Monday, March 22, 2010

Yes, you can smile.



Ever notice that people don't look happy in their passport Photos? Yeah, that's always bugged me. That picture is gonna stick with you for ten years.
"I look like a ballroom dancer that is going to kill someone. I call it my Jason Bourne photo. The lady wouldn't let me smile in mine. She told me to "look pleasant" and when I tried she said I was smiling too much." -Ashley, AKA: The Stiletto

So a few weeks ago when I was applying for a passport, I decided to go for it. What's the worst that could happen? I'd get denied, possibly imprisoned, and Kurt would have to take someone else on the cruise?

...So it was risky. But sometimes big risks pay off.

And it worked.

Yup, this is my passport photo. Not kidding. I took it myself, and printed it out, and sent it in with my application (after cropping it to the required 2x2 inches).

The guy at the Post Office was all, "Um, I don't think you can smile."

But I had done my homework. "I actually called, and as long as it's a relaxed smile, and you don't scrunch up your eyes, it should be fine."

He still didn't believe me.

But guess who just got her passport in the mail??

That's right! Take that Mister Post Office Man. The picture worked just fine.

The moral of this story? Smile. It's legal.

I promise.

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14 comments:

Kristen said...

I am smiling in my passport photo too..I feel like smiling is more natural than standing with a blank/grumpy look on my face while getting a photo taken.

Cute pic!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Way to buck the system! ;)

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Such the rebel! ;-) Lovely smile.

Gretchen said...

I just looked at our passport photos and my husband and I are both smiling in our pictures. No one told us we couldn't smile. I've never heard that before. Great picture!

the thrifty ba said...

ok-sad...i dont even have a passport! i should get on that...

Creatively Melissa said...

GREAT photo! The only way I can take a good photo is if I wear a bag over my head......in the dark.

Hee hee!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I am on my second passport and I smiled in both. Screw the guy at CVS who told me not to smile. He was lucky I didn't bust out laughing at his lame ___. Happy travels girl, the world is waiting.

RN Mama said...

Ha! That's too funny. I don't have a current passport, but when I had one in high school I don't remember them telling me I couldn't smile?:)

Just Breathe said...

It is really cute, good for you!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Way to go! Your relaxed smile is cute!

Gillian and Kevin Mohlman said...

Um, I love your blog! And I love this post! How funny. I want to get a passport. Are they a lot of money?

Chantel and Michael Magistro said...

I am so jealous right now. They would not let me smile, even a little bit.

Suburban Turmoil said...

I didn't know that you supposedly weren't supposed to smile- weird. That would feel totally unnatural.

Great pic! Congrats on that- you'll have it a long time!

Heidi Schirato said...

Thanks for sharing this, I just had my photo done today over in Homestead a the post office and when I showed my friend the picture they were like...um it might get rejected because you smiled? The Post office guy didn't say anything about not smiling! So, thanks for the reassuring post!

Heidi - also in the pitt.

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