January 13, 2017
After forty-two years of having the honor and privilege of serving you and your family's imaging and portrait needs, I have decided to turn the page on an important chapter of my life. This was not an easy decision to make; MotoPhoto has been a part of my life for such a long time. Raising my family and growing the business has been deeply intertwined throughout the years.
I don't think the ultimate deciding factor will surprise you. I have grandchildren now! I want to be a Grandma! I want to be there for my family first and foremost and available at any given time. So now it's time to close these doors one final time. So, it is with both sadness and joy that I announce we will be closing our store and I will retire on January 28th.
Without YOUR support and patronage, we wouldn't have had near as much fun or be as successful as we are. I can assure you, there are so many things I will miss:
Turning on the machines, flipping on the lights, and clicking the door open; saying "hello" to our regulars, and sharing conversations and stories among the pictures; making friends, meeting new people, and showing them all we can do; taking on projects that are simple and small, or complicated and large.
One small print or a dozen posters were all special -- because they were important to you, they were important to us. We never liked anything more than making your memories look their absolute best.
There is the behind-the-scenes that I will miss as well. Owning a small, local business means a small staff that works together and becomes a family! We've had a lot of fun over the years. I appreciate every single person who worked the "front line" serving your needs. There were times when we had as few as seven people, and as many as twenty, and over the years MotoPhoto has seen a lot of talent. I have found that is one of the secrets to a successful business, really. It is all about the quality of people you hire and I've tried my hardest to only hire the best! Some of those wonderful people will be looking for new employment opportunities in the coming weeks, so if you know of anything, please keep my team in mind.
Change is always hardest when it means saying goodbye to something you love. I believe you have to take a leap sometimes, and keep moving ahead. I have seen millions of photos over the years, have listened to the heartfelt stories behind them, and helped thousands of families preserve their history and milestones. I can't wait to make memories with my grandchildren, snap my own pictures and help preserve my family's history.
Please keep photography and the preservation of those memories alive! Buy new cameras, new phones, new tablets and computers; buy film and flashes and keep the old methods working. Do whatever you need to do to keep taking pictures, making memories, and living life!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you! All the best, always,