Well, I finally found a spot in the house with an acceptable background for my passport photo. Earl was kind enough to take the photo for me.
I was happy to see the “your photo is approved!” message from the official website when I uploaded it and attached it to my application. I wanted the ambiance to be as passport-chic as possible. I think I hit the mark with this fairly unflattering photo.
I’m a little surprised one can renew their passport online, but I suppose the U.S. Government knows enough about me to know that it’s actually me. Plus, I have TSA Pre, so I’ve already been through that whole process.
TSA Pre makes me smile because I don’t have to go through as much of the security theater. The smile is not reflected in my passport photo.