Here are some frequently asked
Passport Photo questions:
you take passport photos?
Yes, we do!
you take passport photos of small children?
We sure do passport photos for babies and little
ones, three month and older.
Shutter Images is pretty much the only
one who is doing it in Squamish! Within our
studio setting we work very patient with our
little clients until we get it right.
I need an appointment?
We can be available with little notice.
We recommend phoning us to make a short term appointment. The
passport session usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
want to do even passport photos
When should I have my passport photos taken?
You should have it taken well in advance of any
scheduled trips. After your photo is taken and
application submitted, it usually takes 2-6
weeks to receive your passport. You can apply up
to 12 months after having your passport photos
Will you sign my passport photos?
No, we cannot certify or sign your passport photos. You
need a guarantor to sign your passport. To see a
list of qualified guarantors, click
But you will get
the required information (Photographer address
and date the photo was taken) on the back of the
heard about a new, easier way to get my
passport. What's the deal?
You heard about the
Simplified Passport Renewal Process.
Click the link to see if you qualify!
you take Canadian Citizenship photos as well?
Yes, we do.
you take passport photos for citizens of
countries other than Canada?
Yes we do! If possible, please try to have your
country's specifications handy. They are often
part of the passport application.
How about visa photos?
We take those too. If possible, please try to
have the specifications for your country of
destination on hand. Visa photo requirements are
usually less strict than passport photo
just want to get a security photo for my
workplace. Is that possible?
Yes, we will take it. Just let us know what size
Firearms licenses? Handy-Dart ID photos?
Permanent Resident cards?
Yes, we are doing all of them.
you print passport photos in black and white?
We no longer print passport photos in B&W. They
are much more likely to be rejected. We want to
do everything in our power to keep you from
taking two trips to the passport office.
I've heard there are new regulations which don't
permit smiling in Canadian passport photos. Is
Yes, it is true. No smiling in your passport
photos. This has something to do with
facial recognition software.
If you love
your smile (and you should) then we would love
to offer you one of our portrait sessions where
we will provide you with the most beautiful
photos of your self or together with your loved
What if my passport photo gets rejected?
If your passport photo is taken at Double
Shutter Images, chances are it will not be
rejected. We take much care in ensuring that
your photos are within government standards. If
for some reason your photos are rejected, we
will retake them at no charge - just bring back
the rejected ones. In other words,
we have a 100% guarantee.
Can I wear a hat in my passport photo?
Hats or head coverings are not permitted except
when worn for religious reasons and only if the
full facial features are clearly visible. To see
a list of photo specifications for Canadian
Why do passport photos look so ugly?
It's not you. We are only allowed to use
unflattering direct light. The border
authorities only care about identifying you, and
they are usually the only people to see the
photo, so you don't really have to worry.
But we know that you really like to have nice
pictures, so why don't you set up a portrait
session with us?
Where can I get even more information on
Try the Canadian Government's passport website,
to our Studio