In the ever-changing world of technology, printed photographs are becoming a thing of the past. A local photographer, however, hopes that there are still people who love the past as much as she does.
Lisa Kirkhart has opened a new photography studio specializing in photographs of scenes from past eras.
An Enchanted Moment Old Time Studio is located at 507 Pollock St. in downtown New Bern.
Kirkhart said the props and most of the decor in his studio came from his work at Seaside Gypsy, his family’s furniture store, formerly located on Trent Road. The business closed shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After working in the furniture business for almost a year, COVID came along and we weren’t doing any business,” Kirkhart said. “In the end, we decided to close it.
After the furniture business closed, Kirkhart said she needed to think about what she really wanted to do.
Her family also previously operated Southern Belle Catering.
“I have always loved costumes and disguises,” she said. “Especially when it comes to Halloween, so I decided to do something where people can dress up at any time.”
When she found the storefront on Pollock Street, she gave it a shot.
“I always wanted to be downtown, but I was worried that I could never afford to be,” she said. “We just stumbled upon this building sort of.”
The studio consists of different rooms, each uniquely decorated, so that clients have the choice of the time in which they wish to be photographed; whether it’s living room, Old West or 1950s bebop era decor.
There are a variety of antique costumes that customers can choose from and people are welcome to bring one of their own as well.
Sessions start at $ 20 for one person and $ 10 for each additional person. The price includes the costume and a photo.
Kirkhart said she had offered hair and makeup at one point, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and for the safety of her clients, she no longer provides this service.
True to the tradition of a family business, Kirkhart’s mother, Lila Lewis, operates her pop-up gift shop, A Holiday Market, inside the location and is normally open during studio hours. Kirkhart’s father, 83, creates the gun belts and accessories used in the photographs.
Appointments are recommended, however, the studio is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 252-259-8615 or visit them on Facebook.