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.
|Finnish passport pictures sent electronically to the police||22€|
|Finnish standard pictures sent to your email||22€|
|Finnish standard electronic copy and printed pictures||27€|
|Passport or Visa photos printed||25€|
|Visa photos sent to your email||25€|
|Visa photos printed and sent to your email||27€|
|Visa photos + Another countries picture size printed||35€|
|Visa photos + Another countries picture size sent electronically||30€|
|Children who don’t sit by themselves||30€|
|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 22€ 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
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 all the standards and edit them if needed. We can then send them back fully edited. Starting from the 23rd of September, 2020, photo stores aren’t allowed to upload pictures onto the server that they haven’t taken themselves. However, you can add them to the system yourself and you can find instructions for this down below. We charge 10€ for edited pictures sent straight to 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.
Go to this website https://lupakuvienvastaanotto.fi/Default.aspx. Click the “uusi kuva” button.
You will be forwarded to a sign in page. Choose the upper option, which is your personal login information.
You need to login using your Suomi.fi credentials. Choose the option that suits you best.
Once you’ve logged in, you are forwarded back to the front page. Click the “uusi kuva” button.
The first part is assigned for your name. You do not have to fill this in. The second part is mandatory and you have to choose yourself as the one who took the picture. The third part is for you to upload your edited picture.
You need to upload the picture in a specific size and the picture needs to obide by certain standards. You can send your raw picture to us and we can make it into the correct dimensions. We charge 10€ for this service.
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.
Electronic and physical copies are valid for 6 months. Electronic copies get deleted from the police system automatically 6 months after taking the picture. Physical copies don’t have a date stamp on them, so the final decision will be made by the official.
You don’t need to book a time and you can just walk into our store whenever. We strive to take your pictures quickly and worst case scenario, depending on the situation at the store, you might have to wait 5 minutes.
The most common reason for pictures getting declined is the lack of information for which the picture will be used. Please remember to let us know for what country the picture will be used, so that we can prepare your picture according to the correct criteria. If for some reason the picture still gets declined, then we will take a new set of pictures for you free of charge. We ask you to deliver us a statement why the pictures were declined, so that we can fix possible issues that the image might have had.
You can visit us at any of our six main city area locations. We take official passport photos electronically and printed at any of the following locations:
People all ages are welcome to come and get their pictures taken. The youngest we’ve taken pictures of is two weeks old and the oldest almost 100 years old. With the youngest kids we recommend coming to have their picture taken when they’re awake. This makes taking the picture a lot easier.