Authorized Passport & Immigration Photos

Thomas Kitrell Studios
  3978 West 6th Street, Suite A
  Los Angles, CA 90020-4210 (Click here for map.
(213) 738-9100    


Since 1976


  • High quality professional passport photos done by a headshot and portrait photography studio. If you need green card photos, permanent residency photos, citizen photos or naturalization photos in Los Angeles, Culver City or Hollywood California please feel free to call

  • Ready in less than 10 minutes: quality Los Angeles passport photos, visa photos, citizenship photos, immigration photos, or identification photos

  • Passport and visa photos issued for all countries: Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, China, Korea, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil...
  • We are conveniently located 3 blocks from a government passport acceptance facility that issues and accepts passport applications. Authorized Passport & Immigration Photos is located one block north of Wilshire Blvd. and one block west of Western Ave. near the corner of 6th St. and Manhattan Pl.  (Click here for map.)

  • Servicing the Los Angele County and Orange County areas



           The following passport Headshot Guidelines, which we rigidly adhere to, are from the U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. The photo Examples were not taken by Authorized Passport & Immigration Photos:


Headshot Guidelines

  • Head should be positioned directly facing the camera
  • Photo should capture from slightly above top of hair to middle of chest
  • Eyes should be open and looking at the camera
  • Eyeglasses should be worn if normally used by the subject
  • Glare on eyeglasses can usually be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head
  • Background should be plain white or off-white
  • Include headpieces only if worn daily for religious purposes; they should not obscure or cast shadows on the eyes or any other part of the face

Examples (These example photos were NOT taken by Authorized Passport & Immigration Photos.)

To prevent geometric distortion and ensure an adequate depth of field, the camera should be placed at the subject’s eye level and approximately 4 ft (120 cm) from the subject.
By placing the subject on an adjustable height seat, the height of the camera tripod can be fixed.
A lens of about 105 mm focal length on a 35 mm film camera, or its equivalent on any other camera, should provide a sufficiently flat field-of-view.
The subject’s eyes should look directly at the camera and the subject may be either smiling or not, but unusual expressions and squinting should be avoided.
A slight downward tilt of the head will usually eliminate glare on eyeglasses.  If this does not reduce the glare, try tilting the head slightly upward or rotating the glasses slightly upward or downward.  The head should not be tilted by more than a few degrees to eliminate glare.

Red Eye conditions should be avoided.  Red eye is caused by a direct reflection, through the pupil, from the retina of the eye when an on-camera flash is used, particularly for a subject who has adapted to a darkened environment.  Red eye can be reduced by using an off-camera flash or by brightening the ambient lighting.

A distracting background should be avoided.  Use a plain wall or a photographer’s backdrop cloth as the background.  The background color may be white or off-white.

Ideally, the background will be out of focus so that minor markings or texture on the background are not apparent in the photo.





© Authorized Passport & Visa Photos, 2007
Last Updated June 2012, AidaCreates™