Fae Laume Photography Studio is looking strong after almost a year in Pigeon

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Fae Laume Photography has been open in Pigeon for almost a year, and photographer and owner Amanda Scott said business is good.

Scott moved her business to the area after the 2020 Midland floods damaged all of her equipment and home studio. However, the move went smoothly and her new building is just what she needs.

“I’m allowed to run everything here,” said Scott. “There are seven different stations that I’ve set up here, so I’m ready to go.”

Getting clients to follow her here hasn’t been a problem, as previous clients are willing to make the drive to see her for their portraits, Scott said.

“I just had a client flown in from California to see me,” Scott said. “That brings some business to the area. Many of my clients are from Grand Rapids, Jackson, Lansing and Detroit. I’ve been in the business for 10 years so I have a good following.”

However, the way Scott is hoping to grow now is with local residents from the area – she’s already booked for the whole of September.

“It’s seniors and weddings,” Scott said. “But the bookings come from everywhere.”

Scott is also the director of the Great Lakes Institute of Photography, which she uses to teach people to collaborate with other photographers in the area. Through this she helps teachers and brings in photographers from all over the world for workshops and classes.

“I’m not a cookie cutter photographer,” Scott said. “I want to tell a story. I want to capture every detail of someone. I wouldn’t want to sit anyone down and shoot a headshot. When I have kids here on these sets, their parents tell them not to touch anything, but I want them to play, I want to capture the passion and the personality. Even at a senior photo session, I might say something unusual to get a real smile.”

One thing Scott explained is that she does everything as a photographer when she started with children and families but soon transitioned to doing everything.

“One thing I offer is called the ‘grow with me’ program, so I have babies here every three months,” Scott said. “I have families that come here twice a year, and when I make a senior out of a family, I usually get the rest as they progress through high school.

The building Scott uses is 2,700 square feet, with different sets for all kinds of photos and she also has outfits for kids and adults. She also has outdoor locations that she visits regularly, but is flexible for clients who want sessions in specific locations.

“I could get a box to work if needed,” Scott said.

She was recently in Caseville with a booth for the Cheeseburger Festival, where she had three sets and offered mini portrait sessions.

“It doesn’t matter where you are. I just made cheeseburgers in a 10×10 tent with three setups,” Scott said. “If people like what I can do there in two minutes, just imagine what I can do in a packed studio where I can control every aspect.”

This is Scott’s second storefront. Outside the Midland farmhouse studio, she was in a storefront in the village of Stanford, which was also lost in a flood in 2017.

Her studio is located at 19 S. Main St in Pigeon and is currently fully booked throughout September, but if you would like to inquire about her services you can contact her by phone at 989-941-7989 or online at laumephotography.com.

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