Passport and Visa photos fall into the category of a 'necessary evil' for most people. They are never going to be your favourite photo of yourself, particularly since such strict biometric standards were introduced, but you need to be sure they you have it right first time. Booths are one option although they can certainly be problematic if you are looking for pictures of a baby or small child or anything other than a non-standard UK passport image.
VisualChaos studios offer a professional passport, ID and visa photography service from our studio in Crawley Down. Whether you need a photograph that isn't offered by the standard passport booth, if you need a photograph of a baby or young child or just want something a little more flattering than the booths have to offer, then we can offer you a solution. Many passport and visa photos specifications now are dictated by the demands of
If you're looking to travel shortly and need to renew your passport, you might want to know that cost of applying for that all important document for both adults and children is set to increase from March 27th. The cost of an adult passport will go up to £85 (from £72.50) The cost of a child passport will rise to £58.50 (from £46) So it makes sense, if your passport is due to expire this year, or if you have
If you're planning to travel with a child and need to organise their first passport or visa, then you have probably already started to dread the photo taking process. The booths that are in shopping centres and supermarkets are not a great deal of fun for adults but for children, they can be a downright nightmare and if you're trying to take photos of a child before they can sit unaided, they're pretty much impossible. It's quite easy
Whatever you think about this rule, babies need to have their own passports now and therefore they need to have a passport photo. OK, yes, they will look very different in five years time but still, if you are travelling, you need to get the picture taken and it has to conform to the same stringent biometric standards as the adult version. No part of a supporting adult or seat can be in the photo
Children of certain ages can suddenly lose the power to grin without looking like some weird gargoyle off a church! (In fact some parents do too!). The tip to getting a genuine grin is to give them something they really laugh at. Here are some things you can do:- Be ready to laugh yourself - and if needs be to totally act the idiot. Remember what TV programs really make them grin. It's surprising how often
Three Generation Portrait January has turned out to be an incredibly busy month for the studio, with the full launch of our new commercial video services and the expansion of the aerial drone services too... so it was a pleasure to get back to some studio photography with this lovely family. Mum bought Grandma a portrait photography shoot for Christmas to capture the three generations of these beautiful woman, Grandma, Mum and Twin Grandchildren. It was
I treated myself to some brand new MAC palettes for my makeover boudoir photography. OK, I already had a lot of make up but you can't ever really have too much can you? And anyway, these are sparkly so I fail to see how I was supposed to resist. They are the 'Amber Times 9' eye shadow palette and the 'Glimmer of Gold mineralize' quad palette just to add a little extra sparkle. A lot
Working With Children in the Studio There's a famous saying that most people have heard. Never work with children and animals. Well, despite a harrowing experience with a cat portrait once, I don't really abide by that in the studio. We have been photographing children for years and we like to think that we do it rather well. I always think that the key is to make kids (and parents of course) feel relaxed and
This lady had some really definite ideas about the type of boudoir photo shoot that she wanted and she brought along a lot of ideas and a fair amount of clothes, accessories and props to create her perfect look - sexy with a flirty fifties vibe. Anyway, I think we hit the mark with a great set of images that ranged from beautiful portraiture that you could definitely show your mum, to some sexy shots that perhaps would
One of the lovely things about having had a photography studio for more than ten years is that you really get to see families grow up (and grow in number). These guys first came to us when the big boy was first born and they've been coming back regularly for updates (and extra children!) ever since.
If you need a passport, visa, driving license / gun license or ID photo that you can't get in a standard booth or if you want one that is a little more flattering than the machine generated ones then visit our studio in Crawley Down, near East Grinstead and Gatwick and get your pictures printed while you wait. We take pictures for adults, babies and young children. We shoot our passports in our portrait studio utilising the same high
Newborn photography is one of my greatest joys and privileges in the studio, I just love the opportunity to work with these gorgeous little creatures. That said, achieving those adorable sleepy poses is a great deal harder if you don't have them visit in the first two weeks and mum, dad and I had to work quite hard to get this little lady relaxed enough to drift off. Still, it was all totally worth it as she looks so beautiful
When you have a newborn baby, those first smiles are incredibly precious and no amount of people telling you that it is 'only wind' will make you believe that your baby is not communicating with you. But there is a great deal more that is also wonderful about this new person you have made and I think, if you were to ask me, little baby feet and toes have got to be up there in terms of sheer cute factor.
This little lady paid her second visit to the studio with her mum under the Baby Photography Scheme (our free baby photography club - find out more here), but this time it was a bit of secretive visit as the pictures where going to be part of her Daddy's birthday presents. OK this works best before your little one is able to speak, and go home and say to her Daddy, 'we went to see a funny lady today...' -
You know, particularly when you become parents, your camera gets a lot of use. Special occasions and every day outings are all recorded in equal measure and you're going to treasure all these photos of your son or daughter growing up. If you're doing it right, you should have plenty of pictures / ammunition to embarrass them royally when they hit teenage years! Plus, this is the time that you're most likely to book into a portrait studio to get
With newborn babies, there really is no such thing as them being too small to bring into the studio. In fact there are some stunning images that you it is possible to create in their first two weeks of life that you will never get the chance to do again as they grow and develop. There are a few reasons for this but the two main ones are 1. They are still really sleepy - as long as they have
Well we are finally all settled into our new portrait studio - same building, just a different floor! Upstairs at our studio in Crawley Down, we have whole raft of exciting new things to offer our customers with lots more news to come shortly on that front. However, in the meantime, here is my favourite pictures from one of my first sessions in the new portrait studio. She is just stunning with one of the cheekiest smiles I've ever seen,
Well honestly, if this little chap's smile doesn't melt your heart a little then I don't know what will. He was good as gold when he came with his mum, dad and brothers and sisters for his second Joey Club session - a real pleasure to deal with despite the fact that he'd been quite poorly the week before. We had lots of fun playing with everyone in the family (the fluffy cushion proved particularly fascinating!) and I was really
Your guests are a big part of your wedding but it is a very busy day for the bride and groom and so you might not get the chance to talk to all of them in any real depth. So having a wedding guestbook is a great way to let them pass on their messages, good wishes and even advice to you on your wedding day and can provide a lasting and much loved souvenir of the day. There