OGDENSBURG — After three years with a "portable portrait" company, David A. House Jr. has moved his business into its first permanent location: the men's department of the Ogdensburg Hacketts.
Mr. House, who runs The House of Photography and Imagery, began taking photos at the 1223 Pickering St. location earlier this week.
"I remember when I was a kid, going to Hacketts was an experience, and I want to bring that back," he said. "I came in and started talking with (company President Herbert L.) Becker and what I do came up in conversation. He said he wanted to get a studio in here and we worked out a deal."
The studio offers portrait packages from $24.99 to $124.99 for individuals, families and weddings. Mr. House also makes DVD scrapbooks of photos that clients bring in.
Although the shop is only at the Ogdensburg location, Mr. Becker said it may become a regular feature throughout the Hacketts chain.
"There's a need for it," he said. "It's like an experiment. It's definitely going through the year and I think that it will do very well when it comes to weddings and Christmas photographs."
Since 2006, Mr. House has been taking portraits and family photos by appointment at people's homes. He said he feels working out of a permanent location will benefit him and the store.
"Basically I'm hoping to get a lot of traffic through the store," he said. "I have a lot of clientele that I'm hoping to bring here, and while they're here, they can look around."
The photo shop also is helping the location to move away from being a hardware-oriented store, Hacketts spokeswoman Cheryl I. Allen said.
"We've changed more to higher-end goods and we're focusing on that, instead of the hardware," she said. "It was an economy-fueled decision, especially with the way things had been going in the company."
The store's electronics and toy departments will expand as well, and more fashionable clothes, such as the Canadian-based Point Zero, will be sold soon, she said.
The store also will host a children's Halloween costume contest from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. The winner will receive a portrait package from the photo shop discounted to $5.
Mr. House can be reached at 323-2549 and the company can be found online.
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