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Long-Time Downtown Dover Photo Studio to Close

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Back in 1953 Dover was a town of fewer than 7,000 people. That was the year Young's Studio of Photography opened on Loockerman Street in downtown Dover.

Today Dover is about six times larger. And Young's is still there, for now.

The studio's long exposure in downtown is coming to a close. And as the family who owns the studio prepares to shutter it, they're taking one last shot at reaching out to old customers.

Eric Young says the studio is a family affair. His mom and dad both did photography even before they met.

"They moved here to Dover and found Loockerman Street charming - it really was - and opened the studio here," he said.

Young started dabbling with photography as a kid before starting to work with his parents full time.

"I've been doing it for 27 years. But I was doing weddings before that."

He says his parents were a team, and his dad was the cornerstone of the studio.

"Half of that team sadly is gone. We lost my dad a few months back," said Young.

And so Young is closing up shop. But that doesn't mean just packing up his lights and cameras.

"We have archived people's lives and the moments in their lives with what we feel is quality work. And we've held onto those files," he said. "I have many, many, many files still."

That's all of the studio's shoots going back seven years and weddings dating back to the late 80's. And Young wants people to know they can come get their files.

"We're basically looking at it as an informal going-out-of-business sale. I don't want someone whose first communion photographs I took just three or four years ago in my camera room to find out that they've gone into a landfill."

Young does ask that people call ahead. Finding a specific envelope takes time.

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