The History of Our Photo Studio

2013 - present

As our lovely business emerges into new times and technologies, Kim and Francisco find themselves embracing the fine arts that brought them to the field of photography initially.  Kim continues to pursue her fine art photography career and Francisco his sculpture.  

At the end of 2014, Kim and Francisco launched their lifestyle video blog 'LifeHack INC'. Showcasing creative ingenuity this duo finds humor and solutions for all kinds of everyday problems. In 2013, a new product line called 'Foto Playground' emerges as a DIY photo booth studio experience for our customers who love 'selfies'.

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2010 - present

After riding a wave that hit many small businesses we are coming into shore. With new technologies under our belt, a close-knit team and a transformative outdoor space we are ready to play.

We are committed to keeping our friendly photography studio open and available to families in Portland. In the last couple of years this option has become less and less available as some of our fellow photographers have gone out of business during economic hard times. Guess what? We've moved up above the shop. Remember the upstairs studio? It's now our dining room allowing us a treetop view of Tacoma and our lovely outdoor space.

2010 to 2011 is web 2.0 all the way. With a new website build out and our fingers in all kinds of social media pies. We look forward to new and interesting ways to connect with folks.

2007 – 2009

So much accomplishment has filled the last few years that our time line is deserving of a new mark. The New Era that dawned with all the changes since 2005 is confidently in motion. Two-thousand and seven saw the most successful year in the history of our photography studio;  Campbell Salgado Studio expanded its services and got even more involved in the community. And we haven’t rested for even a moment. In 2008 the photo studio introduced two high-profile portrait photography  brands, each representing a distinct aspect of our photography, and each  with its own character.

To help handle the load, we’ve doubled our efforts by strengthening  our in-house production team and adding talented associate photographers. We’ve also started several public relations initiatives in preparation for secret projects we have waiting around the corner. In  the coming months and years, we will redefine our vision and continue to create products that bolster our reputation as innovators in the  portrait photography industry. If 2008 has been any example, the most  exciting things lie ahead.

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2005 – 2006

We dub this time “The New Era.” Campbell Salgado Studio logged its first full year in its current photography studio location, following extended renovation efforts. After recognizing that the team,  the business, and its clients had outgrown its previous space, we spent  nearly a year searching for a new place to call home.

What  we found is literally a home, a 1908 crafstman-style house nestled in  the beautiful Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Sellwood. Our new  portrait studio bares the mark of almost-endless toil: hammers on nails,  hands in dirt, and upgrading of equipment. Our future from this point  forward represents much great progress: solidifying of team members,  honing of process and service, and the perfect fit for our clients.

2004

Two-thousand and four: a year fortechnology. Forged from tradition and a love for film, photographers Kim and Francisco could no longer resist the benefits of going digital. With research in hand and the trials of the industry before it, Campbell Salgado Studio plunged into the current generation with state-of-the-art computers and cameras. We brought in professional digital artists and revamped our process. More importantly,  we discovered the means to create the same look and feel of classic black and white photography in the all-new digital medium.

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2000 – 2003

The turn of the century represents the beginning of the growth period. Symbolically emphasized by the birth of Kim and Francisco’s son, Tamaio, this time represents the system at work. Though we’d like to think the uniqueness of the Campbell Salgado image did all the selling, we found a niche in pregnancy and baby photography. With the help of its first full-time employee, the photo studio built its client base and solidified its reputation.

1997 – 1999

The late 90s could probably be toasted as the turning point.  Beset by an unfortunate chain of personal tragedies, Kim left her work  as an art therapist to join Francisco in the studio full time. In need  of a new outlet to focus her talents, Francisco thrust a camera into her hands and instructed her to push buttons. Out of the support of  Francisco’s love and technical guidance, a new photographer was born.

A team was also formed. Kim and Francisco could share their creative expression while at each other’s side.

Kim’s business instincts brought a sudden infusion of momentum to their work. A female friend expecting her first child asked Kim to  capture her on film shortly before her due date. The result, an amazingly fresh and artistic perspective of pregnancy, took everyone by surprise. Following this discovery, the market showed its appreciation  with more frequent requests for maternity photography.

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1995 – 1996

As most of us are at some point in our lives, Kim and Francisco were faced with a big question: Where do we go from here?  This is not always an easy question to answer. Confronted with the challenge, the husband and wife needed to earn a living while finding  the answer.

Kim  helped Francisco open a business in Portland’s historic Towne Building,  mixing photography and sculpture into a unique blend of creative services. With a few portraits here, and instruction on the art of figure studies there, the operation was an endeavor of personal passion.

Joining forces on weekends, Francisco spent weekdays photographing a  mix of portrait photography clients including models, actors, and  high-school seniors, and Kim put her academic accomplishments to use in the field of Art Therapy.

1992 – 1994

Kim and Francisco meet, and are married just seven months later. They embarked on a months-long tour of Europe during the summer of 1993, capping their trip by getting married in Greece.

Their return home marked the beginning of Kim’s masters studies.  Francisco began teaching photography at Clark College in Vancouver,  Washington, and later sculpture at Portland Community College. The two were inseparable in spite of their independent endeavors, and together  they formed the first edition of their joint business venture, a small  arts and sculpture outfit titled Hall of Dreams Studios.