Thursday, December 24, 2015

Canadian Immigration Pictures, Tampa Photographer

Looking to have Canadian Immigration photos made? Look no further than Newsome's Studio of Photography, the most qualified and experienced professional photographer when it comes to foreign passports in the entire Tampa Bay area.

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

Appointments are highly recommended, please call 813-968-2810 for scheduling availability.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Algerian Passport Photos, Tampa

Algeria Passports

Algerian Passport Photos cannot be obtained at your local drugstore. You must go to a professional photographer because the required size is not measured in inches, but rather in millimeters. An Algerian passport photo is stated to be 3.5cm X 4.5cm (35x45mm).

When it is time to renew your passport from Algeria, call Tampa's Passport Specialist, Newsome's Studio of Photography, located in North Tampa (Carrollwood) at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 (behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and Dale Mabry Hwy, in Cypress Point Office Park).

By appointment only 813-968-2810.

Algerian Passport Photos, Tampa

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Biometric Passport Photo, Tampa

Sometimes, traveling abroad may require a "biometric" passport photo. All US Passports are biometric, because the passport itself contains a chip with information about the passport holder. The photo itself, is usually the created with the same specifications as a normal US Passport photo (2x2"), but occasionally, we get requests to create it using European specs (35x45mm). When you come in for a biometric passport photo, please bring your paperwork with you so we can produce the proper sized photos for you.

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

Call for an appointment at 813-968-2810

Thursday, November 12, 2015

British Passport Photos, Tampa

Let's see, you're a British subject living in the Tampa Bay area and you need to update your UK passport. You go to the drug store and they sell you a 2x2 inch photo. You send it in with your paperwork and it gets rejected - why? because the image is does not conform to your government's measurement standards. The United Kingdom, like everywhere else on the planet (except the US and Liberia) are all on the metric system. Your image is supposed to be 35x45mm, not 2x2 inch.

What do you do? You go to the Internet and you Google "British passport photos, Tampa" and you find this nifty little blog post by Newsome's Studio of Photography. You call and make an appointment, and in less than 10 minutes, you'll leave with two razor sharp, perfectly lit, 35x45mm images on a light gray background, with a head size of precisely 32mm, that are guaranteed to pass the discriminating eye of a Royal Bureaucrat with a reject stamp.

Call 813-968-2810 to avoid this problem. We can help.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Passport Photos, Foreign Passports, Tampa

Newsome's Studio of Photography is Tampa's most experienced provider of foreign passport photos. The entire planet, with the exception of the US and Liberia, is now on the metric system. That means their images are measured in millimeters, not inches. If you're a citizen of a foreign country and you need to update your passport, you cannot go to the drug store for a your passport photo - you MUST go to a professional photography studio who can provide your images, customized to your country's specifications. Don't waste your time even asking the druggist if they can accommodate a 35x45mm or a 50x70mm passport photo - they can't.

Give us a call at 813-968-2810 and let Newsome's Studio ease your pain!

Friday, October 30, 2015

US Passport Photographer, Tampa,

Yes, you can go to the drug store to get your US Passport photo updated. Yes, it’s very inexpensive and you don’t need an appointment. Yes, they will use a low resolution, consumer grade, point and shoot camera, under fluorescent lighting conditions (explaining the green tint on your face), against a window shade (that’s going to be gray instead of white). Yes, it has a good chance of being slightly blurry, because no flash was used to freeze the exposure, and yes, it has a chance of getting rejected by the US Passport Office for not conforming to their stated quality standards. But hey, you got toothpaste while you were there, right? Good for you.

Yes, you can come to Newsome’s Studio of Photography for your US Passport photo. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than a drug store and an appointment is highly recommended. Yes, we will use a very high resolution, professional grade camera, and a professional three light with a reflector flash system (explaining the perfect color on your face), against a pure white background (avoiding shadows because of the additional background light). Yes, it is guaranteed to be razor sharp, because that’s how we roll, and yes, it has a 100% chance of being accepted by the US Passport Office, not only conforming to their stated quality standards, but totally blowing them away. But hey, I didn’t sell you any toothpaste, but then again, I’m not a drug store pretending to be a photography studio.

