WILKES-BARRE — Brittany Boote said she is new to the photography business, but she feels fortunate that she is able to do what she loves.
“I’m fairly new to the business — I opened my studio seven months ago,” Boote said. “I like to interact with people and I think that it shows through my work. I feel like I have a different approach to what I do.”
Boote owns and operates Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort, and she is one of 12 small businesses participating in the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shops program, located at Midtown Village, 41 South Main St., for the holidays through Saturday, Dec. 16.
The pop-up program is being held via a partnership between the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the PPL Foundation, and the Insalaco Development Group.
Boote, 29, said she began doing photography about three years ago. She grew up working in Manhattan as a model and an actress, where she was introduced to the whole world of cameras and photography.
“But I really felt more comfortable, more creative, behind the camera,” she said.
Boote said she does “a little bit of everything,” with weddings and family photography her main focus. She said she also does events like parties, fundraisers, corporate events, senior pictures/portraits, fashion and a lot of work with musicians/bands.
Boote said she had heard a few things “through the grapevine” about the Pop-Up Shops program, so she contacted the Chamber of Commerce to inquire, and she was asked to participate.
At her Pop-Up Shop, Boote said she displays her work, offering some for sale. She also has fine art, gift cards, and mostly she will offer information on what she offers at her studio.
“Even though we are fairly new to the industry, people have been very supportive and receptive to us, and we really appreciate that,” Boote said.
About Brittany Boote
Boote said her affinity for the camera began as a teenager when she signed a contract with Manhattan based CED talent agency as a model and actress. She was featured in several national spots, including an anti-drug campaign and on numerous magazine and book covers. In her early 20s, she began photographing the regional skateboard and local music scenes.
These shoots led to the discovery that her true passion, was behind the camera, as a photographer. Since then, Boote has worked on numerous productions, including “The Barre” as an assistant director and actress.
“I’m really excited to have a space downtown during the holiday season in the Midtown Village,” Boote said. “Customers can buy some fine art prints, book sessions and learn more about what we’re all about by visiting us there, along with some other cool local businesses.”