Welcome to Henrico Photo. I am currently only available for (certified) international and US passport photography service.

Ready while you wait, by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For appointments please click here. You can also call or text 1-804-665-7908.

Hi and welcome to Henrico Photo,
formerly known as Erwin Paul Photography.

Richmond's most trusted passport, VISA and ID photographer.

Known by many satisfied customers for their international passport photo needs.

I am one of the recommended Dutch passport photographers for the Royal Dutch Embassy in Washington DC. Due to reorganization I no longer offer location and commercial photography service....

Why choose Henrico Photo for your passport photos?

Hi, I am Erin Paula van Beveren, owner and photographer at Henrico photo since 2008. I am certified in professional photography trough the New York Institute of Photography and certified in passport photography trough the Dutch "Stichting Nederlandse Fotovakhandel" (Dutch Foundation of Photography Professionals). I am certified with the Dutch photomatrix 2007 specifications, and familiar with the current 2020 specifications.

I take my passport photography business very seriously. Some other passport photography outlets might have staff without proper training and are not familiar with the various specifications that differ per country, and use poor lighting or equipment, which results in poor quality prints, that will be rejected. My photos are guaranteed to be in compliance with ICAO and government regulations.

Your passport photos are printed immediately in the studio, ready while you wait, your session usually takes just 20 minutes.1 Only one appointment is needed, there is no need to come back a few days later to pick up your prints.

And remember: If anoher outlets can not get your passport photo made to the correct specification, Henrico Photo sure can, no matter what. Guaranteed.

I have a dedicated and calibrated studio/computer/software system, and print on a passport photo printer with true 400 dpi prints. I use professional European software for my passport, visa and other ID photos, with currently over 280 ID formats and up-to-date specifications of 87 countries, with the biometrics that automatically verifies that your photos meet all the requirements. At Henrico Photo I provide you with passport, VISA and other ID photos that are confirm the required specifications, including US, Canadian and European passports photos, Canadian permanent resident, citizenship and VISA photos, European VISA photos and most other foreign nationality photos for passports, VISA's,  and ID cards. I have been creating professional passport photos for over 12 years, and have the skills and experience to get the right exposure, color, contrast and dimensions, with no shadows or highlights, which are requirements for a passing passport photo. You can count on me for the highest quality photos and prints.

Ready for your photo's? Please call, text or email me for an appointment, most of the time, the photos are ready in about 20 minutes.1 However, depending on the size and other criteria requirements, additional time might be needed. Sizes, placement, signature and other requirements differ for each country.

As an additional option to the printed passport photo, I am also able to provide you with a digital photo, as required for the US DV lottery, UK, Olympic athlete ID and for some other countries requirements. (I can not upload digital photos directly to the agency, you will receive the digital photo by email (UK) or uploaded to your own USB memory stick)


Henrico Photo does not accept passport applications and does not issue passports.
Passport photos are created in my studio, by appointment only, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and are immediately ready.
In the small event that your photos are rejected due to my photography, I will adjust or retake and print new photos free of charge.

1For one person, Canadian passport might take slightly longer due to validation requirements.


General information

You will receive your passport photos at the same time as you have your picture taken. Only one appointment is needed, no need to come back a few days later to pick up your prints. Your passport photos are ready and immediately printed in house, while you wait.

Some countries require a witness to sign the back of the passport photo. Please check with your local passport issuing agency for the requirements.

Do not wear white clothes, since a white, or light gray background is required for passport applications. Glasses and ear-rings might have to be removed since it may reject the passport photo due to glare. Most countries do not allow glasses to be worn. The eyes must be entirely visible. Your passport photo must have a neutral facial expression, mouth closed and looking straight at the camera. Some countries permit head covering only for religious, philosophical or medical reasons.

Your passport photo should have a regular day-to-day appearance, avoid excessive make up and dress conservative. Ladies, no lip gloss please. Sorry, no smiles are allowed.

In the small event that your photos are rejected due to my photography, I will adjust or retake and print new photos free of charge.

The studio is equipped with a dedicated computer system to comply with all the required specifications. However if you like, you can bring your own specifications or paperwork with you.

European passport software is used in my system, and constantly updated to the latest specifications from each available country.

The passport photos are printed on a special passport photo printer to comply with the high resolution (400dpi) and paper quality insisted by the various authorities.


Why so many rules and specifications for a “simple” passport photo?

In compliance with ICAO’s (International Civil Aviation Organization), recommended practices, some 100 countries, including the United States and Canada, are issuing electronic passports or ePassports. In a world where security needs are constantly changing, countries all over the world look to ICAO for trustworthy advice. As technology evolves, ICAO's standards and document specifications will continue to influence the passport's development on a global scale. If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO's website.

Download the pdf file of the MRTD Report here. It focuses on two subjects relating to the ICAO Biometric Blueprint: the use of the face as the primary biometric for interoperability of ePassports, and the launch of the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) as the main global distribution point for all signing certificates from all issuers of ePassports..

Why can't I smile in my passport photo?

The International Civil Aviation Organization recommends that passport photos be taken with a neutral expression for use with facial recognition systems - advanced technology that helps prevent fraud by electronically verifying identity based on each person's unique facial features


Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I presently have the specification of the following Countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldavia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schengen, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Most passport photos are taken with a white background, as required by most governments specifications. A blue background is also available, if needed and allowed or required.

Occasionally new countries are added, please call if you don't see your country listed.  I have 280+ formats from over 87 countries.






Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Babies and young children:

Of course babies and young children need their passport photos taken just as much as anyone else.

Understandably it usually takes more time to get the adorable little one to have his or her picture taken correctly. There is no additional fee for this.

