, top must have sleeves and NO smiling. It's pretty much a mugshot. Pretty much everything from the DMV information below applies except for the information on poses. At least I look pretty cute in mine, I would have "smiled more with my eyes" if I had of been a bit more on the ball.
For the DMV there are no listed requirements but it is safe to say that hats are out and that you should be prepared to take off a jacket if you are wearing one.
- Apply make-up a bit heavier than usual. Think with the lighting, so go for warmer tones. Use cream based make-up to avoid looking dry.
When it comes to the pesky situation of the "not so enthusiastic" photographer, a lot can be said for giving them a genuine "hello, how are you?". Make an appointment in advance and avoid going near the start of the month (avoid the 1st of any month like the plague, that is when most thing expire and people flood in like they actually want to be there). The more relaxed you are and the more relaxed and comfortable you can make them, the better. I asked the lady who was helping me with my paperwork if she could be the one to take my picture, she was flattered and even let me give it a few tries until I was happy with with.
ladies and gents, i am doing a new series called shot by a stranger (yay!!)
this is the deal i go out in the world and
find a stranger to take a photo of me (Em, take note- stand up and model pose :-))
and then I take their photo and we take one together.
i will be doing this weekly
so bear with me as this adventure unfolds.
Two strangers are: Aileen in a vintage yellow dress from her moms closet
and Tyler in a tribal print dress from Volcom
My outfit is completely vintage. 70s beige striped shirt, 80s blue gingham gauze
maxi skirt, my go to black satin flats and Forever 21 black straw hat.