It’s been a long time since our last post – a really, really long time – and although we should have posted more, we decided to take a break for a bit, think hard about what we were writing and what we wanted to say, what we were trying to get across and how to present that to you – our readers.
Through this process, our eyes were opened to how our business has evolved over time – how it was in the past, where it is now, and where it is heading. Together with my husband Jeff, we have built and run Left of Centre Photography Services (LOCPS) for over 13 years – and in that time we’ve witnessed so many changes in the photography industry! When Jeff and I took the plunge, left the Toronto studio where we were both employed and start our own business in Halton Hills, one of our biggest considerations was whether to continue with film cameras, or switch over to digital…seriously hard to believe today! It kept Jeff up at night. We decided to make the switch, and though the market and technology was still new we were convinced it was here to stay and spent $7,000 on our first digital camera – which captured images at less than 6 mega pixels, and now acts beautifully as a paper weight. As we all know, digital not only stayed but greatly improved. We have witnessed cameras changing with the ability to capture video, pixel count rising, pricing dropping, and the invention of smart phone cameras. Things have really come a long way in the past 13 years, and so have we!
Looking back from where we have come from I cannot help but feel incredibly proud. After opening the door of our first office in September 2004, the Halton Hills community has accepted us with open arms and we haven’t looked back. Over the years, we have built our client list and become friends with many of them. Georgetown isn’t just where we work, we have truly set our roots here and we proudly call it home. In 2009 our family grew when we welcomed our first child, then again in 2012 with our second. Having children connected us with our community in a way I had never even considered. They now attend school and participate in activities, getting us involved even more. I can’t think of a better place to raise them.
Take a look at these bright-eyed and bushy-tailed youngins’ when we first opened our studio on Mill Street in Downtown Georgetown.
After nearly a year there we expanded and moved shop to 124 Main Street where we stayed for three years.
We made our final move in 2008 to our current location – just down the street where we have happily continued to serve the community for the last 9 years. Here’s what our main floor looks like when the studio is set up and ready to capture some awesome photos!
Now that the past has been covered… on to the future! First, we have added two new sections to our main website. There is now a category of our “Fine Art”, a place where we post photographs of anything and everything that moves us, check that out here. The other category you will find is “Our Halton Hills”. Since joining the Heritage Halton Hills Committee last year my interest in historic buildings has increased, especially those around us, take a look of those photographs here. We love Halton Hills and truly appreciate everything it has to offer and have decided to pay homage to it by having a section of our website which shows just how much our town has become a big part of who we are. We hope that you, whether from the area or not, fall in love with our town as much as we have.
Second, while you are exploring our site you may notice something is missing. Through much discussion, Jeff and I have decided to stop offering Wedding photography services – unless someone begs, pleads and cries, of course…I can’t handle tears. We discovered our interests have changed. We have been photographing weddings for more years than we would like to admit; especially Jeff…he’s ancient! We have been focusing our creativity in different, specific areas – corporate imaging and branding, maternity and newborns, family portraits, and more. Though we are sad that we will no longer be offering this specific service, we are happy to move forward and expand other aspects of our business, continuing our journey. We LOVE our job and the people we are lucky to meet while doing it.
So now that we’ve made some heavy decisions and decided where to take Left of Centre Photography Services creatively, we will be back to posting regularly! We look forward to bringing you weekly posts every Wednesday featuring our work, photography tips and tricks, ideas and failures, and most importantly…our very best!
Thank you to everyone who has stood by us, been loyal, and read this post – we even appreciate those of you who simply skimmed it! We look forward to many more years with you, because, like our town, we love you!
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