Most governments are easier on the rules, when it comes to baby and young children passport photos. But still they need to pass most of the requirements. I gladly work with you, the parent, as a team, to get the correct pose. You will be helping in suporting the baby or help the young child in posing.

Passport photos, nowadays, are not like they used to be in the old days, where you could be more yourself, instead of looking neutral, pose in an angle with one ear visible, and was allowed to smile. Remember we used to pass along left over passport photos to friends?

Although the stricter rules, baby's first passport photo is still something to remember. For a small fee, you have the option to add a keychain with the passport photo. This will be done at the same time of the passport photo, so you have the keychain together with your passport photos when you leave my studio.


Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

US & Canada

At Henrico Photo, I provide USA passport, citizenship, immigration and lottery green card photo to the specifications as required by the accepting agency. I also provide the much stricter Canadian passport, citizenship, VISA and permanent resident photos.

The Canadian passport photos will be confirm the specifications and have my business stamp and date on the back of one photo, as required by the Canadian Government. My signature is no longer required.

American passports are 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) , sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.

Canadian passports are 50 mm wide X 70 mm high (2 inches wide X 2 3/4 inches long) and sized so the height of the face measures between 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) and 36 mm (1 7/16 inches) from chin to crown of head (natural top of head). Taken by a commercial photographer, the following must be included on the back of one photo; the name and complete address of the photo studio and the date the photo was taken. The photographer may use a stamp or handwrite this information. Stick-on labels are unacceptable. Your guarantor clearly write: "I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant's name)" and sign his or her name. (unless you are applying to renew a passport, as no guarantor is necessary for renewals) Rules and specifications can change any time.

Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

the Netherlands


Henrico Photo (Mrs. Erin P van Beveren) is informed of the requirements and recommended by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC, as a passport photographer for the Richmond area. The Dutch passport photos are confirm the Dutch photomatrix 2020 specification.

Dutch passport photos are scanned into a computer system at the Embassy, and embedded on a chip inside the passport. Since the Dutch passport photos are to be made following strict rules, it is possible that the Embassy may reject the photo. In the small event that this may happen, I will re-take the passport photos free of charge. Please be advised that American passport photos will not be accepted at the Dutch Embassy.

Henrico Photo (Mrs. Erin P van Beveren) is door de Nederlandse Ambassade geinformeerd op de regels, en aanbevolen als pasfotograaf voor Richmond en omgeving. De door mij gemaakte Nederlandse pasfoto's voldoen aan de photomatrix 2020 specificatie.

De foto’s voor een Nederlands pasport worden op de Ambassade in een computer systeem gescand, en op een chip in Uw pasport aangebracht. Aangezien de Nederlandse pasfoto's aan strenge regels moeten voldoen is het mogelijk dat de Ambassade Uw foto weigert. Mocht dit het geval zijn dan maken wij gratis een nieuwe set pasfoto's. Let op, Amerikaanse pasfoto's worden bij de Nederlandse Ambassade niet geaccepteerd.

Disclaimer as previously posted on the website of the Dutch Embassy:

Passport photos taken by photographers, who are informed of our requirements according to the Photo Matrix Model, are not automatically accepted at the Embassy or at the Consulates of the Netherlands in the U.S.A. or at the passport issuing office in the Netherlands. A final check will be carried out before the document is being produced.

Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

United Kingdom

For the United Kingdom, next to printed passport photo’s that you mail to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK, I can provide you with digital images that can be uploaded online as well. However, unlike passport photographer outlets located in the UK, I cannot directly upload the photo myself and give you an access code or provide you with a digital file on your memory stick.

I can only email you the digital passport photo that you will upload to Her Majesty’s Passport Office website. (-.25B)

For more information please check the website from Her Majesty’s Passport Office:



Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2015, 2016 and 2020 Henrico Awards

Just like in 2015 and 2016, Henrico Photo received the Henrico Award in 2020:

Press Release


Henrico Photo Receives 2020 Best of Henrico Award

Henrico Award Program Honors the Achievement

HENRICO May 17, 2020 -- Henrico Photo has been selected for the 2020 Best of Henrico Award in the Passport & Visa Services category by the Henrico Award Program.

Each year, the Henrico Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Henrico area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Henrico Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Henrico Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Henrico Award Program

The Henrico Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Henrico area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Henrico Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Henrico Award Program

Henrico Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@community-rankinginformation-2020.org
URL: http://www.community-rankinginformation-2020.org


Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

List of Embassies

The Netherlands:
4200 Linnean Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 phone: 1-202-244-5300
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3330 Garfield Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20008 phone: 1-202-333-6900
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Click for France website.

2200 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20008 phone: 1-202-265-4171
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4645 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007 phone: 1-202-298-4000
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4101 Reservoir Rd NW Washington, DC 20007 1-202-944-6000
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Click for France website.

Great Britian:
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 1-202-588-6500
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2234 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC 20008 1-202-462-3939
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3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008 1-202-895-6700
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2375 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington DC 20037 1-202-452-0100
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3000 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, DC 20008 1-202-612-4400
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2217 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington DC 20008 1-202- 939-1300
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2640 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009
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Hungary: 3910 Shoemaker Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20008 1-202-362-6730
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1607 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 1-202-332-2392
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501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001 1-202-682-1740
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Click for France website
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Click for France website.
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2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20008 1-202-612-6700
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2650 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20007 1-202-939‑8907
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1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006 1-202-728-1600
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3505 International Place, N.W. Washington, DC 20008 1-202-495-2266
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2536 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 1-202-939-7000
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1600 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 200361-202-467-9300
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2900 Cathedral Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20008 1-202-745 7900
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More to come.

Please note: Passport photos are created in my studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.