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The year was 1991 the last time Driscoll’s in downtown Wellman offered photography using their photography studio.
Back when film rolls and dark rooms were necessary for developing pictures.
Now, in the digital age, Owner Shawn Patterson says they are back and ready to go, beginning Feb. 10th.
Over the past few months, Patterson has been working diligently to revamp the back room to make the new studio and learning the nuances of the art.
“I really didn’t have a lot of photography experience, except for taking light drawings or scenery pictures,” Patterson said.
In order to ensure he was properly prepared, Patterson has been practicing with family and friends and taking lessons to hone his craft. During this process, Patterson has really become aware of how important lighting is.
“If you can get your lighting down and your camera speed down, you pretty well have got it down,” he said.
He’s also been thankful for the support of his business partner, Mary Ellen Driscoll, as he’s worked to get the studio started. Due to the vast changes since she last hauled around a camera, however, she is more than happy to leave the photography side of the business to him.
She reminisced that, “You had to either carry a set of lights with you or use just your pack that we carried. In my day, when you went out with weddings, you did it with film holders. So you may be carried 60 film holders, and then an extra set of film in case you had to reload.”
“Everything is all digital today and I don’t understand any of it,” she said chuckling.
Patterson is working with an imaging company he says is “one of the best imaging companies,” American Color Imaging out of Cedar Falls. The studio gets their pictures back in two days, allowing them to get out to the customer in a week.
Patterson said the business will also offer video services, in 4K, for special events in addition to photography.
The reopening of the new studio is not a just because thing, Patterson wants to make sure he is offering the product that is of a quality that people have come to expect from a photography studio operating today. He takes the slogan “Quality and satisfaction come first” very seriously.
“We’re proud of our quality of work and the way that we do things,” he said.
They are currently taking reservations ahead of the grand opening date. The cost is $53 dollars for settings, one dollar for each year the studio has been in business. Patterson says for events like weddings, he offers specials and that customers can meet with him to discuss those prices.
Customers can contact the studio by phone at 646-2545 or stop in at their downtown location at 257 8th Avenue.