By Liz Verley, Staff Writer
Photography has been a long-time passion for Gina Hammer and she has been taking professional pictures for some time. Now she will take the next step and open a studio in her home in Swanville.
Hammer, who also teaches instrumental music for grades 7 – 12 at Swanville, said, “I have used my dining room for several shoots and I do go out on location, but it has always been my goal to have my own studio. I think the time is right for it to happen now.”
The project is still under construction and will be completed by the end of February. She also has an outdoor studio on her property.
Besides working on her studio, Hammer, who has two children that attend school in Swanville, is also planning her June 2 wedding to John Christopherson.
“I always have a camera in my hand. I have freelanced since 2009. I have taken pictures from babies to weddings, baptisms, graduation,” said Hammer. “I have done some commercial work and photographed some special events. I have done the Winter Wonderland Figure Skating Show for a few years.”
“I get so excited when I get a camera in my hand. It is so much fun. I especially enjoy taking pictures of babies,” she said.
Hammer has started a Watch Me Grow Club for infants from birth to 18 months. It includes pictures when the baby is three, six, nine, 12 and 18 months old.
She also has a Growing Up Club for children two to five years old, where she takes a picture once a year.
“Pictures are so important. I encourage people to take pictures of their children as they grow up. You never know when something will happen,” said Hammer. “You never know what tomorrow will bring and if something would happen to a child, at least you would be left with those memories.”
Hammer has taken photography courses on line and attended photography classes at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Hammer is available as needed and will work any day of the week.
She said, “I will go out where people want me to.”
One may contact Hammer at (320) 630-8280.