Newsome’s Studio. Where people go to have professional photographs taken. Not buy toothpaste.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DV Lottery, E-Visa, Photographer, Tampa

The DV (Electronic Diversity Visa) Lottery image, or E-Visa for short, is a digital passport photo that must be sized correctly (600x600 pixels), with the head size fitting correctly within the government template, and uploaded along with your application.

The lottery for this visa takes place every fall (usually November), and it's not likely you can get this anywhere but a professional photography studio like Newsome's Studio in Carrollwood.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in North Tampa (in Cypress Point Office Park behind Starbucks, at the corner of Linebaugh and Dale Mabry Hwy), can accommodate your DV Lottery or E-Visa photo needs for all of Central Florida. Call 813-968-2810 for an appointment. The whole process takes less than ten minutes!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Greek Passport Photos, Tampa

My good friends at the Greek Consulate here in Tampa have been wonderful. My son attended St John Greek Orthodox Day School from K3-8th grade, so I've had a good connection to the Greek community for over 20 years.

The Greek Passport photo is a unique size. While many European passport photos call for 35x45mm, and the Canadian passport photo are 50x70mm, the Greek passport photos fall in between at 40x60mm. This is not something that can be obtained at a drug store, you must go to a professional photography studio who can customize your images for you.

Newsome's Studio of Photography, located in North Tampa at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 (Cypress Point Office Park in Carrollwood), can provide you with high quality passport photos, guaranteed to make the Greek Consulate smile when they see them.

Call for details, by appointment only. 813-968-2810

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

US Green Card Photos Tampa Photographer

The size requirements for a US Green Card Photo are very similar to a US Passport Photo. For immigrants arriving in the US who wish to remain and find employment, a Green Card will/may be necessary.

Newsome's Studio has been providing Green Card Photos for residents living throughout the entire Tampa Bay area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, and Manatee Counties), since 1986.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in Carrollwood (North Tampa), in Cypress Point Office Park behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and North Dale Mabry Hwy.

By appointment only... 813-968-2810.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Photos, Tampa Photographer

No time to waste! When you need to apply for US Citizenship, or update your Immigration status, you're going to need an updated photo to go with it.

You might as well get one that his sharp, well lit, and sized properly, so as not to delay approval of your status.

Newsome's Studio of Photography can provide your passport styled photos that meet the required specifications for US Visa, Citizenship, Immigration, or Passport in less than 10 minutes.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa (Cypress Point Office Park). Call 813-968-2810 for appointment times.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Australian Passport Photos, Tampa

Australian Passport Photographer, Central Florida

No, I'm not Australian, but I do drink Fosters occasionally (even though I've been told that it's just an American invented perception - much like Outback Steakhouse).

We do, however, create incredibly awesome passport photos for those needing to update or renew their Australian passports. And we don't just service the Tampa, St Petersburg area, we get Australians from all across the state. Why? Because we have a very good track record with the Australian Consulate in meeting the specifications and requirements for Australian passport photos (very strict!).

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

Call to confirm we are here (we often get called out for location work), at 813-968-2810 or send us a message through our website at

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Greek Passport Photos, Tampa

We are extremely pleased to know that the Greek Consulate here in Tampa is now referring all inquiries for Greek Passport Photos to Newsome's Studio, and have recently seen an upsurge in requests, some coming from as far away as Miami.

I've been told that to renew your Greek Passport, you must apply in person here in Tampa, so they often schedule their Greek Passport Photo here at the studio on the same day they've scheduled to visit the Greek Consulate.

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 Ave and Dale Mabry Hwy).

Call 813-968-2810 to schedule an appointment to update your Greek Passport Photos.

Friday, July 10, 2015

International Passport Photos, Tampa Photographer

I asked a new client how he found me... "Google."
What search terms did you use? "International Passport Photos, Tampa Photographer"

Interesting. I've often used the term "foreign" when describing my passport services, but don't recall using "International." Well, live and learn!

Yes, Newsome's Studio of Photography does passports for our International residents, living throughout the entire Central Florida area. If you're from Canada, the UK, Poland, Nigeria, or New Zealand... you can call us when it's time to update your passport, immigration status, visa, or citizenship papers.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in the Cypress Point Office Park (behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and North Dale Mabry Hwy in Carrollwood), just call 813-968-2810 for an appointment and you'll have your "International" passport photos within 10 minutes!

See you soon!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Oh Canada! Passport Photographer, Tampa

At least three to four times a week, we have the honour (yes, that's the Canadian spelling), of creating Canadian passport photos for our Canadian neighbors living in the Tampa / St Pete area.

Many of them, are referred to us by the local drug stores and AAA offices who only create US sized passport photos (2x2 inch). Canada requires a much larger image (2x2.75 inch). And as with most of the rest of the planet, it's actually measured in millimeters (50x70mm), which means it has to be very precise.

If you're in the central Florida area and needing to update your Canadian Passport, Citizenship, Visa, or Immigration photos, give us a call at 813-968-2810. Newsome's Studio is now located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, in the Cypress Point Office Park (behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and N. Dale Mabry Hwy).

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Irish Passport Photo Tampa

While most European countries have settled into standard for passport photos, the Irish are close, but not quite ready to square up with their Euro-brethren.

The Irish passport photo's stated required size is 35-38mm wide by 45-50mm tall (nearly all European photos are 35x45mm). A white or light colored background (compared to only light gray for the UK, France, or Germany), and although you may submit color, they prefer black and white (nearly all countries require color only).

To their credit, a handy overlay is supplied by Ireland to make sure your image will conform to their size standards.

If you want to be sure your Irish passport photos will pass muster, contact Newsome's Studio of Photography at 813-968-2810. Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in Carrollwood (behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh Ave and North Dale Mabry Hwy, just north of Busch Blvd).

Thursday, June 4, 2015

German Passport Photos Tampa

Within the last week, I've done three German Passport Photos for different clients. It had been almost a year since the last one, so it was unusual to get three right in a row like that, but good things come in threes, right?

A German Passport requires a 35mm x 45mm image on a light gray background, with a specific head size (32-36mm). Not many places can be so specific in sizes, and most will only measure in inches, so millimeters is near impossible for some.

If you're a German national, living here in the Tampa area (or Central Florida area), give us a call at 813-968-2810 when it is time to update your German passport. Newsome's Studio is now located (as of June 1, 2015) at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in the Cypress Point Office Park (behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and Dale Mabry Hwy).

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

We've Moved! New Location!

It happens. And this is the fifth time in 29 years for us. Tampa's best passport photographer has moved to the Cypress Point Office Park at the corner of Linebaugh and Dale Mabry (behind Starbucks).
Our new address is 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618.

Still providing the fastest, highest quality passport photos in Tampa, for all US and foreign countries. Same phone number - 813-968-2810. For more information, please visit

Friday, April 3, 2015


I photographed a British citizen for her UK Passport this morning. As is the case with all foreign passport photos, you're not allowed to smile.

I once had a Canadian passport photo rejected because they said the woman was smiling in her photos. She wasn't, but when she gave her "relaxed, neutral expression" as required in the Canadian instructions, she had a very pronounced dimple! It wasn't her fault - she just looked like BETTY WHITE! Betty White ALWAYS looks like she's smiling, even when she's MAD. Well so did this poor woman. We reshot it, and with a bit of creative lighting techniques, I was able to fill that dimple with light and she passed. Whew!

Okay, back to this morning's Brit. She knew she wasn't allowed to smile, so just like me when I'm in church, or at a funeral, or at the Sunday dinner table when I was a kid, she couldn't help but to start smiling. Well, that turned into a stifled chuckle, which turned into a laugh. And once it started, she just couldn't stop. It took about ten minutes for her to get over the giggles so I could get the needed shot. We did it. She did it. It wasn't easy, but it's done. Now she looks like, in her words... "a proper criminal."

