Photo Specifications

Photos MUST conform to precise guidelines. Do not cut photos. Measurements refer to “image” size, not entire photo size.

Use of digital images: digital cameras may be used if the camera has sufficient resolution (capable of capturing and storing images with 1 million pixels (1 megapixel) or more).

Composition Checklist

  • Frame subject with full face, front view, eyes open
  • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm)
  • Center head within frame (see Figure 2 below)
  • Make sure eye height is between 1-1/8 inches to 1-3/8 inches (28 mm and 35 mm) from bottom of photo
  • Photograph subject against a plain white or off-white background
  • Position subject and lighting so that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background
  • Encourage subject to have a natural expression



Well-composed Photos​

 Passport/Immigration Photo Locations

  • CVS 65 Central Street, Wellesley 781-237-2520  
  • Scoby’s Camera 1029 Great Plain Avenue, Needham 781-444-8440
  • Newtonville Camera &Video 249 Walnut Street, Newton 617-965-1240
  • Paradise Photo & Video 21 Main Street, Natick Center 508-655-9288
  • Newton MotoPhoto Portrait Studio 739 Beacon Street, Newton Center 617-630-5289