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.