Portrait Studios in Walmart and Sears Closing

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I workded for Olan Mills a national photography company that had portrait studios in K-Marts and other places around the country. Lifetouch bought them in November 2011 and from what I understand they have closed a bunch of the Olan Mills branded studios around the country.

A report on CNN I saw today reports that portrait studios in Walmart and Sears are closing too. Personal digital photography has impacted the business of studios around the country. I think that lack of disposable income has hurt business in the portrait business.

Its sad to see this happen because the photographer in a studio can provide a great portrait that will last a lifetime and create many memories. It will be interesting to see how small, independent studios fare down the road.

FIRST ON 3: Olan Mills sold to Lifetouch – WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

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Friends, I work for Olan Mills Church Directories and this is a interesting time for me and my coworkers as Lifetouch acquires Olan Mills Portrait Studios. This is a positive situation I believe. Lifetouch has an amazing company with a strong legacy of service in the photographic industry. They are in the school, church, yearbook and family portrait business and together both companies will be a strong force to contend with. Prayers are requested during this transition. 

FIRST ON 3: Olan Mills sold to Lifetouch – WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports