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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
FISHER — Photographer Laura Trovillion figures that women of the area could use a treat.
Her expanded photography business — Laura Trovillion Photography — in Fisher could provide just that.
Trovillion has purchased a building at 200 W. Division St. (U.S. 136) to house a new glamour studio.
Her commute to work will be a snap, even on winter mornings. The studio is next door to her house, across the street from the Fisher High School parking lot.
Trovillion will host a grand opening open house at the new studio from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
Originally from St. Joseph, Trovillion said she has moved to new studio digs several times, each time garnering more space. She started her business 18 years ago in her home, then opened a small studio in downtown Champaign before moving to downtown Fisher.
This time, however, is different. She owns the building.
The place formerly was used to store recreational vehicles and other equipment, and before that served as a small engine repair shop.
The building has been prettied up — just like the women Trovillion will photograph will be.
“I’m just excited to be moving into this office space and getting some more visibility and getting a chance (to do something) I’m not really finding anybody else doing,” Trovillion said.
And that is glamour photography.
“It’s time for women to have a chance to get photos taken just to feel beautiful,” she said.
Her studio won’t just house her photo business. Trovillion also plans to host programs for women.
“We’re trying to move more women-centric,” the shutterbug said. “Because we have a little more space we’ll offer classes in topics that are of interest to women, some of it beauty-related, health-related, you name it.”
Other topics for women will include home repair for such minor jobs as how to change a light fixture, plus financial planning.
Trovillion said there is only one major photo equipment change with the new studio.
“Our newest big-splurge investment is that all the lights in the shooting area are CFLs (compact fluorescent) that are daylight-balanced,” she said. “You walk through the studio, and it’s all perfectly daylight-balanced.”
The lighting allows her to shoot at a lower depth of field, which provides a more pleasing image.
“It helps everyone look better,” Trovillion said. “This is set up exactly ... for that.”
Trovillion’s business won’t be solely focusing on glamour photography.
Her assistant, Carly Wilson, will take over the shooting of all sports photography.
“We collaborate on doing things like homecoming and prom,” Trovillion said.
She said she will also do photos for high school seniors.
“I will probably forever shoot these high school seniors because it forever amazes me what these kids come up with,” she said. “It’s always original, and every class is new.”