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Laceys was founded in Birmingham in 1895 by two sisters who were originally portrait artists.
Like many other artists of their time they adopted the new technology of photography which had been made popular by carte-de-visite or 'photographic calling cards' used by royalty and other important figures. These small photographs could be reproduced cheaply by the new photographic processes and soon everyone wanted them. They eventually developed into the portrait photography we know today.
The Lacey sisters had a wooden studio and darkroom in their backyard at 518 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, but one disastrous day in 1907 the Studio burnt down.
Mr Gothard brought Laceys, kept the name and rebuilt the Studio. He retired in 1925 and sold the business to Harry Eades who ran it with his son Stanley.
Amateur photography had by this time become very popular so Laceys developed into a retail business selling films and cameras.
Stanley’s son John carried on the family business which by that time had progressed into a large developing and hand printing business, as automatic machinery hadn’t yet been invented.
In 1977 the business moved to 1174 Warwick Road Acocks Green.
In 1994 John, who was also a professional photographer of some repute, retired and the business was purchased by Louise Donald the present owner. So Laceys has gone full circle being once again owned by a lady photographer.
Louise introduced new technology moving Laceys into the digital age and recently relocated the business to Solihull.
A combination of creative flair and the latest techniques keeps Laceys at the forefront of contemporary professional photography.
"So, after running and owning a high street photography studio for over 20 years I decided it was time for a change to a small and personal business that understands that great photos should not have to be at a premium price.
My exclusive, comfortable and homely Solihull Studio, offers a more relaxed and personal environment than your normal high street shop. This enables me to charge that little bit less for my services, without compromising on the quality.
I specialise and enjoy taking creative portrait photographs. So if they're to be of yourself, a loved one, your children, a family group or even your pets you can be assured of beautiful results, whether needed for pleasure or business."
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