Taking photos of your baby or toddler

When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.

Tip 1:
Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.

Tip 2:
Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported

Detailed Examples
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Acceptable – No other person is in the photo; the child is facing the camera with his eyes open.
Photo tip: It is acceptable if the infants eyes, particularly a newborns, are not, or are not entirely, open.

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Acceptable — No other person is in the photo; the child is facing the camera with his eyes open.
Photo tip: Consider placing the child in a car seat with a white or off-white blanket behind the child.

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Acceptable — Photo is clear, with the subject facing forward, and looking at the camera.

Related information on how to provide a suitable photo:
Instructions for Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image) and Technical Specifications
Photo Requirements

If you want to be sure that your photo meets the requirements – click here