Oh, that dreaded feeling of having an ID photo taken. Whether it's at Costco or the DMV, no one cares quite as much as you do about how photogenic you appear to be- and it's not always easy to fix a bad photo.

But fortunately we get it, and if you passport is up for renewal in 2017 (along the millions who applied in 2007 when passports became mandatory for travel to the Caribbean and Mexico), we have a super helpful tip.

Passport Booth is a free app that guides you to taking the perfect passport photo, including markers for your chin, eyes and shoulders. Once you've captured the perfect "natural expression without eyewear against a white background," you can select a 4x6" grid of your photo to email to yourself and send over to your local CVS or Walgreens. In about an hour, you can pick up your print and cut it into multiple 2x2" copies for less than a quarter.

The multiple copies is pretty ideal, because asking an employee to take and print just one 2x2" photo will cost up to $13... and you aren't going to want to go through the process all over again if you hate your photo or accidentally staple through it on your application.

Also super helpful? Taking your own photos of the kiddos without having to leave the house.

We still haven't figured out how to make those airport customs machines take a nicer picture of our faces right after getting off an international flight, but maybe an in-flight face mask will help?



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