Selfie snaps

A new selfie por­trait stu­dio is open­ing in Char­lot­te­town

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New Char­lot­te­town busi­ness takes from the hot trend of ‘selfie’ photos on cell­phones to giv­ing Is­lan­ders ses­sions for por­traits.

A new pro­fes­sional photo stu­dio is open­ing in Char­lot­te­town, but the per­son push­ing the shut­ter but­ton will be in­side the frame.

Taka Selfie is a stu­dio that al­lows peo­ple to take high-qual­ity self­ies (a self-por­trait pho­to­graph), with a pro­fes­sional cam­era and light­ing.

The client chooses from more than 30 back­grounds and snaps away us­ing a hand-held re­mote.

The stu­dio also pro­vides cos­tumes, hats, glasses, wigs and stuffed an­i­mals as props and a makeup artist, should a per­son wish to have one.

The stu­dio is set to open its doors on Kens­ing­ton Road any day now, said owner Xi­dong (Frank) Fu.

Orig­i­nally from China,Fu moved to Prince Ed­ward Is­land through the pro­vin­cial nom­i­nee pro­gram two years ago. Fu said he de­cided to open a selfie stu­dio to mix busi­ness with plea­sure, as he has al­ways en­joyed tak­ing photos and has a back­ground with the In­ter­net.

Fu says Is­lan­ders of­ten take pic­tures the tra­di­tional way, with pho­tog­ra­phers in small stu­dios, which he says are very ex­pen­sive. In­stead of charg­ing per photo, Fu charges by the hour and a per­son can take as many photos as they like dur­ing the time they paid for. A one-hour ses­sion costs about $60.

He also no­ticed Is­lan­ders tend to share photos in tra­di­tional ways through photo al­bums or in frames.

“I think there is a lot of room to move for­ward,” he said.

Fu says he is of­fer­ing a mod­ern way to share photos with friends through an online photo book.

“I can bring a brand new way for peo­ple to share their pic­tures,” he said. “Here, you have a lot of choice to fur­ther share your pic­tures.”

Fu’s web­site al­lows clients to tell their story through a photo gallery with back­ground mu­sic or a record­ing of their own voice and send the link to friends and fam­ily.

“It’s a brand new way, good way, bet­ter way to share pic­tures,” he said.

Peo­ple also have the op­tion to share their photos from their selfie ses­sions in more tra­di­tional ways, like through a photo al­bum, car plate or T-shirt, he said.

These ser­vices are not in­cluded in the selfie ses­sion and cost ex­tra.

For those look­ing to have a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher take their photos, Fu pro­vides that ser­vice, too, with sec­ond-year Hol­land Col­lege pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dent, Kayla But­ler.

Fu plans to have the busi­ness open seven days a week and en­cour­ages peo­ple to stop by and check out the stu­dio.

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Xi­dong (Frank) Fu out­side his new selfie por­trait stu­dio on Kens­ing­ton Road in Char­lot­te­town.

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