Across the world, artists have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. From lack of access to supplies, school and museum closures, and event cancellations, 2020 has definitely taken a toll. But here in Rowan County, one group of artists seems to have found a way to shine a bright light on some of the most beautiful people, places, and things that call Your Rowan their home.
From images highlighting pivotal moments in our history, to images of love and laughter, local artists Jennifer and John Stamp have been flooding the digital world with visual images that leave us feeling happy, inspired, motivated, and full of hope.
Capturing a Legacy
In the spring, when high school seniors across the county realized that there would be no graduation traditions or celebrations, these local artists took matters into their own hands and worked diligently to ensure that those thirteen years of hard work wouldn’t go unrecognized. Owners of Downtown Salisbury’s Studio 35, Jennifer and John Stamp, jumped at the opportunity to capture a moment in time that our seniors would never forget. They quickly began offering their “Cap & Gown Mini Sessions” and caught some amazing shots of seniors like Kelsie Crider who was heading off to Appalachian State and Gabby Blabon who was preparing to take her skills on the basketball court to Catawba.
Deirdre Blabon, Gabby’s mother, loves the way that the Stamps “work together and share ideas with each other” to develop an amazing finished product. “We have used them before and like the fact that they are local to Rowan County. We will definitely use them again and would highly recommend them to our friends and family,” she shared.
When asked about the challenges they have faced this year, Studio 35 detailed their plan for continuing to do what they love and serve our Rowan community throughout 2020. “Since the pandemic, we’ve moved to sessions-by-appointment at the studio and are working from home to reduce overhead. While some segments of our business have been negatively affected, there’s been an uptick in other areas and some of that is due to our versatility (events/portrait/commercial/architectural photography), flexibility (open to travel/short deadlines/small jobs) and being hyper-responsive to inquiries. Other strategies we’ve used with varying success are trading goods/services, running targeted promotions, and offering graphic design services. With the restrictions in place, we’ve refocused our efforts on improving client experience by streamlining our workflow to get retouched images out faster, developing client on-boarding and expanding our list of goods and services.” This plan has resulted in a wide array of thoughtful and joyful images that are sure to make anyone who sees them smile.
Be An Original with the Stamps
This full service visual arts agency specializes in studio-quality photography and high-end graphic design. They have served as the official photographers for Salisbury’s annual Cheerwine Festival for the past two years, and in February they offered their services at the City of Salisbury’s Father-Daughter Dance. They pride themselves in developing meaningful and lasting relationships with their clients and their families and over the years they have become an integral part of our RoCo community. For this ultra-talented duo, photography takes on a very special role and meaning. On their website, www.studiothirty5.com, they explain that “the power of photographs is that they capture the little bits of life that slip through the cracks over time. They remind us of people, places and events that make up our story and can at once bring all of the senses into play.” In addition to capturing those senior portraits, John and Jennifer have also been capturing engagement, wedding, and maternity photos, including this breathtaking shot of mom-to-be Jordan Johnson.
Studio 35 traveled all the way to the Carolina coast to capture this special moment in time for Jordan, who described her experience as “exceptionally great!”
Studio 35 prides themselves in becoming the “family photographer” and continuing to work with the same families time and time again to document their important moments and changes. From those moments that elicit a sense of excitement for the future like engagements, weddings, and pregnancy, to those that leave us laughing and overwhelmingly grateful, Studio 35 is a one stop shop. Their recent visit with the adorable Amare Clement, aka Mr. Personality, was a bright ray of sunshine on a rainy day. Amare’s parents, April and Quintin Clement, share that they “were well satisfied with our customer service with Studio 35” and shared that their “toddler son loved the studio and loved being a photographer there too!”
A Year for Memories in RoCo
While 2020 has been filled with countless and unprecedented challenges, the world has continued to spin on and there is still so much to celebrate. According to Jennifer and John, this year it is more important than ever to capture those special moments stating, “in times of uncertainty/upheaval there’s a natural tendency to want to preserve the safe and familiar.” Thankfully, Rowan County is blessed to have innovative, and extraordinarily talented creators at the ready to help us preserve all of those cherished moments so we can reflect on them for many, many years to come! For more information on Studio 35, please visit their website at studiothirty5.com.