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How to take your own biometric photo
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Take or upload a photo
First, snap a photo or upload one from your device. Our photo editing tool will help you frame the picture correctly.
Get your photo fine-tuned by AI
Next, AI fine-tunes your photo by adapting the background to meet all requirements. It also crops and resizes the image.
Let our experts verify the pictures
Finally, one of our experts carefully verifies the picture against official requirements. You get the feedback in under a minute.
Enjoy your new photos
Your 100% compliant photos are ready for instant download. You can also order printouts and get them delivered to your door.
Tips for taking your own biometric photos
Follow these steps to get the best results
Mind the distance
Pose 4–6 feet (1–2 meters) from the camera. Use a timer to take your photo or have someone snap it for you.
Face the camera directly
Keep your head straight. Avoid tilting your body or looking away. Remember: portrait mode is not suitable for any ID photos.
Ensure good lighting
Take your photos in daylight e.g., next to a bright window. Shadows on your face or in the background are not allowed.
French visa photo in a nutshell
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What are the French visa photo requirements?
France is one of the Schengen states. That is why the photo requirements for a French visa are the same as for a Schengen visa photo. Here, we will recap the most important specifications. Your French visa picture must:
- Reflect your current appearance—it cannot be older than 6 months
- Measure 35x45 mm
- Have a lightly-colored background (e.g., light blue or gray)
- Have the applicant’s head occupy about 80% (30–36 mm in height) of the picture
- Have the applicant face the camera directly with ears visible, eyes open, and mouth closed
These regulations also apply to children’s France visa photos. There might be slight relaxations for babies under 12 months regarding their facial expressions. However, parents must ensure their children keep their heads centered for a French visa photograph.
Where to take a French visa photo
Applicants for a French visa can get their biometric photographs taken in any photography studio. It’s also possible to find a street photo booth or take your picture at the embassy or consulate.
In some countries, like the US or UK, local drugstores and retail companies offer photo-taking services for various documents, visas included. When visiting such a location, just make sure you inform an employee about the photo type you need.
And to be fair, you can take your French visa photo wherever you are with our visa photo maker! Just download it on your smartphone (it’s available on Android and iOS) and enjoy a portable photo booth that prepares 100% compliant biometric photographs.
Can I use a US passport photo for a French visa?
Unfortunately, no. A US passport photo is 2x2 inches (51x51 mm). A French visa photo size is smaller, and its dimensions equal 35x45 mm. Always make sure to submit a photo of the proper size with your Schengen visa application to avoid rejection.
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