I thought it was going to be one of the easiest things we'd ever done since Kyle and Reed both hopped right up on the stool and were happy to pose. As they smiled their big, precious, toothy smiles I thought 'Oh, I know the photographer is happy this is going so well.'
How could it possibly be that easy?
Who knew that kids aren't allowed to smile in passport photos? Well, I guess they can smile, but they have to keep their mouths closed.
I'm sure you can imagine me behind the photographer tying to help: "Look at me! Close your mouth!" Do this!" ('this' being me standing there trying to have a blank expression on my face.)
Kyle's solution to closing his mouth was to put both hands right over it. (Sort of a "speak no evil" pose.) Reed's was to make a kissing face. (Neither of which are allowed.) The photo guy was telling me how strict they are about kids passport pictures. That's great, terrorists can jump on airplanes no problem, but my 2-year-olds need to have their "mugshot smiles" just right to leave and enter the country.
Thankfully we finally got a "legal" finished project.