A very busy week has just passed and the biggest highlight of my week was the decision to go overseas with my wife and Jayden for a close friend’s wedding.
We were originally not going to travel because the thought of travelling with a newborn was an experience we were not totally enthusiastic about. We’ve all been on a plane when a baby won’t stop crying and as a result you just can’t get to sleep or enjoy your novel or in-flight flick. I guess I didn’t want to be the parent of “that” baby. Then there’s the additional luggage which will be needed to be packed, like a stroller, a BabyBjorn, diapers, wraps, bottles, the list goes on… and on… and on…
I’ve come to a conclusion that these were all just excuses. Stuff we made up to help put us at ease with our decision not to go. Baby aside though for a moment, we really wanted to go to our friend’s wedding. It’s such a special time for them and I know if we didn’t have a baby that we would be there in a heartbeat. Jayden is no ordinary baby though (I know we all have unique babies), I think we have been very lucky in the fact that he has been quite well behaved (much better than we anticipated and expected). He doesn’t cry too much, he has a great routine, he doesn’t mind being held by different people, he can entertain himself if he wakes early from sleep and he is self-settling quite well. All-in-all, as new parents we don’t have too much to be complaining about. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Jayden. You are an angel!
So because of the above, we changed our minds and went about organising the trip! We’ve booked our flights (we’re actually flying out on our wedding anniversary so fingers crossed we get the business class upgrade we requested using frequent flyer points for some extra pampering), organised accommodation and last but certainly not least, we’ve completed an application for Jayden’s first Australian Passport! What an adventure this was!
I don’t know about everywhere else in the world, but in Australia it’s a long and complicated process to get a child passport let alone an adult one.
The photograph of your baby needs to fulfil a strict set of Australian Government requirements set out as follows:
Children and babies
- show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and no pacifier.
- show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.
I must have taken over 20 shots before I finally got one which adhered to the perfect requirement of a zombie-state-like baby photo.
Now just for some added fun, I’ve actually put together some photos of Jayden which fall into the no-no categories. It’s sort of his first foray into the controversial world of baby modelling. Oh and I also noticed that the actual perfect passport worthy shot of him makes him look extra fat and bulky… weird hey? No cuteness whatsoever.
There are plenty more hilarious examples here (along with the rest of the requirements): https://www.passports.gov.au/web/requirements/photos.aspx
These have to be some of my favourites though…
In summary, when it comes time for you to organise a photo of your baby for a passport photo, just remember to have patience, do it after a feed if you can and lie him down on some white linen and shoot from above with lots of natural light and ensuring you don’t cast a shadow. Twenty-something shots later, you’ll have the perfect zero-cuteness baby photo ideal for their first passport!
Is Australia the only country who is this pedantic? What about in the USA or in Europe? How did you find applying for your little one’s first passport?
I’d love to hear about it!