Louise Warren avoided the cost of an expensive passport photo booth by getting her children to sit in front of her old fridge – saving her a total of £45 on the pictures
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A savvy mum has shared how she managed to save £45 on passport photos by not using the ‘expensive’ photo booths and using her old fridge instead.
Louise Warren was at her wits when the government’s passport website repeatedly rejected pictures of her youngest daughter, six-year-old Lyza Beau Ellis, because the light and shadows in her home were unacceptable.
And after refusing to shell out £15 a time to take photos at one of the photo booths one often finds in supermarkets and shopping malls, Louise was suddenly smitten by the brilliant idea of using her old white fridge that was on the shelf in front of her Street stood, ready to bring home to safety.
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The mother took her daughter outside and had her kneel on the sidewalk in front of the fridge, where she then snapped a picture against the perfectly white background.
The government website had already rejected 10 photos of the student, but luckily the photo taken in front of the fridge was immediately accepted.
Louise rushed to renew Lyza Beau’s passport – as well as the passports of her other children, eight-year-old Lola Blu and 18-year-old Lilybelle – ahead of the family’s summer holidays in Egypt, but wanted to dodge the collective £45 it would cost if each of them would sit in a photo booth.
The mum-of-three, from Islington, Central London, said: “It’s a really clever mommy hack. By doing it myself it saved the kids from being dragged to a photo booth and I saved £45. It was definitely worth it.
“When we tried indoors we were told there were shadows on Lyza Beau’s face and the background was too dark. I tried inside about 10 times but the system kept rejecting it.
“I thought we needed natural daylight but couldn’t think of anything to stand in front of, so I moved our old fridge front to front.
“Lyza Beau said ‘Mom, please, no more photos’ but I just told her to sit on the floor. She was absolutely upset and fed up at this point. She asked if she had to say cheese, but I just told her to tuck her hair behind her ears and not move, it was approved immediately.
“I didn’t think about going to the photo booth, I wanted to find a way to save time. I could put photo booths out of business with that. It’s expensive anyway.
“Sometimes it’s just about the initiative, you don’t have to pay £15 for a photo. If you need a white background, find one. As simple as that.”
Louise, who runs the Hornsey Arms Pub Haringey, shared the photo of her daughter frowning in front of the fridge on Facebook, where people praised her for the “brilliant” hack.
One said: “Damn genius. Too bad ours is black.”
Another added: “We should have done that.”
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