The Darkroom Studios

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  1. thedarkroomstudios

    thedarkroomstudios Member

    Jun 16, 2005
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    Wow! I didn't realize it has been 3 years since my last real visit here. I recognize a number of folks and of course there are about 20,000 new ones here since I was last contributing.

    What's happened with me and The Darkroom Studios since 2005???

    • Sold 1st building
    • Moved entire store to 2nd building
    • Hired employees (a few great guys, very pro-film)
    • Went to Botswana, Africa for 2 months (awesome, gotta go back someday)
    • Fired employees (not enough customers, very poor 2008 economy)
    • Got married (1st for us both - age 32 - met on
    • Had a baby boy (Liam - he is now almost 6 whole weeks old)
    • Moved to Delaware (Dela-where? -- Wilmington, I went from a 30' commute to a 30 mile commute - bah humbug)
    • I think I have been in a constant state of building/demolition since early 2006
    What is The Darkroom Studios now?

    • Rental Darkroom - Open to Public during regular store hours
    • 24/7 "Club Darkroom" - Open to monthly members (launching by Dec 1 2008 - I'm converting an apartment right now)
    • The f/stop - A coffee/refreshment/gathering place for photo folks (think APUG Live) -- launching sometime in December 2008
    • Rental Studio - approx. 13x25' space - fully equipped - rented hourly, daily, monthly
    • Retail Store - new film, paper, lighting, backdrops and such
    • eBay Store - mostly Used darkroom and film-based photography items (click my Sponsor link and you will go directly there)
    • Frame Shop - do-it-yourself or full-service custom framing
    • Education - I run some classes and also do private lessons for folks who so desire
    • Trips - I used to run a lot of trips, new wife, new house, new baby... I hope to get some trips back on the schedule in Spring 2009 :rolleyes:
    I thank you for taking a moment to check out what I have to offer. At this point, it is just me working here AND doing most of the construction of the new spaces myself. This means I don't have a ton of time to cruise the forums and such as I have in the past. Once things settle down here, I hopefully can get back into the swing of things, maybe even go on a photo trip or two as well!

    Brad Walker ~ Owner
    The Darkroom Traditional & Digital Studios, LLC
    27 North Centre Street
    Merchantville, NJ 08109
    eBay ID: photodarkroom