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Our UK Passport Photo Service in London and digital ID passport photo code service is considered by some as the best passport photo studio in London.  Reload Internet in Paddington offers a while you wait passport picture service, with no appointment needed.

We have launched an Online Passport Photo by Post service with next day delivery available. Click here to order your passport photos from home – NO VISIT REQUIRED


Passport Photo near me in London

Reload Internet Passport Photo studio is based in Paddington, London, and we are located conveniently very near our clients, that visit from us all over London, Marylebone and Paddington.

Watch the Video on how Reload Internet can take your passport photo for you:

UK Passport Photo

We can take any Passport photo, for any country in the world. Please follow this link if you are not looking for UK Passport Photos.

Why do clients visit us? Because our UK Passport photo and Visa photos will always pass rigid Passport requirements. We also have a passport photo directory available instore to answer any questions you may have and this deals with all passport photo sizes in the World.

Our store understand the smaller details required to run a service like the way we do – from always offering you a mirror before we take your passport photo, to ensuring that the background is off-white, light grey, or white (depending on the Embassy you are applying to) we really know our stuff when it comes to taking your Passport Photos – which is why we can offer a guarantee that all of our passport photos we produce instore will always meet the Embassy requirements or we will retake them free of charge.


Digital ID Photo ID code for Passport Renewal

We are able to create a Digital ID Code for your passport photo. All of our Passport photos clicked in store are biometric approved and we will supply you a DIGITAL ID CODE that you can upload to UK Gov website that meets the UK Government Biometric passport photo requirements.

Digital Passport Photo Specification

We at Reload Internet can take your digital UK passport photo and the UK digital passport photo specs are 600×770 pixels.

Our team will ensure the specifications are met as per the UK Authority. Just pop to our store in Paddington and with minimum waiting time your digital version with the precise pixels will be ready.

We can meet any digital specification for any country.

The UK Digital Passport Photo Specifications are as follows:

  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB

We will ensure that your photo meets these specifications.

The main point is that the Passport photo or Visa Photo should be taken to the exact guidelines that the UK Visa photo and Passport photo require, and we will ensure that your passport photos meets the criteria that the digital passport photo rules require. Not correctly taken passport photos will cause a reason for failure of your application. If you do attempt this yourself, here are some helpful notes that will ensure that your passport photo is approved first time around.


Passport Photo near me in London

Why not pop in today and visit us in Paddington? Get your UK passport photo or visa photo snapped and printed in our professional passport photo studio in London. We are the nearest passport photo studio near you.

Our late opening times in London ensure that you can pop-in and get your passport photos snapped and printed instore even if you have an appointment early the following morning. We are open late, 7 days a week and are located at 197 Praed Street, Paddington, W2 1RH directly opposite Paddington Station.



UK Passport Photo specification – accepted passport photo

Here are the UK passport Photo specification – and an accepted passport photo. Please do not smile 🙂

Passport Photo

  • Photo should be in colour.
  • It has to be against grey background colour, not white.
  • Size will be 45 mm height x 35 mm wide.
  • The subject should be forward & straight with eyes open, with no tinted glasses, sunglasses or any thing with the reflection eyes.
  • To avoid the risk of rejection, we recommend photograph without glasses.
  • Photo should be taken without anything covering face.
  • Photo should be with neutral expression, mouth closed and no smile.
  • Only one person is allowed in a photo (no objects like toys, hands or any other person visible).

Kids / Child Passport Photo size – Acceptable child passport photo

Children aged six or above are required to follow the requirements below for an acceptable Child Passport Photo / picture.

Accepted child passport photo

  • Size will be 35mm x 45mm wide
  • Grey background colour – not white
  • No need to have a neutral expression, or to look directly in the camera but it is necessary to face forward
  • Photo should be taken within the last month.
  • It should be clear, not damage, not torn and no marks on it
  • It is critical that in the child’s passport photo there should not be any toys or parent’s hands supporting their children or any other object or person should be visible.
  • Reload specialises in calming infants down and we take passport photos of infants by lying them down, as opposed to holding them up which has caused many failures in Embassies in the past.

Child passport digital photo

Reload can snap and create your child passport digital photo picture  from our store in Paddington, and even provide you with a Digital ID code. Child digital pictures must conform to the following UK digital standards:

  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the official UK Passport Photo background colour?

