Passport pictures, ID pictures, CV pictures, drivers license pictures, visa pictures and other official pictures. There are a lot of different options and each country tends to have their own standards. Therefore, trusting this task with a professional is key. In Finland, majority of the pictures are sent straight to the police electronically, whereas other countries still prefer printed pictures. Nobody is too young or too old to come in for a picture, we take pictures of people all ages. We take your official photos immediately without any time booking and your pictures are printed out straight away. In Finland, your driver’s license isn’t considered an official ID anymore and therefore, having an official ID or passport is important, if for example you want to handle your banking.
Passport pictures are like going to the dentist…It’s something you dread and postpone, but eventually you’re glad you did it. We try to make the experience as easy as possible. We’ll take multiple pictures if necessary, so that you’re satisfied with your pictures.
|Passport pictures sent electronically to the police||20€|
|Passport or Visa photos printed||25€|
|Finnish standard electronic copy and printed pictures||25€|
|Finnish standard pictures sent to your email||20€|
|Visa photos sent to your email||25€|
|Visa photos printed and sent to your email||30€|
|Children who are too young to sit by themselves||25€|
|Your own picture printed or sent electronically||10€|
|Reprinting or sending pictures taken with us within 6 months||10€|
|Extra copies printed||+5€|
In Finland you can order your passport or ID card online or at the police station. Whether you want to do the online application, we can send the pictures straight to the police. You’ll receive a text message from the police straight away that includes the code. The picture is valid in the system for 6 months and you can use the code as many times as necessary during this time period. In order for you to complete the online application, you need to have your signature and fingerprints given to the police. If you’re unsure whether you’ve given them, you can complete the application nonetheless. The application will let you know whether you need to update either one.
However, you are still able to apply for a passport or ID at the police station. We recommend that you book a time in advance, so that you don’t need to wait in line for long. You can go to the police station with hard copies or a valid picture code. Passport and ID applications are more expensive at the police station.
For Finnish visa pictures, the standards are the same as passport, ID or driver’s license. In Finland, MIGRI handle visa applications and you can learn more about their requirements at: https://migri.fi/etusivu
We charge 20€ for electronically sent pictures. Hard copies are 25€ for six pictures. The police charge additional costs for the actual passport and ID itself. You can read more about the prices at: https://www.poliisi.fi/licences/service_prices_and_payment/service_prices_2019
Normal: 5-8 working days
Fast: No more than 3 working days
Express: 0-1 working days
Finnish driver’s license pictures are the same size as the passport and ID photos. In Finland, the driver’s license isn’t an official form of identification and therefore isn’t applicable in banks for example. The same goes abroad. We recommend you check the validity of your passport or ID before leaving the country.
The driver’s license in Finland is administered by Trafi, which means that the electronic code can’t be used to apply for the driver’s license. However, if you apply for a passport or ID first, the officials at Trafi are able to use the picture afterwards.
We charge 20€ for electronically sent pictures. Hard copies are 22€ for six pictures. You can apply for a Finnish driver’s license an authorised Ajovarma location. They charge their own service fee, which can be found on their website. More information at https://www.ajovarma.fi/hinnasto
Our visa photos are 25€ for either electronic or hard copies. You don’t need to book a time for the picture and the entire process shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes. The Russian officials charge their own service fee, that can be found in the link. https://helsinki.mid.ru/web/helsinki-fi/viisumihakemusten-kasittelymaksut
The standard Russian visa size is 35 x 45mm. This is slightly smaller than the Finnish passport size and therefore can’t be used for official Finnish documents.
Our visa photos are 25€ for either electronic or hard copies. You don’t need to book a time for the picture and the entire process shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes. The Indian officials charge their own service fee, that can be found in the link. https://www.indembhelsinki.gov.in/viisumihinnat.php
Our visa photos are 25€ for either electronic or hard copies. You don’t need to book a time for the picture and the entire process shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes. The US officials charge their own service fee, that can be found in the link. https://fi.usembassy.gov/visas/
China has recently started accepting electronic photos for their visa applications. However, hard copies can still be taken to the embassy. The picture criteria is extremely strict and one important part is that the background needs to be fully white. This is an exception from other countries. We recommend checking with the embassy what is required before coming to the picture.
Our visa photos are 25€ for either electronic or hard copies. You don’t need to book a time for the picture and the entire process shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes. The Chinese officials charge their own service fee, that can be found in the link. http://www.chinaembassy-fi.org/eng/lsfw/chinesevisa/t1486813.htm
You can take an official passport sized photo yourself at home. However, there are certain points that need to be considered before uploading the picture. Nowadays, you can take proper pictures with your phone as well and you can send them to us for validation. We’ll let you know whether the picture fulfills or the standards and edit them if needed. We can then either send them back fully edited or upload them straight to the police servers. We charge 10€ for edited pictures sent straight to the police or your email. Asking whether the picture is ok is free. More information can be found in the link. https://www.poliisi.fi/passport/passport_photo_instructions
The picture needs to have even lighting. Don’t use a flash on your phone, since the lighting will in most cases be uneven. The face, in this case, tends to be over exposed and the background full of shadows. Natural lighting is the best option or a general bright light. However, make sure that the light isn’t located right above you.
If the lighting on your face is good, you can send the picture to us. We’ll edit the background so that it fulfills or the official standards.
The background should be an even white. We are able to remove the background electronically, but this is made difficult if the background is uneven. You can also put a white t-shirt or textile as the background, if you don’t have any even white surfaces. This is easier to edit out afterwards.
Sit upright or stand with your face and head aimed towards the camera. Don’t angle your head to high or too low, even if you think this looks better. This might distort the image and is one reason for images not passing the police inspection. The camera should be around the same height as your eyes.
Your body should face the camera. If you’re sitting, place your hands by your side or on your knees relaxed. Otherwise, your shoulders might rise too high and the picture will not be accepted.
Your facial expression needs to be neutral. You can have a positive look on your face, but you’re not aloud to smile. This means that your cheek bones shouldn’t rise. Keep your mouth closed so that your teeth aren’t visible. Your mouth has to be completely closed.
The police officials have informed that scarves and other headgear can be used in pictures for religious reasons. Otherwise, these are not allowed and bobby pins shouldn’t be too visible. If you fulfill the police standards for wearing something on your head, please make sure that there are no shadows on your face and that the edges are far enough from your eyes.
We don’t recommend using glasses in the picture. Due to biometric passports and IDs, facial recognition and eye scanning have become main recognition methods. The frame of the glasses can’t be too close to your eyes, there shouldn’t be any reflections and they can’t be tinted. Even if all the above criteria are fulfilled, the official is the last person to make the decision and can fail the picture.
Kids over the age of two have the same criteria as adults. The police is more lenient with kids under the age of two. For example, kids under the age of two can have their mouth open, but if possible they prefer it closed. This, however, is not a reason for failing the picture. It is important, that the head and eyes are facing the camera and that the eyes are looking into the camera. Make sure that there is no clothing in front of the face. The picture can, for example, be taken on top of a cloth on the ground. Make sure that there are no shadows on the face. The background we can edit out afterwards, so small shadows don’t matter.
You can also take a picture with the kid in your lap. Make sure that the background is clear and that the hands don’t rise up too high. Keep your own hands relatively low as well, so that they don’t show in the picture.