Thank You to Dave Brown of Northstar Photography


Thank You to Dave Brown of Northstar Photography | Photograph Artwork | How to Photograph Paintings | Professional | Nicole May Lehser

One of the biggest challenges I encountered when opening my business was a room full of paintings, and no way to photograph them at a quality high enough to reproduce for prints. And trust me, I tried. After trying to use my Nikon camera, a tripod and a white backdrop, I ended up looking like a complete idiot with blurry, shady photos that looked nothing like the actual product…

I quickly realized I couldn’t photograph the artwork on my own. The time to learn my camera, the cost of the equipment, the space we needed to photograph, and so many more factors made me realize that I couldn’t do this on my own.

Many prayers and a few days later, I was lying in bed about to go to sleep with my laptop on my lap with what seemed like hundreds of browser tabs open. The tabs couldn’t find a solution to my problem of needing a local business to photograph my artwork. I soon found out that artwork photography is a rare offering, especially in the rural state of Maine. Out of nowhere I remembered a special family friend who photographed my senior photos in high school, who also happened to be one of the most notable photographers in the greater Bangor area. He also went to high school with my beloved parents! Dave Brown had it all. The camera, the studio, the lighting, the setup, the business, and a love for helping others start their own businesses. Within minutes of contacting him on Facebook with my eyes begging me to shut them for the night, he not only said he offers the service I was looking for, but he loves photographing other artist’s artwork and would love to schedule a time to talk about my business plans. My frantic search was over. I closed my laptop for the night and was able to let out a huge sigh of relief.

Thank you, Dave Brown, for taking such great care of my paintings. For photographing my art in the middle of a pandemic. For loving my work as much as I do and for speaking words of encouragement during our first drop-off at your studio. You are an incredible blessing to my business, and I am so thrilled to have you be a part of this process.