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Forevermore Studio opens new location in Massena


MASSENA — After less than a year in the photography 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 in April in his basement. “I’m hoping this is temporary,” Mr. Lashomb said at the time. “I’m 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.

“I’ve 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 manages the building and runs her business, Mojo Rising, out of the building’s 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.

“I’ve always loved the Massena theater,” he said, and his new location is next door to a building that carries many fond memories for him.

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 he’s glad to be a part of bringing downtown back to life. “Revitalizing downtown would be awesome, and that’s something I want to be a part of,” he said, adding that he’s working on purchasing props and costumes that would allow him to offer old-time photography shoots during special events downtown.

Mr. Lashomb said he specializes in family portraits, senior pictures, maternity shoots and 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 there’s so much more,” he said referring to potential backdrops. “There’s brick buildings and out back is a photographer’s gold mine.”

At this point, he said, the studio doesn’t have set hours and appointments are required, but he said as business continues to pick up, he’s hoping to establish a schedule and take walk-ins. To book an appointment, call Forevermore Studio at 514-0379.

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