I was going over some of the supplies I would need for next week’s Help Portrait shoot that I am participating in and I found that I needed some new background paper. I didn’t want anything huge so I started looking up medium-sized paper rolls (hauling around a 107″ roll of paper can be a real pain in the butt). I found some options online for 79″ white paper rolls but I wasn’t sure if it would be delivered in time for the shoot and I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on express shipping. That’s when I remembered Ace Photo.
They came highly recommended to me by my buddy Mike Palmer so I Googled their website and started browsing through their studio supplies. Sure enough, they had just what I wanted in stock so I waited for the snow to ease up a bit and headed down the road to check it out. When I got there, I was pleasently surprised at the depth of merchandise that they carried in their store. It’s a little off the beaten path for me but it was so worth the trip. Not only did they have the background paper that I wanted but also a bunch of other stuff that really got my wallet to itching. There was one other thing that I really had to love about their store and that was the fact that they had all three of my books prominently displayed in their photo book section.
So the moral of the story here is that you shouldn’t just automatically turn to the Internet for all of your photography needs. There are a lot of stores out there like Ace Photo that not only have the equipment and supplies that you need for your photography, but also offer competitive pricing and the knowledgeable staff that can guide you to finding just what you need. For those of you that live in the Northern Va/DC area, I highly recommend that you take a drive out to Ashburn and see all the great stuff and helpful staff over at Ace Photo. You can find out more about all of the great products available at Ace as well as their in-store class schedule by visiting their website.