Canadian Passport Photo
The facts
you need to know

Your Canadian Passport Photo needs to be made correctly in order to obtain a full Canadian Passport.

The photo guidelines listed on Canadian Government websites clearly outline the specifications/requirements of the photo or the passort may be rejected in the final stages of approval....OUCH !

You need to be very sure to follow all the rules and regulations pertaining to obtaining a Canadian passport  ( ) for steps on completing your passport application.

You will discover specific requirement for the photo in regards to smiling, the overall lighting and the photo size to be submitted.

I have come across people who had their passport application rejected simply due to the photo not being up to their needs.

On May 9, 2015, new passport photo requirements came into effect for all passport applicants. The changes are:

Photos are valid for six months from the date they were taken.

Tinted eye glasses cannot be worn.

You must submit two (2) identical photos with each passport application.

The following information must be included on the back of one photo:

The name of the photographer or studio;

The full physical address of the photographer or studio where the picture was taken including the unit and street number, street, city, province, country, and postal code; and The date the photos were taken.

Need a canadian passport photo ?
Contact a local woodbridge,ontario photogrpaher

You can contact myself at 416-559-9243 to schedule your appointment. Most are done in the evenings to avoid you having to take time off from your employer. If you live really close to me though, there are days when you can pop by at lunch ( depending on my schedule )

Not in a Hurry ?
schedule an appointmentto see me

Before you begin to plan your trip across international borders you can plan a to see me and get your Canadian Passport photo for your passport application.  The appointment will only take a few minutes and the completed photos ready in a couple days.

Children can also have their photos taken with me, following similar guidelines to photograph the expectations by the Passport office.

Headline -Passport guidelines for kids 16 and under - same website as - - go to specific need

You can also visit these retailers if you are in real hurry for your Canadian Passport Photo ,they offer same day service I believe.

-another woodbridge,ontario photographer



-shoppers drug mart

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visa requirements ( work in progress )

Headline - International VISA type guidelines. -

Photo Requirements

Your photo is a vital part of your visa application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo.

 Digital images are required for some visa categories, while photos are required for other visa categories. The acceptance of your digital image or photo is at the discretion of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply.

We recommend you use a professional visa photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.

Your photos or digital images must be: In color

Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the

 bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.

Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background

Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera

With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis

Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.

Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must

 be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.

Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

If you normally wear glasses (without tinted lenses), a hearing device, or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.

Dark glasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable.

Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing  the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Applying for a us VISA  - for additional notes on VISA sizes/types

Please fill in the Contact me Form below if you would like to ask any questions regarding your Canadian Passport Photo. If you are ready to have your photo taken, you can call at 416-559-9243 to schedule an appointment.

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