DIY Passport Photo Right From the Comfort of Your Home

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I just recently had to order a new passport. I struggled with making a decision on where to go to take the photo, keeping in mind that they last for about 10years. This is my nature when it comes to official photographs, I want one that looks good and represents me well.
In the past, I have used CVS/Walgreens, and each time I was very disappointed and unhappy with the results. My picture usually comes out looking very pigmented, with dark circles under my eyes and around my face. They hardly ask whether you are happy with the picture or if you’ll like to take another.

They have to strive to do better when it comes to this issue, especially being such big cooperations with many chains all over the United States. They should be able to afford a much better camera and take caution when it comes to producing official photographs, especially at the prices they are charging. Due to my many frustrations with these locations, I decided to take matters into my own hands and do it myself. 
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When it comes to passport pictures these are the requirements:
1. White background with no shadows
2. Forward facing
3. Smiling without teeth
4. No glasses/hearing aid unless a physician note accompanies the application for a passport
5. Everyday attire (no uniforms, religious wear is okay)
There are more detailed requirements on the Travel.State.Gov website. Those 5 requirements listed above was what I focused on.

What I did:
1. I did a natural makeup look
2. A friend took my picture using a white door as my background
3. I made sure I had good lighting, using my ring light as the source.
4. She took multiple shots of me while facing forward and looking directly into the camera. She took multiple so I could have options to choose from.
5. Once I found a picture I was happy with, I used my phone edits to get the lighting and color right. I also used the “brilliance” to get rid of all of the shadows.
6. Once I completed my phone edits, I use an app called “Perfect 365” to removed blemishes from my face and make my face a bit smoother.

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7. Once I had gotten your picture exactly how I wanted it, I  took it to CVS Kiosks to print. I connect your phone to the kiosk as I would if I were printing regular photos from my phone. This time I clicked on the passport tab.
8. Follow the instructions (or ask for help) to get the dimensions in place.
9. I printed my picture and made sure I asked one of the staff members for approval. I’m glad I did because they noticed mine was a little too bright and I had to go back into my phone, turn the brilliance down and reprint.
10. After printing, one of the staff members cut the pictures in right size and shape.
11. I still had to pay $13.99 although I had done all of the work. I was okay with it because I loved my picture!!
12. Once I had my photos I applied for my passport via the post office. 

I hope you enjoyed this post on DIY Passport Photos and I hope it inspires you to create your own. Head on over to my YouTube Channel for a more detailed “DIY Passport Photo Right from the Comfort of your Home” with examples.

Fearlessly

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Tracking Testimonies​: The Prayer Journal

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last January (2017), around the same time I started setting goals for the year, I also started a prayer journal.  I started the first week of the year with a 7 day fast and prayer Why 7? Well, 7 is my favorite number and it worked out for each day of the week. I made a list of the 7 most import things in my life at the time. Some being; my family, my career and my relationship. I deliciated each day to pray for a specific thing. Continue reading

Say Goodbye to Resolutions: Say Hello to Goals

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!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

This is my first official post of the new year and it’s only right to make it about GOALS!  Besides, resolutions are so last year. For many people, like myself, resolutions just do not work well. By February we have either already broken it or have completely forgotten what it was.

Last January (2017) I decided to do something a little different. I made a list of all of the things that I wanted to accomplish that year and the goal was to complete them by December 31st or at least come very close. It worked out so well that I decided to make it my yearly tradition. Each year I will make it a point of setting goals on the things that I would like to accomplish that year.

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90’s Baby; Say hello to your 20’s

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Hey my fellow 90’s baby, this is our TWENTIES! Whatever twenty-something you are, during this decade we fan the flames of liberty, exploration, and discovery. We venture in pursuit all pertaining to SELF: Self-improvement, Self-discovery, Self-awareness, and self-efficacy.   As children we hoped to be in our double digits: 8’s wanting to be 10. Once we were in double digits we could not wait to be in our teens. In our teens, we wished to be 16 or 18 and then, at last, we wished to be 21! Now that you’re twenty-something… what’s next?

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Second chances: Each day you get another one

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UnknownAs the year is coming to an end with only a few weeks left, what better time to discuss second chances. People say you don’t get too many second chances in life. I disagree. Every time you go to bed with the moon and wake up with the sun,  THAT IS YOUR SECOND CHANCE. It’s a new day, which means a fresh start. Continue reading

I can slay my own dragon: The capable Woman

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What are you worried about you’re a girl you can just marry (insert a guy’s name here).

Why is it still so hard for some to believe that a woman can be just as good or even better than a man at doing ANYTHING, not just cooking and cleaning. We should be at a time in our lives where we don’t limit ourselves to the prehistoric idea of “a woman’s place” or “a man’s job”.

Being a feminist to me means being able to achieve any and everything my male counterparts can. It is not at all about male bashing or man-hating, It is about the empowerment of women. It’s about breaking the glass ceiling and going beyond societies idea of what a woman can do or cannot do.

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The best advice you will ever get!!

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You may have heard the famous story of Winston Churchhill. Nearing the end of his career he was asked to address the graduating class at his old school, Harrow (where he almost failed out). On that day he addressed the graduates with the following: “Young men, never give up. Never give up! Never give up!! Never, never, never-never-never-never!!” Continue reading

Hello Fall: Fun Fall Activities for all ages

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My two favorite seasons are Spring and Fall. The colors of Spring and cool refreshing breeze of Fall, whats not to love?  Fall fashion is also another reason I look forward to the season. It might be the only time you can get away with sweater and shorts or shorts and boots.

We spent the day at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Illinois. This is a beautiful location far from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.  There is something about the peace and quiet of farmland…

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Great men don’t cry, But​ they should!

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Great men don’t cry!

Growing up daddy would often repeat that statement to Sam, my younger brother. As Sam is sobbing, he would repeat it, “greeeeat meeennnn don’t cryyyyy” (lol- that right there was my best impression of talking while crying). It was so funny to me, and to this day I still tease him about it. Sam had to be 3 or 4 and his understanding of what it took to be a great man was definitely not a priority to him at the time. Continue reading