couple put clients
at ease for unique photo sessions
Old Time Photo Parlor
offers a fun way to create memories
(June 2009) John and Lauri Maeder have a knack
for getting people to relax. And its a talent they put to good
use any time someone steps into their new Madison, Ind., business Memories
of Madison Generations Old Time Photo Parlor, 133 E. Main St.
The couple helps people get through the sometimes awkward experience
of getting their photo taken by allowing customers to get all dressed
up in various types of Western costumes. The Maeders particular
style of photography is significantly more fun than most other types
of portrait taking because it involves saloon girls and cowboys.
by Tara Gentile
all their travels, Lauri and John
Maeder have found a new home on
Madisons Main Street, where they live
and have opened their Generations
Old Time Photo Parlor.
Not that the Maeders dont take it seriously. Theyve
spent most of their lives working in the photography business. Before
moving to Madison, they toured the country, stopping at county fairs
to sell their humorous and nostalgic photos to the locals. The couple
estimates theyve taken more than 100,000 pictures since they first
Its pretty complex when you look at it, says Lauri.
Its very personal getting your photo made. The
portrait needs to be fun but dignified.
After Lauri dresses and poses the customers, John snaps the shot, and
by the time the customer has undressed, their photo is ready for purchase.
What I do is nothing compared to what Lauri does, says John.
She is one of the best, if not the best in the business. She really
knows how to customize a picture for the client.
Generations has more to offer Madison than most old time photo parlors.
Were trying to give people more posing options, said
John. Instead of the typical saloon poses, we also use props that
personalize the portraits.
The Maeders plan on bringing in antique sports clothing and old bicycles
for their athletic customers, banjos and fiddles for the musically inclined,
and several paintings that portray historic Madison sites. In fact,
they hope that by highlighting the historical significance of the town,
they will draw more tourists to their shop.
Its one of the reasons we chose to open an old time photo
parlor in Madison, John said. We really want the historical
aspect of the area to play a role in the pictures we take.
On display in the front of the shop is a beautiful collection of valuable
antique phonographs. They range in size, model and age, but all are
in excellent condition. John has been collecting since he was 10 years
We have something of a miniature museum here, says John
as the crackling music pervades the shop.
The Maeders, like many Madison shop owners, live above their store.
We just love it here. Its just one of the most beautiful
places. With all the people here during the summer for all the festivals,
we just thought we could probably make a go of it, says Lauri,
who along with John, are natives of the Louisville, Ky., area.
The Maeders also provide digital restoration of old photographs. Appoint-ments
are unnecessary. A one-person photograph costs $20, two-person photo
is $25, three-person is $30, and a four-person photo is $35. Extra prints
For more information, call the Maeders
at (502) 410-9269.
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