April 6, 2021: Expect delays with passport renewals due to Covid19 lapsed passports. Full article here.
Passport and ID photos are a speciality for Snapshot - we've been taking them since 1928 using film and in the 1960s moved to instant passports using the Polaroid system. In 1992 we took the first digital passports with a Kodak system and ten years ago switched to the ID Station we now use.
Our team is very experienced in providing passport photos to meet the strict passport requirements set by NZ Internal Affairs for NZ passports.
We can also provide you with photographs to meet the standards of many other country's passport or visa requirements.
Avoid wearing the same coloured clothing as the background.
If you need a photo for something less common we recommend bringing in the specifications you require.
We also provide photos for:
Biometric technology is making its way into every aspect of daily life, from airport customs through to finger print scanners on smart phones. Biometrics is the measurement of biological features. For ID Photos, these measurements are of your facial positioning and structure.
Biometric technology is used at the passport e-Gates in many airports around the world. By obtaining a Biometric Passport Photo from an authorised outlet like ours means that the image on your passport will be compatible with this new global standard.
As the IDStation uses the same software requirements as set out by ICAO, your photo is likely to meet the strict international standards for passport photos. It spots prohibited criteria such as shadows, hair over eyes, sunglasses, hotspots and many more and will not allow printing or creating a digital file unless all the criteria are met.
NO GLASSES - these make it more difficult for the passport office's biometric software to measure the distance between your eyes.
We GUARANTEE OUR PRINTED PASSPORT PHOTOS - if your printed photo is rejected we will retake it at no charge.
We can't guarantee the online version as it has to match your previous passport photo and we aren't allowed to edit the image! In rare cases your face may have changed due to an accident or illness such as stroke.
Instead of emailing you the photo we now use IDstation.online
Do I need an appointment?
NO for ID photos - but YES for photos taken in our studio. The studio needs to be booked for Business Headshots and for Babies (see "Can you take passport photos of babies?" below).
How long does it take to get the photos?
In most cases they are ready within 10 minutes.
How many photos do I get and is it cheaper for less?
You will receive 2-8 colour photos that are identical in size (number of photos on the 6x4" sheet depends on size of passport photo as some nationalities require larger photos). It is not cheaper for two photos - you pay per sheet of photos.
Can you take passport photos of babies?
NZ Internal Affairs insists photos of babies must satisfy their strict criteria such as eyes open and mouth closed. If your baby can't sit upright and hold it's own head up we will need to take the photo in our studio. The studio will often be in use so please phone ahead to ensure it is available when you come in. A $25 surcharge will be applied to our standard passport fee.
Why can’t I smile?
It's all to do with the biometrics - the face must have a relaxed, neutral expression with the mouth closed so the biometrics are the same as when you pass through an airports' Smartgate.
Why do you ask me to take my glasses off?
Lenses over the eyes it difficult for the passport office's biometric software to measure the distance between your eyes.
The lighting we use can produce light spots on the lenses and shadows of the frame on your face and these, no matter how small, can cause rejection of a photo.
We'd love to see you.