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A mum who spent £45 on passport images only to have them rejected has shared a handy hack that finally meant that her daughter’s photo was accepted by the government’s online system.

And now, she is sharing her trick to help others – though it will involve having a white fridge to hand.

Louise Warren, 41, was frustrated when the government’s passport website repeatedly rejected snaps of her youngest daughter Lyza Beau Ellis, aged six, as a result of the lighting and shadows in her home.

In the end, several failed attempts cost the mum £45, Lancs Live reports.

At her wits end, it was then that Louise remembered her old, white fridge was on the street ready to be collected, so she rushed her child outside.

A hilarious image, shot at 8.45am on Monday, shows the school girl kneeling on the pavement, frowning at Louise as she took the photo with a perfectly white background.

Relieved Louise instantly saw that the image was rated ‘good’ by the passport portal and was accepted immediately, so was able to rush Lyza Beau and sister Lola Blu Ellis, eight, to school ‘just before the gates shut’.

The hilarious post has been shared more than 4,000 times, with users hailing the improvised photo shoot ‘genius’, while some mums even claimed they’d give it a go themselves.

Ahead of their summer holiday to Egypt, the mum-of-three was rushing to renew Lyza Beau, Lola Blu and 18-year-old Lilybelle Welch’s passports but wanted to dodge the £45 cost and time it would take to use a photo booth.

Luckily her other kids’ photos were accepted before their old fridge was needed, but she jokes she could ‘put the photo booth industry out of business’ if her ‘hack’ catches on. Louise, from Islington, Central London, said: “It’s a really clever mum hack.

Louise’s daughter knelt on the pavement, frowning at Louise as she took the photo with a perfectly white background

“Doing it myself saved the kids being dragged to a photo booth and saved me £45. It was definitely worth it. When we tried inside we were getting told there were shadows on Lyza Beau’s face and the background was too dark. I tried about 10 times inside but the system kept rejecting it.

“I thought that we needed natural daylight, but I couldn’t think of anything for them to stand in front of, so I pulled our old fridge forward on the front. Lyza Beau was saying ‘mum, please, no more photos’, but I just told her to sit on the floor. She was absolutely p**ed off and fed up by that time.

“She asked if I had to say cheese, but I just told her to put her hair behind her ears and not move. It got approved straight away. It was perfect conditions but to be quite honest I’d have sat her down in the rain as well on a plastic bag. I’d have done anything just to get it approved.

“I didn’t even 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 this. It’s expensive anyway, sometimes it’s just about initiative, you don’t have to pay £15 for a photo.

“If you need a white background, find one. It’s as simple as that. I was rushing out of the door to get the kids to school so I thought on my feet. I’m just glad the fridge wasn’t collected earlier.”

Louise, who manages the Hornsey Arms pub, Haringey, said she’s relieved the kids will all have renewed passports ready for their holiday. Her Facebook post reads: ‘When your kid needs a passport photo’, has earned more than 4,500 comments, with users complimenting the bonkers hack.

One commented: “F**king genius. Shame that ours is black.” Another said: “We should have done this.” A third added: “If it works it ain’t stupid.”

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