Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2004

Studios offer photo options

August 12, 2004

Baldwin residents don't have to travel far to find a professional photography studio. In fact, they now have more than one from which to choose.

Newly formed Alexander's Photography and recently relocated Heather Northrop Photography are providing the town with options for family, children, engagement, wedding and senior photos.

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Heather Northrop has owned her Baldwin photography business for four years. But until recently, it was located out of her home.

"After I had my first child, it got a little hairy at home," she said. "When I had my other child, I decided I had to separate business from home."

So Northrop moved her business downtown to the north office at 814 High St. Her grand opening will be Aug. 20.

Northrop, who describes her business as Christian-based, said her passion is wedding photography, but she also does a lot of children, family and senior portraits.

"I really pretty much do anything," she said.

Though she said she does a lot of outside photography, her new studio will allow her to offer more.

"Having a studio location opens up a huge window for me," she said. "I'll really be able to increase my portrait work."

Derek Weber said he thought it just seemed right to open a photography studio in the town where he lives. The Baldwin resident recently opened Alexander's Photography at 106 Sixth St.

"It came natural to open a studio here," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Weber, who has spent the last 10 years as a photographer for a studio in Topeka, said he was tired of the commute and wanted to be closer to his family during the day.

Weber also focuses on wedding photography as well as children's, family and senior portraits, but he said he tries to be creative with his photos.

"My main goal is not to be a traditional photography place," he said. "Creativity is a big part of it."

He said he also hopes to get the opportunity to go to the local schools and help with photography classes occasionally.

"My main focus is staying involved in the community," he said. "I would like to raise the level and show people what's possible in photography."

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