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UH-OH, I don't look like my passport pic!

UH-OH, I don't look like my passport pic!

Old Mar 12th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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"UH-OH, I don't look like my passport pic!"

As the saying goes, if you look like your passport photo then see a doctor
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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 12:07 PM
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I actually took my own passport photo the last time I had it renewed, so I had some choice over it! It's not a great photo but far better than the average passport picture.

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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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I have many things to be thankful for, and the fact that I look nothing like my passport photo is one of them...
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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 12:23 PM
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And the old joke, if you hate your passport photo just wait until the next one is taken ten years later. Soooo true, LOL.

the duchess, don't worry about it. Most women's hair color changes dramatically over the years, most women change their hair styles and most people end up wearing glasses. You would die laughing if you saw my passport photo. As long as your passport is current and legitimate you will be fine (but I do wonder how often security have a good laugh regarding our photos).
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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 01:37 PM
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Oh, LoveItaly, you're right! Now that you mention it, I can just hear them standing around ye olde water cooler and comparing stories.

Just had a thought...maybe the photos are so bad to make us look more like we do under the influence of jet-lag.
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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 02:32 PM
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There you go theduchess, yes,, think you figured it out, LOL. My recent passport photo is soooo bad, but imagine I look that bad after flying from the westcoast of the US to Italy.
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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 02:40 PM
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If it's that bad, they won't even bother to look... just scan the passport. Believe me, they've see it all.

However, if it's a concern, have a new photo taken and renew your passport early. Not!
Old Mar 12th, 2006, 02:54 PM
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duchess ... I entered France at CDG last month. I watched the officer in the booth. He didn't look up until I slid my passport and landing card across to him. At that point he looked off over my right shoulder, looked down at his hands, added the landing card to the stack in front of him, closed my passport, and pushed it back at me.

He didn't look at me or the photo in my passport. I could have been wearing a goalie's mask and he wouldn't have noticed.

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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 03:04 PM
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Passport photos are bad enough - (the difference between age 57 and 67 is a real eye opener.) BUT... something almost as bad.... Just bought a new i-Mac and part of getting the machine set up involved a photo!! I lured my husband into the camera way will I have my image floating around the internet-
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Old Mar 12th, 2006, 04:20 PM
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If anyone ever looks at my passport photo and tells me it's a perfect likeness, I shall slap them!! I don't know what happened to me that day, but someone must have sprinkled me with ugly dust on my way to get the photo made. I hate it when that happens.
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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 07:05 AM
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My friend does not resemble his current passport photo and on the train through Poland last week, they did scrutinize him quite carefully. One of the guards called over another and they had an intense conversation before stamping and giving back his passport. But in western Europe or on his return to the U.S., he never had a problem.

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Old Mar 13th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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Darling, you're not supposed to look like your passport photo. Cigalechanta's quote says it all. In real life, I look like a younger, heavier version of Sissy Spacek. In my passport photo, the celebrity I most resemble would be Jabba the Hut.

Don't worry and have a lovely trip!

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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 09:31 PM
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Bookchick, I got such a laugh out of your response! I distinctly remember telling my kids that my passport photo looks like some horrible forest creature!
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 09:40 PM
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Just remember ladies, no matter how terrible your current passport photo looks just think how bad the next one will be when we are all ten years older. Isn't that a depressing thought, LOL.
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Old Mar 16th, 2006, 10:02 PM
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LoveItaly, I keep telling myself that 10 years from now I will surely have finally lost that 50 pounds I keep struggling with. Therefore, even tho' I'm 10 years older, I'll be skinny and beautiful! Prograstinism (is that a word?) dies hard!
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Old Mar 17th, 2006, 01:29 AM
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Hair cut/color is a very common thing to change. If you're worried about the glasses, take them off when they look at your picture (though I doubt it'd be a problem). Like others said, this is by no means an uncommon issue, and is very rarely a problem (maybe if you were a victim of horiffic burns or something, but not just hair).
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Old Mar 17th, 2006, 03:13 AM
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Sorry Duchess but it could be embarrassing. I noticed on my last 2 trips that customs officers were looking at me, looking at my 5 years old passport, looking at me, looking back at the passport, looking like saying something but then sending me through. At least I have not had the experience of the husband of a woman I knew. He had gone grey and grown very fat in the last 8 years - the (very blunt like many Australians) customs office did the up and back looking bit and then said: "The years have not been kind, Mr X"
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Old Mar 17th, 2006, 03:50 AM
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I'm not quite sure what word I was looking for in the 2:02 AM post. But that sure wasn't it! What can I tell you, it was late, I was tired, we'd had a bit of the bubbly!
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Old Mar 17th, 2006, 04:10 AM
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As I just got my passport renewed this month I had ample opportunity to sit in a waiting room and study the notices. To wit, that if one wishes to cover one's hair for religious reasons, one may do so for passport photos, but the face must be clearly visible. So security personnel won't be relying on hair, or glasses either (I couldn't even wear mine for the photo, the photographer was unable to get a clean shot undistorted by glare off the lenses, which is considered the greater evil.)
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