HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Jan. 9, 2006

Dassel photographer has in-home studio

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Judy Schmitz of Dassel loves snapping pictures with her new business Shutter Bugs Studio and she is eager to get her business booming.

With her business and studio located in her home, Schmitz concentrates not only on weddings and kids photos, but also does senior pictures and family reunions as well. “I love it all,” she said.

Schmitz has been in business for four years but took two years off to get a diploma in photography at Ridgewater College in Willmar.

She has always loved taking pictures and one day her friends encouraged her to become professional.

To see how good she really was, Schmitz submitted a photograph for a contest.

She received a letter notifying her that the International Library of Photography was going to publish her photo in their book, “Timeless Portraits.”

While in school, Schmitz learned several techniques for taking pictures and picture restoration using Photoshop.

She uses a Nikon D70 SLR digital camera which she prefers, but she will use film if requested.

“I never thought I would like digital, now it’s hard to go back to film,” Schmitz said.

Currently, she is working part time at Latte Da in Dassel, but hopes to work full time as a photographer once she gets “up and running,” she said.

She averages one wedding a month and has three weddings planned for the spring and summer.

Schmitz is “honored” when she is asked do photography for someone, she knows “it’s a very important part of a person’s life,” she said.

Shutter Bugs Studio is located in Dassel at 430 Simons Ave. and is open by appointment by calling (320) 275-3277.

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