Ron Atchley has finally found his niche and he is not hanging up his cameraâ€¦at least not yet.
Atchley, who has been in Lincolnton 20 years at Ron Atchley Photography, will now open his studio by appointment only. He will focus on bridal photos, weddings, families and children portraits and on location photos. Appointments will be available in the evenings and on the weekends.
During the day he will work for Carolina Photography and take pictures for the schools.
By the end of this year, Atchley said he will close his studio but will still continue taking pictures.
â€œI have found out over the years that studio hours from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. are working times for most people,â€ Atchley said. â€œPeople need portraits done after those hours and on the weekends.â€
He also said he enjoys going to peopleâ€™s homes since it is in an environment that they are comfortable and familiar with.
â€œIt allows me to capture peopleâ€™s personalities and show who they are,â€ he said.
Atchley has been taking photographs for over 35 years.
His love for the camera started at the age of 16, when he borrowed his girlfriendâ€™s fatherâ€™s camera.
After waiting in line in K-Mart to get his film processed, he decided he would just go home and do it himself.
He purchased the needed chemicals, went in his closet, stuffed towels under the door and turned out the light.
â€œI kept asking myself, is it OK if I turn the light on now?â€ he said.
But by the time he was finished, he had a roll full of negatives.
â€œIt was a miracle to me. I still have those negatives,â€ Atchley said. â€œBut I donâ€™t know where the girl is anymore.â€
Not that it really matters. Atchley lives in Lincolnton with his wife and three sons, two who are identical twins.
He also teaches basic photography at the Lincolnton campus of Gaston College.
Ron Atchley Photography is located at 313 East Main Street. He can be reached at (704) 735-5507.
by Amy Wadsworth