Category Archives: Photography

Eye Kandy Pin-up Photography to move to Newton

eyekandyUPDATED — Newton is about to get a little Eye Kandy.

Aleycia Crawford is moving Eye Kandy Pin-up Photography to the city.

Crawford’s 7-year-old business had been in Delano for a couple of years, but she says that site had been small and unnoticeable.

“Nobody even knew I was there or open or anything.”

More recently, she’s been working out of a home studio in Goddard.

Crawford says the Newton address will be a major change.

“I have a really good spot,” she says of 2,000 square feet at Fifth and Poplar.

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Essential Images Photography opens

WICHITA — Milt Mounts credits his wife, Amy, for nudging him to finally live his dream of owning a photography business.

“We toyed with the idea for a little bit,” says Mounts, who was marketing director for Alefs Harley-Davidson for more than six years.

He says his wife encouraged him that he “shouldn’t let any more time slip by when there’s a door of opportunity.”

So, after doing photography as a hobby for most of the last decade, Mounts is starting Essential Images Photography.

“My specialty is really going to be anything,” he says. “I’m going to take on any and all assignments.”

That could be portraits, weddings, sporting events, landscaping or anything indoors or outdoors.

“In all honesty, there’s not an assignment I’m going to refuse.”

Mounts has considered some studio space, but for now, he’s going to work out of his home with his wife’s blessing.

“We both walked through that door of opportunity, and we’re going to make this happen.”

 

Lawrence Photo to leave downtown after 125 years for move to Normandie Center

WICHITA — After 125 years in the greater downtown area, Lawrence Photo is leaving.

“When you leave the core area of the city that you’ve been in for 125 years … it’s a tough decision to make,” says owner Paul Hudson.

He’s moving the store from 401 E. Douglas to Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

“I thought it was just the sweetest intersection of the city,” Hudson says.

That’s because Normandie is home to the Twizted Confections and Sweetly Scrumptious bakeries.

“And then I’m going to round it out with Whole Foods on the healthy side,” Hudson says.

He also likes that the Seafood Shop and Yoder Meats are there, and Great Harvest Bread Co. is nearby across Woodlawn.

“I don’t have to drive to go to the grocery store ever again,” Hudson says.

“I like the neighborhood, and it still has a neighborhood feel. The demographics are right there.”

The business started in 1877 as Lawrence Drug Store and was located downtown where the Intrust Bank parking garage is now. Hudson says in 1888 owner Charles Lawrence signed the first Kodak dealership west of the Mississippi with George Eastman of Eastman Kodak.

In more recent years, Hudson has expanded his business to include custom framing along with printing.

“It’s a major portion of business,” he says. “We’re certainly wanting to expand that framing and printing.”

At the new space, which is in the 3,000 square feet where Pathfinder Birkenstock used to be, Hudson will begin having photography classes. He says he’s been getting a lot of requests for them.

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Kay & Bee Studios to open photography business in Old Town

WICHITA — Candid outdoor shots have long been the the pictures that photographers Ashley Burbank and Ashley Knolla prefer, but now they’re taking their business inside for some shots with a new Old Town studio.

The two, who have worked on their own for the past five years with Knolla’s Stellar Photography and Burbank’s Jean Snaps photography business, have formed Kay & Bee Studios. They’re moving into part of the loft space at 914 E. Douglas, which is where New Earth Journey also is opening a few doors east of Larkspur.

“We can definitely grow into it as we get more into indoor studio work,” Knolla says of the 550-square-foot space.

“We love the wood floors and the brick,” she says. “It looks all original, and it’s really rustic in there. It has a lot of character.”

Knolla says there’s also a lot of light from the space’s large windows.

The company will offer wedding and lifestyle photography, which Burbank describes as their take on more traditional portrait photography.

“We like to capture them in their element,” she says of clients.

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Wallflower Studios to move to former Roots & Bloom space on South Laura

WICHITA — Wallflower Studios isn’t a floral company, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from its name or address — present or future.

Aaron and Christina Patton started the photography business from their home studio in March 2008 and last year moved into the former Flower Factory space at 1302 E. Waterman.

Now, they’re expanding at a new site.

“Ironically enough, we’re moving to another flower building,” Aaron Patton says.

The Pattons are moving from their current 4,000-square-foot space to more than 11,000 square feet in the former Roots & Bloom building at 151 S. Laura.

“It’s massive,” Aaron Patton says.

