PENN YAN — Mark Griffin photographed his aboriginal bells in 1988, but it wasn’t until seven years after that he fabricated a career-changing decision.
“In 1995, I said, ‘I anticipate I can do this as a business,” Griffin said. “I got added austere into the weddings and the account photos.”
So Griffin started Photography At Your Service, which he runs out of his home flat and appointment on Vine Road abreast Penn Yan. Nearly 25 years later, his focus has confused to portraits, specialized sports photos and an added absorption in bombinate photography.
And, he still is in demand.
“I’ve array of backed abroad from the weddings. There is too abundant complex with it for me at this point. I’ve done my bells gig,” Griffin said with a smile. “I still do weddings for accompany or bodies I’ve had as barter over the years, but I am not actively gluttonous them out.”
Griffin, a 1977 Penn Yan Academy graduate, became absorbed in photography as a boyhood back he started application his father’s 35mm Argus blur camera. He started demography pictures of his classmates for the academy annual and accomplished he had the eye and timing to abduction images at the acme of the action.
“I additionally accomplished that I admired to booty ‘people pictures’ in adjustment to abduction their body and emotion,” he said. “Mostly self-taught, I connected to booty classes for specialty purposes like darkroom assignment and the business aspects of bells and account photography.”
Griffin took classes at Finger Lakes Community College and went to seminars and workshops by able photographers. Before the era of agenda cameras, he acid his darkroom adeptness on his own and at the Chronicle-Express bi-weekly in Penn Yan, area he developed blur attempt by reporters.
“I’ve candy bags of anxiety of film,” he said.
Before starting Photography At Your Service, Griffin formed for his father’s augment business, HK Griffin & Sons, and was a corrections administrator at the Yates County Jail.
Behind the camera, Griffin transitioned to agenda as the brand acquired steam.
“I went from small, 35mm cameras to average format, again larger-style cameras with big lenses and big bodies. That accustomed you to accomplish bigger pictures and accept bigger ascendancy over the film,” he said. “As we afflicted from average architecture into digital, I was affectionate of accomplishing both for awhile because agenda absolutely wasn’t as acceptable as it is now. Now, it’s aloof digital. I absence film, but agenda allows us to accomplish things or do things (on computer) that we were never able to do with film.”
Adorning the walls of Griffin’s appointment are some of his admired photos, including abounding that accept won awards. Among them is a 2002 account of a cat, blue-blooded “Golden Eyes,” that won the Court of Honor accolade from the Able Photographers Society of New York.
Griffin is able-bodied accepted locally for demography aggregation and alone photos for sports, including shots that arise on schedules for Penn Yan able-bodied teams. His wife, Mariann, helps on the business side.
“We do aggregation and alone pictures for aerial school, but we additionally do it for the adolescent athletes for football, baseball, lacrosse, so the parents accept a admonition of what their kids looked like in sports from the fourth or fifth brand appropriate up to back they graduate,” he said.
Griffin additionally does ancestors portraits, aerial academy chief pictures and glamor-type photos for adolescent ladies, including those absorbed in modeling.
He is experimenting with bombinate photography too.
“I like accepting the bombinate up there and seeings things from a altered perspective,” he said. “It’s not an accessible affair to accept how the video works and how the bombinate works. I am attractive to get added accomplished in that. I don’t absolutely attending at it as playing. I accept added of a specific purpose. I accept been bottomward on the basin (Keuka) while it was arctic over and videotaped the ice boats aerial bottomward the lake, or bodies ice fishing out there. That was affectionate of cool.”