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Published September 3rd 2015
Why pay $16.95 for passport photos at the Post Office?
Do you need to renew your passport? Apart from the exorbitant cost of a new passport, the price of passport photographs adds to the expense. The cheapest place I've found to get passport photographs taken is at Natural Light Photography Gallery and Café in Fremantle.
Photo shoot corner at Natural Light Photography Gallery Cafe
Sharon Hu, the owner of the business and a professional photographer, offers the service. For just $10 she will take your photo and print off four passport photos in under an hour. While you're waiting you can treat yourself to coffee and home baked cake in the café – the food and drink here is very reasonably priced.
Sharon also offers photo shoots for portraits, group photographs and even pets. Prices start from $30 for a general portrait shoot, plus the cost of the photos, and she can produce a ready to hang A4 photograph with a mat for just $15.
Sharon first became interested in photography on a school camping trip to Busselton when she was ten years old. She documented the trip on a cheap camera from Kmart and loved reliving the memories through her photos.
Later, a degree in Environmental Science and extensive travel in outback WA working on mines and farms fuelled Sharon's love of photographing landscapes and natural subjects. Some of these topics are displayed in large format framed prints on the walls of the café gallery. I particularly liked the photos of seagulls and pelicans, which are notoriously difficult subjects to capture. Sharon also produces smaller prints with a mat ready to hang for $35.
Natural Light Photography Gallery Cafe
Opening hours are currently Monday to Friday 7.30am to 2.30pm, Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm and Sunday 11am to 3.30pm. The sign says that the passport photograph service is available from Friday to Sunday, but Sharon says she can take them on any day if she's not too busy in the café.
So, why pay $16.95 for passport photos at the Post Office when you can get them for just $10 a block away … and in a much more pleasant environment?