Picture-perfect opening for Christoffers
GRETCHEN O'DONNELL Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Opening a new business is exciting, especially when the owner knows their niche and is doing something she loves to do. "I've always loved to take pictures and do photography," enthused Stacey Christo...
WORTHINGTON - Opening a new business is exciting, especially when the owner knows their niche and is doing something she loves to do.
“I’ve always loved to take pictures and do photography,” enthused Stacey Christoffers, owner of MariePix Photography. “I’ve been working from home for a while, but then we moved to town and opened in January.”
With the full support of her husband and kids - to whom she gives equal credit as silent partners in her business - Christoffers opened her business in downtown Worthington, taking up residence at 1020 Third Ave., Suite 1. After painting the walls a more studio-friendly color and gathering assorted backgrounds and props (she still frequents antique stores searching out perfect accessories for her photos), as well as creating a changing room (which can double as a private space to feed babies), she was ready for clients.
“I’m really happy to be downtown,” said Christoffers. “Everyone has been really inviting.”
In addition to her long-held love of photography, Christoffers knew she needed a few classes to round out her photography skills. She has taken multiple classes over the years, beginning with some basic ones years ago to advanced ones more recently.
“One thing that I’m really, really excited about right now is I’m taking a class so I’ll be accredited with Special Kids Photography of America,” Christoffers explained.
“I’m being trained to photograph children with special needs. I’m learning about a multitude of different disabilities and illnesses, about what works best for working with their different needs. I will then specialize in photographing kids with special needs.”
Christoffers learned first-hand in the past, through a photography session with another photographer, how difficult it can be to help children - and their parents - be relaxed and comfortable and happy for their photography sessions. She is excited that this class is preparing her to be the kind of photographer who can do what is needed to help a session go smoothly both for the children and for their parents - whether the children have special needs or not.
“Photography sessions can be very hectic and stressful so I make the experience as comfortable as possible for the whole family,” said Christoffers. “Communication with my clients is very important with me. I make sure that everyone gets what they need and understands what is going on.”
Christoffers readily acknowledges that there are other photographers in town, but feels that each one offers something a little bit different from the others. Though she does not photograph weddings, pretty much everything else is fair game.
Newborns are a particular favorite of hers (she photographs newborns through Helping Hands Pregnancy Center for free), but she also loves photographing children, families, wedding engagements, seniors in high school, or celebrations such as anniversaries or parties. She also is willing to photograph sporting events or even pets. In addition to clients coming to her studio, she will come to your house or go on location.
“I love capturing life as it happens,” she said. “I liked photographing my three kids, but I always wanted to do better. Now I can do that, and I can help other people capture their moments as well.”
Christoffers’ hours are by appointment, Monday-Saturday. She can be found at www.mariepix.com , at 329-1419 or on Facebook. All packages include the cost of the session, as well as prints and digital photos.