Newsome's Studio has been creating foreign passport photos for Earth's citizens since 1986. Give us a call and let us help you look like "a proper criminal!" 813-968-2810

Saturday, February 28, 2015

How Did You Find Us?

I always ask new clients how they found us. Most who needed passport photos responded with "Google." My next question is always "Which search words did you use?" Most often it's "passport photos, Tampa," or if they're from a foreign country, they'll be more specific, such as "Canadian passport photos, photographer, Tampa."

No matter what country you're from, Newsome's Studio of Photography can accommodate your passport photo needs, and we service a great deal of the central Florida area. We've had people come from as far as Hernando County in the North, Polk County in the East, Pinellas County in the West, and Sarasota County in the South.

In less than ten minutes, you'll leave with your passport photos, guaranteed to pass muster with any foreign government. Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in Cypress Point Office Park (Carrollwood), North Tampa, we work by appointment, so give us a call at 813-968-2810.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jamaican Passport Photos, Tampa

Well, you gotta love the Jamaicans.

Passport Photo requirements across the globe are all a bit different from one country to the next, but Jamaica has the best sense of humor of them all.

Aside from all the normal specifics required by most countries (size of image, size of head, height of eyes within the image, etc), Jamaica goes outside the box on background color. Most countries request white or light gray. In fact, nearly ALL of them require white or light gray. Jamaica, however... well, I'll let them explain it. This is a direct quote from their list of photo requirements:

"Applicants of light complexion should avoid wearing white clothing and should have the photographs taken against a pastel-shaded background.
Applicants of dark complexion should wear light-coloured clothing and photographs should be taken against a white background.
Applicants whose hair is grey should have photographs taken against a light blue background."

Now, suppose they didn't read this prior to getting dressed in the morning and a grey-haired woman with a dark complexion walks in wearing a dark blouse. Can you say "conundrum?"

I think a couple of hysterical little fellows in the passport office over in Kingston were just having a bit of fun - no, make that a LOT of fun - when they wrote out those requirements. Somehow, it accidently made it all the way to the PDF posted by the Jamaican government, and now we photographers are left trying to make sense of it.

Either way (make that "any of the three ways") you slice it, Newsome's Studio of Photography will help you get through it. So far, we're batting a thousand with Jamaica. Give us a call at 813-968-2810 and we'll figure this out together.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Passport Photos, Photographer, Tampa

Applying for US Citizenship? Time to update your green card, immigration card, or US Passport?

Go where you can count on getting the best image possible (face it, you're going to live with it for what? TEN YEARS?).

Your choices are great, but not so great... You can go to the drug store for a US sized (2x2 inch) passport style photo. The drug store images are very cheap, and for good reason... it's not a professional photography studio, it's a drug store. They sell drugs, toothpaste, and hairspray. The images taken by their counter clerk are taken with a consumer grade camera and less than ideal lighting conditions. They loose money selling them because it's a "loss-leader." Something designed to get you in the door, so you'll buy toothpaste and hairspray - and DRUGS, where their REAL profit is.

I don't sell toothpaste. The drug store shouldn't sell passport photos.

Give us a call when it's time to update your passport photo. Newsome's Studio of Photography, located in Carrollwood's Cypress Point Office Park at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219 in North Tampa, 813-968-2810.

Oh, and brush your teeth before you come. :-)

Friday, February 6, 2015

UK British Passport Photographer, Tampa

Finding a place to update your British passport photo can be daunting. The drug stores, AAA, or Post Office won't do them. The reason? A UK passport photo is measured in millimeters, not inches. A standard US 2x2" photo is the wrong size! And the background must be light gray, not white.

Newsome's Studio of Photography, located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in North Tampa Cypress Point Office Park in Carrollwood) has been providing our foreign residents in the Central Florida area with top quality passport photos for nearly three decades.

If you're in need of updating your British Passport Photo in Tampa, call 813-968-2810 and schedule an appointment. You'll leave with your finished passport photos in less than ten minutes.