I'd much rather pay extra and make sure that the photo is exactly right, otherwise we will be driving to Paris for nothing. I'm not sure what you mean by spend the day at home. I'm American and that's a bit far to drive to spend a day ha ha. I also have a Dutch passport because I fulfilled the language and culture requirements and I am married to a Dutchman. If you mean why don't we spend the day in Holland, it's because they will not mail the passport to us here in France from any location there. You have to pick it up in person with fingerprint identification. And we don't have time to sit there for several days and wait for it.
it is my honest impression that if you sit a bit forward in a French, eg the big Carrefour at Gueret, photo booth you will be able to get it right. take a tape measure with you! it is only 5 euros (coins). yes I have looked at your requirements and I am wondering why if you are willing to make it to Paris you don't treat yourself to a day at home?? none of my business. Good luck bon courage veel geluk