MASSENA - After less than a year in business at his Bishop Avenue home, Nathan Lashomb has moved Forevermore Studio into a storefront at 63 Main St.
It was going really well and business has really picked up a lot, Mr. Lashomb said. The one thing that was holding me back was my location.
Forevermore Studio opened this past April out of the basement in his home, a place Mr. Lashomb was hoping would be just a temporary location.
Im hoping this is temporary, he said when he opened his business. Im starting as a home business to build up some clientele to either justify getting my own place and paying rent or mortgage or converting my garage into a studio.
After just a few months in business, Mr. Lashomb said he realized that he needed a bigger place in a better location.
Ive been actively looking for a place that was the right price and location. Then when Morgan called, I jumped, he said, referring to Morgan St. Louis, who has taken over control of the building and runs her business, Mojo Rising, out of the buildings second floor.
While a downtown location is good, Mr. Lashomb said the 63 Main St. location, which opened just before Christmas, was even better than most.
Ive always loved the Massena theater, he said, adding his new location is next door to a building that carries many fond memories for him.
When I was younger, most of the movies I saw were in that theater. I remember seeing Hoosiers there, he said. Theres just something nostalgic about it.
In fact the decor of his studio includes theater seating and lockers similar to what one would expect to see backstage.
As a Massena native, Mr. Lashomb also said hes glad to be a part of bringing downtown back to life.
Revitalizing downtown would be awesome and thats something I want to be a part of, he said, adding that hes currently working on purchasing props and costumes that would allow him to offer old-time photography shoots during special events held downtown.
Mr. Lashomb said he specializes in family portraits, senior pictures and maternity shoots, as well as baby and toddler photos, adding that his new location will allow him to take his photography to the next level.
My house was just a house, but here theres so much more, he said referring to potential backdrops. Theres brick buildings and out back is a photographers gold mine.
At this point, he said Forevermore Studio doesnt have set hours and appointments are required, but Mr. Lashomb said as business continues to pick up, hes hoping to have set hours available and take walk-ins in the near future.
To book an appointment contact Forevermore Studio at 514-0379 or look them up on Facebook.
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