"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.