Bamboo Photography- Unique School Portraits and More!

I’d like to welcome Bamboo Photography, Mt. Airy’s newest business, a photography studio that captures the essence of community — focusing on the spirit of children, the evolution of eco-consciousness, and the heart of local culture. Dana Scherer, owner of Bamboo Photography, has recently opened an office in the Green on Greene building on the corner of Greene Street and Carpenter Lane, which also houses the Environmental Homestore and the Moving Arts Studio of Mt. Airy.

Bamboo Photography will hold an open house on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, introducing their new location and offering children’s activities, refreshments, and giveaways. The children’s activities for the day include African storytelling by Yomi Awodesu at 12:30pm, a children’s drum circle with Joe Tayoun at 1:15pm, and a special portrait session/door prizes giveaway at 2:45pm.

Scherer started Bamboo Photography with the actual image of bamboo in mind. “Bamboo is very sustainable, resilient, flexible, strong, and adaptable,” she says, “much like the qualities of children.” She feels that working with children is a gift, a constant reminder of why we must strive and give the best of ourselves, and work to build communities where our children are embraced and given strong roots to grow.

Focusing her efforts in the local community, Scherer is redefining school photography, offering parents and schools a creative approach to this traditional service. “As a parent, I’ve been too often disappointed with the lack of choices and the quality of my own children’s school portraits, and I felt there was a definite need for something different.” Scherer says. “If I can create portraits that make parents smile, then I know I’m doing something right.” She does away with the studio backdrop all together, preferring the natural light and setting of the outdoors.

Aside from offering a high quality service and product, Scherer is also creating a business model based on sustainable and eco-conscious decisions. “If we are to consider our shared future, we have a responsibility to our children (and theirs) in making conservative and innovative choices about how we live and do business today.” Bamboo Photography represents a vision where the future of our children and our environment go hand in hand. From using digital film, which bypasses harmful chemicals, to offering a completely online ordering process, and working with local artists on collaborative and eco-friendly products, Bamboo Photography is continually evolving their eco-conscious mission.

Scherer was drawn to Mt. Airy because of the community spirit, family focus, and positive energy of the neighborhood. For more information on Bamboo Photography and their open house please visit their website: Bamboo Smiles, or contact Dana Scherer at 215-796-4758.

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