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A mother and daughter duo are set to open a new photography studio in Battle Ground next month.

Tanya Hammon-Johnson and Megan Northrup will host a launch party for their new business, the Elizabeth Marie Collective, from noon to 4 p.m. on January 8 as they unveil a new storefront.

“We’re really excited,” Northrup said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about for a while, and it seems too surreal to go through this and make it come true.”

The two decided to open a studio after noticing a shortage of photography studios available for rent in the area.

Northrup is a professional photographer who takes portraits of families and newborns. She rented studios for a year and a half and said she always aspired to have one.

“The more I walked into other people’s spaces, I was like, ‘wow, this is really something that I would like to pursue to offer to the community too,’ so we talked about it and decided that was something. thing we wanted to do together, “said Northrup.” The idea arose out of the need to have a studio here on this side of the river, as a lot of the studios in the area are in Portland. “

Hammon-Johnson said they have large families, so they need to take photos somewhere larger than someone’s house, while still being affordable.

With extended family included, she said there were around 20 people in their family. In addition to taking pictures of their families, the Elizabeth Marie Collective can serve other families who wish to do the same.

“Our goal is to create a place where photographers can come and create memories of the good times of others, and also for Megan to use that space for herself,” said Hammon-Johnson. “On the event side, it will be a place where people can have happy times and (capture) life’s milestones. “

The company name comes from Northrup’s middle name, Elizabeth, and Hammon-Johnson’s middle name, Marie. On social media, they often shorten it to “Em Collective”, with “Em” short for Ember, Northrup’s 2-year-old daughter.

“It’s like Em is related to her as well, which makes the name multigenerational, which I think is super cool,” Northrup said.

Demand for a studio like theirs is high in the area, Northrup said, and she noted that there weren’t a lot of styling options for other creatives in the area.

“I think it’s really cool to add a different approach or style to the community,” she said.

As a part-owner of the business, Hammon-Johnson describes Northrup as the creative leader, while she deals more with the corporate background, like logistics.

“I have to confer with her on all the creative decisions,” Hammon-Johnson joked.

Hammon-Johnson said the studio opening was a proud moment. She is happy to have a business owned by women and mother-daughter.

“I am thrilled to do something that makes people happy and I am thrilled to do this project with my daughter,” she said.

On their launch party on January 8, there will be coffee and snacks provided by North County Coffee. The company is located at 1908 NW First Way in Battle Ground. Their website is at and Northrup’s personal photography website is megannorthrupphotog


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