My new passport just came in, and the photo is awesome. My strategy to reduce problems entering the country was twofold:
1. if I got the photo taken when I was really sunburned, then I'd look like I'll look when I come back from vacation, and the US Custom officials will easily match me to the photo
2. US Custom officials will certainly confuse me with John Boehner, and let me pass with no questions
The funny part is this photo actually didn't look that bad when I sent it in - the lady at AAA even said it looked fine. Oh well, I'll get a new one in ten years.