Friday, August 27, 2010

Photo studio moving into historic site

27 Aug 2010 — Messenger-Inquirer
By Keith Lawrence, Messenger-Inquirer

Last October, Kenny and Debra King decided to follow their dream and open a photography studio.

They had operated Dream Copy Photography out of their home for nearly six years. But they wanted to turn it into a full-time business.

So, he left his job as a detailer at Pilot Steel. She quit her job as an office coordinator.

And they began looking for space to rent for a studio.

They wanted something downtown, with lots of room and high ceilings.

And they were on the verge of moving to downtown Henderson when they discovered Larry and Rosemary Conder's 160-year-old Smith-Werner Building near Second and St. Ann streets.

'We'd been looking for two years,' Kenny King said. 'This is what we were looking for. We were surprised that it was still available.'

'The exposed brick walls are gorgeous,' Debra King said.

Their new studio, which is scheduled to open in early September, is between Gambrinus Libation Emporium and Bee Bops.

The Kings' photography isn't typical studio portraits.

'We call it a photojournalistic style,' he said. 'We want a natural look. We're not looking for the staring-at-the-camera-and-smiling portraits.'

They'll do that if a customer asks.

'But we like to add our own twists,' Debra King says.

If the Kings had wanted a typical photography studio, they probably wouldn't have been able to lease the building.

'We want something that will bring people downtown 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,' Larry Conder said earlier this month about the building. 'We're pretty picky.'

The studio is moving into the last space in the Smith-Werner Building.

Much of the Kings' work is done outdoors or in other locations. But they'll use the studio for portrait work.

'We love downtown,' she said. 'There are so many edgy buildings. We've always loved the idea of being downtown. The businesses are somewhat different and more eclectic. That's what we are.'

They live near Goose Egg Park on West Third Street, not far from the downtown core.

'We love the walkability of downtown,' Kenny King said. 'We like to take our dogs and walk over to where the Executive Inn was and on into downtown.'

The Kings say they plan to do a lot of night work in the studio.

'We would like to do something different with the evening sessions,' she said.

Their wedding photography includes bridal parties, and that could mean a new business source for downtown restaurants, he said.

The Kings' work can be seen on their website '