PassportPhotoRVA

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history
Henrico Photo, the studio's history.

After many years of doing general photography as a hobby, I started to focus more on photographing people, and at one time after photographing my daughter's portfolio, I decided to start my business. May 2008 was the day I got my business license and Henrico Photo was born. Having a 2000 square feet home, and my children grown and moved on their own, there is ample space to create a home studio, thereby eliminating the cost of renting studio space.

2008
Start of business.

Like many photographers starting their own business, we commonly use our own name. So Erwin Paul Photography opened for business and started out at my residence for studio portraits, in two rooms to be used as a studio and office.

As the business grew it expanded to location and small commercial photography.

2010
Graduated and certified.

I graduated from a two year course in professional photography at the New York Institute of Photography.

I am also certified in passport photography trough the Dutch "Stichting Nederlandse Fotovakhandel" (Dutch Foundation of Photography Professionals), with the focus on the 2007 photomatrix specifications.

2014
Renamed the business.

Since coming out as a transgender woman, and starting the social, legal and medical process of transitioning from male to female, my legal name would soon change, and my business name needed to change as well.

Instead of using my new legal name I decided to create Henrico Photo, which I think was a better choice. Over the years Henrico Photo became known as the passport photographer for many international residents in Virginia and bordering states.

Henrico Photo is also recommended by the Dutch embassy in Washington DC for Dutch passport photos.

2021
Rebranding the studio.

After serious water damage to my home in 2016, which affected my studio space and equipment, I was unable to perform my regular business and, after approximately 6 months, I started back up with passport photography only. My business came to a temporary halt again, due to the covid-19 lockdown.

It did however gave me the opportunity to remodel my studio and office space, departing from commercial and location photography, and splitting the business in both studio portraiture and passport photography. A new business logo accompanied the change as well as a new website: PassportPhotoRVA.

Studio portaiture

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School photography

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Passports

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Studio 3
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Office
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