Does Storm Lake need another photo studio? Don Knop thinks so and is going to give "The City Beautiful" another try.
Knop had a presence in Storm Lake for three years, working with Michael Cerizo. When the photographer left, Knop concentrated on his Ida Grove studio for the next four years.
Knop said he wanted to expand his business that specializes in portrait, family and wedding photography and one way to do it is to go out into the surrounding communities.
"One of the reasons we're coming back is we feel the need is here," Knop said. "We have a large number of clients here in Storm Lake already, so it makes sense."
Knop is bringing his assistant, Christina Kjar, to run his new Storm Lake operation.
"I have trained a number of top-notch photographers in my career," Knop said Wednesday at the Pilot-Tribune offices. "And I think Christina has the qualities to become one of the best woman photographers in the state Iowa."
Knop said Kjar has a degree in graphic design and knows photo software "inside and out."
"We shoot everything in digital format these days and e-mail the files up to St. Paul to have the prints made," Knop said. "Christina knows all the photo and graphic software and can work a photo to perfection."
The studio tries to stay current on the latest techniques and newest technical advances, Knop said.
The studio's the location is still undecided but the old Sportman's location in the Masonic building looks promising, Knop said.
Knop said that clients wishing to schedule at the Storm Lake studio can start by calling the Ida Grove studio to book senior photos, weddings and family shots at (712) 364-3401.