Friday, July 21, 2017

Chinese Visa Photos for Travel Groups

More and more, we're getting calls for Chinese Visa and Chinese Passport photos. I suspect there's a big push for tourism there, because many of the calls I'm getting are from people who are registered to go visit China with a tour group.

The Chinese Visa photo is an odd size, 33x48mm, making it impossible for drug stores to accommodate (they basically only do US anyway, and that's measured in inches - or 51x51mm). To ask them to cut a 2x2 down to 33x48mm is akin to asking a barber to only trim three millimeters off your hair, and then attempting to measure it to see if they did correctly.

If you're part of a tour group, or know of one that is planning a group excursion to China, give us a call. We can easily accommodate the Chinese Visa photo for them in less than 10 minutes and they'll walk out with their finished images in hand.

Newsome's Studio is located in North Tampa (Carrollwood), at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, in Cypress Point Office Park behind Starbucks, at the corner of Linebaugh and Dale Mabry.

Call for an appointment, at 813-968-2810.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Canadian Passport Photographer St Petersburg

To find a good Canadian Passport Photographer in St Petersburg or anywhere in the Tampa Bay area is no easy task. In fact, an incredible number of Canadians will travel from all over the state, some from as far away as Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville just to find a professional photography studio like Newsome's Studio of Photography that can successfully create a Canadian Passport Photo.

After all, a 50x70mm image is a very precise measurement. The US passport photo is a 2x2 inch image, or 51x51mm metrically. A typical drugstore only has the ability to create the US size, not the metric Canadian passport size, so finding a quality passport photographer in St Pete or Tampa means finding Newsome's Studio!

In less than ten minutes, you will walk out with your finished images, precisely measured and cut to spec that conforms to the Canadian Consulate's requirements for a Canadian passport photo.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL 33618 in Cypress Point Office Park at the corner of Linebaugh Ave and N. Dale Mabry Hwy (behind Starbucks, one block north of Busch Blvd).

Please call 813-968-2810 for an appointment.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Canadian Permanent Residency Photos

At one time, the Canadian Permanent Residency photos were required to be 35x45mm. That changed a while back and now matches the photo size requirements of the Canadian Passport photos, 50x70mm, with a head size of between 31-36mm.

The studio's name, address, and date taken, along with the subject's name and birthdate are required on the back of one image for the Canada permanent residency photo.

They are very specific that the image has a white background with no shadows, meaning that only a professional lighting system that utilizes a background flash will pass. It's very dicey asking a drug store employee to cut the images down to an exact size in millimeters, because they're very likely going to be using a paper cutter or a pair of scissors, neither of which are very accurate. At Newsome's Studio, we use a tool that has been custom built to cut Canadian Permanent Residency photos and Canadian Passport photos to the exact size of 50x70mm.

Don't waste precious time and money going anywhere but Tampa's Best Passport Photographer - Newsome's Studio of Photography, Inc.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL (in Carrollwood, at the corner of Linebaugh Ave and N Dale Mabry Hwy behind Starbucks).

By appointment only, 813-968-2810.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Florida Medical Marijuana Card Photos

Cancer sucks! God Bless those who must fight this battle personally. Great strides have been made for those on the front lines, and one thing that has made a difference in the battle is Medical Marijuana.

The State of Florida, like many other states, is slowly warming up to the idea that Medical Marijuana is a genuine remedy for those suffering from the effects of cancer treatment. To that end, they now have a system in place to assist them, and it requires plenty of governmental bureaucracy. One very small but important piece to that bureaucracy is a government issued ID card, verifying your legitimate need for Medical Marijuana.

On this ID card, goes your photo. That photo must conform to a set of standards laid out by the state government. Newsome's Studio of Photography can provide the photo that properly adheres to those standards.

To obtain your ID card, this photo must be uploaded to the state website that issues the card. We can assist with that right here if necessary, or we can email you the image to upload on your own.

Newsome's Studio of Photography is located in North Tampa (Carrollwood) at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa (Cypress Point Office Park, behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh Ave and N. Dale Mabry Hwy).

All photography is by appointment, but only takes 10 minutes. Please call us at 813-968-2810 to schedule a convenient time for you.

All the best,
Newsome's Studio

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In a World, Where Professional Passport Photographers Rule...

If I were King of the World...

  • All drug stores would stick to selling hairspray and toothpaste. and forget trying to sell passport photos.
  • All auto clubs would stick to selling car and travel insurance, and forget trying to take passport photos.
  • All on-line websites that claim to be able to convert your poorly lit, out of focus, cell phone selfie into a passable passport photo for any country, would just go away - maybe just become telephone solicitors, because they're just as annoying.
When it comes to passport photos, they're rarely described as "art," however, there IS an art to nailing the proper specifications for creating an Australian passport photo that the Australian government will accept. Same with the Canadians. There's a bureaucracy in place that is guaranteed to confound most citizens into supplying the wrong photos for their foreign passport nearly every time. That's because foreign passport photos are not measured in inches (the common measurement of US passport images supplied by drug stores and auto clubs), they're measured in millimeters (the prevailing standard of measurement everywhere on the planet except the US). 

So, when it comes to obtaining a properly sized passport photo for anywhere - INCLUDING the US, you'd be best served contacting a PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, not a dime store clerk or a travel agent!

Newsome's Studio of Photography - by appointment only - 813-968-2810.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Russian Passport and Russian Visa Photos

Hey, speaking of Russians...

They sure seem to be in the news a lot lately, but leave it to the circus, formerly known as "the media," and you'd think Russians are just a bunch of Boogeymen. Fact is, I've met many, and nothing seems to be farther from the truth! 

The Tampa area has plenty of ex-pats from Russia, as well as plenty of current Russian citizens. I know, because they come HERE to update their Russian Passport photo and their Russian Visa photo. 

A Russian citizen cannot go to the local drugstore, the auto club, or the post office for those photos, because the size of the photo is very specific - and it's measured in millimeters, not inches. A Russian Passport photo must be 35x45mm on the outer edge, with a head size of 30mm from the chin to the crown of the head. It must have a white background and you're not allowed to smile - closed mouth only. This looks NOTHING like the standard US passport photo, so our Russian friends are forced to go to someone who is an expert at creating foreign or International passport photos that adhere to a given foreign government's stated requirements.

Newsome's Studio of Photography, located in North Tampa (Carrollwood), at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, has been providing high quality passport photos for Florida's foreign residents for over 30 years. 

Don't waste your money and precious time going anywhere else for your passport photo, come to the experts and get it done right the first time!

By appointment only, 813-968-2810.