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

At Henrico Photo we provide you with passport & VISA and other ID photos that are confirm the required specifications for most countries, including US, Canadian and European passports photos, Canadian permanent resident photos, European VISA photos and most other foreign nationality photos for passports, VISA's, citizenship, resident and ID cards.

Please call for an appointment, most of the time, the photos are ready in about 15 minutes.

However, depending on the size and other criteria requirements, additional time might be needed. Please come prepared to the studio at the time of your appointment, to have your passport & VISA or ID photos made while you wait. If you have the specifications or required paperwork available, you can bring them with you. Sizes, placement, signature and other requirements differ for each country.

As an additional option to the printed passport photo, we are also able to provide you with a digital photo, as required for the US DV-2013 lottery, Olympic athlete ID and for some other countries requirements. (We can not upload digital photos directly to the agency, you will receive the digital photo by email or uploaded to your own USB memory stick)

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 our studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


General information


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. 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.

In the small event your passport photos are rejected, we will retake the passport photos for free, and for passport photos other then the countries we have listed, we re-take the passport photos for free only if you brought the specifications with you at time of your appointment.

Without specifications we cannot guarantee if the passport photos will pass the requirements, and therefore will not retake the passport photos for free.

The studio is equipped with a dedicated computer system to comply with all the required specifications.

European passport software is used in our system, and constantly updated to the latest specifications.

The passport photos are printed on a dedicated passport printer to comply with the resolution and paper quality insisted by the various authorities.

Our passport photos are still only $19.99 plus tax, one set per person.

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



We presently have the specification of the following Countries:


Albania, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schengen, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.


Occasionally new countries are added, please call if you don't see your country listed.

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

US & Canada



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

The Canadian passport photos will be confirm the specifications and have our business stamp and date/signature on the back of one photo, as required by the Canadian Government.

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) .

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

the Netherlands


Henrico Photo 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 2007 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 ons gemaakte Nederlandse pasfoto's voldoen aan de photomatrix 2007 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 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 our studio by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.



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

2015 Henrico Award


Press Release


Henrico Photo Receives 2015 Best of Henrico Award

Henrico Award Program Honors the Achievement

HENRICO September 10, 2015 -- Henrico Photo has been selected for the 2015 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 2015 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
CONTACT: Henrico Award Program

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