My mother loved to take photographs. I remember her using an old fold-up
large format bellows camera (black & white). It was later replaced
by a Brownie and then by an Instamatic. She continued taking 'snaps'
well into her 80s on her senior citizens trips. Even though I saw her
taking all the pictures I didn't really have any interest in taking
photos myself. Later, when I was in the service, one day I walked into
the PX and bought my first camera. I was soon taking, developing and
printing my own photos.
After buying additional lenses, flash attachments, tripods, filters and
experimenting with different films, I have to say that I was hooked. I
have been an avid photographer since. I took photos on vacations and
weekend travel trips but it wasn't until I got married that I started
taking people pictures. My wife has a very large family, over 100 for
Thanksgiving dinner and over the years I have become the unofficial
(maybe official) family photographer for all family functions.
In 1994 my wife and I had the opportunity to travel around the United
States for a year and a half in our motor home. Needless to say I took
hundreds of travel, picturesque and landscape photographs. It wasn't
until I bought my first digital camera that I started to realize that I
was pretty good at my hobby. I still had no thoughts of starting a
business and selling photos until one day my wife asked me to make up a
box of photographic notecards to offer as a prize in a July 4th auction.
We wanted to offer the whole package so we went into a gift shop and
tried to buy a pen with a United States flag on it, the theme being the
4th of July. They did have some but were all sold out. The store owner
asked why we wanted the pen and my wife explained about the box of
notecards and the July 4th theme. The owner asked to see the cards and
after viewing them she asked how much we sold them for. I responded that
I didn't sell them commercially and she responded 'You do now'. We
agreed on a price and we have been making and selling boxed notecards
My wife and I worked on the business together and we did all our own
printing, folding and packaging. We became interested in the web as a
means of displaying and selling notecards but soon became interested in
selling prints also, hence Knoteworthy Kards & Prints. As of this
writing our first web site, created by myself, is on the way out and is
being replaced by a professional web site created by VII Design
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