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New local business focused on helping photographers

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Believe or not, until about six months ago, Corpus Christi was one of the largest cities in the nation that didn't have a full service camera store.

Thanks to a couple of young entrepreneurs who believe in Corpus Christi, that shortcoming has been corrected.

Charlie Harper, the owner of Corpus Christi camera, is a native of Euless , Texas, and he's been involved in photography since he was a teenager.

He met his wife Karen 20 years ago while they were both working for newspapers.

She covered the Selena standoff and other big stories before she left in 1997, and always missed Corpus Christi, so when they decided to open a camera store, and started researching a good location, they were surprised but pleased to learn that we didn't have one here.

“We were just thinking about all the people down here who we knew were hobbyists, the bird watchers,the wildlife photographers, the surf photographers the artists artist in general it's an artistic community,” Karen said. “We were surprised there wasn't anybody here, and we knew that they needed to be served.”

Charlie says that service is the key to running a brick and mortar in the age of Amazon.com 

“Photography is still something that people need assistance with in some scenarios. People need help finding the right piece of equipment that's gonna help them,” Charlie said. “If you buy online, it's just a whole lot of numbers and not a lot of explanation.”

You'll find lots of photography toys here; everything from cameras, to lenses and accessories, lighting kits and reflectors, tripods and camera bags.

And best of all, film for that old Nikon or Canon in the back of your closet.

They also offer knowledge.

“We do tutoring. Basically whatever you're interested in, we can kind of tailor it to your needs, said Charlie.  “Also we're offering specialty classes in group settings. We have specialty educators coming in to teach everything from Photoshop editing to portrait photography and landscape photography.”

The store is located at 1220 Airline Road, in the same shopping center as Toys R' Us.

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