Roots & Bloom closed early last month when owner Chris Coburn decided to devote all his time to his job in sales at Doonan Truck & Equipment of Wichita.

Patton says he and his wife like the openness of the former Roots & Bloom space plus the extra rooms it has, which they can convert to studios, a gallery and a showroom.

There will be a 1,500-square-foot separate studio for other photographers to rent, which Patton says is more sizable than some other photography spaces for rent in the area.

“We’re just kind of hoping to offer something a little more versatile,” he says.

Their lease is up where they currently are.

“It’s been really great,” Patton says of the building. He adds, though, “We had been looking at having more of a showroom.”

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PyT Portraits to open near Harry and Oliver and share March 2 grand opening with Image Source Barbershop

WICHITA — When the portrait studio within Babies R Us closed last summer, Phylisha Guiden and Tierra Gilbert took it as a sign.

They’d been the district manager and manager of the studio, and they decided it was time to open their own place.

PyT Portraits opens March 2 near the southeast corner of Harry and Oliver.

“We both decided it was time for us to do something on our own,” Guiden says. “We saw the opportunities. We thought, shoot, we can do that.”

They named the business after themselves — P for Phylisha and T for Tierra — but Guiden says, “A lot of people think ‘Pretty Young Thing’ by Michael Jackson.”

That’s not the meaning, but she says she’ll take it.

The two will offer family portraits, boudoir pictures and off-site photography, such as for weddings.

“We’re still setting up the studio,” Guiden says of their almost 1,000-square-foot space.

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Camera Angles to close this month after almost three decades in business

WICHITA — In 1985, when film still ruled the world of photography, a studio called Camera Angles opened in Wichita to offer portraits.

A lot has changed since then. Too much, in fact, to keep the business open.

“Camera Angles was built in a time when a large studio and a large staff … could be sustained,” says Amiee White, who has worked at the business for almost 17 years and owned it for 10.

“The dynamics of the industry have changed along with the economy, and with that I made the decision to close.”

The last day for portraits is Dec. 29.

White has been leasing almost 5,000 square feet at 2424 N. Woodlawn near Sweet Basil. Her lease is up this month.

“These decisions are never easy,” White says. “I’ve been here all of my adult life, basically.”

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Christopher Clark Designer Portraits to move to the Garvey Center

WICHITA — In the four years since Christopher Clark purchased a 3,000-square-foot Delano building for his Christopher Clark Designer Portraits, the economy has crashed and the photography business has changed.

Clark says when he opened at 1113 W. Douglas, he wanted room to meet with customers because “we just wanted the one-on-one personal relationship.”

Now, he says, “More people are going to the Internet to actually purchase pictures.”

So after two years of trying to sell his building, Clark auctioned it last week and is moving to the Garvey Center next month.

Larry Weber of Builders Inc. handled the deal.

Clark will be subleasing about 1,700 square feet from the South Central Kansas Economic Development District, which no longer needed all the room it has.

The space happens to be where Channel 33, the former WB affiliate, used to be, so Clark says its high ceilings and other features are ideal for him.

“I’ll still be able to do a gallery and a studio,” he says.

Clark, who has been shooting in Wichita for 25 years, will remain in his Delano space until he moves July 16.

“I look forward to the future,” he says. “This is going to be fun.”

 

You don’t say

“Then I can get all this stuff out of my house.”

– Photographer Linda Gregory, whose brief experiment working out of her home and on location soon will be over because she’s signing a lease for the former Riverside Cup of Tea space

Paul Bowen Photography to sell fine art

WICHITA — Renowned aviation photographer Paul Bowen has long been known for his corporate work, but few would argue that his pictures aren’t also works of art.

Now, at the urging of his wife, Gail, they’re going to market them as such through a new fine art business within their Paul Bowen Photography.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years,” Gail Bowen says. “I’ve been begging Paul to do this.”

The main division of their company is aviation photography, mostly for aircraft manufacturers and some individuals who might have air-to-air shots of their planes on their bucket lists.

The company also has a publishing division, with books, posters, note cards and calendars, and a stock photography division.

They’ve always sold what Gail Bowen calls wall decor photos, but she says now customers can have much more.

“The mediums have changed,” she says. “There’s more options of fun things to do.”

That could be textured layers or photos on metal and canvas.

“Just the different mediums really got him excited,” Bowen says of her husband.

“It’s not just a 16-by-20 on photo paper,” Bowen says. “It’s more fine art than that.”

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