October 30, 2014

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Business Beat: Photos now getting a personal touch

By CATERINA GUINTA

Staff Intern

Artistic Photography by Jeffery Neumann, which has been in business for 32 years in Wadsworth, is changing with the times.

Walking into “Studio B,” there are props scattered everywhere. Telephone booths, Egyptian statues, rail crossing signs and lockers are available for anyone who comes in and, as of July 1, Studio B is available for anyone who likes to take his or her own pictures.

This idea was mainly created for senior portraits for high school seniors, but the studio is also available for wedding photos and commercial clients, explained owner Neumann.

He said with the rise of digital cameras, going to photography studios became less appealing, so he thought if he couldn’t beat them …

“We can join them,” he said. “(We can) just offer them a professional studio where they can come and use their own equipment.”

Along with the endless number of props, there is a place to pull in cars or motorcycles to be photographed with and there is a large backdrop available for big groups. An audio system for mood music and the outdoor studio also come with Studio B.

“You can do just about anything in there,” Neumann said.

For example, people could use the studio for YouTube productions, or to take pictures of their eBay items if they don’t have a way of taking them at home. Neumann also mentioned he would be there to give advice or assistance.

After the photos are taken, clients can view them immediately and edit them using Adobe Photoshop.

“This I believe is the future,” Neumann said in a statement.

Neumann studios started after Neumann had to travel 30 minutes to Cleveland and battled large snowstorms in the 1970s to get to work. He said he decided to go into business for himself and he started it in his Wadsworth home.

“We started in the living room,” he said.

To gain attention for the newly created business, he developed a contest called “How Well Do You Know Wadsworth?” For this contest he took pictures of 12 places in Wadsworth that were hard to identify and whoever identified the places correctly received a free family portrait.

After moving around Wadsworth to different locations, Neumann decided to move the business back to where it started.

“We decide to add on to the house and have an actual studio,” he said. “I called it my dream studio, (and then) I decided I needed a bigger one,” he said with a chuckle.

The new addition then became Studio B.

One advantage to having the studio attached to his home is it is available any time of day, Neumann said.

“Like Wal-Mart, middle of the night you can shop here” he said with a laugh.

Studio B is $50 per hour for high school seniors, $75 per hour for formal wedding photos and $100 per hour for commercial clients. Clients can bring their own equipment or use Studio B equipment.

“It will be cost effective and fun for all sorts of clients,” he said in a statement. “This is the future of photography, and at Studio B, the future is now.”

Blue Heron

Blue Heron Golf Club in Montville Township is now under local management.

“We decided it would be better to have someone local … that lives in the area” Gary Hoffman, owner of Blue Heron, said.

Blue Heron is now under the management of Matt Jordan, golf professional and Hinckley Township resident.

The Blue Heron Web site shows Jordan has 12 years of professional golf association experience. He began his career working as an assistant professional at Briarwood Golf Course in Broadview Heights where he helped manage the course. He then acted as an assistant professional at Sharon Golf Club in Sharon Township for four years. Finally, he found himself chasing mini tours and he became part of the Blue Heron team as the head golf professional.

Jordan knows the community very well, Hoffman said.

Blue Heron opened in May 2005 and in 2006 it was in the top two for Golf Digest’s Best New Public Golf Course in America under $75. The golf course is most known for its 27 holes of distinctive topography where golfers have to dodge ravines, lakes and streams. Blue Heron also features the River Styx Grille.

Blue Heron had been managed by Troon Golf, a leader in upscale golf course management. Two phone messages to Troon seeking comment were not returned.

There will be no other changes to Blue Heron Golf Club, Hoffman said.

“Only that we got a new manager,” he said.

Campbell Construction

Campbell Construction Inc. received the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Gold Level STEP Award. STEP stands for Safety Training and Evaluation Process.

Campbell Construction is a member of ABC, so it was eligible to apply for the award, said Jeff Stevenson, vice president of business development. Campbell previously has won other ABC awards.

In order to receive this award, companies have to have ongoing safety training, Stevenson said.

For example, Campbell Construction has what it calls “tool box training” every Monday morning for about 10 to 15 minutes where a different safety issue is covered. The number of accidents also plays into the qualifications for this award.

“We’re very happy,” Stevenson said. “We’re all committed to having a safe workplace.”

Campbell Construction has operations in Wooster and Wadsworth.

Guinta may be reached at 330-721-4046 or cguinta@ohio.net.