July 8, 2010

Uncalled For

Recently I had my children's photos taken for passport renewal and when I got the pictures back something looked off. I was in a hurry so I didn't look at them very closely besides while the guy was cutting them, until I went home.

They photo-shopped my kids' passport pictures. I was a little shocked that this was a normal practice since I definitely didn't ask for that. These are identification photos, not glamour shots! I can't see why children would need to be airbrushed into animation anyway. I thought about going back and complaining but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't do any good. I just hope they will be fine for the passports. I guess it's not that bad. They just look like kids with perfect, flawless, pore-less skin or something.

22 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! You learn something new about Egypt everyday, I guess!

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  2. I think it's crazy! The same thing happened to my Mum, in Jeddah except the guy decided to put a little lipstick and blush on her!!!

    BTW tried those snickerdoodle blondies today and they were great!!!

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  3. Umm Omar, Just when you think you know what's what.

    Fruitful Fusion, That's hilarious and wrong.

    Egypt definately has a history with this because I see old black and white portraits of my mom and aunts way before photo-shop where somehow they give them lighter eyes and longer lashes.

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  4. well as long as their physical appearance is not altered then that's okay. That might pose some problems with the airport etc.. Aw do you plan on taking them somewhere special?

    Oh do you mind if I ask. Do your kids speak English with an Arabic accent or regular accent.

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  5. Hahaha, they did this to me too but I have no idea why they'd do it for kids!!! Craziness

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  6. Perfectly.Imperfect, No plans, just need renewing.

    My kids speak English in a regular accent but they speak with an Egyptian one on purpose sometimes because that's how all their friends and teachers say it!

    Jaz, So it happens! It is crazy.

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  7. Anonymous1:49 AM

    I know that in Canada they require a pic with no smile at all, they refused our kids pics we had to have them redone with a serious face.

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  8. Wow I would never have imagined airbrushing a passport photo - especially for kids!

    In UK the rules for passport photos are soooo strict. We have to try and get one for our baby quite soon after it's born ISA although thankfully they relax the rules for babies!

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  9. Anon, I poured over the regulations and they just specified 5x5 cm and white background for the US passports. Hopefully it will be OK.

    Amalia, I know, it wouldn't occur to any normal person to do that.

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  10. WHAT!? that is alarming, shocking and funny all at once. I hope it isn't against regulation and you don't get in to any trouble.

    but it begs the question, why would children pics need photoshop?

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  11. they look lighter skinned as well.

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  12. Ya know.... I thought the same thing, how weird it is for them to alter the pics! Every time I take shots for our visa renewal or for school, they make them look like dolls!!! As if...... lol

    Now, I know it's a widepsread practice here..... funny, when they did mine, they didn't make ME look like an pore-free, angelic Empress.... hmmm...... :0

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  13. The default is treating the photos i such way, but you could have stressed that you need no such treatment for your kids' photos. As said before, Mona, every day passes at your your stay in Egypt, you learn something new, and I believe this is the most interesting part about Egypt :)

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  14. Tuttie, I know. It's stupid.

    Ange, yea maybe a little, They're already more tan than usual since it's summer, but there seems to be a lightness about the photos, might be the flash, I dunno.

    Empress Anisa, Yea, now I know, I'll ask they dont give of the air brush treatment in the future.

    Ali Abu Taleb, Interesting is one word for it. I didn't know or imagine they'd alter the pics so I didn't ask, but maybe you meant afterwards?

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  15. I need to get my passport photos taken in Egypt then. It would save me all the trouble of putting on flawless foundation =P

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  16. Imagine if a 60yr old lady goes to take a photo there ... hmm ...

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  17. sabiwabi3:35 AM

    yeah, I think your son even looks a little botoxed.

    what the heck?

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  18. Shahira, Despite my asking them NOT to photoshop my pics I took the other day, they did something cause my skin is flawless.

    Hajar, haha! yea that'd be something to see.

    Sabiwabi, Lol, It's so odd!

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  19. Anonymous12:02 PM

    lol i kind of wish they had done that to my passport photo ..... :)

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  20. Lol. That's weird. My passport picture looked like a nuclear hot mess. I had a shiny oily nose and forehead the day I took it.

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  21. Anonymous1:49 AM

    My husband's passport pics were the same way (he had them done in Jordan). He looked like a cartoon character compared to how he really looks. Very disturbing!

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  22. Anon, lol, it feels insulting though, when they did it to mine.

    Gail, Ah at least it's real, and who really sees it.

    Anon, it must be a middle east thing.

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