New passport Photo laws mean Warwickshire photographer’s work will grace hundreds of shops

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Andrew Sheppard, who runs Avon Studios Photography in Kineton Road Wellesbourne was chosen by Fujifilm to produce a photo to be displayed on A-boards and packaging material to be used by every single one of around 700 photographic studios across the UK which uses Fuji’s instant passport photo film.

Andrew, who has a number of national photographic awards under his belt, was chosen partly because of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He took forty passport photographs this month alone – of the cast of King Lear before they take the production overseas.

“Since the introduction of new government legislation dictating very strict criteria for passport photos, many photo booth pictures are rejected by the passport office,” explained Andrew.

“As a result of the new regulations – and because people worry about how they’ll look in their photos – thousands of people are turning to professional photographers to take pictures for their new passports rather than relying on the slightly cheaper alternative. We can’t move at the moment for people pouring into our studio to have their passport photos taken.

”The photograph chosen to grace the Fujifilm A-boards features local hairdresser 21-year-old Debbie Blackburn who is bracing herself for her new role as a household face!