We consistently have customers always insisting that the background colour be white.
According to UK the passport photo background colour should be in Cream (off-white) or Light Grey. There is logic behind this, as White will reflect light back to the camera, and also create shadows. Off white creates less shadows.
Our customers often tend to smile while taking a photo with us – BUT do NOT smile otherwise this will be a reason of rejection. Why? Because teeth can reflect the flash back! – Grimaces will be accepted, but maybe not socially!

Are you allowed to wear glasses in a UK Passport Photo?

Important: you can have your glasses on if you wear them daily – HOWEVER, no reflections are allowed – so bear this in mind. Our staff can assess whether the photo we take will pass.

Are you allowed to have a beard in a UK Passport Photo?

Beards are allowed in UK Passport Photos and there are no restrictions on beards mentioned on the gov.uk website. The only restriction on facial hair and hairstyles is that there should not be any hair covering your eyes.

What happens if I have a beard in passport photo and decide to shave it off. Do I need a new passport photo?

You do not require a new passport if you shave off your beard. Since passports are valid for 5 – 10 years it is expected that your appearance will evolve and change over time. As long as your facial hair or hairstyle does not cover your eyes, you should have no issues.

Does my hair color have to match your passport?

Change in hair color does not constitute a significant change to one’s appearance in terms of passport photos. Since the UK and many other countries require biometric passport photos, features such as facial hair and hair colour do not affect your recognizeability at borders.

Can my child wear a head band in her passport photo?

We have received a report that the post office in Brent cross has refused to send a passport photo application that had a child’s hair band to hold her hair back. This is the exact misunderstanding of the rules that has caused this. There is no indication in any of the rules or regulations that a hair band is not allowed and the customer has insisted to send the application of. We will update you on whether this passport application with hair band passes the application process. 11/09/2016: This Passport photo application was accepted.

Infant Passport Photo eye open?

You do not need to have their eyes open – important this can save a lot of time, especially is your child is resting.


UK Driving License passport photo size

UK driving license passport photo requirements are –

  • 35×45 mm

At Reload Internet we will ensure these requirements are meet with perfection.

UK Construction Skills registration passport photo specification

To get a construction skill registration number, applicants need to submit passport photo with specific dimensions that is-

  • digital specs 300×350 pixels


Passport Photo Kiosk in Paddington

There are reasons why you should think twice about using a photo booth in Paddington – Poor lighting, risk of failing, and no one to physically come back to when things go wrong. The quality of the passport photo may meet the criteria required for the Embassy you are applying to as you are the Operator of the Photo Booth. We are always here to serve you, and respond to any problems you may have – we take responsibility for our work and always aim to get it right first time. Our success over the years, only bolsters this excellence.


Best passport photos in London

At Reload internet we always ensure that our Printed and Digital Passport photos for UK will meet the strict criteria set forth by Her Majesty’s Passport Office. The UK is one of the countries whose passports are now fully Biometric.

OPTION 1 – Visit us in Paddington

Just walk into our store and let our experienced staff take your photo. It will not take more than 5 minutes.

  • We will take your photo with professional lighting.
  • We will print, prepare & cut your UK passport photo.
  • No appointment needed.

Passport Photo Paddington

OPTION 2 – Passport photo posted

We can post you a set of 6 UK Passport photos – next day delivery. How it works:

  • Upload a photo of yourself from your phone or camera like this

Photo Guide

  • After you have uploaded photo, we will look at your photo, free of charge
  • We will reply to confirm.
  • We will print, cut and post your your UK passport photos
  • Next day delivery
  • We post your photos anywhere in the UK or worldwide.


OPTION 3 – Digital ID photo code by email – same day service
  • Send us your photo from your phone or camera whilst you are standing against a wall in your home like above.
  • We will look at it free of charge.

Digital Photo resize service

  • We will email your Digital ID code to you same day within a few working hours.
  • Your digital UK passport photo will be ready to upload to the online UK passport service.

You do not need to worry about the regulations, we have dealt with thousands of satisfied customers and are very experienced.

So why wait? Email us your photo today and we will resize it digitally for you


Best place to get passport photo – nominated by Angel Investor news

If you are looking where to take a passport photo from – then look no further than Reload Professional Passport photo studio based in London, next to Marylebone, Edgware road, Notting Hill. Visit Reload Internet in Paddington.

If you need more help or advice, please feel free to contact us on 020 7262 4111

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